Honda CB500F Overview
This bike is engaging and fun to ride, as well as being quite easy to ride over all – which makes it a good first-time bike. Having said this, many experienced riders still have this bike in their collections for a ride out every now and again!
You really feel in charge of this bike when you are on it. It has wider bars and a more upright riding position which helps you to feel in control. It is also more responsive to inputs through the bars. The suspension feels solid and safe, which is reassuring. The 47bhp engine provides enough go to get you up to speed fairly quickly. You’ll get a top speed of around 112mph and not too much vibration from this, which is good. This bike has also received some improvements to the air flow which makes it far more efficient.
The CB500F has the Honda build quality you would expect, despite being built in China. Parts are easy to get hold of and it is a fairly easy bike to maintain. You can pick this one up for around £5000, only £100 cheaper than Yamaha’s 74bhp MT-07. But this bike is a good to ride so for the extra money, we think it is worth it.
Honda CB500F Spec
- Top speed112mph
- Seat height784mm
- EngineFour stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC
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Handles local roads very well
As it's also aimed at A2 licenses, it's slightly de-tuned. Could do with a bit more power.
A bit more power would be good.
Excellent Honda quality
Excellent, and ABS too.
changing spark plugs is quite difficult as the ECM is in the way
Comfortable enough. Handled surprisingly well on track as well.
Peppy and economical. More than the required power for the needs of a city commuter.
Downpipes and the front engine bolt are susceptible to seizing up. Rear caliper the same. They need to be stripped and lubed twice a year to ensure no issues.
Fair enough. Rear brake needs rebuild once a year and front ones must be stripped and cleaned every 4 months, in other words, routine maintenance should not be skipped!
Light but quick, smooth but nippy
Fast enough but lethal
It should have a good biking weather lever for sunshine whenever I go out...
Good brakes with good tyres
Lightweight, easy to filter through traffic & nice round corners
It's a 500 so not the quickest bike around as stated earlier, its got enough poke to get away from traffic in town & enough to cope on a motorway
It's a Honda, great build quality
ABS front and rear. Stops on a penny.
Very quiet (perhaps too much so), and doesn’t vibrate too much right up until 90-95mph in top gear – it doesn’t seem to take too much effort to cruise at above-motorway speeds (especially considering it’s only a 500cc!)
I’ve never experienced better from any 500cc – a nice level of torque, more than keeps up with traffic, and very nimble – easy to swerve out of harms way and around potholes etc.
Costs £10 to fill up, and lasts 200+ miles, even at stupid-for-500cc speeds. I’m not sure how much a rider’s weight would affect this, but I’m 100lbs, so a big bloke may not get the same level of economy?
I’ve never had a problem with it!
ABS grip has saved my life a few times. Can’t fault it.
Very light, handles well
For a 500 it is decent, would want a bit more for long journeys/ motorways
Cheap insurance, good fuel economy, services 8k miles apart, so very cheap to run.
Honda, say no more.
The clutch is very forgiving and so it is very hard to stall. Pushing the bike is easy enough and it isn't as heavy as I initially thought it would be. Same goes for cornering - very nimble.
The engine produces 47hp which is right at the A2 licence limit which makes it a good beginner bike. There isn't as much torque as I would like but it is still fun regardless.
This bike is great for fuel - moving up from a 125 which could run a whole week with a fivers worth of petrol in it I was afraid the new bigger bike would be more rough on fuel but I was wrong. Normal riding averages around 60 mpg. Being a 471cc it also isn't too bad on road tax - around £60 a year.
The build quality exceeds expectations for the price and everything seems to fit really well. It is also worth mentioning that the plastics are high quality and do not make much noise.
The bike is equipped with ABS. It has a single disc front and rear. The front brake comes with an adjustable lever stock which is really nice. As for the performance of the brakes, the front works just fine. However, the rear brake is a little too mushy than I would like. I thought it could be a bleeding issue when I first got the bike but it turned out that the rear caliper was bled just fine.