American Honda has revealed its U.S. line will include the middleweight naked CB650F for the 2018 model year. For those itching to have a go on the liquid-cooled, 649cc Inline-Four powered machine, the wait won’t be long. Honda indicates that the bike will be available starting August 2017.

Editor’s Note: we’ve since test ridden the CB650F – read about it in the 2018 Honda CB650F and CBR650F First Test Review.

2018 Honda CB650F
American Honda brings the naked middleweight CB650F to American markets for 2018.

The essential platform isn’t new to the market, however. Starting in 2014 American customers have been able to access the CBR650F, a middleweight sport-styled machine that serves as the base for the CB650F. The two 2018 models are, in fact, identical on Honda’s provided spec sheet apart from weight. The CB650F is seven pounds lighter than its faired sibling, ready to ride.

“We’re pleased to offer the tough-looking, strong-performing CB650F to American customers for the 2018 model year,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications in a company press release. “The CBR650F has shown that this four-cylinder power plant is a solid performer, and in this package it adeptly rounds out our comprehensive lineup of naked sport bikes, fitting in perfectly between the CB500F and the CB1000R.”

2018 Honda CB650F
The CB650F is a naked version of the CBR650F.

Big Red promises smoother power delivery and a broader range of power and torque with the CB650F, when compared to its Parallel Twin competitors. Honda also revised the ratios of the stacked six-speed gearbox, making them shorter for better acceleration through the mid-range. The intake is updated and the side-sweeping 4-into-1 exhaust is touted to be an homage to the brand’s CB400F Supersport.

A twin-spar steel frame is designed with stiffer construction around the headstock and a more flexible character between the spars to improve handling characteristics. A 41mm fork with Showa Dual Bending Valve internals and a spring-preload adjustable shock soak up bumps, offering 4.3-inches and 5-inches travel, respectively.

2018 Honda CB650F
Middleweight naked machines are gaining ground in the US, with most major manufacturers now offering something of the sort in their line-ups.

Dual, 320mm wave discs are pinched by two-piston Nissin calipers at the front. A single 240mm wave disc and single-piston caliper set-up provides stopping power at the back. ABS is optional.

The CB650F rolls on 120/70ZR-17 front and 180/55ZR-17 rear tires and comes with a 31.9-inch seat height. Ready-to-ride, the naked machine registers 454-pounds and riders will enjoy a 4.6-gallon fuel tank. The headlights and taillights both make use of LED bulbs and the only color option available at this point in time is Red.

MSRP is yet to be determined but for reference, the 2016 CBR650F (the most recently available version in the U.S.) started at $8,499. The 2017 CB650F carries a €7,750 price tag, which would put it’s dollar amount right near the previous CBR650F cost in the States.

A price point in that range would put the CB650F on the high side, cost-wise, when looking at some of its most direct competition. Stay tuned for more details on the bike as they’re made available.

2018 Honda CB650F
Pricing for the CB650F is still to be determined for the US market.

2018 Honda CB650F Specifications

Engine: 649cc liquid-cooled Inline-Four, 16-valve, DOHC

Bore and Stroke: 67 x 46 mm

Compression Ratio: 11.4:1

Fuel Delivery: PGM-FI Programmed Automatic Enrichment Circuit, 32mm throttle bodies

Clutch: N/A

Transmission: Six-speed

Final Drive: #525 O-ring chain

Frame: Twin-spar steel frame

Front Suspension: 41mm fork with Showa Dual Bending Valve internals, 4.3-inches travel

Rear Suspension: Spring-preload adjustable shock, 5-inches travel

Front Brakes: 320mm twin wave discs, two-piston Nissin calipers, ABS optional

Rear Brake: 240mm wave disc, single-piston caliper, ABS optional

Wheels: N/A

Tires: 120/70 ZR17, 180/55 ZR17

Curb Weight: 454 pounds

Wheelbase: 57.1 in.

Rake: 25.3 deg.

Trail: 3.98 in.

Seat Height: 31.9 in.

Fuel Capacity: 4.6 gallons

MSRP: TBD

Warranty  One year, transferable, unlimited mileage limited warranty. Honda Protection Plan extended coverage available.

By Byron Wilson