Honda CB650F Overview
The Honda CB650F is a bike with attitude. Compared to the old model, it is far sportier and we really like it.
The bike feels light and agile, with a real aggressive riding position which puts you right up and over the front of the bike. It is not uncomfortable though and can feel quite pleasing to ride in most conditions. Also, if you want to ride the CB gently, you can. It can ride no problem on low revs, but for a real thrill you’ll want to open this up on the open road.
The build quality of this bike is good for what is essentially a budget bike. The styling is modern and feels fresh. Other budget middleweight bikes, such as the Z650, will get a good run for their money with this bike. It is priced around the same but possibly has a better chassis.
This bike unfortunately lacks a digital gear indicator, which we feel it really does need. ABS is standard – which is great. You won’t lose money with this bike. With the Honda name to it, it is bound to last you a long time and can hold its value.
Honda CB650F Spec
- Top speed135mph
- Engine16v DOHC
- Average fuel consumption51mpg
- Seat height810mm
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Seat is kind of small but good enough.
It's a Honda, build quality if phenomenal.
Amazing brakes, the abs system is really nice.
Beautiful handling from this machine.
Nice mid to high range power.
She's dirt cheap to run 250 milesish to a full tank.
VERY responsive even at speed, very well balanced
It being a 650 and shuntinig the power to the lower end of the rev-counter brings much enjoyment and great pickup - of course there's room for more CC and with it, this bike would be perfection
Front headlight could do with being xenon like the driving side lights. Personally I'd also swap the horn and beam-main-beam toggle for the headlights.
The bikes like a tank, it's solid, no faff, just awesome
Very good braking, balanced, reliable and smooth
Great ride quality considering it doesn't have adjustable front forks. Power delivery is silky smooth with linear delivery giving power low to mid range.
Great power all round. Fantastic first bike as the power is predictable once you are used to it. Enough power to have fun around town commuting and fab for a blast on the weekend.
Honda so quality is very high.
As expected. ABS is a great addition and works well.
This bike loves corners or maybe that's just me but it rolls really well and feels light switching from one turn to another. The gears are easy and change with little need for the clutch and it handles like a dream.
The bikes power is everything I need and as I'm still new to riding I've not opened it up but I can feel it wanting to give me more!!
The only thing I would change is the headlight bulb. The light cluster has a couple of led lights and it would just top it off if the main headlight was an led as well.
I've only had the bike for a month but in that time it's always started straight away and feels goof and well built.
The bike comes with ABS braking which I've not had to use but it stops well with a firm feel to the brakes
Honda have done a few things with the design of the CBR650F and the rotation of the engine by 30 degrees and a longer stroke means that power is applied throughout the rev range and the ride seems somehow much smoother than any of my previous bikes. The bike is light and responsive and corners beautifully. I am of average height, build and weight and this bike is so easy to handle for me. I love the ride and the smooth power application, there is no 'fighting' the bike to get what I want out of it. Superb!
Honda's changes to the CBR650F include a longer stroke by rotation of the engine by 30 degrees forward, and upping the engine by 50cc to give a little extra grunt. The changes would not seem major, but the overall effect is very noticeable. The engine is super smooth and quiet and power is available throughout the rev range, as mentioned previously. You do not have to wait for things to happen by pushing the rev needle all the way to the top of the clock!
The instrument cluster and clocks are a little sparse and could possibly be deemed 'tacky'. A gear position indicator would also be a great addition. But I'm being picky!
The CBR650F feels strong and is typically Honda; I thought there may be some issues as it is built now in Thailand, but I've had it almost a year and nothing has gone wrong and the build quality matches that of any Japanese built model I've owned previously.
The addition of ABS to the baseline model has filled me with confidence when I ride this bike. Braking is smooth and even and I have no trepidation going into corners. Front and rear 'wavy' disks are stunning in terms of looks as well!
this is my first big bike after riding scooters. It is confidence inspiring and handles great, ABS has saved me on a few occasions. I would definitely recommend this bike to new riders.
The wind blast at motorway speeds
As a fairly new rider this bike is easy to ride. The weight is easy enough to handle and it goes through the bends with no worries at all.
The engine is plenty powerful enough for me. Had a ride out with a friend on a 750 sports bike and had no problems keeping up. It has me holding on for my life when I give the throttle a good turn.
If I'm honest I can really think of any cons. Wold be nice if it sounded a bit better. Can always put a different exhaust system on I suppose.
No problems so far although I've only done 1700 miles on it from new. The gearbox can sound and feel a little clunky at times although I don't really have that much to compare it to.
Braking is great. Had to grab a handful a couple of times when I'm apparently invisible to pensioners in cars. Great when diving into corners and getting back on the gas. No complaints.
Can't compare it. 1st bike
Best in class
Easy adjust clutch
I'm 6ft and the peg placement is great didn't feel any need to stop and stretch every so often. It weight at 209 kgs it is very nimble and easy to ride. Would recommend for anyone looking for their first big bike and riding from central Scotland to York for a course was amazingly easy, even as a naked bike.
I'm only an A2 licence holder so don't have the poor thing at its potential but it still accelerates like a little whippet and gets to the speeds you need.
£12 on average to fill up on premium unleaded gives an average range of 120-40 miles, in the case of taking the revs to the max on each gear and sitting on the motorway the revs sit high so used the fuel much more than expected when sitting in 6th gear.
The only thing I feel that let's it down is the front forks, they're alright for just riding around town. As soon as you take it out for on the country roads it feels like it dips far too low and makes breaking a little harder that I feel it should.
The back break as with any bike is has a minimal impact on the bike as it is small and the line is very soft and stretched easily. The double disks have a great stopping distance but could be shorter if the forks were stiffer.
Great, and forgiving, first bike. Engine braking is a bit "heavy"
A good all-rounder
Cheap as chips
Great look and feels well made.
Back break is weak but front does the job
Falls into corners .very well balanced machine ..quick enough on the roads .excellent bike really smooth pulls away in 6th at low revs
Brilliant performance only 92bhp .ideal for novice and mature riders
Even when your playing in the twisties still returns 50mpg steady runs I have seen 65mpg
Early days yet only done 2000 miles on her ..no warranty issues as yet .I was a little concerned when I bought the bike as this model is made in Thailand
Brilliant brakes best brakes I've ever had and ABS is brilliant
Very smooth and nice sound.
Mid range power
Cheap but effective.
Solid but durable.
Great breaking power.