The Honda CBR650R has received multiple changes for 2021. Upgrades include a Euro 5 (BS6) engine, a suspension upgrade and more. It has been little more than a year since Honda revealed the heavily updated replacement to the CBR650F. Not only did the bike get major changes, making it sportier, but it also received a minor change in its name. While it continues to be called the CBR650R in its latest guise, it has got multiple updates for 2021. The biggest change comes in the form of the Showa 41mm Separate Function Big Piston fork (SFF-BP), which will most likely result in sportier handling characteristics.
Sportbikes are a special breed: explosive power, full faired styling, nimble handling. And with the Honda CBR650R, we’ve taken sportbike expectations to a whole new level. The 649cc engine has also witnessed revisions to the ECU, cam lobes, intake timing, exhaust pipe, catalyser and silencer, to help it meet Euro 5 (BS6) emission regulations. The power and torque figures now stand at 95hp and 63Nm, which is nearly identical to that of the bike it replaces. That said, we could see this CBR650R make lower figures, just like the 2019 model.
Honda has also said that the bike now uses revised side panels and a redesigned number plate mount. The bike’s headlight also has revised reflectors that are said to improve its performance. Similarly, the instrument cluster’s readability has been improved, with a change of LED angle and font size. Lastly, the middleweight motorcycle gets a USB Type-C socket under the seat for 2021. This year’s CBR650R features anti-lock brakes too—a real bonus for street riders. And as for the styling – this bike stands out everywhere you take it, with design cues pulled straight from our supersports.
The new bike weighs 6kg less thanks to a lighter frame and smaller fuel tank. Suspension updates include Showa Separate Function upside-down front forks and a preload-adjustable rear monoshock. Its 310mm twin front discs get new radially mounted Nissin four-pot calipers while the rear gets a larger 240mm disc. . It also gets a sportier design inspired by the CBR1000RR Fireblade, along with more aggressive ergonomics. Displacement wise, the Honda CBR650R locks horns with the Kawasaki Ninja 650, whereas in its price bracket, the bike competes with the Kawasaki Z900 and Suzuki GSX-S750. Stay tune with us for more auto news in Nepal.