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2014 Honda CBR650F First Ride Photo Gallery
The CBR650F’s handling is typical of a modern Honda sportbike: agile, accurate and easy to get a feel for.
Honda expands its U.S. sportbike line-up with a new long stroke 650cc Inline Four entry. Find out how it performs in the
2014 Honda CBR650F First Ride
Although it’s assembled in Thailand, the build quality is very high and close to that of a Japanese-built machine.
The Honda CBR650F employs twin 320mm diameter disc brakes at the front with double-piston calipers by Nissin. There is plenty of stopping power on tap.
The CBR650F’s cockpit is relaxed and conducive to long days in the saddle. The instrumentation is functional and easy to decipher at a glance.
Although the CBR-F’s engine appears the same as the CBR600RR, the parts fiche confirms that the engine cases and cylinder head are indeed different with the CBR650F tuned for torque and low-to-mid acceleration performance.
Honda engineers copied the styling of the CBR-F’s symmetrical headers from that of the ’74 CB400.
The CBR650F’s ergonomics are laid out well. This is one of the least demanding sportbike-style motorcycles on the road.
The weak link it the CBR650F’s otherwise great handling are the OE-fitted Dunlop Sportmax D222’s. The tires perform fine at a moderate pace but are still the first components we’d replace if it was our motorcycle.
The CBR650F’s engine has a peppier bottom-end than a standard 600cc Supersport. And although it’s a little slower to rev it performs well on the road with decent acceleration in its first three, or four gears.
The CBR650F ($8499) is available in three colors for the ’14 model year: Candy Blue, Red, and Matte Metallic Black (w/ ABS $8999).
The CBR-F’s seat height is an inch taller than the CBR500R, but still a little bit shorter than Honda’s sportier and track-oriented CBR600RR.
We’re big fans of the CBR650F’s styling. It has a unique form that is clean yet edgy, but not overly so.
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