CBR6 gets sharper still

With RR no more, 650F be­comes ‘Baby Blade’

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Honda’s CBR650F loses its F and gains an R as Honda aim to ban­ish the old bike’s hum­drum im­age and make it al­to­gether a more sporty of­fer­ing. All the me­chan­i­cal up­grades are the same as the naked R and its rid­ing po­si­tion is more ag­gres­sive, too. Un­der­pin­nings aside, it’s clear Honda is at­tempt­ing to plug the hole left by the CBR600RR with a bike that de­liv­ers that ‘baby Fire­blade’ aes­thetic with a de­cent slug of per­for­mance plus ev­ery­day prac­ti­cal­ity. If the orig­i­nal pre-RR CBR600F had been in con­tin­u­ous pro­duc­tion, this, surely, is where it would have ended up. Chuck Honda’s op­tional quick­shifter into the mix and this could be the sur­prise mid­dleweight sports­b­s­bike pack­age of 2019.

Old CBR650F is now racier CBR650R

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