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2013 Honda CB500F: Voted Awesome

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:35 am

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2013 Honda CB500F

NEW FOR 2013!

Mid-size Sport. Maximum Fun...

There's an aura of independence and nonconformity that riders gain when they sling a leg over a modern naked bike-and that's especially true when that naked bike is the all-new Honda CB500F. This modern and sporty 500cc naked bike not only carries a full load of attitude and style, it also delivers a gratifying level of performance and versatility. Whether you're riding on your daily commute, headed for a weekend backroad blast or just hanging out with your riding buddies, the CB500F serves as a great option for just about any kind of street ride. Its slim profile and comfortable, neutral riding position let riders feel right at home in the saddle, and a sophisticated Honda Pro-Link® rear suspension and big 41mm fork add to the comfortable ride and agile handling. For a unique ride that's stylish, fun and affordable, it's tough to top the new CB500F.

The innovative CB500F expands riding enthusiasts’ options with a modern and sporty 500cc sportbike. This image-conscious offering not only carries a full load of attitude, it also delivers a gratifying level of performance and versatility The CB500F has a classic riding position, a 30.9-inch seat height and plenty of room for a variety of riders. It’s an excellent choice for riders ready to move up a displacement class, or for anyone who appreciates a great middleweight motorcycle.

Parallel Twin-Cylinder Engine

An all-new design, built with a high performance liquid-cooled 500cc DOHC parallel twin engine that offers accessible power and a comfortable ride across all RPM ranges.

Classic Riding Position

Not too laid back, not too aggressive, the CB500F’s riding position, is one of the keys to its versatility. The CB500F offers a comfortable sport riding position that’s maneuverable around town or out on the winding road. The lower seat height also makes it easier to get your feet firmly on the ground when stopped.

Practicality Was Never So Much Fun

Its combination of low seat height, light weight, and rider-friendly engine make the CB500F a great choice for commuting, weekend rides, or just getting out and having fun.


2013 Honda CB500F - Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $5,499 USD
Canadian MSRP Price: $TBA (but available)


Model: CB500F

Engine Type: 500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin

Bore and Stroke: 67.0mm x 66.8mm

Compression ratio: 10.7:1

Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder

Induction: PGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies

Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance

Transmission: Six-speed

Final Drive: O-ring-sealed chain

Suspension
Front: 41mm fork; 4.3 inches travel
Rear: Pro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel

Brakes
Front: Twin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear: Single-caliper 240mm wave disc
Optional Honda ABS

Tires
Front: 120/70-17
Rear: 160/60-17

Wheelbase: 55.5 inches

Rake (Caster Angle): 25° 5'

Trail: 103mm (4.05 inches)

Seat Height: 30.9 inches

Fuel Capacity: 4.1 gallons including 0.7-gallon reserve

Estimated Fuel Economy**: TBD

Colors:
CB500F: Black, Pearl White

Curb Weight: 420 pounds (CB500F) Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.
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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:37 am

Total Motorcycle presents the brand new, never seen before, 2013 Honda CB500F to vote on!

Have fun. :D

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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by storysunfolding » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:26 pm

I went Awesome.

I'm stoked to see the manufacturers get back into making affordable, well built, low displacement motorcycles. Seeing them come out from all the manufacturers is awesome. However, Honda seems to have gone all out with all their new low displacement bikes.

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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:42 pm

storysunfolding wrote:I went Awesome.

I'm stoked to see the manufacturers get back into making affordable, well built, low displacement motorcycles. Seeing them come out from all the manufacturers is awesome. However, Honda seems to have gone all out with all their new low displacement bikes.

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Hey, good for you getting in there first! :D

Great opinion as well!

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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by madjak30 » Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:12 am

I'm going AWESOME as well...this is what the motorcycle world needs to bring new riders into the sport/life style...a nice user friendly beginner/commuter...I see it as an updated version of my first bike, the Suzuki GS500. I had the naked version, if you want the fared version go for the X...same bike, just with a bit of a faring...

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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by ceemes » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:10 am

Awesome for me as well. Reminds me a bit of my 2nd favorite courier machine, the KZ550 (yes I know the KZed was an inline four and bit of a hot bike in its day), simple, easy to ride, good looking, perfect for flitting about the city and just enough oomph for the highway. This new CB500 is just what we been needing, an intermediate bike between the 250 class and the monster 600 or better classes.
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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:02 am

The votes coming in are quite interesting and unexpected thus far (it's a living vote so it morphs and changes as time goes on), but right now we have quite a few registered votes in and the polls show:

Awesome 44%
Cool 33%
Uncool 22%

That's quite a spread considering the above comments, I'd like to hear from those who think it's uncool or just cool (as opposed to awesome) as to their feelings on the CB500F. :D

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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by Hanson » Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:23 pm

Honda is awesome for making a major commitment to providing a selection of 500cc value bikes that will all be great choices for the new rider, but I think the bikes themselves are at best cool. This is a bike I would love to buy and use hard for a few years as a tool for acquiring skills and then quickly broom out of my garage. This is not a bike that intrudes into my overly vivid moto-fantasies. The bikes that comprise me dreams are numerous, and remarkable varied, they are intimidating or even a bit scary, but this is not one of them. I can think of many bikes I would rather own, but few that I am more likely to purchase as a first bike than the CB500F. Awesome job Honda for bringing us this trifecta of new rider bikes.

My vote: Cool

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Unread post by HYPERR » Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:07 pm

I voted uncool but should've voted fail. This is not a naked, it has plastic and a totally mfugly one at that. :? What a waste of a great engine and what would've been potentially a great concept. :frusty:
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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:27 pm

I'm voting: Cool.
This looks like just the thing for an experienced rider looking to move into the sport class. I can see a dirt bike or cruiser rider (like myself) gravitating towards this offering as a happy medium between the sewing machines and the homicidal beasts.

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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:38 pm

On a side note. I looked to see what issues the CB500F might have. Horsepower is quite respectable at 47hp (see note below) and while the CB500F is the lightest of the 3 new 500's, it is still 420lbs, which to me, seems a little heavy. A 1980 CB400 (all steel frame) was 400lbs, and even my 2013 Moto Guzzi 750cc comes in at just 395lbs. So I am not sure were the weight is (too heavy engine?), surely it can't be the frame.

NOTE: The 47hp is not an official specification so take it as a grain of salt and there is no word on the torque or MPG figures yet. I would guess this engine to be more in the lower 40hp myself as the 700cc Honda has is just 40hp.

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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by HYPERR » Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:55 pm

Actually I just realized you can change your vote. :mrgreen:

I haven't changed it but now I know you can. :laughing:

The problem is, due to the idiosyncracy of this voting system, if I give it a fail instead of uncool, it increases the chance of this bike getting a higher rating. :frusty:
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Unread post by pchast » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:23 pm

Mike,

I'm not surprised by the HP rating suggested. My 1980 550 in line 4 is rated at the same.
If anything this new engine could be a little higher.
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Unread post by Wrider » Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:10 am

Hmmm, I like! Give it a full fairing option to make it look like a CBR and I think it'd sell very well for those who want a good beginner bike but are caught up on looks.
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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by storysunfolding » Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:19 am

Wrider wrote:Hmmm, I like! Give it a full fairing option to make it look like a CBR and I think it'd sell very well for those who want a good beginner bike but are caught up on looks.
Ask and you shall receive.

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... BR500R.htm

They also have the "adventure" flavor

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Unread post by Wrider » Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:54 am

Hmmmm I'm thinking the CB500R is going to sell very well amongst new and older riders.
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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:29 am

storysunfolding wrote:
Wrider wrote:Hmmm, I like! Give it a full fairing option to make it look like a CBR and I think it'd sell very well for those who want a good beginner bike but are caught up on looks.
Ask and you shall receive.

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... BR500R.htm

They also have the "adventure" flavor

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... CB500X.htm
Ah, but don't forget nothing comes without a cost. The CBR500R is an extra $600 ($5399 vs $5999... about 11% more in total price) and 5lbs more of plastic, which would be more expensive to replace if needed. But yes, for those that like the look, it's a no-brainer.
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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by jstark47 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:06 pm

I like the idea of a new, 500cc standard, congrats to Honda for doing that. I'm not in love with the looks of this particular model, but I like the concept. So it misses Awesome for me, but still gets a solid Cool vote.
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:14 pm

jstark47 wrote:I like the idea of a new, 500cc standard, congrats to Honda for doing that. I'm not in love with the looks of this particular model, but I like the concept. So it misses Awesome for me, but still gets a solid Cool vote.
Same here. I think producing a whole line of practical, affordable, versatile bikes is brilliant. But since there's already a "sporty" variant and an "adventurey" variant, why not just make the naked standard a real naked standard? All that plastic kind of misses the point of a stripped down, simple, elemental motorcycle. Still deserves a cool vote anyway.
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Re: This week: 2013 Honda CB500F: Vote Now

Unread post by HYPERR » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:50 pm

I don't know why they just couldn't make it a naked standard instead of putting on those mfugly and useless plastics. If it was a true naked standard, I would have given it a cool. If they made it a retro standard like the GB500, I would have given it an awesome. But because of the hideous mfugly plastic that serve no purpose and they botched what would've been a great idea, I voted fail.
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