Not just a place for cars, the on-going Malaysia Autoshow 2019 also plays host to some of the local industry’s two-wheeled players. In this instance, the spotlight belonged to Boon Siew Honda on opening day as the firm seized the opportunity to launch the 2019 Honda CBR650R and CB650R today.

Here’s what’s in store in both middleweights that are destined to hit Honda Big Wing showroom and authorised Honda big bike dealers nationwide.

2019 Honda CBR650R
This sport-bodied middleweight has been refreshed for 2019 with plenty of new bits and features, not forgetting a mild yet stylish facelift. Included here is a set of new full-LED lighting all around that match up with the bike’s sharper fairing design.

Looks aside, the 2019 model has been endowed with a pair of new and adjustable 41mm Showa Separate Function Fork (SFF) up front as well. According to Honda, this new hardware promises to deliver a sportier and refined ride than before.

The CBR650R’s 649cc in-line four-cylinder heart is carried over, lightly revised for 2019 to deliver 93.8hp and 64Nm. Additionally, there’s now a slipper clutch action added into the six-speed chain-drive manual driveline paired with it.

On top of that comes the newly added Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) that works in tandem with the on-board ABS suite. Yes, the update sees ABS finally added into this sport-bodied middleweight’s features list, not forgetting an updated digital instrument display too that now boasts a gear position indicator.

Available in either red or black, this sporty street-focused offering goes on sale locally with a base price tag of RM45,499 (excluding on-road costs). Boon Siew Honda’s two-year or 20,000km warranty plan is included in said price too.

2019 Honda CB650R
Unlike the sport-bodied sibling it debuted alongside with, this ‘neo retro’ offering from Honda isn’t a mere facelift. In fact, the CB650R is a brand new variant and its arrival sees Boon Siew Honda completing the ‘Neo Sport Café’ line up locally, slotting it in between the similarly styled CB250R and CB1000R models.

Effectively, this is the natural replacement of the CB650F naked that’s been discontinued, sporting a signature design that merges both old and new elements, thus allowing this middleweight to stand out.

Notable Neo Sports Café design traits present in this middleweight include its round headlamp, it sculpted fuel tank, as well as it brushed aluminium side panels featuring its model designation etched into it.

Power comes from the same 649cc in-line four-cylinder as found in the CBR650R sport. Other bits shared from its sport-bodied twin include the 41mm adjustable Showa front forks, HSTC, as well as the slipper clutch feature.

Available in either red or black colour choices too, the new Honda CB650R enters the market with a base starting price of RM43,499 (excluding on-road costs). Again, Boon Siew Honda’s two-year or 20,000km warranty is included in said figure.