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2020 Honda CB650R: A little red Honda that offers up big fun

The CB650R ditches its fairings for cafe style and more relaxed ergonomics.

Kyle Hyatt
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
Kyle Hyatt
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Honda's 2020 CB650R is its entry into the crowded middleweight naked-bike category and, frankly, it's a good one.

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Unlike the other bikes in the class, the CB uses a 649-cc inline four cylinder engine, just like all the great Japanese sport bikes of old.

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It's got what Honda calls "Neo Retro Cafe" styling which means basically nothing, but the bike looks good.

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The engine was updated for 2019 with new internals allowing for a sky-high 12,800 rpm redline.

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The bike's digital dash is funky and cool looking, but can be tough to read in bright sun.

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The bike looks great from the back, but if it were ours, we'd invest in a tail tidy kit asap.

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Click or swipe through for lots more photos, and read our first ride review of the 2020 Honda CB650R here.

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