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The CBR650R is a sporty-ish sportbike with everyday manners and practicality.
The CBR650R is a sporty-ish sportbike with everyday manners and practicality. (Honda/)


Smooth inline-four engineNot overly sporty, which makes it great for daily ridingWho can say no to Fireblade-like styling?


Only comes in Matte Black MetallicLimited suspension adjustmentHigher MSRP than some middleweight twins


Riders looking for a bike with sportbike styling and handling but an extra dose of practicality will be interested in the CBR650R. An inline-four engine offers more performance than comparable middleweight twins, and it’s hard to argue with the build quality of a Honda.


The CBR650F hit US shores in 2014 and served as Honda’s bridge between the beginner-friendly CBR500R and the track-oriented CBR600RR. The bike was renamed the CBR650R in 2019, after receiving ground-up revisions and upgrades. That was soon followed up by a move to Showa’s Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP), new cams and intake timing, revised bodywork, revised exhaust, and improved emissions in 2021.

The CBR650R is a fully faired variant of Honda’s CB650R naked bike and draws inspiration from the supersport realm with styling cues from the CBR1000RR. Consider this an easy-to-live-with commuter that simultaneously dishes out decent power (for the category) and handles well when it’s time to hit the canyons.

The CBR650R returns in Matte Black Metallic for 2022.
The CBR650R returns in Matte Black Metallic for 2022. (Honda/)

Updates for 2022

Honda revised the CBR650R in 2019 and 2021, and therefore left the 2022 model untouched. There was, however, a $100 price increase. Matte Black Metallic returns as the main color; keen eyes will notice the striping has changed colors though.

Pricing and Variants

The 2022 Honda CBR650R is available in just the one trim, with an MSRP of $9,799. Keep in mind that Honda does offer the CB650R naked bike with similar hardware, but a different look and feel for those not drawn to the CBR’s sportbike styling.


There’s no shortage of mid-displacement sportbikes on the market today, and each offers a little something different. Engine configurations, hardware, and intended use all vary in this space, meaning there’s something for everyone.

The CBR’s biggest competitor is the Kawasaki Ninja 650 ($7,999), but the naked Suzuki SV650 ($7,399) should also be considered. Want something a little more track oriented? Yamaha has the YZF-R7 ($9,199), while Aprilia offers the RS 660 ($11,399).

The 649cc inline-four engine stands out in a class that’s long been centered around twins. Not a fan of a parallel twin? The CBR650R might be the middleweight sportbike you’re after.
The 649cc inline-four engine stands out in a class that’s long been centered around twins. Not a fan of a parallel twin? The CBR650R might be the middleweight sportbike you’re after. (Honda/)

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The CBR650R shares an inline-four engine with its naked cousin, the CB650R. Balancing performance and rideability, the powerplant has a throaty intake sound as it spools up to its peak 80.1 hp and 41.73 lb.-ft. of torque (both of which were measured on our in-house dyno). There aren’t any power modes, but that’s okay as the engine delivers ample power up top, while being docile enough in the lower revs and feeling very flexible.

The slip-assist, cable-actuated clutch is claimed to lighten clutch operation by 12 percent compared to pre-2019 models, making managing the clutch easy and less tiring. Although the gearbox is easy to work, we did find that the six-speed transmission occasionally slipped into neutral when shifting between first and second gear at high rpm. There’s no ride-by-wire throttle, but the throttle is well calibrated.

This is an overall easy motorcycle to ride, thanks to the smooth fueling, light clutch, and decent power.


Honda switched from the Showa SFF fork to SFF-BP fork in 2021. The suspension provides a firm and sporty ride, with great front-end feel. A caveat to this is that the fork can feel a bit jarring when coming across

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MansBrand Unveils New Automotive Racing Section to Enhance Platform for Motor Enthusiasts

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MansBrand has announced they’re expanding their platform to include a dedicated section on automotive racing. This new area complements their existing content in men’s fashion, health, outdoor adventures, and grooming. The expanded platform aims to offer more comprehensive information and resources for automotive enthusiasts alongside its current categories.

MansBrand is known for offering a wide range of services and products for men. They provide fashion advice and trends to help men stay stylish, health news that covers physical and mental well-being, guidance for outdoor activities, and information on motor vehicles. The new automotive racing section will feature various aspects of the sport, including expert advice, product reviews, and the latest racing news.

This automotive racing section will give readers detailed comparisons and reviews of cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles. It will also include maintenance tips, safety advice, and recommendations on essential motor-related products and accessories. Readers can access comprehensive guides on the gear and equipment needed for both beginners and experienced racers.

Willis from MansBrand commented on the new addition: “Our new automotive racing section is a natural extension of what we already offer on the platform. We’ve observed that many of our users have a keen interest in motor vehicles and racing. By adding this section, we aim to meet the interests of our audience and provide them with valuable content and resources. We’re still focused on our core areas like fashion, health, and outdoor activities but now can offer more for those passionate about motorsports.”

MansBrand has always emphasized community interaction and engagement. The site features blogs where users can share experiences and tips on various topics, from fashion trends to essential grooming products. The new automotive racing section will follow the same approach, encouraging readers to discuss racing strategies, share personal experiences, and offer advice through blog posts and community forums.

The updated platform remains easy to navigate. It includes advanced search options and logically organized categories. Each product or piece of content comes with high-resolution images and detailed descriptions to help visitors make informed decisions about their style, health, outdoor activities, and now, automotive racing pursuits.

Adding automotive racing content doesn’t take away from MansBrand’s commitment to fashion. The site continues to offer a wide range of Mens Fashion items, including shirts, jeans, suits, jackets, and more. By keeping up with the latest trends, MansBrand ensures its users always have access to the best fashion advice. The platform regularly updates current trends and remains a go-to hub for all things related to men’s fashion.

In the health section, MansBrand provides information on various topics, including prostate health, heart disease, and mental well-being. It offers tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, provides resources for further research and treatment options, and promotes regular health check-ups and preventative care.

The outdoor and adventure category offers advice on hiking, camping, and other activities. It also includes product reviews and recommendations for outdoor gear and equipment, helping men enjoy their outdoor experiences to the fullest.

Willis further noted: “We’re excited about the positive feedback we’ve received from our users. They’ve found valuable insights and products across all sections of the site. The automotive racing section is something that many of our users were looking forward to, and it fits perfectly within our diverse range of offerings. We believe it will inspire more men to explore and engage with us.”

MansBrand is committed to continuous improvement and actively seeks and incorporates customer feedback. They aim to be a comprehensive hub for men looking to enhance various aspects of their lives, whether it’s through fashion, health advice, grooming tips, or now, automotive racing content.

By expanding their offerings, MansBrand hopes to encourage a proactive exchange of ideas and experiences. They aim to inspire men to embrace new fashion challenges, refine their style, and discover passions in automotive racing, outdoor adventure, and health-conscious living. The platform invites men from all walks of life to join its growing online community.

For a comprehensive experience, the Mens Fashion Website  also includes features that are easy to navigate. From advanced search capabilities to logically organized categories, every item is accompanied by high-resolution images and detailed descriptions.

For more details on the new automotive racing section and other categories, visit the official site.

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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