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2016 Honda CBR500R Review
2016 Honda CBR500R on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
The Best of Both Worlds…
The CBR500R is the sporty member of the 500 line, with bodywork inspired by our CBR600RR and CBR1000RR Supersports. Plus, for 2016, it’s full of improvements, keeping it even further out front. A new muffler both improves mass centralization and sounds even cooler. You get improved gear-shift feel, along with a new adjustable brake lever, and a hinged fuel cap for added convenience. And then there’s that spectacular twin-cylinder engine: displacing 471cc, it delivers smooth power from idle to redline. Twins offer notoriously broad powerbands, and the CBR500R is no exception.
Chassis? Tuned especially for sport riding, the steel-tube frame and Honda Pro-Link® rear suspension let you carve corners with confidence, now featuring adjustable fork preload and new shock settings. And the available anti-lock brakes feature a new adjustable brake lever this year.
A perfect choice for new riders, returning riders, or anyone who appreciates a great do-it-all streetbike, the CBR500R is also an affordable choice. Best of all, it’s a bike you won’t outgrow for a long, long time—if ever.
Parallel twin sport.
If the looks and styling derived from the new Fireblade aren’t enough to set your heart pounding, how about the fact you can ride this compact, balanced sports bike on an A2 license?
Connecting with the bike
Rev it to the redline and you’ll feel the CBR500R’s steady burst of power.
Front-on blue and red CBR500R with rider, road location.
With the looks and styling of the world famous CBR1000RR, the all-new CBR500R will set your pulse racing the moment you sit on it. Built around an all-new 500cc water-cooled parallel twin engine it has a sporty character and cutting edge features, delivering a ride that will connect rider to bike instantly.
The CBR500R is both an exciting step up if you hold an A2 licence and an attractive, affordable alternative for more established riders who still want that ‘big bike’ experience.
With over 700 total MotoGP victories, Honda’s winning heritage stands far above any other manufacturer, just as Honda’s motorcycles stand out on the street. Our superior engineering and technology put our GP bikes in the winners’ circle and give you the performance you need for the street.
Enough Engine For Everything
Choosing a 500 isn’t a compromise, especially when it’s an engine with as much development behind it as Honda’s parallel twins. Liquid-cooling, double-overhead cams and bulletproof reliability make this a great all-around powerplant for any kind of riding you have in mind.
LED the Way
New for 2016, the LED dual headlights are small but bright, with a stylish new shape. It completely changes the CBR500R’s presence and gives the front end a unique look while also projecting plenty of light on the road for visibility.
The CBR500R offers a riding position that’s a touch more sporty but not too aggressive, whether you’re commuting or carving the canyons.
2016 Honda CBR500R www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•471cc Liquid-Cooled DOHC Parallel-Twin
•Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
•Pro-Link Rear Suspension
Leading The Way Through Innovation.
Like the machines that made Honda famous throughout the U.S., its two-cylinder parallel-twin layout provides a wide powerband and plenty of torque, while a counterbalancer keeps things running smooth. Special touches like the CBR500R sport seating position, lower handlebars, and minimal bodywork make it a great choice for someone who likes the lithe, athletic touches of a sportbike but wants something more versatile than a race replica.
2016 Honda CBR500R www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The front 320mm wave-style disc brake and 240mm rear provide strong stopping power. And new for 2016, the front-brake lever is now adjustable for a perfect fit.
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
Available ABS on the CBR500R helps you make confident stops under less-than-ideal conditions.
The CBR500R gets new dual headlights for 2016. The LED lights are small but bright, with a stylish new shape. It completely changes the CBR500R’s presence and gives the front end a unique look while also projecting plenty of light on the road for visibility.
Take a close look. Like what you see? The CBR500R offers all-new styling for 2016 that keeps it right at the front of the pack in terms of eye-appeal. The aerodynamic bodywork also provides significant advantages in air management for added rider comfort, along with a low drag coefficient and effective cooling.
A full LCD 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.
DOHC Twin-Cylinder Engine
Honda twins are famous for their versatility, and the CBR500R 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, ensuring a crisp throttle response throughout a wide variety of riding.
A motorcycle’s frame is the basis for its handling. A take on a classic construction, the CBR500R’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.
The CBR500R offers a stepped two-piece seat with a low height. Perfect for around-town riding or winding roads, it also offers plenty of room for a passenger and is specially designed to fit a wide range of riders.
Pro-Link® Rear Suspension
For 2016 the CBR500R gets new shock settings for improved ride comfort. Its sophisticated chassis uses Honda’s Pro-Link® rear suspension; the nine-stage preload and 4.7 inches of travel gives you a comfortable ride over small bumps, while capably absorbing bigger bumps to increase riding comfort and handling.
Strong and stylish, the CBR500R’s aluminum 12-spoke cast wheels are easy to keep clean, look great, and are another feature that just makes sense.
Stainless Steel Exhaust
Beautifully polished stainless steel exhaust is integrated with the rear footpeg set for clean, functional design. The exhaust tucks in tighter this year for better mass centralization (and consequently better handling) while also providing a crisper exhaust note.
Passenger Seat Strap
A handy rear passenger seat strap offers a firm handhold for your passenger or tie-down point for smaller items.
2016 Honda CBR500R – 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
Induction PGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
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
Trail 102mm (4.01 inches)
Wheelbase 55.5 inches
Seat Height 30.7 inches
Curb Weight 423.2 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity 4.4 gallons
Miles Per Gallon TBD*
Model Id CBR500R
Emissions Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available Colors Red, Matte Black Metallic, Pearl White
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
One Year Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
2016 Honda CBR500R – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $6,499 CDN
Engine & Drivetrain
Liquid-cooled, parallel twin
Bore & Stroke
67 mm x 66.8 mm
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
#520 O-ring-sealed chain
Chassis & Suspension
41 mm telescopic fork; 108 mm (4.3 in) travel
Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustment; 119 mm (4.7 in.) travel
Front: 120/70ZR–17 Rear: 160/60ZR–17
Front: 320 mm single wavy hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper Rear: 240 mm single wavy hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper (with available ABS)
785 mm (30.9 in.)
1,410 mm (55.5 in.)
192 kg (423 lbs.) / 194 kg (428 lbs.) (ABS) – including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Millenium Red, Matte Black Metallic (ABS), Pearl White (ABS), Millenium Red (ABS)
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2016 Honda CBR500R – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £5499 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
Ignition System Capacitor Discharge (CDI)
Max. Power Output 35kW/8,500rpm
Max. Torque 43Nm/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 41 mm Conventional telescopic
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 740 x 1145
Frame type Steel, Diamond
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 15.7 litres
Fuel Consumption 80.2 mpg (WMTC mode)
Ground Clearance (mm) 140
Kerb Weight (kg) 194
Seat Height (mm) 785
Trail (mm) 101.9
Wheelbase (mm) 1410
Clutch Wet multiplate
Final Drive Chain
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