Fri, 04 Feb 2022

2022 CB650R - From Boredom to Thrill At First Sight

Honda’s fully faired CBR650F, launched in 2014 alongside the naked CB650F, provided a healthy slice of four cylinder middleweight performance, very much at the sporty end of the ‘sports touring’ spectrum. In 17YM it received sharper styling, highlighting the engine more, plus a peak power boost, Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork and revised Nissin brake calipers.

For its 19YM evolution the CBR650F became the CBR650R. The upgrade from ‘F’ to ‘R’ indicating an even more potent shot of sporty ability designed to be explored, used and enjoyed on the street.

In the process of its transformation the CBR650R became, deliberately, a rare breed: a four cylinder sports bike that provides similar pleasure, enjoyment and adrenaline to an RR machine, yet with enough practicality – and sensible running costs – to make it a viable option as day-to-day transport in addition to weekend fun.

It’s a direction that’s been well received. In its 19YM debut year, the CBR650R was the second best-selling sports bike in Europe. For 21YM, continued its development curve with user-driven detail improvements and a major upgrade for the front suspension.

For 22YM, the CBR650R - the best selling sports bike in Europe in 2021 - gains updates to both colour options.

The CB650R received a significant refresh for 21YM. The major news was application of 41mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SSF-BP) USD forks – high quality suspension that really elevates the bike’s handling ability.

EURO5 compliance for the engine was achieved with no loss of top end power; other detail improvements included improved visibility for the LCD display and USB Type-C charging socket under the seat. The headlight reflectors, side panels and rear mudguard were all also updated.

The 22YM CBR650R will be available in two colour options:

  • Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic – with new orange highlights
  • Grand Prix Red – with updated graphic treatment

Click here to view the 2022 CB650R