2017 new Honda CB650F first studio photos & details
Model updates: Honda's naked fourcylinder middleweight gains 3kW peak power and a boisterous induction roar, plus a Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork and revised Nissin brake calipers. New strippedback styling highlights the engine and exudes a tougher, uncompromising attitude.
The fourcylinder 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 poundforpound 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 midcapacity Hondas – with a special nod to the seminal 1970's CB400 from its sideswept 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 fourcylinder 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 “Genuine middleweight fourcylinder 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.”
More peak power from revised intake funnels and a new freebreathing exhaust gives the CB650F a satisfying rush up to its 11,000rpm redline, while shorter gear ratios ensure harder acceleration through the midrange.
And with the power upgrade, a new raucous growl emanates from down low, growing swiftly to a fastspinning howl as the revs rise
Its handling has been further sharpened with a Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork and revised Nissin front brake calipers. The CB650F's lithe lines – with smaller side cowls and nose cowl – accentuate the engine's muscularity and the machine's forceful forward stance. The headlight and taillight are now LED while rubbermounted handlebars add long distance comfort.
Engine For 2017
the CB650F's engine has an extra 3kW up top, with a 67kW @ 11,000rpm peak power output. The increase – which kicks in from 5,000rpm – is due to new intake and exhaust flow management: shorter air intake funnels feed four 32mm throttle bore