Updated with a mid-model facelift and new specifications are the 2017 Honda CBR650F full-fairing sports bike and CB650F naked sports, at RM47,115 and RM44,995, respectively. Both bikes also get new colours for 2017 – the CBR650F with Matte Gunpowder Black, while the CB650F gets, in addition to the new black, Millennium Red and Pearl Spencer Blue.

Both the CBR650F and CB650F carry a 649 cc inline, four-cylinder, DOHC power plant that produces 89 hp at 11,000 rpm and 64 Nm maximum torque at 8,000 rpm. Power is transmitted through a six-speed gearbox, and final drive is by chain.

Peak power has increased through revisions in the intake and exhaust system, and both Honda middleweights now carry an underbelly exhaust with short muffler end can. On the suspension side of things, the pair of 650s now sport new 41 mm diameter Showa Dual Bending Valve (SDBV) front forks for improved handling, while the rear carries a monoshock adjustable for preload.

Nissin brake callipers for better braking performance are now installed on the 2017 CBR and CB 650s, clamping 320 mm diameter discs in front, with a 240 mm disc at the back.

LED headlights now adorn the front of the CBR650F and CB650F, along with and LED tail light. The overall look of the CBR with its sharply angled headlights now strongly resembles the 2017 CBR1000RR Fireblade.

Weight for the CBR650F is claimed to be 213 kg, while the naked CB650F clocks in at 208 kg. Fuel for both machines is carried in 17.3-litre fuel tanks. Seat height is set at 810 mm for both the CBR650F and CB650F.

Complete colour options for the CBR650F, aside from the earlier mentioned Matte Gunpowder Black, are Millennium Red and Pearl Metalloid White, while the CB650F also comes in Sword Silver Metallic, besides the three new colours. The 2017 Honda CBR650F and CB650F will be available at all authorised Honda Impian Shops from August 1 and prices include GST, but exclude road tax, insurance and registration.

GALLERY: 2017 Honda CBR650F


GALLERY: 2017 Honda CB650F