Jenna Genio / Honda Motor Co. | November 12, 2018 10:58
A pair of four medium-weight cylinders is now ready for production
At EICMA 2018, Honda made its debut on two turn-of-the-art equipment: the 2019 CB650R and the CBR650R. These motorcycles replace the naked CB650F and faired CBR650F respectively. While the 2019 Honda CBR650R is the segment's motorcycle, the CB650R is the newest retro-futuristic addition to the Honda Neo Sports Café series. Both are powered by 649cc four-bangers that now produce more
Honda works fast when it comes to exhibiting Neo Sports Café motorcycles. When the Japanese brand announces concepts for the line, the production version is never far off. While the origin of the 2019 CB650R can be traced back to the CB4 concept from 2015, Honda presented the upcoming CB650R Neo Sports Café just last month at the 2018 Auto Show in Paris.
The production version of the Honda CB650R 2019 features LED lighting and a new LCD dash. Compared with the outgoing CB650F, the Neo Sports Café gets a higher tilt angle without lengthening the wheelbase. It also shaves about 6 kilos, perhaps partly because of the smaller 15.5 liter fuel tank. Meanwhile, the seat height remains unchanged at 810 mm.
The Model 2019 CB650R features Showa SFF 41 mm folding front forks, 320 mm front double discs with radial four caliper pistons, a 240 mm rear disc, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) to prevent slip, clutch. It will be available with or without an ABS system until April 2019 – at an MSRP of $ 9,199 and $ 8,899, respectively.
The 2019 Honda CBR650R adopts the super sports Honda sport with extended wings, improved aerodynamics and a small tail. It also weighs 6 pounds from the previous CBR650F it replaces, while it has a more aggressive driving position with re-mounted steering wheels and aprons. The 2019 CBR650R produces 95 PS at 12,000 rpm.
The 2019 CBR650R receives a new frame, updated silencer, LED illumination, new LCD screen and revised intake. Like the naked CB650R, the CBR650R sports comes with HSTC, power clutch and slipper, Showa 41 mm front forks, rear Showa single shock, 320 mm front double wheels, 240 mm rear, fuel tank 15.5 L, and seat height 810 mm. They will also be available with or without ABS.