At the same time we collect plenty of driving impressions and tour reports. We deliberately chose the RH08 – the type code of the bare machine. Honda refers to this type as the Neo Sports Cafe.
The CB 650 R serves the retro trend that is so popular at the moment. She is not a pale copy of one of her ancestors, but radiates independence and modernity.
For travel we want to equip the Honda with a luggage system and tank bags. Also planned: a large consumption report. When does the Honda start drinking, on which occasions is it particularly economical? After all, the four-cylinder for the 2021 model year has been meticulously cleaned in accordance with the Euro 5 standard – with so much white in the vest, the CO2 value should also remain within limits. Until then, she can look gorgeous and strike a chord.
Honda CB 650 R endurance test: first impressions
“In this displacement and performance league, pretty much every engine type is represented. Single-cylinder, V2, three in line – everything is there. But nothing would have fitted this motorcycle better than the classic 650 series four from Honda. It beats in the CB a pleasantly universal four-cylinder heart. It has a velvety hum in the partial load range, at the same time proudly shows in the low-revving speed range that a real machine with steel and strength is toiling away inside and winds with pleasure towards five-digit speed regions. At the latest then you can feel the promised 95 PS very clearly.
You can read more about the endurance test Honda in the next issue.
Specifications and price: Honda CB 650 R
• displacement 649cc
• perfomance 70 kW (95 hp) at 12,000 rpm
• Max. Torque 63 Nm at 9500 rpm
• Top 197km/h
• tires v./h. 120/70R17 / 180/55R17
• seat height 810mm
• Weight 203kg
• tank capacity 15.4L
• Price 7775 euros