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2016 Honda CBR650F ABS Special Edition Review
2016 Honda CBR650F ABS Special Edition on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Live in the moment…
Nothing quite compares to the feeling of taking a sports bike out on a twisty road at the weekend. But why can’t that feeling of ‘being in the moment’ live on right through the week, as you take on the city streets? With the all-new CBR650F it can.
Sporty performance and handling, comfort and practicality – the new CBR650F delivers it all. Compact and refined to the last detail, the CBR650F’s DOHC torquey liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine produces responsive acceleration that instantly gets the blood pumping from low revs right up to the 11,000rpm red line. PGM-FI fuel injection delivers reactive throttle feel and good fuel economy.
The CBR650F’s fairing purposely reveals the engine, giving it that street sport edge. But it also provides wind protection for longer journeys and of course, shares the distinctive CBR family style. And there’s more than a hint of Honda racing DNA about the minimal tail unit and short exhaust muffler.
LED front position lights and tail-light provide clear visibility. Large twin digital screens including fuel gauge, clock and trip computer lit by a white backlight make an attractive, clear and functional display.
The CBR650F ‘s completely new inline four-cylinder engine is developed to deliver plenty of low to mid-range torque, 64kW peak power and good fuel economy.
Twin lightweight steel elliptical spars with tuned rigidity balance give the frame its strength and rider feedback. The 41mm telescopic forks deliver accurate front end control and feel, while the preload adjustable rear monoshock works through a sculpted aluminium swingarm.
Twin 320mm wavy front discs are gripped by powerful dual-piston calipers and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) as standard.
Sometimes, if you want the best solution, you have to think outside the box. In fact, sometimes it’s best if you throw the whole concept of a box away. That’s what our engineers did with the CBR650F ABS Special Edition. Traditional displacement classes went 600-750-1000. But who says you had to stick to that? An extra 50cc is going to make the CBR650F ABS Special Edition a lot more fun for a lot more riders. It lets us fatten up the powerband, but still keep the bike light and nimble.
A fun? ride at a great price, the CBR650F ABS Special Edition’s inline-four engine is specifically tuned for low-to-midrange torque, delivering a powerband that’s suited for a wide range of riding styles. Weekday commuter, weekend sport riding, long trips, short hauls, solo or with a passenger—the CBR650F ABS Special Edition does it all.
So who cares for labels and pigeonholes anyway? Not the CBR650F ABS Special Edition. A great bike knows no limits. Especially not an extra 50cc.
2016 Honda CBR650F ABS Special Edition www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
The lightweight Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) fitted as standard manages the front and rear brake calipers, helping prevent wheel lock to provide controlled braking performance on wet or slippery surfaces.
Careful shaping of the seat profile, with the CBR650F’s slim middle section and 810mm seat height, make ground reach easy and low-speed manoeuvring effortless.
The LED front position lights burn brighter and whiter, increasing visibility. The LED tail-lights provide a unique light signature and last longer than standard bulbs.
The preload adjustable rear monoshock works through a sculpted aluminium swingarm that arcs over the muffler.
Honda SH Mode scooter front wheel focusing on CBS brakes.
Large twin digital screens including fuel gauge, clock and trip computer lit by a white backlight make an attractive, clear and functional display.
2016 Honda CBR650F ABS Special Edition www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Engine & Drivetrain
The DOHC 16-valve cylinder head employs direct cam actuation and cam timing that delivers strong torque and drivability below 4,000 rpm.
Runs smoothly at any RPM
Peak power arrives at 11,000 rpm with peak torque at 8,000 rpm for a broad usable powerband. The engine is smooth at all rpm, with distinct inline four-cylinder character and resonance.
Good fuel economy
To ensure good fuel economy at constant throttle short valve overlap timing works in harmony with a specific ignition map. Range can exceed 350 km per tank.
The liquid-cooled engine uses compact internal architecture, with a stacked six-speed gearbox and starter/clutch layout. The four cylinders are canted forward 30 degree to lower centre of gravity.
Improved manageability for rider
A down-flow airbox and narrow 30 mm high-velocity funnels, route intake airflow in as straight a line as possible. The PGM-FI fuel injection system operates with information from four separate throttle body sensors on 32 mm throttle bores for crisp and accurate throttle response. Careful siting and angling of the throttle bodies allows a narrow frame width, improving manageability for the rider.
Reduced oil consumption
Optimization of con-rod length has decreased the side-force on each piston and ‘breathing’ holes in the crankcase walls between journals reduce pumping losses as rpm rises. The pistons feature asymmetric skirts minimizing bore contact to reduce friction further and ferrous spines on the outer surface of the cylinder sleeves reduce oil consumption and improve heat transfer.
The water pump – designed with CAE study of water flow – is compact and efficient, reducing drag.
Elegant and functional style
Internal water channeling from cylinder head to cylinders reduces the number of external hoses allowing the motor to show off its minimal, elegant beauty and functional style.
Right side-sweeping 4-2-1 exhaust employs optimized downpipe length and diameter, plus patented internal plates regulating airflow to improve torque. The ‘wafer’ design stubby under-slung muffler – with 400-cell catalyzer – contributes to mass centralization.
Chassis & Suspension
Steel, diamond frame uses twin 64 mm x 30 mm elliptical spars. Its rigidity balance has been specifically tuned – it’s much stiffer around the headstock and more ‘flexible’ in the spar sections – to deliver desirable handling characteristics and a high level of rider feedback.
The swingarm pivot plate is forged then welded together, while the gravity die-cast aluminum swingarm arcs up over the muffler on the right. The single-tube monoshock offers 7-stage spring preload adjustment and operates directly on the swingarm.
Neutral control in all conditions
The shock and 41 mm telescopic fork have been developed to work directly with the CBR650F frame’s performance parameters to provide supple, neutral control in all conditions. Firmer spring rates (with damping to suit) match the bike’s more sports-oriented focus.
Split six-spoke wheels
Cast aluminum five-spoke wheels wear 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 front and rear radial tires.
Consistent stopping in most conditions
Wavy brake discs use the same manufacturing technique as the twin-cylinder NC750 series; the 240 mm rear is formed within a 320 mm front, saving material (and ultimately cost) to the customer. The two-piston front and single-piston rear calipers are managed by standard 2-channel ABS, ensuring safe and consistent stopping in most conditions.
Sleek & aggressive appearance
Mass Forward’ styling gives the CBR650F its sleek and aggressive appearance. The dynamically curved fuel tank and chiseled fairing add a strong identity, as does the stubby, shrink-wrapped tail unit. Hinged at the back the tank allows easy access to the cylinder head for maintenance. Both taillight and front position light are LED.
Comfort & security
The riding position is on the relaxed side of sporty and passengers get an ample seat and a grab strap for security.
Information at a glance
The dash includes twin large digital screens. On the left are the rev-counter and speedometer; on the right are a fuel gauge, clock, odometer and warning lights. Both sides are lit by a white back light.
A compact ‘wave’ design ignition key offers improved security and reduced chance of breakage.
2016 Honda CBR650F ABS Special Edition – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
2016 Honda CBR650F ABS Special Edition – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $9,799 CDN
Engine & Drivetrain
Liquid-cooled inline four cylinder
Bore & Stroke
67 mm x 46 mm
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
#525 O-ring-sealed chain
Chassis & Suspension
41 mm telescopic fork; 108 mm (4.3 in.) travel
Monoshock damper with adjustable preload; 128 mm (5.0 in.) travel
Front: 120/70ZR-17 Rear: 180/55ZR-17
Front: dual 320 mm discs with dual-piston calipers Rear: 240 mm disc with single-piston caliper with ABS
810 mm (31.9 in.)
1,450 mm (57 in.)
211 kg (464 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Sword Silver Metallic, Matte Gunpowder Black/White SE
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2016 Honda CBR650F ABS Special Edition – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
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