2016 Honda CBR650F – Ride Review & Specs / Sport Bike Motorcycle

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– 2016 CBR650F Price, Release Date, Colors | CBR Sport Bike / Motorcycle Review of Specs & Features –

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Why is that? Because it’s that motorcycle show time of the year where we have the EICMA show in Milan, Tokyo Motor Show, IMS (International Motorcycle Show) and AIMExpo all lined up back to back within just a matter of a few weeks. What is so important about these shows? It’s the time that most manufacturers announce new sport bikes to their model lineup for 2016 and beyond as well as cool concept bikes etc.

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16YM CBR650F

Naked CBR StreetFighter based off the CBR650F = 2016 CB650F | Click Here for Review of Specs & Pictures

With this weeks update for the EICMA show we have the 2016 Honda CBR650F that was just announced as a returning model for 2016 with a wild new color scheme to mix things up a bit. Wild is about the only word I can find to explain this Matte Black Metallic / Candy Red color scheme. At first, I wasn’t too thrilled about it but the more I look at it, the more it grows on me. What do you guys think about? The only thing I’m not too pleased about with the 2016 CBR650F update is that we only get one color to choose from in the USA for 2016. Yes, I said ONE color! Honda is taking a risky chance on the CBR model lineup this year when it comes to colors. What do I mean by “risky”? Well, now we only have this one color for the 2016 CBR650F and then when you check out the 2016 CBR1000RR & 2016 CBR600RR we only have one color to choose from there too. If you love the color offered then you’re in luck but the odds of everyone loving that one color when choosing will be slim.

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2016 CBR650F changes? Nope, no changes for 2016 from Honda on the very popular entry-level 600 cc class sport bike. If I’m being honest, I can’t think of really anything they “need” to or should have changed. Bang for the buck the bike is hard to be the way it sits with it being unchanged since its initial release back in 2014. The CBR650F isn’t like the true supersport bikes like the CBR600RR & CBR1000RR where everyone is begging for more horsepower, lighter weight, more technology, traction control, wheelie control etc. If they started throwing goodies like that at the CBR650F then it would price it out of the market that it was built and intended for. If you want more horsepower than what the CBR650F has to offer then it’s time to jump up to the CBR600RR. Want to know the differences between the 2016 CBR650F vs 2016 CBR600RR? Check out a breakdown on the details between the two CBR models here.


  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Model overview
  • 3. Key features
  • 4. Quick Overview of Features & Specs (If you’re in a hurry)

1, CBR650F Introduction

Sporting middleweights have always found starring roles within Honda’s range thanks to the poise and usability produced by their combination of low mass and strong engine performance. Whereas the trend recently has been toward ever-larger capacity mid-sized machines, Honda decided on a different direction to produce a true four-cylinder sporty middleweight that offers high style and specification, an involving easy-to-use riding experience and real value for money.

The new CBR650F is brand new from the wheels up. Based on the same platform as the naked streetfighter-styled CB650F, it’s been designed from inception by a young team of Honda engineers as a sports-oriented bike, usable and enjoyable in the real world by riders of all backgrounds and experience, in environments from busy urban streets to twisting back roads.

Teishiro Goto, Large Project Leader CBR650F:

“The CBR650F is designed to conquer corners with ease and also be great around town. It offers a sporting edge but makes no compromise to rider lifestyle – and is a real pleasure to look at. More and more of our customers, novice or veteran, are drawn to such a distinct identity and riding feel and it gives me great pleasure to welcome them to Honda’s newest CBR.”

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2. CBR650F Model Overview

The DOHC 649cc four-cylinder engine powering the CBR650F is completely new and engineered to deliver high torque through the low-to-mid rpm range, especially below 4,000 RPM.

The development team included many engineers in their twenties, selected to produce a bike with a focus on the younger customer. They decided early on that chasing peak power at redline was off their agenda. Strong acceleration from a standing start, low/mid range torque and mid-gear roll-on throttle response were targeted as the essential elements.

Crisp pick-up above 6,000 RPM and – for the sake of reduced running costs – economical cruising at highway speeds was also a focus. The engine’s also been designed to look good, with no external plumbing obscuring its lines. Sitting relatively far forward in the chassis for optimal weight distribution, the engine is truly at the heart of the machine.

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The CBR650F’s steel twin-spar frame has a tuned rigidity balance along with cast pivot plates and aluminum swingarm. The rear shock works directly on the swingarm and is matched to a 41mm telescopic front fork; the wheels are a new six-spoke design. Twin 320mm wavy front and a single 240mm rear disc deliver the stopping power with 2-channel ABS fitted as standard.

A low center of gravity, slim feel and high-set clip-on handlebars give excellent control and confidence. And the CBR650F’s sharp lines are enhanced by an effective but minimal full fairing that shows off the engine to the maximum.

3. CBR650F Key Features

3.1 Engine

The CBR650F’s liquid-cooled engine uses compact internal architecture, stacked six-speed gearbox and starter / clutch layout with the four cylinders canted forward 30°. The DOHC 16-valve cylinder head employs direct cam actuation and cam timing that equals strong torque performance and drivability below 4,000 RPM.

Bore and stroke is set at 67mm x 46mm. Optimization of con-rod length has decreased the side-force on each piston and ‘breathing’ holes in the crankcase walls between the journals reduce pumping losses as rpm rises. The pistons were developed with Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and asymmetric skirts minimize bore contact and reduce friction. Ferrous spines on the outer surface of the cylinder sleeves reduce oil consumption (and friction) with improved heat transfer.

A silent SV cam chain reduces frictional losses by using a Vanadium coating on its pins and the water pump – designed with CAE study of water flow – is compact and efficient, reducing drag.

Peak power of 86 HP / 64kW arrives at 11,000 RPM with peak torque of 46 lb ft / 63Nm at 8,000 RPM. The engine is smooth at all rpm, with distinct inline four-cylinder character and resonance.

Internal water channeling from cylinder head to cylinders does away with a great deal of the exterior hoses normally required and the motor shows off its minimal, elegant beauty and functional style. The layout of the oil filter (behind the engine) and oil cooler (front left) plus internal oil-ways further enhance the visual appeal and has enabled use of an evocative right side-swept 4-2-1 exhaust.

With strong echoes of the original Honda 1974 CB400 / 4 the design employs optimized downpipe length and diameter, plus patented internal plates regulating airflow to improve torque. The ‘wafer’ design stubby under-slung muffler – with 400-cell catalyst – contributes to mass centralization.

PGM-FI fuel injection is fed through a down-flow air-box and narrow 30mm high-velocity funnels, with intake gas-flow routed in as straight a line as possible. It operates with information from four separate throttle body sensors on 32mm throttle bores for crisp and accurate throttle response; Keihin KN7SJ injectors have replaced the Denso units used on the CB600F. Careful siting, position and angle of the throttle bodies allows a narrow frame width, improving manageability for the rider.

To deliver good fuel economy at constant throttle (cruising at higher speeds) short valve overlap timing works with a
specific ignition map; fuel consumption of 49.4 MPG gives you a range exceeding 210 miles per tank on the CBR650F.

  • 2016 CBR650F Horsepower Rating: 86 HP at 11,000 RPM
  • 2016 CBR650F Torque Rating: 46.5 lb ft TQ at 8,000 RPM
  • 2016 CBR650F MPG Rating: 49.4 Miles Per Gallon

Honda CBR Horsepower Rating Comparison Chart:

  • Click Here to Compare the other CBR models ( ⇓ ⇓ model list below ⇓ ⇓ ) against the CBR650F
    • CBR300R
    • CBR500R
    • CBR650F
    • CBR600RR
    • CBR1000RR

3.2 Chassis

The steel diamond frame uses twin 64mm x 30mm elliptical spars. Its rigidity balance has been specifically tuned – it’s much stiffer around the headstock and more ‘flexible’ in the spar sections – to deliver the desired handling characteristics and level of rider feedback. Rake is set at 25.5° with trail of 101mm and wheelbase of 1,450mm. Curb weight comes in at 461 pounds for the CBR650F when it’s full of fuel and ready to ride.

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The swingarm pivot plate is forged then welded together, while the gravity die-cast aluminum swingarm features a curvaceous shape that arcs over the muffler on the right. Adjustable for 7-stage spring preload the single-tube monoshock operates directly on the swingarm.

The shock and 41mm telescopic fork have been developed to work directly with the CBR650F frame’s performance parameters to provide supple, neutral control in all conditions. Both feature firmer spring rate (with damping to suit) compared directly with the CB650F to match the faired bike’s more sports-oriented focus.

Cast aluminium six-spoke wheels wear 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 front and rear radial tires. The wavy discs use the same manufacturing technique as the twin-cylinder NC750 series; the 240mm rear is formed within a 320mm front, saving material (and ultimately cost) to the customer. The two-piston front calipers and single-piston rear are managed by standard-fitment 2-channel ABS, ensuring safe and consistent stopping in all weathers.

A ‘Mass Forward’ stance gives the CBR650F its sleek and aggressive appearance. The dynamically curved fuel tank and chiseled fairing add a strong identity, as does the stubby, shrink-wrapped tail unit. Hinged at the back the tank allows easy access to the cylinder head for maintenance. Both taillight and front position light are LED.

Check out the 2017 Honda Concept Motorcycles built off the CBR650F platform: CB4 – Click Here / CBsix50 – Click Here

The riding position is on the relaxed side of sporty and pillions get an ample seat and strap for security. Seat height is 810mm and a narrow middle profile helps ground reach.

The dash comprises twin large digital screens. On the left are the rev-counter and speedometer; on the right are a fuel gauge, clock, odometer and the warning lights. Both sides are lit by a white back light. A compact ‘wave’ design ignition key offers improved security and reduced chance of breakage.

CBR650F Ride Review: You can find my thoughts and opinions on riding the CBR650F here.

2016 CBR650F Colors:

  • Matte Black Metallic / Candy Red (USA)
  • Pearl Metalloid White
  • Graphite Black
  • Matt Gunpowder Black & Red
  • Matt Gunpowder Black & White

2016 CBR650F MSRP / Price: 

  • $8,499

2016 CBR650F ABS MSRP / Price: 

  • $8,999

* Please keep in mind the 2016 CBR650F prices I mentioned above are the current MSRP prices from Honda. MSRP = Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price.

Engine: Specification, Units: mm (in)
Cylinder arrangement: 4 cylinders in-line, inclined 30° from vertical
Bore and stroke: 67.0 x 46.0 mm (2.64 x 1.81 in)
Displacement: 649 cm³ (39.6 cu-in)
Cylinder compression at rpm: 1,500 kPa (15.3 kgf/cm2, 218 psi) at 300 rpm
Standard: 0.010 – 0.045 (0.0004 – 0.0018)
Service Limit: 0.10 (0.004)
Intake: 0.20 ± 0.03 (0.008 ± 0.001)
Exhaust: 0.28 ± 0.03 (0.011 ± 0.001)
Recommended engine oil/classification/viscosity: Pro Honda GN4 4-stroke oil/API: SG or higher, JASO T 903 standard: MA/SAE 1
Oil capacity after draining/engine oil filter change: 2.9 liters (3.1 US qt)
Oil pressure at oil pressure switch: 490 kPa (5.0 kgf/cm², 71 psi) at 5000 rpm/80°C (176°F)
Final Drive: Specification
C/S sprocket: 15
Rear sprocket: 42
Drive chain size (x) links: 525 x 118
Drive chain slack: 25 – 35 (1.0 – 1.4)
Cooling System: Specification
Recommended antifreeze/concentration: Pro Honda HP Coolant/1:1 (mixture with distilled w
Coolant capacity,radiator and engine: 2.5 liters (2.6 US qt, 2.2 Imp qt)
Fuel System: Specification
Type/throttle bore: 32 mm (1.3 in)
Carburtetor/throttle body ID #: 49 State Type: GQ8GC / 50 State Type: GQ8GB
Idle speed (+/- 100 rpm): 1,250 ± 100 rpm
Fuel pressure at idle: 343 kPa (3.5 kgf/cm2, 50 psi)
Starter valve vacuum difference: N/A
Throttle grip/lever free play: 2 – 6 mm (0.08 – 0.24 in)
Suspension: Specification
Recommended fork fluid: Pro Honda Suspension Fluid SS-47 (10W)
Fork fluid capacity/and level: 505 ± 2.5 cm3 (17.1 ± 0.08 US oz)
Tires: Specification
Front  Size: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Cold tire pressure: 250 kPa (2.50 kgf/cm², 36 psi)
Rear  Size: 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Cold tire pressure: 290 kPa (2.90 kgf/cm², 42 psi)
Battery/Charging System: Specification
Charging system type: Triple phase output alternator
BatteryCapacity/Model: 12 V – 8.6 Ah / FTZ10S, Y
Fully charged: 13.0 – 13.2 V
Needs charging: Below 12.4 V
Normal: 0.9 A/5 – 10 h
Quick: 4.5 A/1 h
Regulated voltage at rpm: Measured BV < Measured CV < 15.5 V at 5000 rpm
Alternator charging coil resistance: 0.1 – 1.0 O
Lighting Equipment: Specification
Hi: 12 V – 60W
Lo: 12 V – 55 W
Brake/tail light: LED
Front turn signal/running light bulb: 12 V – 21/5 W
Rear turn signal light bulb: 12 V – 21 W
Ignition System: Specification
Ignition system type: Full transistorized ignition
Ignition timing (F mark): 5° BTDC at idle speed
Standard – NGK: CR9EH-9
Spark plug gap: 0.80 – 0.90 mm (0.031 – 0.035 in)
Ignition coil peak voltage: 100 V minimum
Ignition pulse generator peak voltage: 0.7 V minimum
Torque value: Specification, Unit: N.m (kgf.m, lbf.ft)
Front axle bolt/nut: 59 (6.0, 44)
Front axle holder/pinchbolt/nut: 22 (2.2, 16)
Rear axle nut: 98 (10.0, 72)


2016 Honda CBR650F Overview / Highlights (for those in a hurry)

  • – Sport-oriented ergonomics are also comfortable enough for longer rides.
  • – Tuned especially for strong acceleration from a standing start and strong midrange roll-on throttle response for real-world street-riding performance.
  • – Low center of gravity (CG), light curb weight, slim cross-section and high-set clip-on handlebars work together to provide lightweight steering feel and responsive handling.
  • – Full sport bike-style bodywork places the CBR650F squarely in the company of Honda’s flagship CBR600RR and CBR1000RR supersport models.
  • – Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

CBR650F Engine / Drivetrain

  • – 649cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine features a muscular torque spread through the low- to midrange portions of the powerband, especially below 4000 RPM.
  • – Features Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system.
  • – Dual overhead camshafts actuate four valves per cylinder. This layout allows a high degree of freedom in cylinder head design for optimum performance.
  • – The camshafts are driven by a silent-type cam chain for reduced engine friction, and the surfaces of the cam-chain pins are treated with vanadium for lower friction and increased toughness.
  • – The piston pins and connecting rods are treated with a special friction-reducing protective coating for greater durability and efficiency.
  • – Cylinders are inclined at a 30-degree angle to help lower the center of gravity (CG) for more agile handling.

CBR650F Chassis / Suspension

  • – The frame incorporates elliptically shaped twin 64mm x 30mm steel spars for tuned flex to deliver excellent sport riding characteristics.
  • – The engine is incorporated as a stressed member of the frame, an efficient layout for enhanced handling.

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  • – Single-shock rear suspension is actuated directly by the strong yet lightweight aluminum swingarm for 5.0 inches of rear-wheel travel.
  • – Shock spring preload is adjustable in seven steps to accommodate variations in load and riding conditions.
  • – Large, 41mm fork with 4.3 inches of travel for a well-controlled yet comfortable ride.
  • – Lightweight cast-aluminum wheels with 120/70ZR-17 tire in front and 180/55ZR-17 rear for full sport bike capabilities.
  • – Wave-type dual front 320mm disc brakes and 240mm rear give strong stopping power and lend a stylish touch while also saving unsprung weight.
  • – Honda’s ABS system is available for more confident stopping in challenging conditions.
  • – Sweeping right-side four-into-one exhaust system is both stylish and functional.
  • – LCD multi-function digital meter package includes speedometer, tachometer, odometer/A&B tripmeters, fuel gauge and clock. Meter can also display average and instantaneous fuel consumption.
  • – Underseat utility area adds modest but convenient storage space.
  • – Advanced LED taillight for brilliant illumination.

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CBR650F Exhaust
Power, style, and an unmistakable growl – you get all three with the four-into-two-into-one exhaust system on the new CBR650F.

Six-Speed Transmission
Smooth, nearly seamless shifts and more gear ratios to match the way you want to ride: those are two of the characteristics that make this Honda so much fun to ride.

Twin-Spar Steel Frame
A steel frame is strong, but not too rigid for the needs of the everyday rider. With a 57-inch wheelbase, the CBR650F is also quick and responsive—just what a machine in this class should be.

649cc DOHC Engine
Engines like this are what Honda does best. The four-cylinder design makes it smoother and faster revving than most twins, and offers ample low to midrange torque, and plenty of power through the entire rev range.

Rear Disc Brake
A 240mm hydraulic disc at the rear complements the twin front discs for plenty of stopping power.

4.5-Gallon Fuel Tank
You asked; we listened. A bike as versatile as the CBR650F needs plenty of range, and the 4.5-gallon fuel tank provides just that.

Clip-On Handlebars
Clip-on bars are an integral part of supersport bikes and for the CBR650F, they put you in a riding position that’s both sporty and comfortable enough for longer trips.

LCD Multi Meter
In addition to the speedometer and digital tachometer, the CBR650F’s instrumentation also includes clock, trip meter, and fuel gauge.

41mm Front Suspension
Our 41mm front suspension offers excellent suspension action, a comfortable ride, along with precise steering and front-end feedback.

Dual Disc Brakes / Optional ABS
Here’s an area where plenty of other bikes would scrimp, but not the CBR650F. Dual 320mm front discs offer excellent stopping power under a wide range of operations. Honda’s ABS system is available for more confident stopping in challenging conditions.

Supersport-Style Front Cowl
The new CBR650F may be a terrific value, but it still offers plenty of style. Check out its CBR600RR-inspired front cowl – just enough bodywork to cut the wind blast and give it a cool look. This information and more available at PowerSports.Honda.com.

Want to see how the 2016 CBR650F horsepower rating compares to other models in Honda motorcycle model lineup? The Honda CBR Sport Bike / Motorcycle Horsepower Chart is here.

Comment below on your thoughts about the 2016 CBR650F… Anything you wish Honda would change on the bike? Any changes or upgrades that Honda should have thrown at the 2016 CBR650F?

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