Honda CB500 (1994 - 2003)

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Honda CB500 (1994 - 2003)
With its responsive power and sporty handling, the CB500 is just as quick and lively on the streets as it is on the circuits

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Reviewed: 6 August 2003 by Visordown
This Honda CB500 review is taken from the Honda press pack. From 2003. Totally European, this slim and sporty fun bike was designed to provide a big blast of Super Sport riding excitement in a compact and lightweight configuration. The Honda CB500 gets its power from an excitable little 499cc liquid-cooled ...  Continue reading


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15 user reviews of Honda CB500 (1994 - 2003) See all

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Bought this bike a year ago, and I absolutely love it. I use my bike all year, including commuting to work in snow on more than one occasion. Really does do everything. Commute, throw on a pair of throw over pa Continue reading...
I used to be a despatch rider in the 80s and never got more than 40k out of a CX 500 without a new cam chain I ran my CB up to 140k I only changed the oil every 8k and the plugs and air filter when I remembere Continue reading...
Great first bike or workhorse.

Jack of all trades. Continue reading...
A brilliant first big bike after 125cc, has definitely made me a better rider and the extra power is certainly enough for me. Continue reading...
I miss my Cb 500, was my second aquisition... lerned a lot w/ it!good second step toward a bigger bike Continue reading...


I am Italian and I have bought this cb500sport in 1998, but I didn't know it had been built in Italy! It seems to be a Japanes bike about quality of the components assembled and accuracy of assembly. Since today (12 october 2010) I have never had a single problem with this bike.

Posted: 12/10/2010 at 13:55

Just bought a Honda CB500s 1998. It started up when I bought it, got it home, switched it on the ignition light came on but would not fire up. Put it into 2nd. gear and rocked it forward and back, it then fired up immediately. Just thought I'd mention it if anyone has experienced the same problem. What a great bike. With 62,000miles on the clock it's looking tired so just about to strip it down and bring it back to its former glory.

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 21:02

We run a '94 CB500 for many of the Weekends and Events we organise here. She's been fairly heavily modified over the years, but even with 98,000km on the clock, she's NEVER broken down.
She's light, very nippy, inexpensive to run and with the changes we've done to the suspension goes round corners like you would not believe: many's the time that our guests have been in awe of the little devil's performance!'s monster fun to ride!


Posted: 30/12/2014 at 13:59

Stonking tool. Used one as a dispatch rider. Only fault is the radiators are made of crate paper. Just change the oil and filter with every back tyre and lube the chain regular and it will serve you well. The rear drum brake versions are better.

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 14:11

Brilliant bikes.I had one and loved it,moved on but recommended them to 2 mates who were looking for hacks. Both guys have now had them for years,both are very experienced riders,both affluent people that have other much newer bikes. despite this both also ride their CB500s as their wheels of choice,one still regularly tours Europe on his 60K miler,the other one Britain on his similar mileage machine.Both of their bikes look like crap with screens,hand guards and the like nut they do serious mileages and are much loved utility vehicles rather than toys.

One of the guys came to visit me a couple of years back,we went to Captain Jaspers on Plymouth's Barbican where the a couple of Harley Sons of Anarchy wannabes quite openly sneered at my mates bile .Being capable of but too polite to break their arms and chuck them into the sea he settled for a quiet laugh to himself,he'd just come back from a 3000 mile tour of Europe,dropped his tent and sleeping bag off at his home in London then headed down to Devon to visit me,I doubt the weekend Sonny Bargers had ever ridden in the rain. Last year he did 4000 on the thing in a month,another grand tour of Europe.

As for the radiators,I'm sure Delkevic do a replacement for the CB.

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 02:27

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Cheap and solid commuter.
Little excitement to be found.
  • Price: £3655.00
  • Year: 1994 - 2003
  • Top speed: 120mph
  • Price new: 3655
  • Engine capacity: 499cc
  • Power: 58bhp
  • Torque: 35lb ft
  • Weight: 173kg
  • 0-60: 4.9 seconds

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