The all new Honda CBR500R has just been released (November 2012) and makes a surprisingly quiet entrance to the world motorcycle market.  It headlines the new series of three 500cc motorcycles release for world wide market. Unfortunately I have not received the full specifications yet – as the engine is tuned for each market and the Australian CBR500R has not exactly for sale until May 2013 – although I did check it out at the motorcycle show. 

The CBR500R is essentially a commuter in the shape of a sports bike. Imagine the now superseded CBR600F but will less engine tech and you have a suitable description of this motorcycle. The CBR500R has clearly been designed to be cheap to maintain and to meet LAMS and learner motorcycle rules here and around the world. As a result it’s no road rocket but a reasonably zippy commuter with the size of a bigger motorcycle. The CBR500R will be joined by the technically related CB500F and CB500X in the show room.

Although I initially thought there would be no competition in the class however I noticed the just released Kawasaki Ninja 300. Since each has  250 versions already I can only assume that the Ninja 300 and the CBR500R will go head to head. Prices haven’t been announced but since Honda these days are priced very well I suspect that the 500 will be no different. 

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

Honda CBR500R 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:  194kg
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 W740 X H1145mm
 Recommended Retail Price:  $6990 (2012)

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