CBR650F & CB650F

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The CBR650F and CB650F both get fruitier for 2017. Their 649cc in­line­four en­gine has an ex­tra 4bhp, tak­ing it up to 90bhp at 11,000rpm. The increase, which Honda say is most ap­par­ent from 5000rpm up­wards, is due to shorter air in­take fun­nels and a more free-flow­ing ex­haust.

Com­bine the ex­tra power with shorter gear ra­tios from sec­ond through to fifth, and the new CBR650F should get off the line faster than the pre­vi­ous model. Honda say it’ll pull three lengths on the old one over 400m dur­ing a sec­ond-gear roll-on.

Increased torque means 47ftlb ar­rives at a peak of 8000rpm, and the en­gine’s tractabil­ity al­lows it to pull smoothly from 1500rpm in sixth gear.

Fuel con­sump­tion is a claimed 59.3mpg, which should get you more than 220 miles from where you last brimmed the 17.3-litre fuel tank.

Up the pointy end is a new 41mm Showa Dual Bend­ing Valve (SDBV) fork, which claims to im­prove ride com­fort and han­dling, and which de­liv­ers pro­por­tional re­bound damp­ing with firmer com­pres­sion damp­ing. At the back is a preload-ad­justable shock, mounted di­rect to the alu­minium swingarm.

Re­vised two-pis­ton Nissin front brake calipers work 320mm wavy discs, and two-chan­nel ABS is stan­dard.

Adding weather and aero­dy­namic pro­tec­tion, the CBR’S new front fair­ing also chan­nels air into the air­box in­take duct. From the fair­ing back­wards the two mod­els look the same, with min­i­mal side­pan­els sharp­en­ing up the rear and the clear-lensed LED tail­light match­ing the crisp LED head­light.

The naked CB650F is much the same bike, with only the lack of fair­ing and clip-ons to tell them apart – re­placed with a neat head­lamp and bin­na­cle, and a set of han­dle­bars. Take your pick.

THE FACTS O 90bhp O 213kg O Seat height 810mm

THE FACTS O 90bhp O 208kg O Seat height 810mm

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