Honda un­veils the 2019 CB650R

It’s a smaller brother to the 1000cc Neo Sports Cafe road­ster we saw last year.

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The Honda four-cylin­der en­gine looks very sim­i­lar to the CB1000R funky naked road­ster, comes with 41mm Showa SFF USD forks, ra­dial-mount four-pis­ton brake calipers, Honda Selectable Torque Con­trol (HSTC), as­sist/slip­per clutch and a new dash. A 35kW con­ver­sion for A2 li­cence hold­ers will also be avail­able.

Com­pared to the street­fighter-styled CB650F, which it re­places in Honda’s line-up, 6kg has been saved from the chas­sis thanks to a re­vised frame, fuel tank and foot­pegs. Those 41mm Showa SFF USD fork, ra­dial­mount four-pis­ton calipers, float­ing discs and new wheels are all new on the R, up­rated from what we saw on the lower-spec F.

Ta­pered han­dle­bars make for lighter steer­ing and Honda says that the rid­ing po­si­tion is on the sporty end of the naked spec­trum.

The CB650R also shares the CB1000R’s dis­tinc­tive round LED head­light (all light­ing is LED) and modern LCD in­stru­ment dis­play, which in­cludes a Shift Up and Gear Po­si­tion in­di­ca­tor.

For the 650cc en­gine, a re­vised in­take and ex­haust, plus new cam tim­ing and com­pres­sion ra­tios bring a 5% peak power boost and smoother, stronger torque de­liv­ery through the mid-range. The en­gine revs to 12,000rpm, an ex­tra 1000rpm com­pared to the CB650F.

An as­sist/slip­per clutch is fit­ted to ease up­shifts and man­age fast, suc­ces­sive down­shifts; Honda Selectable Torque Con­trol (HSTC) main­tains rear wheel traction.

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