Honda CBR500R Overview
If you want a good introduction to a sportsbike but don’t know where to start, the Honda CBR500R could be the one for you. It has a proper big bike feel and lots of power behind it, so even experienced riders will be entertained with this model.
It is a stylish looking bike too, which offers riders an engaging ride and a comfortable sitting position. It is also fun to take out on the road, with a reworked suspension that feels solid you can head over road bumps easily. You can cruise along the motorway no problem on this bike.
The 47bhp engine gives you enough power to get you up to speed quickly, with a top speed of about 112mph. You won’t notice much vibration at this level which makes the ride even more comfortable. In fact, revs aren’t a problem whatever level you’re riding at. You’ll also notice that there has been improvements made to the air flow which make the model more efficient overall.
This bike is built in Thailand but the famous Honda build quality remains strong. You may pay a little more for this bike than similar models, like KTM’s RC390. But it could be worth it for the reliability of the name and the pleasure you get taking it out. The equipment itself on the CB range is pretty basic, although ABS is standard.
Honda CBR500R Spec
- Top speed112mph
- Seat height785mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, DOHC, 8v, parallel twin
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Weighing in at 186kg it has a bit of weight behind it but as soon as it bites into a corner it is like a train holding the lines very well
Very torquey engine. Especially for a A2 bike which generally seem to have all the power at the top end of the revs. The CBR500R only revs to 8500RPM and begins to full from 4000 without any power surges at any point. It has a very linear power delivery.
Power can become boring after a while it leave so you wanting more as you become accustom to the bike. Could have a more sportier look about as the high bars let everyone know that it's a sport tourer and not a sports bike.
Honda are renowned for having high but of quality even for budget bikes such as the CBR500R. Not had one problem with the bike at all.
The nissin callipers grab the disc well providing very short stopping distances but aren't intrusive when gently braking for a corner. Also it has ABS that I am yet to use but having spoke to other riders it works very well although it doesn't have cornering ABS.
Power but then again it still over takes and hits the corners I've shown up other riders on bigger bikes than me but they don't have the MPG like this beauty.
Ride is smooth and lightweight adding to comfort of the ride
Powerful 500 engine
Stronger headlights would be a bonus
Sturdy yet light
Superb brakinig - ABS equipped
Nothing, best bike in the 500cc class!
Lightweight, with the right tyres hugs the road magnificently! cornering is smooth and can corner the tighest bends at good speed. Holds speed very well, gets to speed even better!
For a 500cc well 477cc it's very quick for what it is. doesn't matter if your friends are riding 600s, 1000s you'll keep up with them no problem on it.
Nuts and bolts should be stainless steel!Fairing is a pain to take off if need to get inside it!
Very well built asides frommost of the bolts/sprocket etc… as they are another alloy and not stainless steel so they go a horrible colour unfotunetely.
Brakes are faultless and can stop on a dime so to speak!
Very smooth, I can't complain.
Amazing for an A2 licence.
Always surprised at how cheap and well the bike runs.
The bike is very well put together, but lacks mounting options for storage.
I have never had an issue breaking and am grateful for the ABS.