Café cul­ture

O CB650 gets sexy ‘Neo Sports Café’ makeover

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The wor­thy but un­ex­cit­ing-look­ing Honda CB650F is the lat­est bike to join Honda’s funky ‘Neo Sports Café’ fam­ily thanks to a com­plete restyle and re­vamp for 2019.

Now with sim­i­lar looks to this year’s CB125/300/ 1000R fam­ily, the new CB650R has lost weight, gained power and ditched the Plain Jane styling in favour of the Neo Sports Café look that, brings clas­sic de­sign cues to­gether with more mod­ern styling and tech.

A new frame, fuel tank and other changes mean it’s now 6kg lighter, while a 1000rpm in­crease at the red­line and some fu­elling and me­chan­i­cal tweaks give a 5% power boost. Honda also say its torque curve is smoother and stronger through­out the range.

The 1.9kg lighter frame gets a stiffer head­stock and more flex­i­ble side spars, while it gets a new 41mm Showa fork for im­proved damp­ing. There’s also new Nissin four-pot ra­dial calipers act­ing on 310mm discs and wheels.

The rid­ing po­si­tion is a lit­tle more ag­gres­sive, with the bars mov­ing for­ward and down (13mm and 8mm) and the foot­pegs back and up (3mm and 6mm), while the seat height re­mains a man­age­able 810mm. There’s also an at­trac­tive and well laid- out new LCD dash that’s shared with the CB500 fam­ily, although it’s a shame the 650 doesn’t steal the CB1000R’S even more so­phis­ti­cated look­ing unit.

With im­proved fu­elling, more power and torque, bet­ter styling and an in­jec­tion of ag­gres­sion, the mid­dleweight CB looks to have fi­nally re­cap­tured the at­ti­tude of the orig­i­nal CB600 Hor­net.

CB650 gets sim­i­lar styling to CB125R/CB300R and CB1000R

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