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Honda CBR650F

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Key specs
  • Displacement648.72 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported20 kmpl
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight216 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 7,09,543

Honda CBR650F is now discontinued in India.

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Honda CBR650F Summary

CBR650F key highlights

Engine Capacity 648.72 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 20 kmpl
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 216 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.3 litres
Seat Height 810 mm

About CBR650F

The CBR650F is Honda’s middleweight sports-touring motorcycle and its entry-level in-line four cylinder offering in India. It recently got a few cosmetic and mechanical upgrades with no changes to its price tag, thus adding a value-for-money quotient to the bike.

The bike gets a more relaxed riding position as compared to its supersport cousin, the CBR600RR, which is sold internationally. This not only serves to enhance its touring capabilities, but is also makes the CBR650F a powerful commuter. It uses a 649cc in-line four cylinder engine that produces maximum power of 90bhp at 11,000rpm and peak torque of 60.5Nm at 8500rpm and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. This unit is now BS-IV compliant and gets a few revisions that include a dual-pass internal structure in the muffler and shorter air intake funnels. Honda has also revised the gear ratios to give the CBR650F improved acceleration. 

With dual-channel ABS as standard, the bike’s braking power has improved. It gets twin 320mm petal discs for the front, while the rear gets a 240mm single petal disc, both Nissin units. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels that are shod with 120mm and 180mm Dunlop rubber for the front and rear respectively. Suspension duties are taken care of by 41mm Showa forks at the front while the rear gets a monoshock. Apart from the ABS, the CBR650F does not feature any electronics.

Cosmetically, the bike gets new matte black and red paint schemes along with LED headlamps. The CBR650F is priced at Rs 7.3 lakhs (ex-showroom) and is the only fully-faired four cylinder motorcycle you could buy under Rs 8 lakhs.

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Honda CBR650F Review

Like a glove

Introduction

Pros - Easy to live with, massive street presence 

Cons – Pricey, boring instrumentation 

 

So you have moved up in the world. Fastrack watches have made way for Seikos and Fossils and you no longer find the need to mark the calendar for sale-days. Similarly, motorcycling has graduated from an economical mode of transport to a hobby. No one wants to look like a snob, but who doesn’t want the neighbours to take notice, maybe even admire your taste. So where do you plonk your money? Could the Honda CBR650F be the one?

The CBR650F is pegged as an everyday sportbike. It has been around for a while now, but 2018 has brought along a slew of changes. It gets improved suspension and brakes, LED headlamps and a BS-IV compliant engine with a bump in power output. And surprisingly, it is Rs 30,000 more affordable than before.

Quality

In true Honda sense, the fit-and-finish on the CBR650F is top-notch. The matte paint scheme gives the bike a sinister look and does a good job of drawing the spotlight. The switchgear has a lovely tactile feel, there are no panel gaps to speak of, and the parts quality is the best in class. However, the turn indicator and horn switch positions have been inverted and takes time getting used to. Also, the instrument cluster surround looks plasticky and doesn’t go well with the rest of the bike.

Comfort

It might look like a sportbike and feature rear-set footpegs and clip-on handlebars, but the CBR650F is as comfortable as any streetfighter. The seat is wide and accommodating, and you have the freedom to choose the riding position. You could move forward and sit upright, or slide to the back and crouch over the tank for a more committed stance. Either way, there is hardly any weight on your wrists. And irrespective of how many hours you spend in traffic, neither does the CBR650F doesn’t make you wish you spent more time exercising your back, nor does it make you stock up on Burnol for your thighs. I also don’t remember the last time I saw a single-piece seat on a sportbike. It works wonders for pillion comfort.

Performance

 

There is something unique about the inline four engines, it’s like they have split personalities. This one feels lazy and underpowered under 4,000rpm. You can feel the drama building up from the exhaust note, but the pace doesn’t match the noise. Stay on the throttle and it suddenly picks up pace and you can feel a smile on your face. And then all hell breaks loose as you get closer to the 11,500 redline. You get a high-pitched and frenetic scream accompanied by a kick in the back. And the vibrations, annoying they might be, further amplify the sensation of speed. It might not be the quickest bike around, but sure does pack enough drama to keep that smile on your face. 

 

This 649cc engine develops 85bhp and 60.5Nm of torque, and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The first gear is tall, and you can hit an indicated 101kmph before the limiter cuts in. The second and third are short and are perfect for city riding. The throttle response is butter-smooth, but the vibrations, which creep in after 4,500rpm, feel uncharacteristic for a Honda. It might feel really easy to putter around the city, but extracting performance out of it requires it to be revved really hard. And even so, there is hardly any signs of stress from the engine.

 

The steering isn’t very light, but this also makes the CBR650F feel more predictable. The Showa suspension takes care of all the mid-corner bumps without a word of complaint. It offers a good compromise for commuting through pothole-ridden roads and sports riding through the twisties. The ride quality is in fact one of the finest I have experienced on a sportbike. The dual 320mm discs up front pack strong stopping power with a good feel and progression, although the nitpicking side of me found the initial bite to be a little soft for a sportbike. 

 

Technology

Apart from the ABS, immobiliser, a die-cast swingarm and LED headlamps, there is nothing much to brag about. It does get a fully-digital instrument cluster, but the design looks like Honda just swapped the analogue dials from a decade-old console with digital displays. It even misses out on a gear-position indicator. The ABS can’t be turned off, and there isn’t a CBS or traction control system either. 

Fuel efficiency

On our standard test route, the CBR650F returned 23.8kmpl. It might not sound like a lot, but the CBR650F still is over three kmpl more efficient than the older bike. Out on the highway, thanks to the 17-litre fuel tank, you can easily cover 400 kilometres between fuel stops. 

Fitness of purpose

The CBR650F takes care of your daily grind while doubling up as a touring motorcycle for the occasional weekend ride admirably. In the city, the riding position isn’t physically demanding, the clutch is light and heat-flow is well taken care of. For touring, the LED lamps are powerful and have a good spread, the seat is firm and comfortable and the engine packs enough punch to keep you entertained. The CBR650F tips the scales at a hefty 216 kilograms, but I could hardly feel it as I moved the bike around for the photographer, which should be a boon in parking lots. 

 

Our take

 

The CBR650F strikes the ideal middle ground for the mundane commutes and the weekend rides. And despite the lack of rider aids, it might even put a smile on your face on the race track. Even so, I find it hard to justify the Rs 8.4 lakhs price tag (on-road). The Suzuki GSX-S750, a streetfighter it may be, is way more powerful and better equipped, and the Kawasaki Ninja 650, which might fall short of two cylinders, is just as versatile and a lot more affordable. 

 

Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi

Gear Check

 

Helmet: Arai Quantum-J - Rs 45,000

Jacket: Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3.0 - Rs 20,000

Gloves: Ixon Moto HP - Rs 9,500

Pants: AGV Sport Airtex - Rs 6,500

Boots: Sidi B2 - Rs 17,000

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Honda CBR650F mileage

As reported by CBR650F owners, the real mileage of Honda CBR650F is 20 kmpl. As per ARAI, the average of CBR650F is 20 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 84.2 bhp @ 11,000 rpm

    Max Torque 60.5 Nm @ 8,500 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard --

    Displacement 648.72 cc

    Cylinders 4

    Bore 67 mm

    Stroke 46 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition Digital transistorized with electronic advance

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiple-disc

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 17.3 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 346 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 20 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 20 kmpl

    Top Speed 194 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 320 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 180/55ZR-17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 240 mm

    Calliper Type --

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70ZR-17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension SDBV Telescopic

    Rear Suspension Pro-Link

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 216 kg

    Overall Length 2,107 mm

    Overall Width 753 mm

    Wheelbase 1,449 mm

    Ground Clearance 133 mm

    Seat Height 810 mm

    Overall Height 1,149 mm

    Chassis Type Diamond

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty --

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V

Battery12V 8.6A-h

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Headlight Bulb Type12V 35/35W

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightNo

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Honda CBR650F User Reviews

4.6 46 ratings 14 reviews
  • 4

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  • 4

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  • 4

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  • 3

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  •  4Improvement needed 2 years ago by Pritish, Berhampur

    Pros-1-comfortable seats both for the rider and pillion.2-linear power delivery. Anyone can ride this.2-good brakes and suspension.3- reliability being a honda. 4-service cost and part cost are much cheaper as compared to other bikes.Cons-1- the engine has a buzz at aro

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

  •  4All is well just improve headlight. gear indicator. slipper clutc 2 years ago by Jasmin Chauhan, Ahmedabad

    bike is good in riding and performance. problem is about its parts if you order any part it will take a month to deliver your bike so you cant depend on only one bike. you need another alternate bike if you put it in repair or part replacement not in service. part cost

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

  •  4Imperfectly perfect .!! 3 years ago by Ashwin Naik, Haveri

    Love this bike just because it's an inline 4.A sports tourer is what i look for.Daily commuting will be a ease .Lacking ride modes or electronics is a con .But who actually needs electronics for a 650 . ?? nah it has adequate power and dashing looks . Enough for commuti

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      Everything

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  •  4Devil 3 years ago by Maneesh Reddy, Hyderabad

    I never owned this bike but i want to simple awesome bike it got lots of power and this 4 cylinder sounds crazy its top speed up 267km/h we can fly in air and its very delightful to ride its looks sexy and if you ride it like butter running on road and its services and

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      18 kmpl

  •  5Cbr 650f coolness overloaded 3 years ago by Vinit, Vadodara

    1. Buying this bike is full of coolness and happiness. 2. Riding this bike feel like riding a ghost or a beast 3. Look like a beast performance above then the expected 4.Servicing should be done in time for best performance and maintenance is also be good 5.Pros and con

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    • Used it for

      Occasional Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      14 kmpl

  •  5First experience with 650f 3 years ago by Bhaskar, Mumbai

    The bike isn't costlier than your passion, honda the way the bike is riding cbr650f is undefinable in fact my opinion is very much positive towards this cbr 650f the servicing & maintenance may be costlier but that cannot be negotiated towards safety point of you all ar

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    • Used it for

      Leisure Rides

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

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