Posted on 31st May 2016
Here is the link to the test-ride write up that I did back in October 2015: Honda CB650F and CBR650F test ride. After this we decided that the CBR650F would be our next bike and the choice of colour would the the tri-colour, having seen one at a dealer. The plan was to then get these in 2017.
Posted on 1st June 2016
On the 16th May we took a ride to one of our nearby Honda dealers, to take a look at the new CBR650F colours for 2016. They had the matt black/white in the showroom and a CB650F in matt black/red. The black/white bike looked much nicer in real life than in photographs, so this got us asking the dealer what they could do for two new bikes. During our conversation it transpired that the 2015 colours could be purchased much cheaper than the new colour schemes. The tri-colour was our preference but unfortunately there were no un registered tricolours in the UK. The next option was white, but again they were unable to source two new ones of these.
Having thought about it overnight we decided that we much preferred the 'old' colours over the new and went about finding another dealer with stock. With some luck we found one that had two white ones coming in to them in the next fews weeks and they were currently on the water en-route from Honda. After some negotiating, some free accessories and using our Ninjas as the deposit we came to an agreement.
There is now the agonising wait to see when they will be available to collect.
Posted on 9th June 2016
The first bike arrived at the dealer over a week ago and the second one is due to arrive tomorrow. The planned pick-up date is 18th June.
Posted on 20th June 2016
It's been a long month, waiting to for the bikes to arrive in Southampton. On Saturday we took a 260 mile round trip to take the Ninja 300's down to the Honda dealer and bring back our lovely new CBR650F's.
The bikes were lined up outside waiting for us, complete with red rim tape, heated grips and the larger Honda windscreen. I sneaked a quick sit on mine and it felt familiar and 'just right'. After the paperwork was done, I transferred the Kriega straps on the Honda and attached the tailpacks.
It was a very enjoyable ride home, if a little boring at 4000rpm, I can't wait until the run-in period is complete. Compared to the Ninjas the CBR's feel much more stable (bigger tyres) and obviously the 4 cylinder engine is much smoother and stronger, filtering in town was easier and there was no need to keep changing gear.
Posted on 1st July 2016
HelmetLok on order, the plan is to use this to attached the helmet through the square hole in the top yoke. The standard helmet lock is rather useless, it involves some steel cable with a loop on each end, in a plastic sheath, where you have to try and get one end over a 'hook' under the seat. The hook is obscured by the tubular frame. We also found out that the hook is longer on our other CBR and therefore it's almost impossible to get the loop over it.
The other purchase is a set of adjustable levers from V-Trec. We've opted for matt black, long, with silver adjusters and these should blend in well with the bike. I can manage with the stock levers but the clutch is a bit of a stretch, the adjustable levers should make it much easier.
Posted on 19th July 2016
Both bikes had their first service last Monday, all was good although the chains on both bikes were slack and this was explained as the reason for them being reluctant to accelerate at times.
The new V-Trec levers were fitted and it was noted that the clutch cable was very tight on my bike, so I am glad I didn't attempt to fit them myself.
Posted on 22nd August 2016
Well, we are 800 miles in to the bikes and still loving them. The phrase I keep using is "they just do everything well".
The CBR's are smoother since the first service and they possibly run at slightly lower revs than before. The V-Trec levers are proving to be an excellent purchase and we are happy with the look and feel of them.