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2016 Honda CB500F ABS Review
2016 Honda CB500F ABS on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Take the Road Less Traveled…
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 ABS: 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 ABS 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 ABS’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 ABS’s new LED headlight, and then start working your way back. The CB500F ABS 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 ABS is a newer model doesn’t mean our engineers haven’t been working hard to make it even better.
2016 Honda CB500F ABS www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•471cc Liquid-Cooled Parallel-Twin
•Naked Sportbike Styling
•Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
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 ABS’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 ABS www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Engine & Drivetrain
Improved durability & design
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 sound of power
A shorter muffler with redesigned internal structure produces an authoritative exhaust note and improves the bike’s mass centralization.
Improvements to the six-speed gearbox result in smoother, more-precise shifting.
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 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 four valves in each of the DOHC cylinder heads have narrow stems, thereby reducing weight and friction and increasing efficiency.
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.
Runs smoothly at high output levels
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.
Crisp throttle response
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection keeps the engine running efficiently in all conditions and ensures crisp throttle response.
Compact engine, minimal vibration
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.
The 67 mm bore size is the same as used on the CBR600RR.
Low-end torque & top-end performance
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.
Chassis & Suspension
ABS braking control
A dual-piston brake caliper 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.
Reduced unsprung weight
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.
Lightweight cast aluminum wheels with Y-shaped spokes not only look trick, they also contribute to the bike’s excellent manoeuvrability.
Good rider balance at stops
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.
The front fork now offers spring-preload adjustment so you can tailor the ride just the way you want it.
Comfortable & sporty ride
The Pro-Link rear suspension with preload-adjustable shock and the conventional 41 mm telescopic fork are calibrated for a comfortable but sporty ride.
Designed for rider feedback
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.
Get blown away – but not by the wind
The CB500F’s compact handlebar-mounted wind deflector contributes to its bold “naked” styling, which leaves the beautifully crafted engine out in full view.
New brake lever and wave key
New adjustable brake lever and wave-style ignition key add to the CB500F’s long list of premium features.
Convenient under-seat storage
A utility space under the seat accommodates a U-lock, wet weather gear or other items.
Fuel efficient & increased range
The CB500F boasts a larger fuel tank for 2016, which combined with the fuel-efficient engine, means excellent range for plenty of riding fun between fill-ups.
Aggressive new look
Sleek new bodywork incorporates an LED headlight and taillight, and leaves more of the engine exposed for an aggressive, streetfighter look.
Designed for city & highway rides
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.
2016 Honda CB500F ABS – 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, ABS
Rear Brake Single-caliper 240mm wave disc, ABS
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Brake 160/60-17
Rake 25.5 degrees (caster angle)
Trail 103mm (4.05 inches)
Wheelbase 55.5 inches
Seat Height 30.7 inches
Fuel Capacity 4.4 gallons
Curb Weight 418.8 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.)
Model Id CB500FA
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 ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $6599 CDN
Engine & Drivetrain
Bore & Stroke
67 mm x 66.8 mm
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Chassis & Suspension
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 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Matte Black Metallic, Candy Orange
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2016 Honda CB500F ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £4999 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Bore Ã— Stroke (mm) 67 x 66.8
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Engine Displacement (cm³) 471
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, parallel twin
Max. Power Output 35 kW / 8,500 rpm
Max. Torque 43 Nm / 7,000 rpm
Brakes Front Single wavy disc, 320 mm, 2 POT caliper
Brakes Rear Single wavy disc, 240 mm, 1 POT caliper
Suspension Front Conventional Telescopic Front Forks, 41mm
Suspension Rear Prolink mono with 9 stage preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm
Tyre Size Front 120 / 70 ZR17
Tyre Size Rear 160 / 60 ZR17
Wheels Front Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Wheels Rear Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Dimensions and Weights
Battery Capacity (VAh) 12V 8.6Ah
Caster Angle 25.5°
Dimensions (LÃ—WÃ—H) (mm) 2075 x 780 x 1060
Frame type Steel, Diamond
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 15.7 litres
Fuel Consumption 80.2 mpg(WTMC mode)
Ground Clearance (mm) 155
Kerb Weight (kg) 192
Seat Height (mm) 790
Trail (mm) 102.6
Wheelbase (mm) 1410
Clutch Wet multiplate
Final Drive Chain
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