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Oup­dated CBR500R and CB500F get touch of class

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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

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