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2017 Honda CBR500R
2017 Honda CBR500R

2017 Honda CBR500R Review

2017 Honda CBR500R on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

Discover How Good a 500 Can Be…

With a long list of world titles in MotoGP, World Superbike and World Supersport, Honda has a proud history in road racing. The CBR500R’s styling reflects that heritage, but the model recognizes such real-world considerations as comfort, affordability and user-friendly performance. With bodywork inspired by the supersport CBR600RR and CBR1000RR, the CBR500R boasts great performance at an affordable price.

If you’re looking for a streetbike that is the perfect combination of size, performance, versatility and price, Honda’s CBR500R is exactly where you want to be. It’s the perfect companion for a spirited trip down a winding canyon road. Discover what a great daily-riding bike it is too: commuting, errand running, weekend pleasure trips. Looking for a first bike that you won’t outgrow in a year? A 500 twin is about the best choice you can make there. Generations of riders have known it, and the CBR500R is the newest incarnation.

Its engine is powerful, smooth, and offers a wide powerband with plenty of revs. Twins are a great choice for most riders: Narrow and smooth, with a wide torque spread. With four-valve combustion chambers, twin overhead cams and fuel injection, the CBR500R can keep up with plenty of bigger sportbikes if you do your part. And it may even be more fun because it’s so light and responsive.

With just enough bodywork for some weather protection and style, plenty of more experienced riders have found it’s the perfect solution for them too. So go ahead—check one out. One ride will tell you that the CBR500R ticks off all the boxes in your “best of” category. What are you waiting for?

World-Championship Heritage

We’re not going to tell you that your new CBR500R can go up against MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez’s Honda RC213V, but we will tell you that there’s plenty of technology proven on the track built into every Honda sportbike engine and chassis. And the CBR500R is no exception.

Plenty of Power

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.

Sporting Riding Position

The CBR500R offers a riding position that’s a touch more sporty but not too aggressive, whether you’re commuting or carving the canyons. You’re an active participant when riding a bike like this—and the rewards are guaranteed to put a smile in your helmet.



2017 Honda CBR500R www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Options & Pricing

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. Available ABS on the CBR500R helps you make smoother, more controlled stops under less-than-ideal conditions.

Base MSRP $6,599*
Features & Options
471cc Liquid-Cooled DOHC Parallel-Twin
Supersport Styling
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Pro-Link® Rear Suspension

Base MSRP $6,899*
Features & Options
471cc Liquid-Cooled Parallel-Twin
Supersport Styling
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)


Stainless Steel Exhaust

Beautifully polished stainless steel exhaust is integrated with the rear footpeg set for clean, functional design. The exhaust tucks in tight for better mass centralization (and consequently better handling) while also providing a crisp exhaust note.



Cast Wheels

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.


Pro-Link® Rear Suspension

The CBR500R features special 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.


Step Seat

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.


Steel-Tube Frame

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.


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.


Supersport Styling

Take a close look. Like what you see? The CBR500R offers styling 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.


Digital Instrumentation

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.


LED Headlights

The CBR500R sports a pair of powerful LED headlights. They’re small and light, throw out an amazing amount illumination, and feature a stylish shape. They completely change the CBR500R’s presence and give the front end a unique look.


Disc Brakes

The front 320mm wave-style disc brake and 240mm rear provide strong stopping power. The front-brake lever is also adjustable for a perfect fit.




2017 Honda CBR500R www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

•The 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin DOHC engine, with same piston-bore size as CBR600RR, is thoroughly modern in design and produces a broad power spread for enjoyable and economical riding.
•Four-valve cylinder-head design incorporates a roller rocker arm for a more compact layout along with reduced friction.
•Shim-type valve-adjustment system allows incorporation of a lighter rocker arm setup that in turn allows for a lower valve-spring load to further reduce power losses through engine friction.
•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.
•Engine counterbalancer and 180-degree crankpin reduce engine vibration for superior rider comfort.
•Preloaded, scissors-type gears for the primary drive and engine counterbalancer gears help reduce engine noise.
•Smooth-shifting six-speed transmission.
•Short exhaust design yields good mass centralization and a throaty note.

•Sport bike riding position keeps the rider balanced in a comfortable, dynamic seating stance.
•Diamond-shaped 35mm steel tube frame is lightweight and rigid for responsive sport handling.
•Big 41mm front fork with 4.3 inches of travel returns a plush yet controlled ride.
•Sophisticated Pro-Link® single-shock rear suspension offers nine-stage spring preload adjustability and 4.7 inches of controlled travel.
•Lightweight cast aluminum wheels, 120/70-17 in front and 160/60-17 rear, return sporting feel and handling traits.
•Front 320mm wave-style disc brake and 240mm rear provide strong stopping power.
•ABS version available for enhanced braking characteristics in less than ideal conditions.
•Instrument display features speedometer, tachometer, odometer/A&B trip meters, fuel gauge, clock, real-time and average fuel consumption.
•The 30.9 inch seat height helps build rider confidence.
•Bodywork with supersport styling provides a sharp, aggressive look and aerodynamic lines.
•Dual LED headlights and taillight for a sharp look and great visibility.
•Stepped, two-piece seat design with 30.0 in. height and a passenger strap.
•User-friendly hinged fuel cap.
•Front brake lever features a five-step adjustment mechanism to suit rider preference.
•Fork has external preload adjuster to allow adaptation to different situations (i.e., riding with passenger, cargo).
•Die-cast aluminum passenger foot pegs provide a sporty feel.

One-year, transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.



2017 Honda CBR500R – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $6599 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
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive O-ring-sealed chain
Front Suspension 41mm fork; 4.3 inches travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link® single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches
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 fuelready
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, Black/Candy Orange
One Year Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with
a Honda Protection Plan.



2017 Honda CBR500R – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in CDN

Engine & Drivetrain
Engine Type
Liquid-cooled parallel twin
471 cc
Bore & Stroke
67 mm x 66.8 mm
Compression Ratio
Valve Train
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel Delivery
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Final Drive
#520 O-ring-sealed chain
Chassis & Suspension
Front Suspension
41 mm telescopic fork with spring preload adjustment; 108 mm (4.3 in.) travel
Rear Suspension
Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustment; 119 mm (4.7 in.) travel
Additional Information
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)
Seat Height
785 mm (30.9 in.)
1,410 mm (55.5 in.)
Curb Weight
Standard model: 192 kg (423 lbs.) ABS model: 194 kg (428 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Fuel Capacity
16.7 litres
Millenium Red, Black / Candy Energy Orange (ABS), White (ABS)
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus


2017 Honda CBR500R – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £5599 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine Hide
Bore × Stroke (mm) 67mm x 66.8mm
Carburation PGM FI
Compression Ratio 10.7: 1
Engine Displacement (cc) 471 cm3
Engine Type (cm³) Liquid-cooled, parallel twin
Max. Power Output 35kW @ 8500 rpm
Max. Torque 43 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Starter Electric
Wheels Hide
Brakes Front Single wavy disc, 320mm, 2 piston caliper
Brakes Rear Single wavy disc, 240mm, 1 piston caliper
Suspension Front Conventional telescopic, 41mm, pre-load adjustable
Suspension Rear Prolink mono with 9-stage Preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm
Tyres Front 120/70ZR-17M/C
Tyres Rear 160/60ZR-17M/C
Wheels Front Multi-Spoke Aluminium Cast
Wheels Rear Multi-Spoke Aluminium Cast
Dimensions and Weights Hide
Battery Capacity (VAh) 12V 8.6Ah
Caster Angle 25.5 degrees
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2080mm x 750mm x 1145mm
Frame type Steel, diamond
Fuel Consumption 83mpg (WMTC)
Ground Clearance (mm) 140mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 194kg
Seat Height (mm) 785mm
Trail (mm) 102mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1410mm
Transmission Hide
Final Drive Chain
Transmission Type 6-speed

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