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2022 Honda CBR650R


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

Ups

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

Downs

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

Verdict

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.

Overview

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. (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.

Competition

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. (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.

Chassis/Handling

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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By: Serena McKnight
Title: 2022 Honda CBR650R
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/buyers-guide/honda-cbr650r-2022/
Published Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2022 17:41:02 +0000

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