Dual personal
Auto Today|October 2021
Streetfighter? Weekend track day warrior? Honda now has one for both types of motorcyclists with an updated as well as a brand new product, theCBR650R and the CB650R
Abhik Das

Dipayan and I are always up for a technical debate and this one turned out to be very interesting indeed. A super energetic character himself, he thinks that I’m usually too laid back for my own good while I’d wager that Dipayan is too hyper for anyone’s good. Opposites attract they say and so it seems true when I usually find myself attracted towards a hyper streetfighter motorcycle while Dipayan seems the happiest astride a smooth, calm yet quick motorcycle. Riding motorcycles together then, creates its own set of problems. We’re always in a bit of a fix on choices but for once we might have a solution. More specifically, Honda might have the solution for us. The new for 2021 CBR650R and the all-new streetfighter version, the CB650R. Two distinct personalities sharing the same passion for engineering and speed. I was describing the motorcycles, just in case the bromance was getting out of hand for you.

NO ADJUSTABILITY FOR THE SUSPENSION, JUST ON OR OFF TRACTION CONTROL BUT WHAT STANDS OUT IS THE MECHANICAL GRIP AND ERGONOMICS THAT INSTILL CONFIDENCE

The CBR and the CB in their 650 guise represent the stepping stones to high-performance motorcycling in our country. Yes the latter is new and no the former isn’t the same borderline boring, tepid latte in a brand new cup. Honda gave the boot to the CBR650F and it’s now in fact, a shot or two of a full-bodied espresso. And, when Honda sticks an R to the name, you know they mean business.

WHILE THE CB650 USES AN UPRIGHT POSTURE AND REAR SET PEGS, TYPICAL OF SPORT-NAKEDS, THE CBR650R PITCHES THE RIDER FORWARD WHILE POSITIONING THE LEGS A BIT HIGHER MAKING THE RIDER’S TRIANGLE MUCH SPORTIER THAN BEFORE

Likes Ergonomics, tractable engine, refinement, aesthetics

Dislikes Priced higher than competition, minimal electronics

YOU’RE SEATED LOWER IN BOTH MOTORCYCLES, THAT MAY BE GOOD FOR COMFORT BUT THE CB ALMOST LOCKS YOU INTO A SET POSITION

Likes Styling, acceleration, light action clutch

Dislikes Ergonomics, lack of suspension adjustability

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