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CBR650F

CBR650F

About the CBR650F

More peak power from revised intake funnels and a new free-breathing exhaust gives the CBR650F a satisfying rush to its 11,000rpm redline, while shorter gear ratios ensure harder acceleration through the mid-range. And with the power upgrade, a new raucous growl emanates from down low and grows to a fast-spinning howl as revs rise.

Its chassis too has been honed with a Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork and revised Nissin front brake calipers. Sharply angled, the CBR650F's new fairing highlights the engine and accentuates the aggressive, ready-for-action stance, with an overall look and feel redolent of the 2017 CBR1000RR Fireblade. The headlight and taillight are now LED.

For 2017, the CBR650F's engine has an extra 3kW up top, with a 67kW @ 11,000rpm peak power output. The increase - which is noticeable from 5,000rpm - is due to new intake and exhaust flow management: shorter air intake funnels feed four 32mm throttle bores from a down-flow airbox (which itself draws through larger intake ducts) and in turn the right side-swept 4-1 exhaust now employs a dual-pass internal structure (rather than triple-pass) in the muffler, reducing back pressure. It also features a larger final exit aperture.

With shorter gear ratios from second through to fifth, the new CBR650F gets away from the line faster than the previous model and from a 60km/h second gear roll-on will pull out 3 bike lengths over 400m.

Slightly increased peak torque of 64Nm arrives at 8,000rpm, and the engine's tractability allows it to pull smoothly from idle at 1,500 in sixth gear. Adding an extra layer of aural satisfaction, a throaty induction growl at low-to-mid rpm swaps over to an addictive high-rpm howl reminding the CBR650F rider of Honda's four-cylinder racing pedigree.

The 649cc engine uses a compact internal architecture, stacked six-speed gearbox and starter/clutch layout with the cylinders canted forward 30°. The DOHC 16-valve cylinder head employs direct cam actuation; bore and stroke is set at 67mm x 46mm with compression ratio of 11.4:1.

Asymmetric piston skirts minimise bore contact and reduce 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 channelling from cylinder head to cylinders does away with most of the exterior hoses.

Fuel consumption of 21km/l (WMTC mode) gives a range of over 350km from the 17.3L fuel tank. The CBR650F engine is EURO 4 compliant.

The CBR650F's steel diamond frame uses twin 64mm x 30mm 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. Rake is set at 25.5° with trail of 101mm and wheelbase of 1,450mm. Kerb weight is 213kg.

A brand new 41mm Showa Dual Bending Valve (SDBV) front fork improves ride comfort and handling, delivering proportional rebound damping with firmer compression damping as the 120mm stroke is used up. Octagonal fork caps are finished in attractive Alumite. Adjustable for 7-stage spring preload, the single-tube monoshock operates directly on the curved gravity die-cast aluminium swingarm.

Cast aluminium six-spoke wheels wear 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 front and rear radial tyres and feature L shaped air valves for easier maintenance. Revised two-piston Nissin front calipers work 320mm wavy discs, with a single-piston rear/240mm disc. Two-channel ABS is fitted as standard.

The new front fairing not only adds Super Sport style, but also channels airflow from the high pressure area at the front to the interior airbox intake duct. It also shows off the engine to the maximum - it was designed to be on display after all - and highlights the aggressive Mass Forward stance of the machine.

Minimal side panels sharpen up the rear and the clear-lensed LED taillight complements the crisp LED headlight. The seat's narrow middle profile helps ground reach and it sits on rubber mounts that are carefully shaped (with specific hardness) to minimise vibration. Seat height is 810mm.

The dash comprises twin large digital screens. On the left are the rev-counter and speedometer; on the right are a fuel gauge, clock, odometer and the warning lights. Both sides are lit by a white back light. The key is a compact wave design.

Show specifications

Engine

Bore × Stroke (mm)67 x 46mm
CarburationPGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Compression Ratio11.4:1
Engine Displacement (cc)649cm3
Engine Type (cm³)Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4
Max. Power Output66kW @ 11,000rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque64Nm @ 8,000rpm (95/1/EC)
Oil Capacity (Litres)3.5L
StarterElectric

Transmission

ClutchWet, multiplate with coil springs
Final Drive525 O-ring sealed chain
Transmission Type6-speed

Dimensions and Weights

Battery Capacity (VAh)12V/8.6AH
Caster Angle25.5°
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)2,110mm x 755mm x 1,145mm
Frame typeSteel diamond
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)17.3L
Fuel Consumption21km/litre
Ground Clearance (mm)130mm
Kerb Weight (kg)211kg
Seat Height (mm)810mm
Trail (mm)101mm
Wheelbase (mm)1450mm

Wheels

Brakes Front320 x 5mm dual hydraulic disc with dual-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Brakes Rear240 x 5mm hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper and resin mold pads
Suspension Front41mm conventional telescopic fork 120mm stroke
Suspension RearMonoshock damper with adjustable preload, 43.5mm stroke
Tyre Size Front120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre Size Rear180/55-ZR17M/C (73W)
Wheels Front17M/C x MT3.5 Hollow-section 6-spoke cast aluminium
Wheels Rear17M/C x MT5.5 Hollow-section 6-spoke cast aluminium

Instruments and Electrics

Headlights12V, 55W x 1 (low)/55W x 1 (high)
InstrumentsDigital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer, dual trip meter, digital bar graph fuel gauge, digital clock
Tail LightLED

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