Honda FMX650 (2005-current) Motorbike Review MCN

6 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Honda FMX650 (2005-current) Motorbike Review MCN
Honda FMX 650

Owners’ Overall Rating (3 reviews)

after owning the bike for 5 years now i still love it. I’ve used it for hooning around, commuting around town and a few two up 200+ mile motorway trips with luggage. It’s still slow as you like, but still brings a smile to my face. It’s the longest i have ever owned a single bike, i wish honda had made one sooner 🙂

I’ve recently bought an FMX650 as a second bike and I also feel that this MCN review is unduly harsh on the bike. If you’re in the market for a supermoto-style bike then don’t dismiss the FMX without at least taking a good look at one first.

It may fall short when judged against the standards of purer, more competition-focussed supermotos from the other manufacturers, but if you’re not going racing then there’s something to be said for Honda reliability and build quality when the alternative offerings have a reputation for being fragile and high maintenance. And that reassuring build quality is something that’s actually quite tangible from the first moment you sit on an FMX.

My experience from the saddle suggests that for back-road and city riding the FMX delivers all the real-world benefits of the supermoto format: grunty bursts of acceleration, agile handling from a stance that affords optimal control, strong effective brakes, and enough height to give you a commanding view. On the down side, that saddle is very firm and unforgiving over any distance, but really, so what? If you want all-round versatility then it’s best to steer clear of supermotos.

However, for short, intense shots of riding satisfaction – without the licence-shredding speeds – they’re hard to beat. And you can really hustle this thing around. If you hook up the engine’s power right then the FMX delivers strong, immediate drive, that can slingshot it off the line and straight up to 60. Beyond this it continues to pull with less urgency to 90-plus – if you can take the wind-blast!

Honda FMX 650

But show it some curves and it promotes confidence in spades and rewards a vigorous riding style, encouraging you to explore a fairground-ride combination of brisk thrapping acceleration, deep braking and hilariously extreme lean angles, all with an inspiring composure. I also ride a sports bike, but I’ve found that I’m way, way quicker on the FMX in any kind of tight, twisty, comparatively low-speed situation. Horses for courses!

While it’s certainly no race-derived switchblade, the FMX’s engine is far better in reality than it looks from the specification. The bhp figure is irrelevant; what matters is the satisfying amount of torque being churned out. Trying to rev it hard achieves nothing; instead, clutch slipping and short-shifting to stay within the fat wedge of mid-range torque makes for perfectly rapid progress.

There’s an endearing quality to the power pulses thudding out from the big capacity single, and Honda have even managed to make it sound quite fruity, despite the restrictive, emissions-compliant exhaust system (Arrow make a full system replacement, though it’s expensive). Of course an early priority of ownership is to remove the ridiculous ‘Funmoto’ stickers from the side panels – mercifully easy, peeling off to leave no trace.


Those aside, it’s a good looking bike, with a purposeful presence and nice detailing, not least the imposing gold forks and black, spoked rims. Another attractive feature is the price – it seems to be widely discounted to well below the stated list price.

Honda FMX 650
Honda FMX 650
Honda FMX 650
Honda FMX 650
Honda FMX 650
Honda FMX 650
Honda FMX 650

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