Honda has launched in Europe the 2023 model of the CB 650R, its 650cc ‘Neo Sports Café’ bike, which arrives with two new color options but without any mechanical or design changes.
The 2023 CB 650R can now be purchased in the new colors Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic and Matt Dim Gray Metallic, in addition to the other two options: Candy Chromosphere Red and Mat Jeans Blue Metallic.
The new black color is applied to practically the entire bike, including the wheels, front suspension, tank fairings, and engine and clutch covers, in addition to the brackets for the pedals and the brake and clutch levers.
Otherwise, there are no mechanical or design changes, that is, it remains with the same 2021 set, with a EURO5 4-cylinder engine, 41 mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SSF-BP) suspension at the front and USB Type-C port under the seat.
The price of the 2023 CB 650R in Europe has yet been announced, but we can expect an increase. The 2022 model is sold in Portugal for from €8,550.
How is the Honda CB 650R
The Honda CB 650R was introduced in 2019 and took the CB 1000R for inspiration, adopting the same design lines called the ‘Neo Sports Café’. It’s modern and minimalist, and mixes café racer inspirations and a super-compact trapezoidal shape with a hint of retro.
In addition, the riding position is sportier than street, with the tapered handlebars and footpegs positioned a little further back. The headlight is round and the lighting is Full-LED, consisting of an external ring for the DRL and internal elements for the high and low beam. The instrument panel is fully digital in LCD with gear indicator.
The 2023 CB 650R has a 649 cm³ in-line 4-cylinder engine with liquid cooling, capable of generating up to 70 kW (93.8 hp) of maximum power at 12,000 rpm, and 63 Nm (6.4 kgfm) of torque at 9,500 rpm.
The transmission is a 6-speed equipped with an assist and slipper clutch and traction control – Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).
Finally, it has a 41 mm Showa Separate Function Big Piston (SSF-BP) front suspension, 310 mm double disc brakes at the front, and tires measuring 120/70-17 at the front and 180/55-17 at the rear.
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