Updated CB500F revealed in Milan
HONDA introduces its updated CB500F in Milan.
Thanks to some teaser images released last week, we’ve had a glimpse of this new model, but this is the first time we’ve seen the whole of it.
For 2016 Honda has made the CB500F a more tempting proposition for A2 licence holders by shapening it up and making it sleeker thanks to reduced side panels and a new tail unit. The 2016 models has also gets a new, larger fuel tank, LED lighting, spring preload adjustable forks, a new lightweight exhaust and adjustable brake lever. It will be available in six different colour options – Ross White and Millennium Red (Tricolour), Lemon Ice Yellow/Graphite Black, Candy Energy Orange/Macadam Grey Metallic, Millennium Red/Macadam Grey Metallic, Pearl Metalloid White/Macadam Grey Metallic, Matte Gunpowder Black/Matte Krypton Silver Metallic.
Here’s what Honda says about it:
‘The CB500F joined Honda’s mid-sized line-up in 2013. Compact in size but punching way above its weight, it injects the adrenaline and excitement of full-sized motorcycle ownership into every ride for A2 licence-holders moving up from a 125cc; at the same time, its all-round agility, punchy performance and sensible running costs make it a great motorcycle with which to commute through the week and ride for pleasure at the weekend, whatever the rider’s experience level.
‘The 2016 CB500F is a bold evolution that elevates the machine still further, with a shot of naked streetfight style and rider-focussed upgrades that add more fun, pride of ownership and desirability.
‘While its 471cc DOHC engine – producing 35kW and returning 83mpg – and steel diamond-tube frame remain unchanged, the CB500F emerges for 2016 with new aggressively-sculpted lines front to back. The styling shows off the machine’s mechanical forms; LED headlight and taillight are high quality finishing touches
‘A larger 16.7 litre fuel tank extends range, and detail improvements such as hinged fuel cap, adjustable-reach brake lever and ‘wave’ style ignition key elevate the overall owning experience.
‘The riding experience is improved with the addition of adjustable spring preload in the front forks, redesigned shift drum for smoother gear changes and new short exhaust muffler, with tuned internals, that emits a crisp howl in keeping with the engine’s engaging power delivery.’