The 2022 Honda CBR650R is the perfect middle ground for riders seeking the twist-grappling thrills provided by a full-size sportbike but in a middleweight form factor. It carefully balances practicality and power and packages it into a reliable middleweight motorcycle that comes with a very reasonable price tag, and even more reasonable ergonomics.
Back in 2019, Honda’s CB650F took on a new identity when they pushed it to become the CBR650R. During the period of change, the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer dropped the non-ABS version from the market and continued to provide a comfortable middleweight bike that hits that perfect sweet spot of sport and utility.
The 2022 Honda CBR650R’s bread and butter come in the form of a 649cc DOHC inline-four engine that cranks all 95 of its horsepower through an assist/slipper clutch assisted by Honda’s recent HSTC system.
Although the only notable change for the 2022 model year is the introduction of a color option, the CBR650R blueprints don’t require much tuning from last year. It continues to be a strong option when considering middleweight sport-touring models (with a heavy emphasis on ‘sport’).
The 2022 Honda CBR650R starts at $9,799 USD / $10,899 CAD
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Dual 320mm discs with radial-mount four-piston calipers; ABS
Single 240mm disc; ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity
4.1 gallons, including 0.8-gallon reserve
Matte Black Metallic
Full transistorized ignition
Rake (Caster Angle)
456 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty
Extended coverage available with a HondaCare Protection Plan®
2022 Honda CBR650R Features
649cc DOHC ENGINE
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.
The CBR650R looks just the way a modern sportbike should—all business, with a generous dose of style. But the CBR650R is also comfortable enough for a wide range of riding, from around-town commuting to canyon carving to day-long trips.
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. It’s both brighter and smaller than a conventional design, and contributes in a big way to the CBR650R’s sense of style.
An exhaust system needs to accomplish four things: To quiet the engine without robbing power, to help tune engine output, to sound great, and it’s 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.
Honda SELECTABLE TORQUE CONTROL (HSTC)
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.
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.
SHOWA SFF-BP FRONT SUSPENSION
Great handling and precise steering demand a premium front suspension. That’s why the CBR650R 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 also has adjustable spring preload, as well as adjustable rebound and compression damping.
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.