Core to the key development specifications for Honda’s new 500cc trio was affordability and with this in mind, Honda Australia is thrilled to announce that the CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X will ride into the Australian market with exceptionally competitive prices.
The sporty CBR500R will boast a low $6,990 price tag for the standard and $7,490 for the ABS variant, the adventure CB500X shares the $7,490 figure, while the naked CB500F will have a price tag of just $7,290. (Please note these prices are the Manufacturers List Price and do not include on-road or registration costs).
Honda’s new 500cc trio will capture the next generation of motorcyclists by offering excellent handling, advanced environmental performance, innovative designs and complete convenience all wrapped up in three LAMS approved packages. The CBR500R and CB500F will make their Australian debut in April 2013 and the CB500X will follow one month later in May 2013.
The three variants all are powered by a lightweight, compact 500cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine which focuses on high-rpm output characteristics while considering the low-to-mid rpm range that will be most frequently used by the entry rider. Another shared feature is the new frame and chassis that has been developed especially for the new trio. Fusing flexibility and rigidity, excellent dimensions have been created to give a broad spectrum of users a controlled feel.
Dedicated to providing the utmost rider confidence, the CB500F and CB500X will both feature an ABS braking system, while the CBR500R will come with ABS as an option.
Ideal for budding sports riders or those wishing to scale back from a larger supersports machine, the new CBR500R’s modern styling and new appeal is in keeping with Honda’s iconic CBR history. This fully cowled sports machine achieves power and practicality by engaging a slim sporty exterior that results in a refined, high-quality design that imparts a sense of the model’s easy handling and relaxed riding position.
Honda has designed the CB500F with dynamic proportions and practical aspects with the view of appealing to the next generation of naked motorcycle riders. Aiming for a modern European style, the CB500F boasts individuality in design, easy-to-manage chassis weight, dextrous handling and low seat position, ensuring it is the perfect entry level machine to ride around town.
Taking inspiration from Honda’s 1200cc V4 Crosstourer, the CB500X will excite the most adventurous rider. With a design concept focused around strength and dynamism, the CB500X offers a compact body resulting in an easy-to-handle, attractive lightweight crossover model. Ideal for riders from entry level to experienced, the upright riding position and the on/off practicality will be ideal for a variety of environments and situations, from urban to off-road.
Thrilled to be bringing this diverse model line-up into the Australian market, Honda is confident the CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X with their unbeatable fuel efficiency, flagship good looks and excellent performance will offer freedom and flexibility to a new generation of riders.
The CBR500R will sport three colour variants, Tri-Colour, Graphite Black and Victory Red, the naked CB500F will be available in Graphite Black and Victory Red and the adventurous CB500X will feature in Graphite Black and White.