Swing a leg over it and the CBR 650F feels light. Start the engine and you’ll be greeted with a relatively quiet buzz at idle. Blame it on ever stricter emission norms. In line with its quiet nature, and like all Honda engines, this one feels smooth and refined. There is barely any vibration, even on the move at a fairly decent clip.
Power is available right from the get go and comes to you in one smooth flowing arc all the way to the bike’s peak output of 87 PS, which is attained at 11,000 RPM. There’s a healthy 62.9 Nm of maximum torque as well at 8,000 revs, which helps by the bucket-load to either crawl through the city on your way out or while overtaking on highways without having to work too hard. However, if you do want to work a bit harder for your own pleasures, then you’ll find this Honda immensely rewarding.