Updated CBR500R and CB500F get touch of class
The Honda Fireblade-aping style of the new CBR650R (below left) has also been maintained on Honda’s 2019 A2-compatible CBR500R with a slight styling tweak and a more overtly superbike-aping paintjob. While the naked F version isn’t ignored with a host of light upgrades to make it more attractive.
But the biggest upgrade for both is inside the engine, with a 4% boost to power and torque due to revisions in the inlet and exhaust valve timing. The addition of a slipper/assist clutch also means less lever pressure is required, allowing the rider to be a little more aggressive on downshifts without fear of locking-up the rear. The R sportster also gets a more canted-forward riding position with its clip-on bars now mounted under rather than above the redesigned top yoke. Its fairing also has a slightly lower profile for a sportier stance. The F roadster also gets revised bodywork which is aimed at improving its kerb appeal.
Both bikes also get new LED lighting all round and a new LCD dash that’s shared with the CB650.
New CB500F gets more style and poke