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2013 Honda CB500F
2013 Honda CB500F

2013 Honda CB500F
2013 Honda CB500F

2013 Honda CB500F
2013 Honda CB500F

2013 Honda CB500F
2013 Honda CB500F


2013 Honda CB500F Review

2013 Honda CB500F

Mid-size Sport. Maximum Fun...

Stripped-down, street fighter persona, combined with an easygoing character. That’s the all-new Honda CB500F, which begins with the same strong 470 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine and sporty chassis as its CBR cousin, then adds a big helping of in-your-face attitude. Its “naked” styling, combined with a stress-free seating position with a flat-type handlebar and an easy reach to the ground, make the CB500F ideal for the cut-and-thrust of urban riding. And its engine is tuned for especially strong low and midrange power to ensure effortless acceleration, while also using very little fuel. Standard ABS braking lets you ride with extra confidence in traffic or bad weather, making the CB500F the complete package for all-around street-riding 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 Key Features

- 500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin

- Naked sportbike styling

- Neutral naked-bike seating position makes for easy maneuvering and keeps the rider comfortable on short rides or longer trips.

- All-new 500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin DOHC engine is thoroughly modern in design and produces a broad power spread for enjoyable and economical riding.

- Four-valve cylinder head design uses lightweight rocker-arm valve actuation with shim-type valve adjustment.

- Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture is delivered for the existing riding and atmospheric conditions for crisp throttle response throughout a wide variety of riding conditions.

- Engine counterbalancer and 180-degree crankpin reduce engine vibration for superior rider comfort.

- Preloaded, scissors-type gears for the primary drive and engine counterbalancer gears help reduce engine noise.

- Diamond-shaped 35mm steel tube frame is lightweight and rigid for responsive sport handling.

- Stout 41mm front fork with 4.3 inches of travel returns a plush yet controlled ride.

- Sophisticated Pro-Link single-shock rear suspension offers nine-stage spring preload adjustability and 4.7 inches of controlled travel.

- Lightweight cast aluminum wheels, 120/70-17 in front and 160/60-17 rear, return sporting feel and handling traits.

- Front 320mm wave-style disc brake and 240mm rear provides strong stopping power.

- ABS version available for enhanced braking characteristics in less than ideal conditions.

- Blue-tinted instrument display features speedometer, tachometer, odometer/A&B tripmeters, fuel gauge, clock, mpg, average fuel consumption, and current fuel consumption.

- Modest 30.9-inch seat height helps build rider confidence.

- Standard model available in Black or Pearl White. ABS model available in Black only.

- Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Honda Genuine Accessories†

- Saddlebag Case, Color-Matched Saddlebag Cover, Saddlebag Case Stay, Rear Carrier Base, Rear Carrier, Carbon Fiber-Look Front Fender, Carbon Fiber-Look Rear Headlight Cover, Carbon Fiber-Look Front Headlight Cover, Carbon Fiber-Look Meter Visor, Carbon Fiber-Look Meter Cover, Carbon Fiber-Look Rear Tire Hugger, Under Cowl, Inner Cowl, Seat Cowl, Tank Pad


 

2013 Honda CB500F Features and Benefits

Digital Instrumentation

A full LCD blue-tinted screen features a digital speedometer and tachometer and more, including a clock, odometer, trip meter, real-time and average fuel consumption meters, and illuminated engine diagnostic indicators.

Halogen Headlight

A single 60-watt H4 halogen headlight and multi-facet reflector on the CB500F give the front end a unique look and also project plenty of light on the road for visibility.

Unique Style

Less is more when it comes to the new CB500F. Featuring classic, clean, progressive style, the CB500F is a motorcycle that looks great while still providing incredible value and performance.

Disc Brakes

Front 320mm wave-style disc brake and 240mm rear provide strong stopping power.

Cast Wheels

Strong and stylish, the CB500Fs cast aluminum wheels are easy to keep clean, look great, and are another CB500F feature that just makes sense.

DOHC Parallel-Twin-Cylinder Engine

Honda twins are famous for their versatility, and the new CB500F engine is one of our best ever. Using the same piston bore size as our CBR600RR sportbike, the parallel-twin engine offers accessible performance across all RPM ranges.

Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)

Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture is delivered for the existing riding and atmospheric conditions for crisp throttle response throughout a wide variety of riding conditions.

Steel-Tube Frame

A motorcycle?s frame is the basis for its handling. A new take on a classic construction, the CB500F?s diamond-shaped 35mm steel-tube mainframe ties to the engine with four mounts, offering a rock-solid foundation for a superior ride and handling.

Pro-Link Rear Suspension

A sophisticated chassis with Honda Pro-Link? rear suspension, with 9-stage preload and 4.1 inches travel, gives you a comfortable ride over small bumps, while capably absorbing bigger bumps to increase riding comfort and handling.

Stepped Seat

The new CB500F offers a step seat with a low height. Perfect for around-town riding or out in the canyons, it also offers plenty of room for a passenger, and is specially designed to fit a wide range of riders.

Rear Passenger Grips

Sturdy rear passenger grips offer a firm handhold for your passenger or tie-down points for smaller items.

Stainless Steel Exhaust

Beautifully polished stainless steel exhaust is integrated with the rear footpeg set for a clean, functional design. The length and diameter of the exhaust pipe contributes to useable power at all RPM ranges.

Anti-Lock Brakes

Available ABS on the CB500F helps you make smoother, more controlled stops under less-than-ideal conditions.

 

Engine/Drivetrain

The all-new DOHC liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine uses a square bore & stroke of 67 mm x 66.8 mm for an optimum combination of strong low-end torque and horsepower and excellent top-end performance..

The 67 mm bore size is the same as used on the CBR600RRA..

Engine vibration is kept to a minimum by using crank pins phased at 180 degrees and a balancer shaft behind the cylinders, which also contributes to the engine’s compact size..

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection keeps the engine running efficiently in all conditions and ensures crisp throttle response..

Careful flow analysis of the cooling system resulted in a water pump that’s small and lightweight, yet still more than capable of keeping the engine running its best at high output levels..

In order to maximize air-intake and exhaust efficiency, the profile from the air cleaner through the intake ports to the exhaust pipe was made as straight as possible..

The four valves in each of the DOHC cylinder heads have narrow stems, thereby reducing weight and friction and increasing efficiency..

A light and compact roller-rocker-arm assembly and shim-type valve adjustment allows a lower valve-spring load for reduced friction and a compact cylinder head..

The pins in the silent cam chain have been treated with vanadium, which both reduces friction and improves durability..

The lightweight pistons use the same advanced manufacturing process as those found in the CBR600RRA..

To ensure precise cylinder shape, the engine uses the same centrifugal-cast thin-wall sleeves as found in the CBR600RRA..

The oil pump’s internal relief structure uses the same design as found in the CBR1000RR, which reduces friction, improves aeration performance and simplifies the shape of the oil pan..

 

Chassis/Suspension

The lightweight diamond-shaped steel frame was designed to allow a certain degree of yield, which enables it to better respond to changes in the road surface and to transmit just the right amount of feedback to the rider..

The Pro-Link rear suspension with preload-adjustable shock and the conventional 41 mm telescopic fork are calibrated for a comfortable but sporty ride..

The rear section of the frame was designed to facilitate a seat height of 785 mm, which allows most riders to easily plant their feet on the ground when stopped..

Lightweight cast aluminum wheels with Y-shaped spokes not only look trick, they also contribute to the bike’s excellent manoeuvrability..

Wave brake rotors with superlative heat-dissipating qualities are lighter than conventional discs of the same diameter, which help to further reduce the bike’s unsprung weight..

Triple-piston brake calipers up front and a single-piston caliper at the back provide strong but easily controlled stopping power.

Plus, ABS gives you extra peace of mind on reduced-traction road surfaces. (The CBR500R is also available with non-ABS brakes.).

 

Additional Features

Ergonomics were carefully configured to ensure an unrestricted riding position that allows easy manoeuvring in town, an easy reach to the ground, as well as excellent comfort during long-distance highway trips..

While the fuel tank on the CB500F looks sleek and sporty, it can still hold a generous 15.5 litres. Combined with the engine’s fuel-efficient performance, this translates into excellent range..

A utility space under the seat accommodates a U-lock, wet weather gear or other items..

The CB500F’s compact handlebar-mounted fairing contributes to its bold “naked” styling, which leaves the beautifully crafted engine out in full view

 

 


 

2013 Honda CB500F - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $5,499 USD

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.

**Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on-road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

Meets current EPA standards.

Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.

Specifications subject to change.

 

 


 

2013 Honda CB500F - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN

Engine Type Liquid-cooled parallel twin
Displacement 471 cc
Bore & Stroke 67 x 66.8 mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Valve Train Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive #520 O-ring-sealed chain
Front Suspension 41 mm telescopic fork; 108 mm (4.2 in.) travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustment; 119 mm (4.7 in.) travel
Tires 120/70ZR-17 front; 160/60ZR-17 rear
Brakes Front 320 mm single wavy hydraulic disc with double-piston caliper; Rear 240 mm single wavy hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper; ABS.
Seat Height 785 mm (30.9 in.)
Wheelbase 1,409 mm (55.5 in.)
Curb Weight 193 kg (425 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas - ready to ride
Fuel Capacity 15.5 litres
Colour Candy Ruby Red
Warranty 12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus

 



2013 Honda CB500F - UK Specifications/Technical Details
UK RRP: £TBA (Prices are recommended and inclusive of VAT @ 20% and delivery)

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2013 Honda CB500F - Australia Specifications/Technical Details
Australia MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in AU

ENGINE
ENGINE TYPE 471cc Liquid-Cooled, parallel twin
BORE AND STROKE 67mm x 66.8mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 10.7 : 1
STARTER Electric
CARBURATION PGM FI
TRANSMISSION 6-speed

FRAME
DIMENSIONS 2075mm x 780mm x 1060mm
WHEEL BASE 1410mm
SEAT HEIGHT 790mm
GROUND CLEARANCE 155mm
FUEL CAPACITY 15.7L
KERB WEIGHT 190Kg / 192Kg ABS model

TYRE
FRONT 120/70ZR - 17M/C
REAR 160/60ZR - 17M/C

SUSPENSION
FRONT Conventional Telescopic, 41mm
REAR Prolink mono with 9 stage Preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm

BRAKES
FRONT Single Wavy Disk, 320mm, 2 POT caliper
REAR Single Wavy Disk, 240mm, 1 POT calliper

 


 

 

 

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