American Honda announced the addition of some new models to its 2014 line-up including the all-new CBR650F (pictured), giving customers another model in its middleweight sportbike market to chose from. The CBR650F boasts what Honda says is the balance between sporty handling and performance with fuel efficiency and comfortable seating accommodations.
The CBR650F features a liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 649cc inline-four engine that Honda claims produces 85.8 horsepower and 46.4 lb-ft torque. It has a six-speed transmission and four-into-one exhaust system.
Chassis-wise, the CBR650F has a twin-spar steel frame, which Honda claims is strong but not too stiff for casual everyday riding. It has a 57-inch wheelbase and reasonably low 31.9-inch ride height.
Suspension is made up of a 41mm fork and a preload-adjustable single rear shock.
Stopping power is provided by dual 320mm rotors with two-piston calipers up front and a single 240mm disc with a single-piston caliper in back.
Honda lists the curb weight at 461 pounds, which includes the 4.5-gallon fuel load and other necessary fluids.
The fully faired CBR650F was first introduced at the 2013 EICMA show in Milan alongside its sister, the naked standard CB650F. Originally both models were designated for the European market, but now the sportier CBR650F will be the one to hit the U.S. market this summer. It will be offered in Red, Candy Blue, Matte Black Metallic and the MSRP is listed at $8499 and $8999 for the ABS upgrade.
2014 HONDA CBR650F SPECIFICATIONS
Engine Type 649cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder
Bore and Stroke 67.0mm x 46mm
Induction PGM-FI Programmed automatic enrichment circuit, with 32mm throttle bodies
Ignition Digital transistorized with electronic advance
Compression Ratio 11.4:1
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Final Drive #525 O-ring-sealed chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension 41mm Fork; 4.3 inches travel
Rear Suspension Single shock with spring-preload adjustability; 5.0 inches travel
Front Brake Dual two-piston calipers with 320mm discs
Rear Brake Single-caliper 240mm disc
Front Tire 120/70ZR-17 radial
Rear Tire 180/55ZR-17 radial
Rake (Caster Angle) 25.30°
Trail 101.3mm (3.98 inches)
Wheelbase 57.0 inches
Seat Height 31.9 inches
Curb Weight 461 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel—ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gallons
Estimated Fuel Economy TBD MPG
Emissions Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available Color Red, Candy Blue, Matte Black Metallic
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
One Year Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
*All figures are preliminary and subject to change.