Feel and hear the power from one corner to another – The CBR650F’s engine develops 67kW @ 11,000rpm and 3kW more than the previous model, it’s an increase you can really feel above 5000 rpm. This is down to a new intake and completely redesigned, 4 into 1 exhaust system. Together with a dual-pass muffler to reduce back-pressure, it delivers a raucous growl when you wind on the throttle. Drive it out of a corner and accelerate through the stacked six-speed gearbox and you get hard acceleration with the short gear ratios – more noticeable in the bike’s mid-range.
Sharp, sure and confident – The CBR650F is built around a steel diamond frame, which incorporates twin 64mm x 30mm elliptical spars. It provides you with excellent rigidity and balance that’s specifically tuned to deliver real-world handling for the road. A rake of 25.5° with trail of 101mm and wheelbase of 1,450mm gives a good combination of straight line stability with light and exciting turning ability.