O CB650 gets sexy ‘Neo Sports Café’ makeover
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