Honda 500s gain updates for 2021

The A2 friendly Honda CBR500R, CB500X, and CB500F have received updates for the 2021 model year

THE highly successful range of Honda 500cc machines has been given a 2021 update, with new colours, graphics and Euro5 certification.

The updates affect the Honda CB500F, CBR500R, and CB500X models, with the only other bike in the range to use this engine, the CMX500 Rebel, going through an overhaul earlier in the year.

Honda CB500X (2019) video review

The mechanical changes to each bike are centered around the 47bhp engine’s emissions, with Honda claiming a 40% reduction in total hydrocarbon production, improved misfire detection, and the introduction of a particulate matter limit.

The engines of the 500cc range already went through a fairly rigorous update in 2019, with changes including updates to inlet, exhaust, and valve timing, all of which added 4% more power and torque between 3-7,000rpm compared to the previous model. Those changes were accompanied by an enhanced exhaust note and a new assist/slipper clutch.

Aside from the internal improvements in efficiency, Honda is hoping to entice COVID-weary buyers into its showrooms with a raft of new colour and decal options for each of the bikes.

Honda CB500X 2021

The one bike in the range that looks the most different from the previous generation is the CB500X. the graphic and colour options of old were fairly restrained, with only some tyre track decals hinting at the bike’s sizeable off-road appeal.

Now though the machine has a colour scheme worthy of an adventure, with a new red subframe bringing the baby adventure machine in line with the highly capable Africa Twin. The 2021 version is available in Grand Prix Red, Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic, Pearl Metalloid White

Honda CB500F 2021

Honda CB500F naked has also been given a thorough going over, with a raft of bold new colours to choose from. The 2021 CB500F is now available in Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic, Candy Caribbean Blue Sea, Candy Moon Glow Yellow – the latter two colours are all new.

Honda CBR500R 2021

The final bike in the CB500 range is the CBR500R, and for 2021 that machine is remaining unchanged from the previous generation – other than now being Euro5 compliant that is.

Honda CB500s technical spec

ENGINE

Type

Liquid-cooled, parallel twin

Displacement

471cc

No of Valves per Cylinder

4

Bore & Stroke

67mm x 66.8mm

Compression Ratio

10.7:1

Max. Power Output

35kW @ 8600rpm

Max. Torque

43Nm @ 6500rpm

Oil Capacity

3.2L

FUEL SYSTEM

Carburation

PGM FI

Fuel Tank Capacity

17.1 litres (inc reserve)

Fuel Consumption (WMTC)

28.6m/litre

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Battery Capacity

12V 7.4AH

ACG Output

25A/2000rpm

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch Type

Wet multiplate

Transmission Type

6 speed

Final Drive

Chain

FRAME

Type

Steel diamond

CHASSIS

Dimensions (L´W´H)

2080mm x 755mm x 1145mm

Wheelbase

1410mm

Caster Angle

25.5 degrees

Trail

102mm

Seat Height

785mm

Ground Clearance

130mm

Kerb Weight

192kg

SUSPENSION

Type Front

Conventional telescopic front forks, 41mm, pre-load adjustable

Type Rear

Prolink mono with 5-stage preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm

WHEELS

Type Front

Multi-spoke cast aluminium

Type Rear

Multi-spoke cast aluminium

Rim Size Front

17 x MT3.5

Rim Size Rear

17 x MT4.5

Tyres Front

120/70ZR–17M/C

Tyres Rear

160/60ZR–17M/C

BRAKES

ABS System Type

2-channel

Type Front

Single wavy disk, 320mm, 2 piston caliper

Type Rear

Single wavy disk, 240mm, 1 piston caliper

INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS

Instruments

Digital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer, dual trip meters, digital fuel level gauge & fuel consumption gauge, digital clock, gear position indicator

Security System

HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)

Headlight

Low 7.6W. Hi 12.8W. (LED)

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