CB500F Introducing the CB500F Starting From £5,849.00

CB500F

The most sought after A2 compliant motorcycle!

Honda’s A2-compatible mini-streetfighter receives major performance-focussed improvements led by new Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks, dual disc front brakes and radial-mount calipers. Front tyre grip is heightened with more forward weight bias; handling is further improved by the new swingarm, which is lighter with more lateral flex. The rear shock has new settings to complement the new forks. Redesigned wheels and a lighter radiator save more weight and new fuel injection settings improve engine character. More powerful headlight LEDs and front indicator position lights offer greater visibility.

From £5,849.00 OTR

OVERVIEW

Alongside engine changes such as revised fuel injection settings and a new lighter radiator, the chassis benefits from the addition of Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks, dual Nissin radial mount four-piston calipers biting 296mm discs, lighter-weight 5-spoke wheels and redesigned swingarm – for improved high-speed handling and braking. Weight bias also moves fractionally forward compared to the previous model, for enhanced front tyre grip and feel.

Styling is updated with a new front mudguard, inherited from the CB650R, and sporty aluminium footpegs are now also standard fit. As before, LCD instruments feature a Shift Up and Gear Position function. All lighting is LED, with optimised high/low headlight beam from the new headlight and position lights.

Chassis & Styling

Light, strong and unchanged for 2022, the 35mm diameter steel diamond-tube mainframe has a tuned degree of yield that gives plenty of feedback to the rider as road surfaces change. The shape and position of the engine mounts, plus the frame’s rigidity balance, keep vibration to a minimum.

Immediately obvious is a brand-new front end set-up. With the aim to heighten sporty handling performance the 41mm telescopic forks of the previous design have been replaced by Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks, clamped by new top and bottom yokes. By dividing the functions – Big Piston pressure separation damper in one leg, spring mechanism in the other – reaction and ride quality are both improved. The four-cylinder CB650R uses the exact same set-up.

Engine

The 2022 CB500F’s A2-licence friendly 471cc, 8-valve liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder layout offers a well-proportioned balance of physical size and willing, enjoyable power output, with an energetic, high-revving character and zappy top end. The 2019 upgrades created faster acceleration through a 4% boost in low-to-mid-range power and torque in the 3-7,000rpm range. It's very much an engine whose overall performance and character belie its relatively small capacity. Peak power of 35kW arrives at 8,600rpm, with 43Nm torque delivered at 6,500rpm.

Feeding the PGM-FI fuel injection is a more-or-less straight shot of airflow through the airbox and throttle bodies and for the 2022 year model, new settings improve torque feel and character without compromising performance. The exhaust muffler features dual exit pipes, giving a sporting edge to each pulse, and a rasping high-rpm howl. A new more aesthetically pleasing radiator design contributes a 100g weight saving, with no loss of cooling efficiency.

Technical Specification

Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4 stroke, parallel twin
Engine Displacement 471cc
Max Power Output 35kW @ 8,600rpm
Max Torque 43Nm @ 6,500rpm
Bore x Stroke (mm) 67mm x 66.8mm
Front Brake Dual 296mm x 4mm disc with Nissin radial-mount four-piston calipers
Rear Brake Single 240mm x 5mm disc with single piston caliper
Front Suspension Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks
Rear Suspension Prolink mono with 5 stage preload adjuster, steel hollow cross swingarm
Front Wheel 5Y-Spoke Cast Aluminium - 17 x MT3.5 (120/70ZR17M/C)
Rear Wheel 5Y-Spoke Cast Aluminium - 17 x MT4.5 (160/60ZR17M/C)
Dimensions 2080mm x 800mm x 1060mm
Frame Type Steel diamond
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.1L (inc reserve)
Kerb Weight 189kg
Seat Height 785mm
Clutch Wet multiplate, Assisted slipper clutch
Gearbox 6 speed
CB500F Starting from £6,799 OTR
Overview The most sought after A2 compliant motorcycle!