Launched at the 2019 Malaysia Autoshow were the 2019 Honda CB650R and Honda CBR650R, priced at RM43,499 and RM45,499 respectively, excluding road tax, insurance and registration. The middleweight duo replace Honda’s outgoing CBR650F four-cylinder which featured in the RM50,000 Motorcycle shoot out last year.

The DOHC, 649 cc sixteen-valve inline four-cylinder liquid-cooled mill is shared between the CBR650R and CB650R and puts out 93.8 hp at 12,000 rpm and 64 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm, fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi through 32 mm diameter throttle bodies. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and assist and slipper clutch with chain final drive.

Also common between Honda’s new middleweights is the suspension, which uses a Showa separate function upside-down fork (SFF) in front – 6 kg lighter than previous. At the back is a monoshock with 10-position preload adjustment, attached to a cast aluminium swingarm.

Braking is done with radial-mount Nissin callipers in front grabbing 310 mm discs with a single calliper and 240 mm drake disc on the rear wheel. Two-channel ABS is standard, as is Honda’s version of traction control, called Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).

Aside from the obvious difference in styling, where the CBR650R is a fully-faired sports bike while the CB650R follows Honda’s Neo Sports Cafe naked sports design, the CBR650R weighs in at 207 kg while the CB650R tips the scales at 202 kg. Fuel is carried in a 15.4-litre tank while seat height is set at 810 mm for both bikes.

Inside the cockpit an all-new LCD instrument display can be found, with LED lighting now used in the front and rear. Colour options for the 2019 Honda CBR650R are Grand Prix Red and Matte Gun Powder Black Metallic, while the CB650R comes in Candy Chromosphere Red and Graphite Black, with delivery to Honda Big Wing showrooms expected to be next month.

GALLERY: 2019 Honda CB650R
GALLERY: 2019 Honda CBR650R