Honda has always thrived on exploring new boundaries, in design as well as engineering. In 2018, the new CB1000R and CB300R brought a fresh identity to Honda's naked motorcycle line up, mixing café racer inspirations with an ultra-minimalist look under its "Neo Sports Café" design theme. Using the same styling blueprint as its siblings, the CB650R's retro-minimalism is aimed at a demographic that wants to enjoy the combination of exhilarating four-cylinder engine performance and light, versatile, refined chassis handling.
Add to this mix of head-turning, individual looks and exciting, usable performance a spec sheet replete with high quality and premium features, and the result is a naked middleweight designed for maximum pride and pleasure of ownership.
Tightly wrapped and aggressive, the CB650R's Neo Sports Café style features the signature compact "trapezoid" proportion of short, stubby tail and short-overhang headlight. The long fuel tank is a key motif of the family design; its smooth lines accentuate the solidity of real metal surfaces and crown the engineering of the four-cylinder power plant.
Sharp new LCD instruments also use the CB1000R as a baseline and include Shift Up, Gear Position and a Peak Hold indicator.
The round headlight is based on that of the CB1000R. It's LED, as is the rest of the lighting.
The exhaust now features a larger bore tail pipe inside the muffler to flow more gas and, with its exit pipe angled upward, to emit an emotional howl.
An assist/slipper clutch is a new addition and eases upshifts while managing rear-wheel lock up under rapid downshifts. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) manages rear-wheel traction; it can be turned off should the rider choose.