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Model update 2021 Honda CB650R - new fork and Euro 5!

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Honda's Neo Sports Café middleweight is upgraded with Showa's 41-mm Big Piston fork and a EURO5-compliant four-cylinder engine. Other innovations include a handlebar that has been moved further forward, an improved LCD dashboard and a USB Type-C charging socket under the seat. New side panels emphasize the minimalist styling. Honda always aims to push the boundaries - both in terms of design and engineering. In 2018, the CB1000R, CB300R and CB125R brought a breath of fresh air to naked bikes. Under the design theme "Neo Sports Café", Honda combined the style elements of classic café racers with a future-oriented and ultra-minimalist look.

Naked bike design concept

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The new design concept was only retained in the mid-range naked bike segment for the time being. Since 2019, the CB650R should fill this gap. It is built for a young target group who want to set themselves apart from the crowd in style, but who do not want to forego engine performance or easy, agile handling. The story of the CB650R is a true success story. With model year 2021, the CB650R will receive an upgrade of the front fork as well as a number of detail improvements to increase comfort, user-friendliness and practicality. The most important innovation on the CB650R is the 41 mm Showa Big Piston upside-down fork, which further improves the motorcycle's handling characteristics. The EURO5 conformity of the engine was achieved without any loss of performance. The other updates include a more forward-facing handlebar, improved visibility of the LCD display and a USB charging socket under the seat. There are also minor cosmetic changes such as new side panels and a new license plate holder.

The 2021 CB650R will be available in the following colors:

  • Pearl Smoky Gray ** NEW **
  • Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic
  • Candy Chromosphere Red
  • Mat Jeans Blue Metallic


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  • New Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SFF-BP) upside-down fork
  • Radially mounted four-piston front brake calipers with floating brake discs
  • Front and rear tires in dimensions 120/70-ZR17 and 180/55-ZR17

The steel frame of the CB650R uses pressed mounts for the swing arm bearings and two elliptical bars with a specially tuned stiffness balance (stiffer around the steering head area and more flexible in the handlebar sections) in order to achieve balanced handling properties combined with a high level of driver feedback. The lead is set to 25,5 ° with a lag of 101 mm and a wheelbase of 1.450 mm. The curb weight is 202,5 kg. The 41 mm SFF-BP upside-down fork from Showa is also new. A pressure isolating damper in one of the fork tubes and a spring mechanism in the other ensure high damping performance and lower weight. Together with the use of a larger piston, it results in better shock absorption properties and more control. The monoshock shock absorber acts directly on the arched swing arm made of cast aluminum and has a 7-stage spring preload adjustment.

Four-piston calipers

Radially mounted four-piston brake calipers grab the floating 310 mm wave brake discs on the front wheel. They are supported by a single-piston rear brake caliper and a 240 mm brake disc. The CB650R also has a two-channel ABS system. Tires in the dimensions 120/70-ZR17 (front) and 180/55-ZR17 (rear) are mounted on the cast aluminum wheels.

Styling & equipment

  • New side panels and new rear fender / license plate bracket
  • Increased steering angle for easier maneuvering at low speeds
  • LCD display now easier to read; USB Type-C charging socket under the seat

The crisp and aggressive Neo Sports Café style of the CB650R is characterized by the typically compact and slightly trapezoidal silhouette with short overhangs. The long fuel tank is a key visual element of the Neo Sports Café range. Its smooth lines harmonize with the built-in metal applications and set the scene for the magnificent four-cylinder engine. It also houses the ignition. New, smaller side panels emphasize the minimalism, as does the license plate holder, which is now made of metal and no longer made of plastic. There is now a USB charging socket under the seat for easy charging of a mobile device. The seat height is still 810 mm.

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The round main headlight works with LEDs like all the lighting and is an integral part of the Neo Sports Café design. The high-resolution LCD instruments have a similar structure to the instruments on the larger CB1000R. They have a gear indicator and a gearshift indicator. Readability will be optimized again for 2021 by adjusting the LED angle and font size. Another detail is the increase in the steering angle by 3 ° to 35 °. This setting makes tight, slow turns and U-turns easier.

Valerio Aiello, Honda Research and Development Officer in Rome, on the design aesthetic of Neo Sports Cafés:

The CB4 Concept, which was presented at EICMA in 2015, was the inspiration for the entire current Neo Sports Café range from Honda. We had set ourselves the goal of understanding the world of café racers and reinterpreting it in a modern way. All models in the CB series are not just retro motorcycles, but much more “neo-classics”. That means they are modern motorcycles with classic borrowings in combination with innovative technology.

We wanted to create a new style dimension that is different from the muscular street fighters of the last few years and at the same time is far removed from the classic café racer style. As a result, none of the competitor bikes in the Neo Sports Café range is similar. Regardless of whether you like it or not, our bikes are immediately recognizable as Hondas. Our competitors have either classic or very modern motorcycles in their portfolio, but in my opinion none that combines both styles.

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While developing the CB4 concept, I found inspiration outside of the motorcycle universe, in the world of watches. I have always admired their technicality and so the “art of mechanics” became a key concept in the creation of the design for the Neo Sports Cafés.

Mechanical Art seeks to showcase the beauty of various mechanical elements that Honda has always valued. Watches do this very well, although their mechanics always exude a certain charm.


  • 95 HP (70kW) peak power, 63Nm peak torque, with 48 HP (35kW) also A2-capable
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC)
  • EURO 5 compliant

The 649 cc DOHC 16-valve engine is tuned for the best performance that a four-cylinder engine of this class can offer. It embodies everything that defines Honda's inline four-cylinder engines. The peak output of 95 PS (70 kW) is achieved at 12.000 rpm, the peak torque of 63 Nm is delivered at 8.500 rpm. A conversion to 2 HP (48kW) is available for owners of the driving license class A35. The engine specifications for 2021 have only been adapted with regard to the EURO5 standard. This required a revision of the ECU, camshafts, intake timing, exhaust, catalytic converter and rear muffler, and the addition of a crankshaft pulse sensor

The direct actuation of the cams ensures a compact design of the cylinder head. Bore and stroke are set to 67 mm x 46 mm with an increased compression ratio of 11,6: 1. Two channels along both sides of the fuel tank, supply the airbox with air and create a throaty suction noise. Long-life Iridium spark plugs are installed as standard.

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Pistons with asymmetrical piston skirts minimize the friction losses on the cylinder walls. The special shape of the outer surface of the cylinder liners reduces oil consumption and friction through improved heat transfer. A low-noise SV timing chain reduces friction losses through a vanadium coating. The cylinder head and cylinders are cooled via ducts inside the engine, making the majority of the cooling hoses otherwise laid out superfluous. The in-line four-cylinder with the cylinder bank inclined by 30 degrees has a compact architecture and a raised six-speed gearbox.

The slipper clutch favors easy upshifts and makes downshifts smoother. When shifting through the gears in a sporty way before bends, it prevents the rear wheel from locking. The Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) is installed to control the rear wheel traction. It can also be switched off at the request of the driver. The fuel consumption is 4,9 l / 100km (WMTC mode). Thanks to the 15,4 liter capacity, one tank of fuel allows a range of over 300 km.

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Photos: Honda

A number of genuine Honda accessories are available for the CB650R:

  • Several aluminum parts and aluminum inserts underline the Neo Sport Café design and the commonality of the CB650R with the CB1000R (instrument cover, front fenders, trim parts, side covers, seat trim)
  • Rear apron trim
  • Rim decor sticker
  • Tank bag and rear pannier of the CB1000R
  • Quickshifter
  • windshield
  • 12 V socket
  • Heated grips
  • Tank pad


TypeLiquid-cooled, DOHC in-line four-cylinder, four-stroke engine, 16 valves
capacity649 cm3
Bore x stroke67 46 mm x mm
compression ratioPM11,6:1
Maximum power95 HP (70kW) at 12.000 rpm
Max. Torque63 Nm at 8.500 rpm
Engine oil quantity2.7 l
mixture preparationPGM-FI fuel injection
Tankinhalt15,4 l
Consumption 4,9 l / 100km
battery capacity12V 8,6AH
ACG output370W
Coupling typeMultiple discs in an oil bath
Gear type6-course
Final driveChain
TypeTubular steel frame
Dimensions (L x W x H)2130 x 780 x 1075 mm
wheelbase1450 mm
Steering head angle25.5 °
trailing101 mm
seat height810 mm
ground clearance150 mm
Weight (full tank)202.5 kg
your Front Wheel.41 mm Showa Separate Function Upside-Down-Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP)
behindMonoshock damper, spring preload adjustable in 7 steps, 43,5 mm stroke
Rim size in frontHollow profile 6-spoke cast aluminum
Rear rim sizeHollow profile 6-spoke cast aluminum
Front tire120 / 70ZR17 M / C (58W)
Tire behind180 / 55ZR17 M / C (73W)
ABS system type2 Channel
Front brake310 mm double discs, floating, with 4-piston brake caliper
rear brake240 mm brake disc with single-piston brake caliper
InstrumentsDigital tachometer, digital bar tachometer, two trip meters, digital fuel gauge, gear indicator and gear indicator, digital clock

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