I have a few big takeaways from my time with this bike. One is a reminder of how simple can be better. The CBR650F doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is—sure, it’s got sporty styling, but it has its own character, too. Another piece that will be overlooked in a lot of other CBR650 reviews is the braking performance. The componentry on this bike is not fancy, but two 320mm rotors is basically superbike-spec. The calipers are basic, sliding-pin units from other commuter bikes, but putting two of them on board with dual discs means there’s plenty of power to stop. Recognition from the engineers, I think, that 472 pounds is heavier than a superbike. It’s thoughtful, utilitarian design that deserves a nod.