For riders looking to move up from a 125, the fully faired twin-cylinder CBR500R provides an excellent first big sports bike experience, which will also appeal to experienced riders looking for a great value alternative to larger sports bikes. The CBR500R is part of a new family of motorcycles from Honda that includes the naked CB500F and adventure sports CB500X.
Sharing a common frame and engine, the three machines each have a distinct feel and character and feature a riding position and design that is tailored, and will appeal to, a wide variety of riders, with adaptable abilities that cover a range of uses from commuting and sports, to touring.
While the CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X are focused in different directions they are all physically easy to manage, and deliver all-round practicality matched to excellent efficiency. As true middleweights, blessed with lightweight agility and an engaging power delivery, above all, they are also enjoyable to ride in every scenario.
Honda has a motorcycling history that goes back over 60 years, and in 1957 released the 247cc Dream C70, powered by its first parallel twin cylinder engine. Through the 1960s the DOHC CB450 twin regularly outperformed larger capacity rivals and the new CBR500R proudly carries the CB suffix (with an extra dash of race-inspired R) and proves the point that – sometimes – less most certainly can be more.
Fast, frugal, affordable and fun, the CBR500R offers a great entry point to the world of sports motorcycles, with high a build quality plus pride of ownership that will last.
The CBR500R’s performance will give anyone looking for their first sports bike an exhilarating ride on a twisty, winding road – or even race track. It works equally well in urban environments and is a motorcycle designed to be ridden, and thoroughly enjoyed, by people of all shapes and sizes.
Its DOHC twin-cylinder fuel-injected engine is very much an “accessible CBR engine,” and worthy of the name.
The steel diamond frame and high quality suspension – 41mm telescopic front forks matched to Pro-Link rear monoshock – provide confident, precise handling as do 17-inch cast aluminium wheels and wide 120 front, 160 rear radial tyres. Powerful wave-pattern disc brakes are assisted by standard-fitment ABS.
While it may feature the styling of the four-cylinder CBR1000RR, the CBR500R’s similarities to its big brother are more than skin deep, and it will be found on racetracks in 2013 as the motorcycle used in the European Junior Cup.
Designed to identify and develop young racing talent from around the world, the EJC will take place at selected European rounds of the 2013 FIM World Superbike championship. Young riders from 14-19 years, based in countries from Europe to Asia as well as the USA and Australia, will be racing for a fantastic prize: a ride throughout 2014 for a Honda team in the UEM Superstock 600 European Championship.