The new CBR650R takes the place of the CBR650F (like the new CB650R did for the CB650F) and for the occasion, Honda went sportier and more aggressive with performance to match. Design-wise, the “Total Control” design philosophy has trickled down from the supersport models. In the CBR, it translates into a new cat-eye dual headlight front end design with more sophisticated lines and a new fairing that exposes the main structural beam of the diamond frame.

The handlebar has been lowered and fitted with set of clip ons positioned 1.2 inches lower than on the F. Honda promises that this new silhouette will result in a more dynamic and engaging riding position.

The engine remains the same 649cc, inline four as in the previous generation, but tuned to produce more power. The updated mill now revs 1,000 rpm higher with the redline is now sitting at 12,000rpm—and now produces 94 horsepower, up from 86. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox with an assist and slipper clutch, new for 2019.