The perfect supersport for real-world riding
Supersport bikes are meant to be fast, fun, easy to ride, and affordable. It’s the perfect formula to get the most out of your driving experience. If you’re like me and love to squeeze every ounce of power out of your bike for a sporty, inspiring ride, then you’ll agree that the bigger 1000cc superbikes are a bit too much to handle. Unless you have easy access to a race track, or if you are one of those rare riders who can handle the jaw-dropping performance of big bikes, then only a liter class bike will be worth it.
If you are looking for a more realistic machine that is both sporty and easy to use, you should stick to supersport bikes. While there are many supersport bikes in the 500cc to 900cc segment, there is one that stands out the most among enthusiasts. This is, of course, the Honda CBR650R.
Honda, as most of you already know, makes incredible machines. Lucky for me, I just got my hands on the 2021 Honda CBR650R. Now, in the past, I had driven the CBR650F, which was a slightly more tour-friendly 650. The 650R, on the other hand, is a supersport in its own right. It has a few updates and it has a more athletic and aerodynamic design. For 2021, the CBR650R also receives a new suspension which makes it a sportier machine. After riding the bike for a few days, this is what I found out.
The 2021 Honda CBR650R is the most beautiful 650
Move around on Italian supersport machines. Your exotic appeal is no match for the determined, athletic stance of the CBR650R. Surprisingly, this is the first time Honda has taken a non-traditional and conservative approach to their middleweights. One look at the CBR650R and you will be struck by it. It’s not bulky from any angle, instead, it looks compact and crisp, and well defined. The graphics are also quite good. The 2021 version of the bike looks gorgeous from all angles. The front fairing and chiseled fuel tank give it muscle, and all-LED lighting gives it a modern twist. The 2021 CBR650R now looks more Italian than Japanese. He certainly drew a lot of inspiration from the big daddy of Honda’s sports bike line: the Fireblade. This is why he has an aggressive attraction to him. I really think it’s the nicest 650cc machine on the market today. I think it looks better than the MV Agusta F3 675 and Aprilia RS660, and I’m sure someone will come up to me after making such a statement. But, that’s what it is.
The four-cylinder engine is where the CBR650R really shines
Few mid-weight sports motorcycles have a four-cylinder engine. But Honda isn’t just any bike maker, and they’re known for making some of the smoothest and most thrilling four-cylinder units on the planet. The CBR650R is no exception. Even this small but generous 649cc liquid-cooled engine has four cylinders. It’s the same engine as the 650F and it’s a very popular engine. I spent a lot of time in the saddle on the 650F and thought the engine was great at the time. Indeed, it is still brilliant today.
The 2021 version of the CBR650R receives a slightly updated engine over the 2018 model, but this was only done to meet emission standards. The engine is still as smooth as butter and delivers genuine performance that will keep you comfortable but also put a smile on your face. With a modest 94 hp and 47 lb-ft of torque, this bike may not look like a neck breaker. And that’s true. The CBR650R’s acceleration performance isn’t the best in its class, and it’s not an exciting machine either. But it gives you constant throttle power across the entire power range.
The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox and the ratios are perfect. You don’t have to change gears that often. You get a lot of torque from 2,000 rpm, which is very impressive for this 649cc four cylinder engine that spins up to 12,000 rpm. You still get fantastic acceleration, and like I said it will put a smile on your face and you will love the confidence this bike gives you. It’s manageable power, and it’s a good thing if you want to use it on a daily basis. Is it enough to have fun on the track with it too? Absoutely! It surely has enough power for you to play with on a closed course, and what adds to the experience is the way the CBR650R handles.
What makes the CBR650R truly special is that the engine is perfectly suited to the nature and character of the bike’s handling capabilities. Although the engine lacks a bit of character, when paired with the handling of the bike you finally see some personality in this machine. It allows you to push the bike and attack the corners at good speed. The frame is well built and the bike is extremely well balanced.
For 2021, the CBR650R also receives new Showa split-function large piston forks. This makes the bike much more confident in fast corners. You can move the bike from side to side very easily and the front is always firmly planted. Just put on more sticky rubber than the stock Dunlop tires and you will get better grip when riding on a track. You will certainly appreciate and appreciate the sportiness of the bicycle. The brakes also do a great job with stopping power. Nissin’s dual 310mm discs up front work particularly well, and there’s all ABS.
What I appreciate even more about driving the CBR650R is that it gives you a pure driving experience. There are no fancy electronics, not even ride-by-wire. Yes, that sometimes makes the throttle a little jittery, but I totally agree with that. There might be a few tricky riders who would appreciate a better throttle response, and I’m sure they would love a quickshifter as well. Fortunately, this comes as an option. The CBR650R certainly excels at being a sporty machine that also looks great, and yet the best thing about the CBR650 is that it is usable in all conditions.
The CBR650 is convenient enough to be your daily pilot, and anyone can ride it
If you like to cycle every day, the CBR650R is perfect for you. It’s not the most comfortable for long hikes, but if you want to use it as a daily commuter, you can easily do that. In fact, you will have the right amount of fun on your daily commute. The ergonomics are simple and not too aggressive. There is not a lot of weight on your arms and your feet are comfortably placed behind your knees. The seat is soft and the suspension is not stiff at all. The overall ride quality is good for city roads, and you can ride your bike easily or hard all day. It is quite light and also handles very well in traffic. That’s why the Honda CBR650R is the best supersport motorcycle in the real world. You can use it all the time and it will still be fun to ride when you need it. In addition, it looks like a superbike.
With a starting price of $ 9,699, the CBR650R gives you everything you need from a sports bike. Four-cylinder sports bikes are a specialist breed, and while the CBR650R lacks a thrill-seeking factor, you’ll be rewarded with easy engine performance, precise handling and, most importantly, a fun and inspiring riding experience. . It certainly beats the competition in terms of styling, so you’ll get the same attention as a superbike. The CBR650R is a bike you will never regret owning.
Honda has worked to keep the 500cc engine class alive with its 471cc twin-cylinder engine that currently powers four of its models.
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