Honda’s middleweight duo, the CBR500R full-fairing sports bike and CB500F naked sports, are back for 2017 with three colours. Pricing for the 2017 Honda CBR500R is RM31,681 for the standard machine, while the ABS option takes the price up to RM35,179.

Meanwhile the 2017 Honda Honda CB500F is priced at RM31,363 in standard trim, and the ABS version will cost the buyer RM34,861. Also available is the dual-purpose Honda CB500X and XA (ABS) at RM31,893 and RM35,391, respectively, with all prices including GST but excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

New for 2017 is a Lemon Ice Yellow colour scheme for both motorcycles, while Millennium Red and Matte Gunpowder Black are carried over from the previous year. Other details and specifications remain unchanged from last year.

Carrying a 471 cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi, both the CB500F and CBR500R put out 46.9 hp at 8,500 rpm and 43 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox with chain final drive, and fuel is carried in a 16.7-litre tank.

Seat height for both machines is set at a very rider-friendly 785 mm and braking is with a single 320 mm disc in front and 240 mm disc on the rear wheel, with both standard and ABS models available. Weight for the Honda CBR500R is 194 kg, while the naked CB500F clocks in at 190 kg.

Front teelscopic forks are pre-load adjustable for the CBR and CB, as is the front brake lever, with five adjustment levels to suit different hand spans, and a 9-stage pre-load adjustable monoshock props up the rear end. Twin LED headlights illuminate the way forward, and an LED tail light does the job at the back.

An LCD instrument panel displays all the necessary information the rider needs, including digital speedometer and bar graph tachometer, fuel, trip and fuel consumption gauges as well as a digital clock. The 2017 Honda CBR500R and CB500F will be available at authorised Boon Siew Honda dealers from this month, with a two-year or 20,000 km manufacturing warranty, whichever comes first.

GALLERY: 2017 Honda CBR500R

GALLERY: 2017 Honda CB500F