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Honda shows off a more racy-looking CBR650R sportbike for 2024.
Honda shows off a more racy-looking CBR650R sportbike for 2024. (Honda/)

Honda’s CBR650R is the more affordable and street-friendly option inside Big Red’s CBR sportbike family. For the 2024 model year it wears a similar set of updates as its 2024 Honda CB650R naked bike sibling as announced at EICMA. We originally tested this streetbike during the 2019 Honda CBR650R First Ride Review article.

Honda’s CBR650R is designed as the more affordable and street-friendly option inside the CBR sportbike family.
Honda’s CBR650R is designed as the more affordable and street-friendly option inside the CBR sportbike family. (Honda/)

The heart of the CBR650R is a 649cc liquid-cooled inline-four. The engine is known for its smooth power delivery and a good balance between low-end, immediate torque, and highway-passing power. It also is light on engine vibration and easy on fuel.

Like the CB650R, the CBR650R is equipped with Honda’s new E-Clutch technology which automates clutch operation.
Like the CB650R, the CBR650R is equipped with Honda’s new E-Clutch technology which automates clutch operation. (Honda/)

The engine cranks out 94 hp (at the crankshaft) and roughly 80 hp at the business end of the 17-inch rear wheel. A cable-actuated clutch with Honda’s new E-Clutch technology and a six-speed gearbox with chain final drive complete the powertrain package.

The CBR650R is leaner and meaner for 2024. Its appearance is based on the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR (all-new for that model year).
The CBR650R is leaner and meaner for 2024. Its appearance is based on the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR (all-new for that model year). (Honda/)

Specifically the E-clutch automates clutch action for manual-transmission-equipped motorcycles. Rather than operating the traditional clutch, the operator lifts up or down on the gear shifter, just like electronic quickshifter-equipped bikes. During the gear exchange, the electronics apply fuel and ignition cut for smooth shifting. The clutch lever remains, so riders can use it if they desire.

The CBR650R benefits from a moderately aggressive design, inspired by the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade (overhauled platform for that model year). Because it’s a sportbike, it employs a full fairing design.

For ‘24 it gets a sharper, more sporty stance highlighted by redesigned dual LED headlamps inside reshaped upper and lower fairings. The tailsection is also slimmer, and the motorcycle looks leaner and meaner than before.

Chassis- and suspension-wise, this CBR is built on a steel diamond frame with an inverted fork and Pro-Link rear shock. Triple disc hydraulic brakes with full-time ABS offer competent stopping performance.

Aside from the updated styling this CBR gets a larger 5-inch color TFT display that replaces the mono-color LCD unit. The display is now Bluetooth compatible so riders can pair their iOS- or Android-powered smartphones with the vehicle. American Honda has yet to announce whether this new motorcycle model will arrive in America. Official technical specifications and pricing also haven’t been formally released.

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By: Adam Waheed
Title: 2024 Honda CBR650R Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/honda-cbr650r-preview/
Published Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2023 18:15:04 +0000

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K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer

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Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed
When the Honda Dax was brought back into production a couple of years ago, K-Speed wasted little time getting their grubby paws on it. The Thai powerhouse’s founder, the mysterious Mr Eak, had a 50 cc Dax as a teenager—and the workshop is particularly good at customizing small Hondas. So a K-Speed-customized Dax was inevitable.

Two years on, and K-Speed is still finding interesting ways to cram massive levels of badassery into Honda’s bite-sized mini-bike. This time, they’ve turned the Dax into an uber-sassy—albeit impossibly compact—café racer.

Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed

Although K-Speed churns out countless custom bikes a year for paying customers, this one was a shop build. Eak wanted to see how far he could push the 2024-model Honda ST125 Dax, visually, without modifying its pressed steel frame (which also houses its fuel tank). Luckily K-Speed has an extensive range of Honda mini-bike parts to draw from, manufactured under their ‘Diabolus’ brand.

Dubbed ‘Puppy Racer,’ K-Speed’s custom Honda Dax benefits most from a radical stance adjustment. The crew started with a new Diabolus front end, comprising upside-down forks and a more modern-looking top yoke. It sits lower than the stock setup, as do the twin Diabolus shocks that now prop up the rear.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-dax-cafe-racer
Published Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2024 16:11:01 +0000

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
2024 Shelby Super Snake unveiled at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction.

As thousands of car enthusiasts streamed through the gates of The World’s Greatest Collection Car Auctions on Thursday, they were met with sunshine, blue skies and over 600 collector cars on display at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction.

The auction site at the South Florida Fairgrounds offered something for everyone on the first day of the event. Guests were able to see all the collector cars before they had their turn on the famous auction block, check out interactive displays and demonstrations from more than 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and grab a bite to eat from a wide variety of offerings.

The day’s activities included the demonstration of a 1976 Leopard 1 A5 Battle Tank (Lot #696), which will cross the block with No Reserve on Saturday, April 20, highlighted by the unmistakable rumble of its 37.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine and the turning of the turret. Additional demonstrations are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. near the South Showcase.

Another must-experience highlight of the day was an exhilarating ride around the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track with a professional driver at the Dodge Thrill Rides and Ford Hot Laps. In addition, the Volvo Driving Experience gave guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a new Volvo for a cruise along the streets of Palm Beach.

Of course, the real not-to-be-missed element of the event was watching all the exciting bidding action in the arena itself.

The morning’s activity began with nearly 200 examples of collectible cool up on the block during the Automobilia Auction, where Lot #6299.2, a large Kenny Rogers Roasters light-up sign and Lot #6298.4, a Chevrolet OK Used Cars neon sign, proved to be the stars of Thursday’s show. Three gas pumps also took the spotlight: a 1940s-50s Gulf Bennett Model #646 (Lot #6291) and a late-1940s/early-50s Gulf Oil Premium Gasoline Tokheim 39 (Lot #6292). A late-1940s/early-1950s Texaco Bennett Model 756 (Lot #6289.1) rounded out the day’s top five automobilia sales.

Before the collector cars started to cross the block for the day, Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson was joined on the block by President Steve Davis, along with Shelby American President Gary Patterson, Vice President of Operations Vince LaViolette, and Sales and Marketing Manager Kash Singh, as well as Tracy Smith, Executive Vice President of Carroll Shelby International, to debut Shelby’s latest creation: the 2024 Shelby Super Snake. The special car, along with a convertible version, will be on display throughout the Palm Beach event in the Shelby American display.

Over 175 of the more than 600 No Reserve collector cars on this year’s docket took their turn on the block Thursday, with 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible (Lot #106.1), a 1970 Ford Torino custom coupe (Lot #100.1), 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante (Lot #103) and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT convertible (Lot #108) all taking top honors for the day.

The first two cars from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection had their turn in the spotlight today. The first, a 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible (Lot #82), was among the top sales of the day, and it was followed by Lot #82.1, a 1974 Volkswagen Thing convertible. The remaining vehicles in the collection will cross the block on Friday and Saturday with No Reserve.

The Palm Beach Auction runs through Saturday, with tickets and bidder registration available on Barrett-Jackson.com. Join us this weekend and soak in all the excitement the auction has to offer.

Enjoy the video below of Wednesday night’s Opening Night Party, as well as a gallery of activity in the auction arena and around the site today.

Shelby fans in the Auction Arena during the unveil.

LOT #106.1 – 1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE

Barrett-Jackson guests checking out the collector vehicles in the South Showcase.

LOT #82 – 1962 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE CONVERTIBLE

LOT #696 – 1976 LEOPARD 1 A5 BATTLE TANK – NO RESERVE

LOT #100.1 – 1970 FORD TORINO CUSTOM COUPE

Volvo Driving Experience.

LOT #103 – 2007 ASTON MARTIN DB9 VOLANTE

Dodge Thrill Rides.

LOT #108 – 1968 FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE

Guests waiting to go on a Ford Hot Lap.

2024 Shelby Super Snake convertible in the Shelby American display.

LOT #6298.4 – CHEVROLET OK USED CARS NEON SIGN ON STAND

LOT #6291 – 1940S-50S GULF BENNETT MODEL #646 GAS PUMP and LOT #6292 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-50S GULF OIL PREMIUM GASOLINE TOKHEIM 39 GAS PUMP

LOT #6289.1 – LATE-1940S/EARLY-1950S TEXACO BENNETT MODEL 756 GAS PUMP

LOT #6299.2 –

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2024-palm-beach-auction-highlights-day-1/
Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 21:00:23 +0000

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La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven

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Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork
We have a particular affinity for modern Vespa scooters around here. Our founding editor, Chris Hunter, used to commute on one in Sydney, I used to commute on one in Cape Town, and our good friend, Winston Yeh, bops around Taipei on his (a black one, naturally). But we wouldn’t have the first clue on how to customize a modern Vespa.

They’re cute enough as they are, begging to be lightly accessorized rather than heavily modified. It takes a lot of imagination to look past the iconic bodywork and see something radically different. Luckily, Adam Eldridge has imagination in spades.

Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork

Based in Austin, Texas, Adam’s a fabricator who’s spent the last two decades honing his craft. Working under the banner of Python Lair Designs, he’s built custom bicycles, choppers, and hot rods, and has even tackled interior architectural metalwork.

The commission for the Vespa came from Guido DeVita—an enigmatic 70-something-year-old petrolhead with an equal love for cars and bikes, and zero regard for convention. Adam’s done regular work for Guido’s business, ilGaragista, and describes it as “a custom shop with no boundaries other than a checkbook.”

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-vespa-gt-200
Published Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2024 20:02:02 +0000

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