That was a slam dunk review of the Honda. I'm more confused than ever.This new review says the exact opposite of the Honda.
Almost reads like a press release. Well, they ding it for a few things.This new review says the exact opposite of the Honda.
Press releases make much of the fact the engine in the 650F is used as a stressed member i.e. as part of the frame. While this adds rigidity and can lower weight (less frame required) it can also transfer engine vibrations directly into the frame. That's why a lot of bikes have the engine mounted in rubber, to try and reduce the vibes.The "minor" buzz was reported from day one, but man they really came down hard on it.
Me neither, but I have ridden a mate's Ninja 650, and felt more vibrations coming through than compared to my 300. But it was bearable. So long as the 650F isn't actually worse that that, I could learn to live with it.I have never been on one
See, this is the problem with these kind of reviews. We don't know what the motorcycle.com reviewers are using as a frame of reference. If the 650F is smoother than my 300, or the Ninja 650 I've ridden before, it is more than smooth enough for me! But the review makes the 650F sound almost un-rideable! Which I don't believe.The CBR650F is WAAAY more smooth then the 300 or Ninja 650. It's almost too smooth.
This also annoys me. I want to know what the best bike is irrespective of price, not what the reviewers' decide based on their own perception of value for money. Bikes are not all priced the same around the world. Whilst the CBR650F might be substantially more expensive than the Ninja 650 or FZ6R in the USA, downunder all these bikes are almost the exact same amount of money. Which means, I'd like to know which is the best bike, not which bike motorcycle.com think is the best 'value for the money' based purely on USA prices (which I'm sure will fluctuate even within the USA). If they tell us what the best bike is as objectively as possible, we can then decide if any premium in pricing, if present, is worth it. If that makes sense?That video review liked the Honda fine...just not for the money.