16YM CBR500R

Coming with a new look for 2016/2017 are the Honda CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X, which will sport new LED head- and tail-lights for the coming year. With the impending demise of the Honda CBR600R, the CB-series 500s will carry Honda’s middleweight torch for the foreseeable future.

Other changes made to the CB500s and the CBR500 include an adjustable front fork, along with a five-position adjustable brake lever, to cater to various hand widths. In addition to these, the CB500R and 500F also get a new exhaust can design to give off an aggressive image.

All three bikes carry a 471 cc DOHC parallel-twin engine that puts out 49.6 hp at 8,500 rpm and 44 Nm at 7,000 rpm. The full-fairing CBR500R and naked sports CB500F also come with increased fuel tank capacity at 16.7 litres – a one-litre increase – while the dual-purpose styled CB500X gets a 17.5-litre fuel tank.

A new “wavy” key is now standard fitment, giving greater security. Colour options for the Honda CBR500R are Red, Black and Tricolour, while the CB500X comes in Red, Black and White. The CB500F comes only with a single colour option – White.

As for pricing, the 2016 Honda CBR500R retails at RM31,681, while the Honda CB500F goes for RM31,363. Prices include GST, and only the standard non-ABS model is available for the ‘R’ and ‘F’.

The 2016 Honda CB500X can be yours for RM31,893 – standard, or the RM35,391 Honda CBR500XA with ABS. Prices include GST, and a two year or 20,000 km manufacturing warranty is applicable.