2019 Honda CB650R ABS Guide

2019 Honda CB650R ABS

2019 Honda CB650R ABS 2019 Honda CB650R ABS 2019 Honda CB650R ABS


2019 Honda CB650R ABS:

Honda has always thrived on exploring new boundaries, in design as well as engineering. In 2018, the new CB1000R and CB300R brought a fresh identity to Honda’s naked motorcycle lineup, mixing café racer inspirations with an ultra-minimalist look under its “Neo Sports Café” design theme. One obvious segment remained for the new aesthetic to find expression: the competitive naked middleweight arena. For 2019, the new CB650R (previously known as the CB650F) confidently takes on this role.

Using the same styling blueprint as its siblings, the CB650R’s retro-minimalism is aimed at a young demographic that wants to show off in style and enjoy the combination of exhilarating four-cylinder engine performance and light, versatile, refined chassis handling. Add to this mix of head-turning, individual looks and exciting, usable performance a spec sheet replete with high quality and premium features, and the result is a naked middleweight designed for maximum pride and pleasure of ownership.




2019 Honda CB650R ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Tightly wrapped and aggressive, the CB650R’s Neo Sports Café style features the signature compact “trapezoid” proportion of short, stubby tail and short-overhang headlight. The long fuel tank is a key motif of the family design; its smooth lines accentuate the solidity of real metal surfaces and crown the engineering of the four-cylinder powerplant. It also houses the ignition.

The round headlight is based on that of the CB1000R. It’s LED, as is the rest of the lighting. Sharp new LCD instruments also use the CB1000R as a baseline and include Shift Up, Gear Position and a Peak Hold indicator, which brings attention to the peak revs and offers a more dynamic experience for the rider.

A more aggressive riding position than the CB650F moves the 21.9 inch tapered handlebar .5 inches forward and .3 inches down, with foot-peg position more rear-set—.3 inches back and .2 inches higher. Seat height is unchanged at 31.9 inches.

The CB650R’s steel-diamond frame is updated for 2019 with pressed (rather than forged) swingarm pivot plates; it’s 4.2 pounds lighter than the previous design and uses twin elliptical spars with a rigidity balance specifically tuned (stiffer around the headstock and more flexible in the spar sections) to deliver balanced handling characteristics with high levels of rider feedback. Curb weight (measured with all required fluids) is 447 pounds for the ABS version (11.6 pounds lighter than the CB650F) thanks to weight savings in the frame, fuel tank and new super-sport-style footpegs. Handling is further aided by improved centralization of mass.

The CB650F’s conventional front suspension is replaced by an inverted 41mm Showa Separate Function Fork (SFF), for improved handling and reduced unsprung weight. The fork is held by a revised, forged-aluminum bottom triple clamp. Adjustable for seven-stage spring preload, the single-tube shock operates directly on the curvaceous, gravity die-cast aluminum swingarm.

Four-piston radial-mount front brake calipers work on 310mm floating rotors, and are paired with a single-piston rear caliper and 240mm rotor. Two-channel ABS is available. The cast aluminum wheels are a brand-new design with five Y-shaped spokes, reducing weight by .97 and 1.2 pounds front and rear, respectively, improving handling by reducing inertia and unsprung mass.

Honda’s development engineers wanted to create the purest, most enjoyable midsized four-cylinder performance possible for the CB650R rider, so the 649cc, DOHC 16-valve engine has been tuned to deliver 5% more power above 10,000 rpm, with redline raised 1,000 rpm. Peak power arrives at 12,000 rpm, with peak torque delivered at 8,500. The net result is a motor that spins harder, and for much longer, at high rpm, with a smooth, linear torque delivery that builds strongly as revs rise, and sounds great in the process.

Direct cam actuation makes for a compact cylinder head; compression ratio is raised from 11.4:1 to 11.6:1, and the combustion-chamber shape is optimized by use of a revised piston design. The valve train has been reinforced and valve timing revised; iridium spark plugs are also now employed.

Asymmetric piston skirts minimize bore contact, reducing friction. Ferrous spines on the outer surface of the cylinder sleeves reduce oil consumption (and friction) with improved heat transfer, and a silent SV cam chain reduces frictional losses by using a Vanadium coating on its pins. Internal water channeling from the cylinder head to the cylinders does away with most of the exterior hoses.

New twin air ducts on either side of the fuel tank feed a larger volume of air, as opposed to the single, central duct of the old model, raising atmospheric pressure in the airbox. They also produce a throaty intake roar. The exhaust now features a larger bore tail pipe—from 1.4 to 1.5 inches—inside the muffler to flow more gas and, with its exit pipe angled upward, to emit an emotional howl.

The engine uses a compact internal architecture, stacked six-speed gearbox and starter layout with the cylinders canted forward 30°. An assist/slipper clutch is a new addition and eases upshifts while managing rear-wheel lock up under rapid downshifts. On the ABS version only, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) manages rear-wheel traction; it can be turned off should the rider choose.

Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

  • Meets current EPA standards.
  • Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.




2019 Honda CB650R ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


649cc DOHC Engine

Engines like this are what Honda does best. The four-cylinder design makes it smoother and faster revving than most twins, and offers ample low- to midrange torque, plus plenty of power through the entire rev range.

Honda Selectable Torque Control

With Honda Selectable Torque Control System (HSTC) the CB650R offers you peace of mind during aggressive riding conditions. The system adjusts engine power to optimize torque at the rear wheel, reducing rear-wheel slip. And here’s the best part: you can turn it on or turn it off with a handlebar-mounted switch. (Available on ABS model only.)

Four-Into-One Exhaust

Power, style and an unmistakable growl—you get all three with the four-into-one exhaust system on the CB650R.

Six-Speed Transmission

Smooth, nearly seamless shifts and gear ratios matched to the way you want to ride: those are two of the characteristics that make this Honda so much fun to ride.

Refined Intake System

The CB650R features a twin-duct intake design, engineered to ram cool, dense air into the airbox, increasing horsepower.

New Muffler

Mufflers need to accomplish four things: They need to quiet the engine without robbing power, they need to help tune engine output, they need to sound great, and they’re a huge style element on any bike. The CB650R’s exhaust knocks it out of the park on all counts, and sounds like only an inline four can.

Special Engine Tuning

Changes to valve timing and piston shapes have improved engine response, especially from the idle to 8000 rpm, a big advantage in urban environments.

4.1-Gallon Fuel Tank

A bike as versatile as the CB650R needs plenty of range, and the 4.1-gallon fuel tank provides just that.


Neo-Sports Café Styling

The CB650R looks unique because it’s a fresh, new design. The Neo-Sports Café look combines elements from pure sportbikes and sporting nakeds. Sometimes less is more, and the CB650R makes a bold styling statement wherever you ride it.

Y-Spoke Aluminum Wheels

The new aluminum wheels feature “Y”-shaped spokes that help reduce unsprung weight. These lighter hoops have a greater influence on handling than the numbers alone suggest.

Trapezoidal Body Layout

It sounds like a mouthful, but it just means that the new CB650R has some awesome lines, and that it just flat out looks right.

Lustrous Nanopigment Paint

The CB650R’s dual-layer candy paint is applied with a nanopigment clear coat on top of a base coat. Aluminum flakes in the base coat give this paint a shimmering look—check it our for yourself and you’ll be hooked.

LED Headlight

The CB650R uses the same LED headlight as our CB1000R. The bezel around the headlight and is finished in black, emphasizing a sharper image. This LED headlight is both brighter and smaller than a conventional design, and contributes in a big way to the CB650R’s sense of style.

New Digital Instruments

Based off our CB1000R, the CB650R’s new LCD screen features a digital speedometer and tachometer and more, including a clock, odometer, trip meter, real-time and average fuel consumption meters, and illuminated engine diagnostic indicators.


41mm Front Suspension

The CB650R’s front suspension showcases some leading-edge technology. The 41mm fork is equipped with Showa’s Separate Function Fork (SFF) which offers reduced weight, superior rigidity, and excellent overall performance. A new aluminum lower triple clamp completes the picture.

Slipper Clutch

The new assist slipper clutch lightens clutch operation by approximately 12 percent compared to previous models, and that reduces rear-wheel hop during rapid downshifts.

New Frame

The new CB650R refines a classic Honda design. The twin-spar frame incorporates updated pivot plates, engine hangers, seat rails, and other components that all reduce weight. It’s light, strong, and provides the basis for the CB650R’s stellar handling.

Radial-Mount Front Brakes

Featuring huge 310mm discs, the new CB650R also comes with radial-mounted four-piston calipers. The result is premium sportbike stopping power that’s linear and easy to modulate.

Rear-Disc Brake

A 240mm hydraulic disc at the rear complements the twin front discs for plenty of stopping power.

New Handlebar

A bike’s handlebar makes a huge difference in how you relate to your machine. We moved the CB650R’s bar forward by 13mm and down by 8mm (compared to the previous CB650F), and changed the bend in the bar too. Plus, using a premium, tapered-section swaged bar gives you better front-end feedback.

Neutral/Sporting Riding Position

One of the most rider-friendly aspects of the whole Neo-Sports Café design is how you sit on the CB650R. You’re ready for aggressive riding, but you’re still comfortable. You can see what’s going on around you. And your riding sessions can last for hours at a time with little fatigue.


New Handlebar

A bike’s handlebar makes a huge difference in how you relate to your machine. We moved the CB650R’s bar forward by 13mm and down by 8mm (compared to the previous CB650F), and changed the bend in the bar too. Plus, using a premium, tapered-section swaged bar gives you better front-end feedback.

Neutral/Sporting Riding Position

One of the most rider-friendly aspects of the whole Neo-Sports Café design is how you sit on the CB650R. You’re ready for aggressive riding, but you’re still comfortable. You can see what’s going on around you. And your riding sessions can last for hours at a time with little fatigue.






2019 Honda CB650R ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: starting from $9199 
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Australia MSRP Price: See Dealer for Pricing in AUS


Engine Type

649cc liquid cooled in-line four cylinder

Bore And Stroke

67mm x 46mm


PGM-FI with 32mm throttle bodies


Full transistorized

Compression Ratio


Valve Train

DOHC; four valves per cylinder




Final Drive

#525 Chain; 15T/42T


Front Suspension

41mm fork; 4.25 inches travel

Rear Suspension

Showa Single Shock; 5.04 inches travel

Front Brake

Dual 320mm discs with radial-mount four-piston calipers; ABS

Rear Brake

Single 240mm disc; ABS

Front Tire


Rear Tire



Rake (Caster Angle)

25.5 degrees


101mm (4.0 inches)


57 inches

Seat Height

31.9 inches

Curb Weight

447 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride)

Fuel Capacity

4.1 gallons, including 0.8-gallon reserve

Miles Per Gallon



Model ID



Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.

Available Colors

Chromosphere Red


One Year Included

Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty

Optional Extended

Extended coverage available with a HondaCare Protection Plan®





2019 Honda CB650R ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details

Engine & Drivetrain

Engine Type

Liquid-cooled inline four cylinder


649 cc

Bore & Stroke

67 mm x 46 mm

Compression Ratio


Valve Train

Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Fuel Delivery

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection



Final Drive

#525 O-ring-sealed chain

Chassis & Suspension

Front Suspension

41 mm SFF (Separate Function front Fork) inverted fork; 108 mm (4.3 in.) travel

Rear Suspension

Monoshock damper with adjustable preload; 128 mm (5 in.) travel

Additional Information


Front: 120/70ZR-17
Rear: 180/55ZR-17


Front: Dual 310 mm wave discs with radial-mounted four-piston calipers, 2-channel ABS
Rear: Disc 240 mm with single-piston caliper, 2-channel ABS

Seat Height

810 mm (31.9 in.)



Curb Weight

202.7 kg (447 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas—ready to ride

Fuel Capacity

15.4 L


Candy Chromosphere Red, Graphite Black


12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage




2019 Honda CB650R ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details


Bore × Stroke (mm) 67mm x 46mm
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Compression Ratio 11.6:1
C02 Emissions 112
Engine Displacement (cc) 649cc
Engine Type (cm³) Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4 cylinder
Max. Power Output 70kW/12,000rpm
Max. Torque 64Nm/8,500rpm
Starter Electric
Throttle Bore 32


ABS System 2 channel
Brakes Front 310 mm x 4.5 mm disc with four piston caliper
Brakes Rear 240 mm x 5 mm disc with single piston caliper
Suspension Front Showa separate function fork (SFF) USD
Suspension Rear Mono with 10 stage pre-load adjuster, Aluminium Cast swingarm
Tyre Size Front 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)
Tyre Size Rear 180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)
Wheels Front 17M/C X MT3.50 Multi-Spoke Cast Aluminium
Wheels Rear 17M/C X MT5.50 Multi-Spoke Cast Aluminium

Dimensions and Weights

Battery Capacity (VAh) YTZ10/FTZ10S 8.6Ah MF
Caster Angle 25.5°
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2,130mm X 780mm X 1,075mm
Frame type Steel diamond
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 15.4L
Fuel Consumption 20.4km/litre
Ground Clearance (mm) 150mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 202kg
Seat Height (mm) 810mm
Trail (mm) 101mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1,450mm


Clutch Wet multiplate, A.S.clutch
Final Drive Chain
Gearbox 6-speed

Instruments and Electrics

Headlights LED
Ignition System Full transisterized
Instruments Digital Speedometer, Digital Bar Graph Tachometer, Dual Trip Meters, Digital Fuel Level Gauge & Fuel Consumption Gauge, Digital Clock, Water Temp, Gear position, Shift UP Indicator
Tail Light LED




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