2013_cb500f_whtThe all new Honda CB500F has just been released (November 2012) and makes a surprisingly quiet entrance to the world motorcycle market.  The Australian release date is scheduled for May 2013 so there is still awhile to wait. There are three models based on the same mechanicals, the headlining CBR500R, this CB500F and the CB500X. The CB500F is LAMS compliant and suitable for learner riders. 

The CB500F is essentially a half faired commuter motorcycle and marketed as less sporty hence the missing R.  If the price is right it could be a decent seller but I think the CB500X and the CBR500R will become the favorites as the 500F is just not good looking enough to attract youthfully purchasers.

The trolls may complain that the engine won’t be powerful enough due to being LAMS compliant but if you view the specifications this the engine produces a decent amount of torque. In terms of weight the large fuel tank also causes the kerb weight to look a littel high.  I believe that the CB500F is a bit of a sleeper in the class.     

There are few direct competitors in the 500cc class so pick this one if you like the look and if the price is right! Personally I’d go for the CB400 because it carries more style.

More details to be updated on this page as they arrive.

Honda CB500F Key Specifications
Engine:   IL2 cylinder 4-stroke (PGM-FI)
Capacity:  471cc
Power/Torque:  35Kw @ 8500 RPM 43 Nm @ 7000 RPM
Gearbox:   6 speed
Kerb Weight:  190kg
Performance:  0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   15.7 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height:  790mm
Dimensions: L2075 X W780 X H1060mm
 Recommended Retail Price:  $6990 (2012)

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