Honda Motorcycles - New Models
16 November 2016
2017 HONDA CB650F
Model updates: Honda’s naked four-cylinder middleweight gains 3kW peak power and a boisterous induction roar, plus a Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork and revised Nissin brake calipers. New stripped-back styling highlights the engine and exudes a tougher, uncompromising attitude.
The four-cylinder middleweight has long been a key machine within the wide range of Honda motorcycles. Genuine middleweights provide accessible and enjoyable engine performance tied to minimal mass, giving the kind of pound-for-pound performance that makes a great place from which to begin - or resume - a motorcycling career.
The CB650F, which debuted in 2014, continues the tradition. Designed by a young team of engineers, it harnesses the lightweight form and high quality engineering of all mid-capacity Hondas – with a special nod to the seminal 1970’s CB400 from its side-swept exhaust downpipes – and injected an exciting new jolt of energy and naked streetfighter style.
The 2017 evolution raises the adrenalin level further. The new CB650F makes more power, and delivers an amplified soundtrack that matches its steelier edge. Stripped down further, and with even sharper handling, it packs a punch that’s hard to ignore.
Mr Sadataka Okabe, Large Project Leader (LPL) 17YM CB650F:
“Genuine middleweight four-cylinder motorcycles are an important Honda tradition. Bigger is not always better and for the 2017 CB650F we wanted to give riders more of what matters – performance, acceleration, style and handling ability – without adding weight or cost. We also wanted to give an even higher specification, with new features like LED lighting and the latest SDBV fork.”
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2017 HONDA CBR650F
Model updates: Honda’s faired four-cylinder middleweight gains 3kW peak power and raucous induction roar, plus a Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork and revised Nissin brake calipers. Redrawn bodywork highlights the engine and aggressively pumps up the Super Sport style.
A four-cylinder middleweight provides accessible and enjoyable engine performance tied to minimal mass and, for many riders, is a great place from which to begin - or resume - a motorcycling career. Affordable to both purchase and run, they’re small on costs but big on excitement – a great combination. Honda has always had a strong tradition of creating such motorcycles – genuine middleweights that pack real pound-for-pound punch.
Designed by a young team of engineers, the faired CBR650F continues this tradition. On its introduction in 2014 alongside the naked CB650F*, it combined day-to-day practicality and ease of use with a strong dose of CBR-specification sporting intent and style. For 2017, the new CBR650F turns up the volume on every level: it’s still an easy machine to live with, but looks sharper, handles better, makes more power and delivers an amplified soundtrack that complements the sharper visual edge.
Mr Sadataka Okabe, Large Project Leader (LPL) 17YM CBR650F:
“The CBR650F has found its place with owners who want sports style and performance without the compromise and expense. Our aim with the new machine was to add extra rider excitement and enjoyment while sacrificing none of the usability. The engine still makes great torque from low rpm, but now hits harder, with more power up top. The latest SDBV fork enhances the chassis and the styling is much more aggressive – more CBR and also something quite unique, with the engine really on show.”