Few things strike a motorcyclist’s heartstrings like a sportbike, with its sharp lines and full fairings hinting at the performance that’s packed inside, as well as the fun corner-carving that’s to come. Of course, for most street riders, there is a point when comfort and practicality must be balanced. Honda brand provides the Honda 2020 CBR650R ABS Sports Bike, a completely faired sport edition of the CB650R, for this purpose. The CBR650R is designed to be enjoyed on the street while drawing inspiration from an RR bike, with light, snappy handling provided by a highly adjusted chassis and pleasurable power supplied by a high-revving inline four-cylinder engine. Sharp lines, LED lighting, and an aggressive riding posture rounds out the package, establishing an optimum mix between performance and practicality—a satisfying confluence of values for the contemporary sportbike rider.
Sportbikes are a unique species, with their explosive power, fully faired design, and quick handling. And with the Honda CBR650R, we’ve raised the bar for sportbike performance to a whole new level. It all begins with the high-revving inline-four, which provides near-endless power and is equally at home on the track as in the city. The chassis is also light and robust, providing good feedback and comfort. This year’s CBR650R also has anti-lock brakes, a big plus for street riders. And, in terms of aesthetics, this bike shines out everywhere you ride it, with design influences taken directly from our super sports. It is a modern-era sportbike with comfort, performance, and flair that, once experienced, is never forgotten.
Honda 2020 CBR650R ABS Sports Bike – Features and Price
While the four-cylinder engine remains on show, the CBR650R’s styling is pure sporty; twin LED headlamps to cast a piercing, uncompromising gaze, and the top and lower fairings merge muscularity with crisp, narrow lines and angles.
The seat section is small and truncates the machine’s rear, contributing to the machine’s hard-edged feeling of purpose. The aggressive riding posture begins with clip-on handlebars that attach under the triple top clamp; they’re pushed forward and low, like the rearward-set footpegs, to produce a performance-focused sitting position. The seat is 31.9 inches high.
The steel diamond frame has pressed (rather than forged) swingarm pivot plates, is lightweight, and has twin elliptical spars with a rigidity balance that has been specifically tuned (stiffer around the new headstock and greater flexibility in the spar sections) to provide balanced handling characteristics with high levels of rider feedback.
The curb weight is 458 pounds (with all fluids) due not only to the lightweight frame but also to the fuel tank and super-sport-style footpeg savings.
A 41mm inverted Showa Separate Function Front Fork (SFF) provides superb riding qualities in all conditions, while single-tube shock functions directly on the curved gravity die-cast aluminum swingarm outback. The shock has a seven-stage spring preload adjustment.
Front radial-mount brake calipers with four pistons operate on 310mm floating rotors combined with a single-piston rear caliper and 240mm rotor. ABS is the industry standard. The cast-aluminum wheels contain five Y-shaped spokes, which reduce inertia and unsprung bulk while keeping weight to a minimum.
Honda’s development experts intended to give the CB650R rider the cleanest, most pleasurable midsized four-cylinder experience possible; therefore, the 649cc, DOHC 16-valve engine has been designed to provide strong power over 10,000 rpm. Peak power is supplied at 12,000 rpm, while peak torque is delivered at 8,500 rpm. The result is a motor that spins well at high rpm and has a smooth, linear torque delivery that rises aggressively as RPM climbs while still sounding terrific.
Because of the direct cam actuation, the cylinder head is small; the compression ratio is 11.6:1. The valve train has been strengthened, and iridium spark plugs have been used.
Asymmetric piston skirts reduce friction by minimizing bore contact. With enhanced heat transmission, ferrous spines on the outside surface of the cylinder sleeves reduce oil consumption (and conflict), and a quiet SV cam chain lowers frictional losses by applying a Vanadium coating on its pins. Most outside hoses are eliminated thanks to internal water routing from the cylinder head to the cylinders.
The brand new twin air ducts on each side of the gasoline tank deliver a considerable air volume into the airbox, enhancing atmospheric pressure. They also roar with a throaty intake. The exhaust has a broader diameter tailpipe within the muffler (from 1.4 to 1.5 inches) to flow more gas and, with its exit pipe oriented upward, to generate an expressive scream.
The engine has a small internal design, a stacked six-speed transmission, and a starting arrangement with the cylinders canted forward 30 degrees. An assist/slipper clutch helps with upshifts while regulating rear-wheel lockup during quick downshifts, and Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) maintains rear-wheel traction; it may be turned off if desired.
Honda 2020 CBR650R ABS Sports Bike – Price
The new Honda 2020 CBR650R ABS Sports Bike is available at $9,699 only.
Honda 2020 CBR650R ABS Sports Bike – Technical Specifications
|Type||599cc liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke||67mm x 42.5mm|
|Induction||Programmed Dual Stage Fuel Injection (PGM-DSFI); 40mm throttle bodies, Denso 12-hole injectors|
|Ignition||Computer-controlled digital transistorized w/ 3-D mapping|
|Valve Train||DOHC; four valves per cylinder|
|Final Drive||#525 O-ring-sealed chain; 16T/42T|
|Front||41mm inverted telescopic Big Piston Fork w/ spring preload, rebound, and compression damping adjustability; 4.3 inches|
|Rear||Unit Pro-Link® HMAS single shock w/ spring preload, rebound, and compression damping adjustability; 5.1 inches travel|
|Front||Two full-floating 310mm discs w/ radial-mounted four-piston calipers|
|Rear||Single 220mm disc w/ single-piston caliper|
|Rake (Caster Angle)||23º, 55′|
|Trail||98mm (3.8 in.)|
|Ground Clearance||5.3 inches|
|Seat Height||32.3 inches|
|Fuel Capacity||4.8 gal., including 0.9 gals. reserve|
|Color||Matte Black Metallic|
|Curb Weight||410 lbs.|