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The 2022 Honda CBR650R is now available and priced at P530,000

It blends sporty performance with everyday versatility

You can choose to get it in Grand Prix Red. PHOTO FROM HONDA

With the immense popularity of the CB650R naked, it was only a matter of time before Honda Philippines finally decided to bring in the latest version of its sport-bike sibling. The 2022 CBR650R brings 649cc of in-line-four sophistication and aural harmony at a price point mostly populated by twin cylinders. And with it come 94hp at a screaming 12,000rpm, and 63Nm of torque at 9,500rpm.

The chassis is a twin spar frame, with suspension by Showa, including a 41mm “Big Piston” USD fork, albeit nonadjustable. Braking duties are handled by dual front 310mm discs with four-piston Nissin calipers, and a single 240mm disc and single-piston caliper. An assist-and-slipper clutch helps tame the engine, and traction control called “Honda Selectable Torque Control” is standard.

The bike also features full LED lighting as well as a negative-display LCD for speed, gear position, fuel consumption, water temperature, and upshift indicator. Curb weight of 207kg is average, but the tank holds a reasonable 18.6L, which should get you some decent range even if you whack the throttle wide open…and you will.

Priced at P530,000, this model is now available at all flagship stores nationwide, and you can have it in either Grand Prix Red or Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our Motorcycle Editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.