In Malaysia, the middleweight motorcycle market gets a trio of updated offerings from Boon Siew Honda Malaysia – the 2019 Honda CBR500R sports bike, the Honda CB500F naked sports and Honda CB500X adventure tourer. The CBR500R is priced at RM34,999 while the CB500F and CB500X are priced at RM33,999 and RM36,099, respectively, with all prices excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

For 2019, all three Honda middleweights come with ABS – standard across the range – along with revised rear monoshock, assist and slipper clutch, LED lighting all round and LCD instrument panel. New for the three middleweights is a shift light that is set at 8,750 rpm and adjustable in 250 rpm increments from between 5,000 to 8,750 rpm.

Common in all three 500s is the engine, which is a 471 cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin with eight valves, producing a claimed 49.6 hp at 8,500 rpm and 45 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

For the CBR500R, new bodywork is designed to give a more aggressive style, similar to the CBR1000RR superbike. Fed by Honda’s PGM-FI, the inlet, exhaust and valve timing has been revised to deliver 4% more mid-range power and torque.

The CBR500R now comes with narrower seat pad and tail unit to improve rider ergonomics and movement with the clip-on handlebars located below the top yoke to give a sportier riding position. There are three colour options for the 2019 Honda CBR500R – Grand Prix Red, Max Axis Gray Metallic and Pearl Metalloid White.

Honda’s naked sports middleweight, the CB500F, also comes with new bodywork and is designed to be a “do everything” machine. The assist and slipper clutch reduces effort at the clutch lever, making the CB500F and its siblings easy to ride, especially in heavy traffic.

The battery is now located further away from the air box intake duct, improving engine airflow. The 2019 Honda CB500F comes in three colour choices – Grand Prix Red, Gun Powder Black Metallic and Pearl Metalloid White.

Biggest change for the CB500X is the change of front wheel size from 17-inches to a 19-inch hoop in front, which Honda says will improve handling on rough surfaces, something we noted was lacking when we reviewed the previous generation CB500X. Rider seating is cut narrower in front to improve reach for riders shorter in the leg.

Manoeuvrability has also been improved with a 3-degree increase in steering lock to 38-degrees along with a tapered handlebar. Riders can choose form three colours for the 2019 Honda CB500X – Grand Prix Red, Gun Powder Black Metallic and Pearl Metalloid White.

Availability of the 2019 Honda CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X in authorised Boon Siew Honda Malaysia dealers will be from the end of June 2019. All three middleweights come with a two-year or 20,000 km warranty, whichever comes first.

GALLERY: 2019 Honda CB500F


GALLERY: 2019 Honda CBR500R
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