Honda CB650R: Road Test Review

Published On May 21, 2022 By Praveen M. for Honda CB650R

We find out whether this gorgeous 650cc neo-retro bike is worth its pretty penny of Rs 8.68 lakh

Honda’s middleweight lineup received a shot in the arm with the launch of the CB650R back in 2021. It looks drop-dead gorgeous, sounds incredible, but does it deliver when it comes to the riding experience? We swing our legs over this beaut to find out.

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Launch Story:

In 2021 March-end, just before the new financial year started in April, Honda livened up the middleweight segment with the launch of not just one but two motorcycles: the Honda CB650R and the Honda CBR650R. The two bikes look smashing but command a pretty hefty premium despite coming in via the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) route. 

Photo Comparison Gallery:

Price-wise, the closest rival of the Honda CB650R in the Indian market is the more powerful, feature-packed Kawasaki Z900. Take a look at how these two stack up against each other in images here.

Review: Likes and Dislikes:

We took the Honda CB650R through its paces and here’s what we liked and what we didn’t. You can also read the review in a pictorial format via our review in images.


While the Honda CB650R scores well in terms of looks, it feels like a let-down when it comes to riding dynamics. Moreover, it’s way too expensive for what it offers, and at best feels like a large-displacement commuter bike. There are several more affordable options in the market which offer a lot more for a lot less.

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