16YM CBR650F

With the demise of the Honda CBR600RR as Honda’s middleweight sportsbike, the CB650F and CBR650F soldier on into 2017 with two special new colour schemes. Priced at RM44,730 for the CB650F naked sports and RM46,850 for the full-fairing CBR650F, availability at Honda Impian dealers will be from January 23 onwards.

The new colour scheme is Matte Black, with the choice of a red or white chassis, for both machines. The red-framed CB and CBR get white lettering with red/white accents, while the white-framed model comes with white letters and flourescent yellow highlights.

Carrying a liquid-cooled 649 cc DOHC four-stroke inline-four, the CB650F and CBR650F put out 81.8 hp at 9,500 rpm and 63 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm, which, sharp-eyed readers will notice, is 4 hp down from the 2017 Honda CB/CBR. Fuelling is with Honda’s PGM-FI, and power gets to the ground via a six-speed box.

Braking is with Nissin calipers in front grabbing 320 mm discs in front and a hydraulic caliper clamping a single disc at the back. The photos illustrating this article depict the Euro-spec edition of the bike and the Malaysian versions of the Honda CB650F and CBR650F do not come with ABS.

The standard versions of the Honda CB650F and CBR650F are also available in Sword Silver Metallic, Pearl Metalloid White and Pearl Himalayas White, with black frame, at RM43,458 and RM45,578, respectively. All Boon Siew Honda CB650F and CBR650Fs come with a two-year or 20,000 km manufacturing warranty, whichever comes first.