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2015 Honda CB500FA Review
2015 Honda CB500FA on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
CB500FA – Easy does it …
Everything about the CB500FA just seems to shout easy. An upright seating position with a flat handlebar, and low-effort controls make riding the CB500FA around town or your favourite back-road seem effortless. The enthusiastic engine, tuned for strong low-end and midrange power, not only delivers satisfying acceleration but does so using little fuel. The short wheelbase and narrow profile make negotiating the urban gridlock less frustrating while the relatively low seat height means even getting on and off the CB500FA is convenient. And if all that were not enough to convince you that the CB500FA is one easy-going motorcycle, how about the peace of mind that comes with standard ABS braking.
2015 Honda CB500FA www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•The 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 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.
•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.
•The CB500F’s compact handlebar-mounted wind deflector contributes to its bold “naked” styling, which leaves the beautifully crafted engine out in full view.
2015 Honda CB500FA www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The 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 CBR600RR..
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 CBR600RR..
To ensure precise cylinder shape, the engine uses the same centrifugal-cast thin-wall sleeves as found in the CBR600RR..
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..
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..
Double-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.).
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 wind deflector contributes to its bold “naked” styling, which leaves the beautifully crafted engine out in full view..
2015 Honda CB500FA – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
2015 Honda CB500FA – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
Bore & Stroke
67 mm x 66.8 mm
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
41 mm telescopic fork; 109 mm (4.3 in.) travel
Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustment; 119 mm (4.7 in.) travel
120/70 – 17 front; 160/60 – 17 rear
Front 320 mm wave disc with double-piston caliper; rear 240 mm wave disc with single-piston caliper; ABS
785 mm (30.9 in.)
1,409 mm (55.5 in.)
192 kg (424 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2015 Honda CB500FA – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European/UK Specifications/Technical Details
UK/European MSRP Price: £10699 GBP (On The Road).
Oil Capacity 3.8L
Battery Capacity 12V/11AH
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90Ã‚° V-4
Max. Power Output 77.9kW @ 10,250rpm
Bore & Stroke 72mm x 48mm
Compression Ratio 11.8 : 1
Engine Displacement 782cm3
ACG Output 420W
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 21.5L
Fuel Consumption 17.8km/l (WMTC mode)
Max. Torque 75.1Nm @ 8,500rpm
clutch type Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Instruments Digital speedo, analogue tachometer, fuel meter / fuel consumption / water temp. / gear-position / ambient temperature / clock
Dimensions and Weight
Frame type Diamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar
Kerb Weight 239kg
Caster Angle 25Ã‚° 30′
Seat Height 789mm / 809mm
Ground Clearance 126mm
Dimensions (LÃƒ-WÃƒ-H) 2,134 x748 x1,203mm
Taillight LED x 9 (tail), LED x 9 (stop)
Headlights LED (Hi-2 / Low-2), with extension
Wheels, Suspension and Brakes
Brakes Rear 256 x 6mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Suspension Rear Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step (stepless remote-controlled hydraulic) preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 120mm axle travel
Wheels Rear 10-spoke diecast aluminium
Wheels Front 10-spoke diecast aluminium
Tyres Rear 180/55-ZR17M/C (73W)
Rim Size Rear 17M/C x MT5.5
ABS System Type 2channel ABS
Brakes Front 310 x 4.5mm dual floating hydraulic disc with radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Rim Size Front 17M/C x MT3.5
Tyres Front 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Suspension Front 43mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload and ten DF adjustment, 108mm axle travel
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.