This could be the mid­dleweight of the year…


By trans­fer­ring the style of the ex­cel­lent CB1000R to the hum­ble com­pe­tence of the CB650F, Honda have cre­ated a po­ten­tial win­ner. Ob­vi­ously a few of the CB1000R’S touches have been dropped in the name of price – there’s no sin­gle-sided swingarm, fewer brushed alu­minium pan­els and no ma­chin­ing on the cylin­ders – but qual­ity looks good. Be­sides styling, the CB650F’S al­ready sound mechanicals have been im­proved too. The frame has been re­vised, sav­ing 5kg, and the en­gine has been tweaked. Re­vised in­take and ex­haust ports, new cam tim­ing and an increased com­pres­sion ra­tio boosts power by 4bhp to 90bhp and Honda claim there’s stronger torque in the midrange. The en­gine now revs to 12,000rpm, an ex­tra 1000rpm com­pared to the CB650F. The only bit we are re­ally not sure about is the new rid­ing po­si­tion, which has been made more ag­gres­sive – the bars are 13mm fur­ther for­ward and 8mm lower while the foot­pegs are 3mm fur­ther back and 6mm higher. Here’s hop­ing that doesn’t make it off-puttingly cramped…

Bike says: ‘Honda have cre­ated a po­ten­tial win­ner’

Head­light is the same LED unit found on CB1000R

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