So, Honda just announced that they're gonna bring the CBR650F to the US for 2014.
I'm not sure we get this color scheme, but it's what is available for the the model intro launch.
This is a new model for Honda, a revising of the CBR600F. There is also a naked version, CB650F, which we don't get here in the states. Most of the comments I've seen wish we'd get the naked, but based on the ER6N here, you really can't blame them for only bringing us the faired one.
I'm not really a Full-Fairing guy, but I do like this one, kind of a peek-a-boo effect that gives glimpses of some nice features (beautiful headers) and doesn't hide the engine, just the plumbing. Naked bikes are cool to look at, but I want some wind protection if I'm gonna ride it very far.
The engine is an inline-4; they're quoting 85HP with a power band weighted toward mid-range. The bike weighs 461 lbs with a full tank- 4.5 gallons. MPG numbers I've seen are about 60, so that gives it really good range. Looks like a good bet for a middleweight sport-tourer- look out F800GT!
The swingarm and undermount exhaust look pretty familiar, right? Some of the nicest features of the Versys, I can see why they copied them. The suspension is decidedly more budget though; non-adjustable damper-rod forks with 4.3" of travel, and 5" at the pre-load only shock. Honda owns Showa though, and they've been getting pretty good performance from budget components. Budget brakes too, 2-piston fronts with single-piston rear, same as the Versys, though using different calipers. ABS is an option.
MSRP is $8499, $8999 ABS. Compare that with the $7999 ABS for either the 2014 Versys or the 2014 Ninja 650. The F800GT is $11,800, ABS standard. If I rode more highway this new Honda might seriously tempt me.