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For 2019, the CBR650F has become the CBR650R, taking styling cues directly from the CBR1000RR. The revised model name and looks indicate a potent shot of sporty ability, designed to be explored and enjoyed on the street.
In the process of its transformation, the CBR650R has become a rare breed: a sport bike that provides similar pleasure, enjoyment and adrenaline to an RR machine, yet with enough practicality to make it a viable option as day-to-day transport in addition to weekend fun.
The steel diamond frame is updated for 2019 with pressed (rather than forged) swingarm pivot plates; it’s 2kgs lighter than the previous design and uses twin elliptical spars with a rigidity balance specifically tuned (stiffer around the headstock and more flexible in the spar sections) to deliver balanced handling characteristics with high levels of rider feedback.
Kerb weight is reduced by 5kgs to 207kgs(measured with all fluids), thanks not only to the lighter frame, but also savings to both the fuel tank and the new super-sport-style footpegs. Also new is the 41mm inverted Showa Separate Function front Fork (SFF). Adjustable for seven-stage spring preload, the single-tube shock operates directly on the curvaceous gravity die-cast aluminum swingarm.
Four-piston radial-mount front brake calipers work on 310mm floating discs, and are paired with a single-piston rear caliper and 240mm disc. Two-channel ABS is standard. The cast aluminium wheels are a brand-new design with five Y-shaped spokes, reducing weight, improving handling by reducing inertia and unsprung mass.
While its four-cylinder power unit is still firmly on display, the CBR650Rs new wrapping ramps up the pure sporting appeal; dual LED headlights emit a penetrating, uncompromising stare, and the upper and (extended) lower fairings blend muscularity with sharp, slim lines and angles.
The seat unit is more compact and truncates the rear of the machine, adding to the harder-edged sense of purpose. The aggressive riding position starts with clip-on handlebars that now mount beneath the top triple clamp. Seat height remains 810mm.
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