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2016 Honda CB500F Review
2016 Honda CB500F on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Better Than Ever for 2016…
Honda’s twin-cylinder sportbikes revolutionized the world of motorcycling when they first appeared, and this latest generation—our 500 twins—are the best ever. Here’s what you need to know about the CB500F: It’s the most broad-spectrum of the 500 family, with minimal bodywork, a classic riding position, and a 30.9-inch seat height that fits a wide range of riders. Even though it’s just a couple of years old, for 2016, it gets some tasty updates both in terms of style and function.
The best part stays the same: the powerful twin-cylinder engine and its wide, user-friendly powerband. But for 2016, you get better shift feel thanks to some transmission upgrades, a new adjustable front-brake lever, a larger fuel tank, and preload-adjustable front suspension. And there’s more, too: The new headlight and crisper style you can see for yourself, but the new exhaust you’ll have to hear to appreciate.
The CB500F has always been an excellent choice for riders ready to move up a displacement class, or for anyone who appreciates a great middleweight motorcycle, and for 2016, it’s even better.
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Classic Riding 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. Your passenger may find it more comfortable, too.
Check out the CB500F’s new LED headlight, and then start working your way back. The CB500F embraces the concept of minimal bodywork, but what it shows off has been restyled for 2016, making this sharp bike even sharper.
An adjustable front-brake lever, better shift feel, a crisper exhaust note—just because the CB500F is a newer model doesn’t mean our engineers haven’t been working hard to make it even better.
2016 Honda CB500F www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•471cc Liquid-Cooled Parallel-Twin
•Naked Sportbike Styling
Innovation And Versatility.
Like the machines that made Honda famous in the U.S., its two-cylinder parallel-twin layout provides a wide powerband and plenty of torque, while a counterbalancer keeps things running smooth. In addition, the CB500F’s neutral, classic seating position makes it a perfect fit for someone who wants a bike that can do it all, and do it all well.
2016 Honda CB500F www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
Available ABS on the CB500F helps you make smoother, more controlled stops under less-than-ideal conditions.
Another upgrade for 2016 is the CB500F’s shorter mass centralized exhaust. Internal changes give you a crisper exhaust note that you’re going to love.
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.
A motorcycle’s frame is the basis for its handling. A 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.
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.
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.
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.
Less is more when it comes to the CB500F, but for 2016, we’ve fine-tuned that look to freshen things up a bit. With its classic, clean, progressive style, the CB500F is a motorcycle that looks great while still providing incredible value and performance.
A new styling element for 2016, the CB500F’s LED headlight gives the front end a cutting-edge look and also projects plenty of light on the road for visibility.
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.
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 seat strap offers a firm handhold for your passenger.
2016 Honda CB500F – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See Dealer 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 102mm (4.01 inches)
Wheelbase 55.5 inches
Seat Height 30.7 inches
Fuel Capacity 4.4 gallons
Curb Weight 414.4 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 Matte Black Metallic/Silver
2016 Honda CB500F – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
2016 Honda CB500F – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £NA GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
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