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2015 Honda CB500F Review
2015 Honda CB500F on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
A More Comfortable Sportbike…
The innovative CB500F expands riding enthusiasts’ options with a modern and sporty 471cc 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.
Ideal for any rider stepping up from a smaller machine or holding an A2 licence, the naked CB500F, part of a new family of motorcycles that includes the fully-faired CBR500R and adventure sports CB500X, is a true middleweight with compact dimensions, punchy performance and nimble handling.
Sharing a common frame and engine, the three machines each have a distinct feel and character and feature a riding position and design that is tailored, and will appeal to, a wide variety of riders, with adaptable abilities that cover a range of uses from commuting and sports, to touring.
While the CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X are focused in different directions they are all easy to manage, and deliver all-round practicality matched to excellent efficiency. And blessed with lightweight agility and an engaging power delivery they are also enjoyable to ride in every scenario.
A perfect platform from which to experience the fun and freedom that motorcycling brings, the CB500F makes a great first “full-size” bike for any rider – and with its high build quality, affordable price point and low running costs will also make a great long-term partner and practical choice for riders of all experience levels.
The naked CB500F takes styling cues from the stripped-down four-cylinder CB1000R, and its slim form offers great urban ability as well as enjoyable, out-of-town performance. It is also comfortable for a large range of rider sizes (especially smaller riders who can sometimes be intimidated by physically bulky motorcycles) thanks to clever ergonomics. Its DOHC twin-cylinder fuel-injected engine produces 35kW (making it ideal for A2 licence holders moving up a class) and returns an impressive 80.2mpg (WMTC figure).
The steel diamond frame and high quality suspension – 41mm telescopic front forks matched to Pro-Link rear monoshock – provide confident, precise handling as do 17-inch cast aluminium wheels and wide 120 front, 160 rear radial tyres. Wave-pattern disc brakes provide powerful, yet easy to control stopping power, and ABS is available as an option
2015 Honda CB500F www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Model updates: New colour version
•471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
•Naked sportbike styling
Classic Riding Position
If you’re not ready for a full racer’s position, you’ll appreciate the CB500F’s classic riding position. You can sit up straighter, without supporting your weight on your arms. It’s a great choice when you’re riding around town or commuting, and you can always tuck in tighter when you want to. And it’s more comfortable for passengers.
Confidence Is Built-In
As a lighter bike in the 500 class, the CB500F is easier to handle, whether it’s putting it up on the side stand or paddling it backwards into a parking space. And its low seat height makes it easier to plant both feet securely on the ground at stoplights.
Parallel Twin-Cylinder Engine
Built with a high performance liquid-cooled 471cc DOHC parallel twin engine that offers accessible power and a comfortable ride across all RPM ranges.
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2015 Honda CB500F www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Strong and stylish, the CB500F’s 12-spoke cast-aluminum wheels are easy to keep clean, look great and are another CB500F feature that just makes sense.
The front 320mm wave-style disc brake and 240mm rear provide strong stopping power.
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.
Less is more when it comes to the CB500F. Featuring classic, clean, progressive style, the CB500F is a motorcycle that looks great while still providing incredible value and performance.
DOHC Twin-Cylinder Engine
Honda twins are famous for their versatility, and the 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.
Pro-Link Rear Suspension
A sophisticated chassis with Honda Pro-Link rear suspension, nine-stage preload and 4.7 travel give you a comfortable ride over small bumps, while capably absorbing bigger bumps to increase riding comfort and handling.
The 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.
Sturdy rear passenger grips offer a firm handhold for your passenger or tie-down points for smaller items.
The CB500F’s 35mm diameter steel diamond-tube mainframe is light and strong, and has a tuned degree of yield that gives plenty of feedback to the rider as road surfaces change. The shape and position of the engine mounts, and the frame’s rigidity balance, have also been carefully optimised to reduce vibration.
Wheelbase is 1410mm and rake and trail are set at 25.5°/102.6mm giving nimble, yet reassuring steering. Mass centralisation, with the engine in very close proximity to the swingarm pivot point, delivers turning agility, and optimum front/rear weight distribution ensures stability. Kerb weight is 192kg. Seat height is low at 785mm, making the CB500F very easy to manage and its sporty riding position will comfortably accommodate riders of varying heights thanks to a high handlebar position.
Overall dimensions are 2075mm x 780mm x 1060mm, with 155mm ground clearance. The fuel tank holds 15.7L, including reserve, and combined with the engine’s excellent fuel economy gives potential range of over 420 km (over 260 miles).
The 41mm telescopic front fork, with 120mm stroke, delivers a compliant yet controlled ride and gives a great connection to the front tyre. Pro-Link monoshock rear suspension features optimised leverage ratios and 9-stage preload adjustment for the rear shock. It works with a rigid swingarm, constructed from 70mm x 30mm box-section steel. Final drive is via 520 sealed chain.
Lightweight, 17-inch cast aluminium wheels employ hollow cross-section Y-shaped spokes. Front wheel width is 3.5inch with a 120/70-ZR17 tyre, rear wheel width is 4.5inch with a 160/60-ZR17 tyre. A single front 320mm wavy disc and two-piston brake caliper is matched to a 240mm rear disc and single-piston caliper. ABS is fitted as standard.
The comprehensive dash features a digital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer, odometer, dual trip meters, clock, plus digital fuel level gauge and fuel consumption. HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System) is built in to the ignition, and the headlight features a single 60/55W H4 Halogen bulb and multi-reflectors. There is space under the seat to store a U-lock.
The CB500F will be available in three new colour options:
Gunpowder Black Metallic/Matt Summit White
Ross White/Millennium Red
The CB500F’s engine is a next generation power unit, looking to the future in both performance and environmental terms. The DOHC, 8-valve liquid-cooled parallel twin layout was chosen because of its light weight, all-round ability and flexible usability.
Bore and stroke is set at 67mm x 66.8mm; the crankshaft pins are phased at 180° and a primary couple-balancer sits behind the cylinders, close to the bike’s centre of gravity. The primary and balancer gears use scissor gears, reducing noise. The crank counterweight is specifically shaped for couple-balance and its light weight allows the engine to spin freely, with reduced inertia. PGM-FI fuel injection provides superb throttle response and peak power of 35kW arrives at 8,500rpm, with 43Nm torque delivered at 7,000rpm.
The ‘triangle’ proportion of crankshaft, main shaft and countershaft is very similar to that of Honda’s four-cylinder RR engines, making for a very compact unit. The six-speed gearbox also mirrors that of its RR cousins, allowing for a short engine, and uses the same gear change arm structure and link mechanism. A deep sump reduces oil movement under hard cornering and braking; oil capacity is 3.2L. Flow analysis of the cooling system through CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) maximised efficiency and allows the use of a physically smaller, and lighter, water pump.
The DOHC cylinder head uses compact roller rocker arms; shim-type valve adjustment allows them to be light, which means lower valve-spring load and reduced friction. A silent (SV Chain) cam chain has the surface of its pins treated with Vanadium, reducing friction with increased protection against dust. Inlet valve diameter is 26.0mm, exhaust valve diameter 21.5 mm. CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamic) was used to maximise gas flow efficiency – the route from airbox to exhaust pipe was made as straight as possible, and a plate in the airbox separates the air flow to each cylinder.
Bore size of 67mm is identical to that of the CBR600RR. CAE was used to ensure the pistons have the optimum balance between weight, strength and rigidity. The shape of the piston itself was based upon those used in the CBR1000RR. Friction is reduced by the addition of striations on the piston skirt (a finish that increases surface area, introducing gaps in which oil can flow for better lubrication). As with the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR, an AB1 salt bath process, used after isonite nitriding, forms a protective oxidisation membrane.
The crankcase uses centrifugally-cast thin-walled sleeves, and the same bore interval as the CBR600RR helps them be as compact and light as possible. Careful attention has been paid to their internal design to reduce the pumping losses that can occur with a 180° phased firing order. Using the same internal relief structure as that of the CBR1000RR, the oil pump features improved aeration performance, with reduced friction and allows use of a simple oil pan.
The engine itself acts as a stressed member, reinforcing the frame’s rigidity with four frame hangers on the cylinder head. The Matt Axis Grey Metallic finish on the crankcase and cylinders finish adds depth, complementing its taut overall styling.
A secondary air injection (AI) system is built into the cylinder heads, while an oxygen sensor and catalyser inside the 2-1 exhaust ensures the CB500F’s emissions are extremely low.
The following genuine accessories will be available for the CB500F:
Panniers (with moving system)
Heated grips (12A)
2015 Honda CB500F – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
Engine Type 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore And Stroke 67.0mm x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Induction PGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Final Drive O-ring-sealed chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension 41mm fork; 4.3 inches travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Front Brake Twin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear Brake Single-caliper 240mm wave disc
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 160/60-17
Rake 25.5 degrees (caster angle)
Trail 103mm (4.05 inches)
Wheelbase 55.5 inches
Seat Height 30.9 inches
Fuel Capacity 4.1 gallons
Curb Weight 420 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel – ready to ride)
Model Id CB500F
Emissions Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available Colors White/Red
2015 Honda CB500F – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
2015 Honda CB500F – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European/UK Specifications/Technical Details
UK/European MSRP Price: £4999 GBP (On The Road).
Type Liquid-Cooled, parallel twin
Bore ´ Stroke 67mm x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio 10.7 : 1
Max. Power Output 35kW @ 8500rpm
Max. Torque 43Nm @ 7000rpm
Oil Capacity 3.2L
Carburation PGM FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 15.7L (inc reserve)
Fuel Consumption 80.2mpg (WMTC)
Battery Capacity 12V 8.6AH
ACG Output 23.4A/2000rpm
Clutch Type Wet multiplate
Transmission Type 6 speed
Final Drive Chain
Type Steel, Diamond
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2075mm x 780mm x 1060mm
Caster Angle 25.5 degrees
Seat Height 785mm
Ground Clearance 155mm
Kerb Weight 192kg
Type Front Conventional Telescopic Front Forks, 41mm
Type Rear Prolink mono with 9-stage Preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm
Type Front Multi-Spoke Aluminium Cast
Type Rear Multi-Spoke Aluminium Cast
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
ABS System Type N/A / 2-Channel
Type Front Single Wavy Disk, 320mm, 2 POT caliper
Type Rear Single Wavy Disk, 240mm, 1 POT caliper
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Instruments Digital Speedometer, Digital Bar Graph Tachometer, Dual Trip Meters, Digital Fuel Level Gauge & Fuel Consumption Gauge, Digital Clock
Security System HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)
Headlight 60/55W x 1 light
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.