The 2021 Honda CBR650R Gets a Suspension Upgrade!
The 2021 CBR650R ABS by Honda Motorcycles will not have a non-ABS counterpart this year. The 2021 Honda lineup is kept versatile with the CBR650R as it fills the gap between standard and full-sport motorcycles. It offers a healthy combination of good looks and useable power which makes it the perfect package.
For 2021, Honda has made very few changes to the CBR650R. Updates to the ECU were made in order to meet Euro5 emission standards. The engine specifications of Japanese motorcycles like the CB650R and CBR650R remain virtually identical this year.
The CBR650R does include Showa Separate Function Big Piston forks. These are a major addition to the 2021 CBR650R as it greatly improves the ride quality. It also includes a rear Showa mono-shock damper with a 7-stage adjustable preload, again improving ride quality. Another selling feature of the CBR650R is of course its supersport-like looks, without being classified as such. The styling not only provides an awesome aesthetic, but it also has a lower drag coefficient and provides increased cooling.
The 2021 Honda CBR650R starts at $9,699 USD / $10,749 CAD.
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- Price: $9,699 USD / $10,749 CAD
- Key Features:
- Standard ABS
- Adjustable Suspension
- Slipper clutch
- Engine: 649cc Four-cylinder
- Power: 95 BHP
- Wet Weight: 456 lbs (206 kg)
- Seat Height: 810 mm (31.9 in.) at lowest point
2021 Honda CBR650R ABS Specifications
|Engine||649cc liquid cooled inline 4 cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke||67mm x 46mm|
|Fuel System||PGM-FI with 32mm throttle bodies|
|Valve Train||DOHC; four valves per cylinder|
|Final Drive||#525 O-ring chain; 15T/42T|
|Suspension Front||41mm fork; 4.25 inches of travel|
|Suspension Rear||Showa Single Shock; 5.04 inches of travel|
|Brakes Front||Dual 320mm discs with radial-mount four-piston calipers; ABS|
|Brakes Rear||Single 240mm disc; ABS|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||4.1 gallons, including 0.8-gallon reserve|
|Color||Matt Black Metallic|
|Ignition||Full transistorized ignition|
|Seat Height||31.9 inches|
|Curb Weight||456 pounds|
|Warranty||Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty|
|Extension||Extended coverage available with a HondaCare Protection Plan®|
2021 Honda CBR650R ABS Features
Engines like this are what Honda does best. The four-cylinder design makes it smoother and faster revving than most twins, and offers ample low- to midrange torque, plus plenty of power through the entire rev range. New cams and intake timing for 2021 deliver plenty of power.
The CBR650R looks just the way a modern sportbike should—all business, with a generous dose of style. This year we’ve freshened things up with revised headlight covers, new downsized sidecovers, sharp new graphics and a new rear mudguard/number plate.
4.1-GALLON FUEL TANK
A bike as versatile as the CBR650R needs plenty of range, and the 4.1-gallon fuel tank provides just that.
In addition to the usual speedometer and tachometer, the full-flat instrument panel features an LCD readout with indicators for gear position, water temperature, peak-hold display of engine RPM, upshift indicator, and more.
The CBR650R uses an eye-catching dual-lens LED headlight that casts a powerful, scientifically tuned beam that features revised reflectors for 2021. It’s both brighter and smaller than a conventional design, and contributes in a big way to the CBR650R’s sense of style.
Mufflers need to accomplish four things: They need to quiet the engine without robbing power, they need to help tune engine output, they need to sound great, and they’re a huge style element on any bike. The CBR650R’s exhaust knocks it out of the park on all counts, and sounds like only an inline four can.
Y-SPOKE ALUMINUM WHEELS
The aluminum wheels feature helps reduce unsprung weight. These lighter hoops have a greater influence on handling than the numbers alone suggest.
With Honda Selectable Torque Control System (HSTC) the CBR650R offers you peace of mind during aggressive riding conditions. The system adjusts engine power to optimize torque at the rear wheel, reducing rear-wheel slip. And here’s the best part: you can turn it on or turn it off with a handlebar-mounted switch.
NEW SHOWA SFF-BP FRONT SUSPENSION
Great handling and precise steering demand a premium front suspension. That’s why the CBR650R now features a Showa Separate Function Front Fork Big Piston unit (SFF-BP). It offers both reduced weight, superior rigidity, and excellent overall performance. Plus it offers adjustability for spring preload as well as rebound and compression damping.
RADIAL-MOUNT FRONT BRAKES
Featuring huge 310mm discs, the CBR650R also comes with radial-mounted four-piston calipers. The result is premium sportbike stopping power that’s linear and easy to modulate.
The CBR650R refines a classic Honda design. The twin-spar frame incorporates pivot plates, engine hangers, seat rails, and other components that all reduce weight. It’s light, strong, and provides the basis for the CB650R’s stellar handling.
Power, style and an unmistakable growl—you get all three with the four-into-one exhaust system on the CBR650R.
A 240mm hydraulic disc at the rear complements the twin front discs for plenty of stopping power.
REFINED INTAKE SYSTEM
The CBR650R features a twin-duct intake design, engineered to ram cool, dense air into the airbox, increasing horsepower.
Smooth, nearly seamless shifts and gear ratios matched to the way you want to ride: those are two of the characteristics that make this Honda so much fun to ride.
The assist slipper clutch lightens clutch operation by approximately 12 percent compared to previous models, and that reduces rear-wheel hop during rapid downshifts.
SPECIAL ENGINE TUNING
Finely tuned valve timing and piston shapes improve engine response, especially from the idle to 8000 rpm. This delivers a big advantage in urban environments.
SPORTING RIDING POSITION
Comfortable for casual, weekday use and more aggressive weekend sport rides alike. The seat/bar/peg relationship in any motorcycle is critical, and with the CBR650R, you’ll truly feel like a part of this bike.