2017 Honda CBR650F and CB650F Preview

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

On the surface, the 2017 Honda CBR650F and its naked sibling the CB650F don’t look much different than their 2016 versions apart from their new graphic schemes. The overall visual design, including their oh-s0-sexy cascading header pipes are back, and the underslung silencer has only a slightly different shape. Underneath the familiar skin, however, are a few updates that further refine Honda’s two 650 models.

Honda shortened the air intake funnels for the 649cc inline-Four while adding a dual-pass internal structure (rather than triple-pass) in the exhaust to improve the overall intake and exhaust flow management. The result is a 4 hp increase in peak power output to 89.8 hp at 11000 rpm while maximum torque increased by three-quarters of a pound-foot to 47.2 lb-ft. at 8000 rpm.

Shorter ratios from second to fifth gear improve acceleration with Honda claiming the 2017 models can beat the previous model in a 60 kph (about 37 mph) second gear roll-on by three bike lengths over 400m (437 yards).

17YM CBR650F

Honda also added a new 41mm Showa Dual Bending Valve fork. In our middleweight comparison against the Kawasaki Ninja 650 and Yamaha FZ6R, we found the Honda offered the firmest suspension settings but gave the lowest score in the suspension category. Honda says the new fork improves ride comfort and handling while offering more travel (up to 4.7 inches from 4.3 inches). The rear suspension remains the same monoshock with seven-stage preload adjustment.

In our shootout, we noted the CBR650F had the best brakes. That didn’t stop Honda from further revising the Nissin front brake calipers, though no specific details were offered.

The 2016 models already had LED taillights but the 2017s receive LED headlights as well.

The CBR650F’s fairing looks very similar to the outgoing version but for some open gaps in the side panels under the seat. The CB650F on the other hand has a much smaller radiator shroud, further emphasizing the angular shape of the fuel tank while showing more of the engine.

At the moment, Honda has not announced U.S. availability for either model. The CBR650F has been offered in the U.S. since 2014 but the CB650F was not.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • AM AM on Nov 15, 2016

    Glad Honda is bringing the CB to the US, and not just the CBR. Hope they dialed CB for low mid range power.

    • Denchung Denchung on Nov 15, 2016

      That hasn't been confirmed yet. As of now, these are only for Europe though we expext Honda to announce what models will be coming to the US soon.

  • TheSeaward TheSeaward on Nov 16, 2016

    I love the styling on these. The faired model is very elegant and mature. I know angles are in these days, but I'm glad Honda went this direction with it.