CBR500R Introducing the CBR500R Starting From £6,299.00

CBR500R

Honda’s A2-compatible ‘pocket rocket’ receives major performance-focussed improvements led by 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 offer greater visibility.

From £6,399.00 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 for enhanced front tyre grip and feel.

Styling is updated with a new front mudguard, inherited from the CBR650R, and sporty aluminium footpegs are also now standard fit. As before, LCD instruments feature a Shift Up and Gear Position function and all lighting is premium LED; the new headlight, also inherited from the CBR650R, now spreads a broader beam.

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, also keep vibration to a minimum.

Immediately obvious is a brand-new front end set-up. With the aim to heighten sports handling performance the 41mm telescopic forks of the previous design have been replaced by Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks, clamped by new top and bottom yokes.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 CBR650R wears the exact same set-up.

In a further effort to improve the ride quality, the 22YM CBR500R features new lighter wheels with 5 Y-shaped spokes rather than the 6 of the previous model. The front wheel width remains 3.5inch with a 120/70-ZR17 tyre and the rear 4.5inch with 160/60-ZR17 tyre.

Engine

The 22YM CBR500R’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 760mm x 1145mm
Frame Type Steel diamond
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.1L (inc reserve)
Kerb Weight 192kg
Seat Height 785mm
Clutch Wet multiplate, Assisted slipper clutch
Gearbox 6 speed
CBR500R Starting from £6,099 OTR
Overview Honda’s A2-compatible ‘pocket rocket’ gets an aggressive, aerodynamically-driven sports makeover, plus a racier riding position.