2014 Honda CBR650F — More of a Good Thing

11/08/2013 @ 1:15 am, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS


We didn’t get the Honda CBR600F here in the States, so it seems unlikely that we will get that bike’s successor, the 2014 Honda CBR650F. Taking the popular road bike platform, and slapping an obvious 50cc of additional engine displacement, Honda’s mantra for 2014 is clear: more is better.

We already saw that the Honda CBR300R added 37cc to Big Red’s baby CBR, and the Japanese OEM has done a similar treatments with its new NC750 platform as well. As they say, there is no replacement for displacement, but the 2014 Honda CBR650F is more than just a re-worked street bike — it is a brand new machine from the wheels up.

Sharing the same platform as the 2014 Honda CB650F, the Honda CBR650F features an all-new 649cc inline-four engine, that Honda says has been engineered to deliver high torque in the low-to-mid rpm range, especially below 4,000 rpm. Picking an engineering staff that is mostly in its 20’s to develop this machine, Honda hopes that the new CBR650F will appeal to younger buyers.

Honda says that steel twin-spar frame for the CBR650F has a tuned rigidity balance along with cast pivot plates and aluminum swingarm — i.e. the Honda CBR650F is much stiffer around the headstock and more flexible in the spar sections .

A bit cheap in its Showa suspension components, Honda is making its dual-channel ABS standard with its Nissin braking package, and one can’t argue with the near 60 mpg that is being quoted.

With peak power is 86hp at 11,000, peak torque comes in at 46 lbs•ft at 8,000 rpm. That power will be needed, a sthe 2014 Honda CBR650F isn’t the lightest bike on the market, tipping the scales at 465 lbs at the curb.

We expect the 2014 Honda CBR650F to be aggressive pricing though, which means that the Honda CBR650F is cheap and well put-together machine that looks great — new riders should be intrigued.






Source: Honda

  • Jimbo

    Only 86bhp??? The current 600 Hornet honda make has 97. And that is being replaced by the non faired version of this – why the power downgrade?

  • Jan

    @Jimbo: Probably less hp for more mpg.

    Does the current hornet 600 also have 60MPG?

  • Leo

    Is this a Honda Katana????? Or a Honda Scion…”Honda hopes that the new CBR650F will appeal to younger buyers.” …

    Either way its booooooring.

  • jimmy smith jr

    Whoa…this is almost an exact replica of the current Yam FZ6R. Compare them from the front and side view. Wish I could post a pick in here.

  • Sentinel

    @ “Jimbo”, perhaps when we get to see a comparison of the actual power curves and peak torque values from some dyno graphs we my find that things have been enhanced and shifted further down the rev-range a bit to offer a better spread of more “usable” and readily accessible power. Personally I’d bet that’s the case.

  • JoeD

    The US market is dying and Honda is marketing for other areas. It would not surprise me to see the model lineup severely cut for all Asian manufacturers if ’14 numbers stay flat. The 60′ and 70’s were the heyday here.

  • I like it. Nice lines, a decent-looking seating position and better exhaust treatment than the Yamaha FZ6R. I’ll be curious to have a seat on one of these.

  • Anvil

    This bike is much better looking than most of the other sporty models that Honda has come up with recently.

    465 lbs. is a bit higher than I hoped it would be, but it’s the curb weight, so not bad.

    I’d like to see a bit more power, but it doesn’t need a load of hp if the torque is spread nicely.

    The suspension is a little wanting. The brakes may or may not be decent. Hard to say.

    It looks like it would be a really nice do-it-all sport bike that would work pretty well as a small tourer, too. The ergos seem just right and the seat looks slim but well proportioned and padded. It even has a top box as an accessory.

  • Norm G.

    I don’t care how much HP this has (or hasn’t), this is a DAMN good looking bike. that swingarm would like at home on an 899. these aren’t the kind of comments one has been able to say about Honda in more than a decade…?

  • MikeD

    I see nothing but good things here.
    They should try selling this on the USA. At least it comes with plenty of plastic (is a fact most of don’t care for nakeds on the USA).
    At 465 lbs she’s a bit on the Porky side but Ehhh, it could be worse. If weight is properly managed and positioned it won’t hurt the overall experience.
    Standard ABS ? Cool. Almost 60 mpg ? Cool. It’s got the looks, now let’s see about the Price.
    The only thing i don’t like about these small I4s is you have to REV it to the Moon.
    Torque 8k, Hp 11K . . . better than the Supersports but still pretty high . . . but i guess some things can’t be helped (Nature of the Beast ?). LOL.

  • Kevin White

    Like it. I ride an FZ6R. It’s a great bike for a variety of purposes, and better (in my opinion) in every way than the ’05 ZZR600 I owned in the past.

    One notable difference is this has clip-ons, where the FZ6R features a handlebar (which I’ve rotated a bit on mine). Curb weights are almost identical (FZ6R 2 pounds heavier). This should have a bit more torque and around 20% more rwHP than the FZ6R. It would be interesting to see the first dynojet readings and compare them to the FZ6R’s, along with a comparison of gear ratios and final gearing.

    Alas, probably not coming here…

  • Anvil

    Anybody notice the grip that’s integrated into the frame spar? Very nice touch.

    Shame these won’t be coming here. I’d seriously consider one as a light tourer and maybe throw a few bucks at the suspension. Sounds like the price will reasonable and I could easily justify adding one to the stable.

  • the best thing about this bike is the design cues that will likely translate into future models ala the CBR600rr – LED lighting, simplified and less prone windshield, multispoke wheels, mono headlight again less prone during a crash, simplified fairings – under body exhaust – etc