2018 CBR500R Pearl Metalloid White, Red Stripe

Undergoing a graphics update for new year, and now coming with ABS as optional across the range, are the 2018 Honda CB500F naked sports, CBR500R sports bike and the adventure-styled CB500X. The CB500F is priced at RM31,363 for the standard model, while adding ABS takes the price to RM34,861.

For the sports rider, the base CBR500R will set you back RM31,681, with the ABS equipped CBR500R going for RM35,179. At the top of Honda’s middleweight motorcycle range in Malaysia is the CB500X, where the base model goes for RM31,893, and adding ABS brings pricing to RM35,391.

All prices include GST, but exclude road tax, insurance and registration. A two-year or 20,000 km manufacturing warranty from Boon Siew Honda is included.

Launched in Malaysia in 2016, the Honda CB500-series 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. A six-speed gearbox gets power to the ground with chain final drive.

The CB500F and CBR500R get adjustable telescopic front forks and preload adjustable rear monoshock, while braking is done with single discs front and rear across the range. The R and F models get a 16.7-litre fuel tank, while the CB500X carries fuel in a 17.5-litre unit.

Colour options are increased for 2018 for the CB500 range of bikes. The naked sports CB500F gets Force Silver Metallic, Candy Chromosphere Red and Candy Caribbean Blue Sea as colour choices.

For the sportier CBR500R, the rider can choose between Pearl Metalloid White, Grand Prix Red or Graphite Black. Meanwhile, the CB500X now comes in Force Silver Metallic, Candy Chromosphere Red or Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic.