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be­gin to feel a lit­tle light when start­ing to push on. Whether I was out on my own or rid­ing with oth­ers, the lit­tle CBF al­ways held its own.

It’s not slow ei­ther. It might only make 47bhp and I’ll ad­mit it would be a bit more fun if it had a lit­tle ex­tra power, but it’s still got a top speed in ex­cess of 110mph – more than enough for rid­ing on the road!

I’m still a rel­a­tively new rider, I’ve only had a full li­cence for a lit­tle over a year, so I ap­pre­ci­ated the CB’S un­in­tim­i­dat­ing yet fun na­ture, enough to en­joy my­self but not so much that things get silly. It’s the sort of bike that won’t let your am­bi­tion out­weigh your tal­ent – ex­actly what some­one step­ping up from a 125cc needs.

The 473cc par­al­lel twin feels bul­let­proof, it’s re­as­sur­ingly for­giv­ing if you get a bit throt­tle-happy yet al­ways has plenty of pull. It’s in­cred­i­bly fru­gal too, how­ever you ride. Over the 1500 miles, my MPG didn’t drop much be­low 60, even when rid­ing in the least eco­nom­i­cal man­ner. The 16.5-litre tank would give you in ex­cess of 170 miles and cost around £15 to fill up!

Some­thing I didn’t fully ap­pre­ci­ate un­til hand­ing the bike back was just how good it looks. It was par­tic­u­larly strik­ing in the red/grey colourscheme we had it in but it wasn’t un­til I stood back in Honda UK’S ware­house and saw it lined up against many other bikes from Honda’s ex­ten­sive range that I no­ticed just how much it stood out.

The de­sign is much more an­gu­lar than pre­vi­ous CB500F mod­els, mak­ing it look much sportier – the bloke I was hand­ing it back to, who works with these bikes on a daily ba­sis, thought it was the big­ger CB650F at first look! That just goes to show that while the 500 re­tains that small-bike feel, it doesn’t look like a small bike at all.

As I men­tioned, I was dread­ing the CBF on my 130-mile round trip com­mute. A sports naked would never be my first port of call for that trip, but as the F isn’t too pow­er­ful it doesn’t feel as though it’s go­ing to rip your arms off af­ter 20 miles on the A1 with the wind blast­ing at you.

There are with­out a doubt bet­ter bikes for com­mut­ing but the CB did the job and its size came in very handy when fil­ter­ing through the worst of the morn­ing traf­fic.

While it’s way more at home on the twisty B roads, the CB500F will han­dle any day-to-day rid­ing you want it to mak­ing it a great op­tion for some­one look­ing for the mid­dle ground be­tween a 125cc and some­thing big­ger – you can ride it on an A2 li­cence too!

Friendly and fun 500 is ideal for newly qual­i­fied rid­ers Screen sug­ges­tions please folks… No more fish­ing around for change Sit­ting com­fort­ably? It’s the £149 seat

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