2021 Honda CB500F ABS Guide

2021 Honda CB500F ABS

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2021 Honda CB500F ABS: AWAKEN YOUR 500 SENSES.

Introducing the 2021 Honda CB500F ABS…

The naked CB500F – originally launched in 2013 alongside the adventure-styled CB500X and fully-faired CBR500R – has proved that one of Honda’s tried-and-trusted formulas for building popular motorcycles has lost none of its relevance.

That formula? An entertaining twin-cylinder engine wrapped in a simple, lightweight, sporty chassis, which is as much fun for an experienced rider as it is for those still building their riding career. And while a 35kW peak power output makes it suitable for A2 licence holders, the CB500F offers so much more than ‘entry level’ performance.

While its compact dimensions and welcoming manners make it an easy machine to manage, ride and learn on, those same attributes also make it a genuine pleasure for those – whether stepping up from a 125 or coming down from a bigger machine – who want to explore just what it can do at the weekend. Sensible running costs, whatever the situation, add strongly to the appeal.

In 2019, the CB500F was redrawn with uncompromising lines that elevated its technical and mechanical aspects, and a host of upgrades that enhanced the riding experience even more. 2020 sees the introduction of updated graphics, two new striking colours and EURO5 homologation for one of Honda’s most popular machines.

The CB500F’s 35kW engine is A2 licence-compatible and benefits from the 2019 upgrades to the inlet, exhaust and valve timing, which added 4% more power and torque between 3-7,000rpm compared to the previous model, and were accompanied by an enhanced exhaust note and a new assist/slipper clutch.

LCD instruments include a Shift Up and Gear Position indicator, and all the lighting is LED. While both engine and chassis are unchanged for the EURO5-homologated 2021 year model, two bright new colours freshen up the appeal.

 

PURE FORM
Pure thrill. Undiluted.
The CB500F is motorcycling stripped back to its purest state. The tightly-wrapped, aggressive style shows off the machine’s parallel twin-cylinder engine and wide, tapered handlebars give it a streetfighter’s signature. The sculpted fuel tank cuts down on bulk, and provides ample capacity, allowing you more time on the road. And sharp new graphics stand out from the stunning paint, whatever colour you choose.

MOVING UP
The best of both worlds.
Rapidly accelerating from a standing start at a traffic light, or racing through the slick six-speed gearbox at high rpm out on the open road: the CB500F offers you an infinite new playground.

FULLY EQUIPPED…
The CB500F features a crisp, inverse display LCD dash with Gear Position and Shift Up indicators. Tapered handlebars offer leverage, feel and complete control while LED lighting – including indicators – is a premium finishing touch. The 41mm telescopic forks are adjustable for spring preload as is the high-quality, single tube Pro-Link rear monoshock.

One look. It takes just one look for your entire body to become one with the CB500F. It was built for you and you know it. You smile. You radiate confidence, boosted by the bike’s stripped-down, aggressive silhouette and fierce styling. The road is wide open. And all yours. The stuff of legend.

 

2021 Honda CB500F ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Styling & Chassis

  • Aggressively-styled bodywork
  • Tapered handlebars for excellent control and feel
  • LCD instrument display, with Gear Position and Shift Up indicators
  • Full LED lighting
  • Two new colours for 2020.

For its 2019 evolution, the CB500F’s naked faired form evolved front to rear, exuding a new-found aggression. Led by the penetrating headlight design, the machine’s stance is low-set and ready for action; the side shrouds interlock with the fuel tank and fully emphasize the engine, while the side covers and seat unit continue the theme of muscular angularity.

Tapered handlebars give intuitive feel and leverage. LCD instruments feature a Gear Position and Shift Up indicator; this is set to a default 8,750rpm but can be adjusted in 250rpm increments between 5-8,750rpm

The 35mm diameter steel diamond-tube mainframe is unchanged for 2020. It’s light and strong, with a tuned degree of yield that gives plenty of feedback to the rider as road surfaces change. The shape and position of the engine mounts, plus the frame’s rigidity balance also reduces vibration.

Wheelbase is 1410mm and rake and trail are set at 25.5°/102mm, giving nimble, yet confidence-inspiring steering. Mass centralisation, with the engine in close proximity to the swingarm pivot point, delivers turning agility and optimum front/rear weight distribution ensures stability. Kerb weight is 189kg.

Seat height is low at 785mm, making the CB500F very easy to manage and its neutral riding position comfortably accommodates riders of any height. Overall dimensions are 2080mm x 790mm x 1060mm, with 145mm ground clearance. The fuel tank holds 17.1L including reserve, and, combined with the engine’s excellent 28.6km/litre fuel economy, gives a range of 480km (over 260 miles).

The 41mm preload-adjustable telescopic front fork, with 120mm stroke, delivers a compliant yet controlled ride and gives great feel for front tyre grip. A single-tube rear shock absorber (as found on larger capacity sports bikes) with a large-diameter piston, ensures excellent suspension response and temperature management. It has 9-stage spring preload adjustment and works through a rigid box-section steel swingarm, which features pressed steel chain adjustment end-pieces. Final drive is via sealed 520 chain.

Lightweight, 17-inch cast aluminium wheels employ hollow cross-section Y-shaped spokes. Front wheel width is 3.5inch with a 120/70-ZR17 tyre, the rear 4.5inch with a 160/60-ZR17 tyre. A single front 320mm wavy disc and two-piston brake caliper is matched to a 240mm rear disc and single-piston caliper. ABS is fitted as standard.

The CB500F will be available in the following colour options:

  • Grand Prix Red
  • Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic
  • Candy Caribbean Blue Sea **NEW**
  • Candy Moon Glow Yellow **NEW**

 

Engine

  • Lively twin-cylinder power plant’s internal architecture mirrors that of the 2019 CBR1000RR Fireblade
  • Usable power and torque across the range
  • Sportier sound from the dual-exit muffler
  • Assist/slipper clutch eases upshifts and manages downshifts
  • Now Homologated for EURO5

The CB500F’s A2-licence friendly, 8-valve liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder layout offers a well-proportioned balance of physical size and willing, enjoyable power output, with an energetic, high-revving character and zappy top end.

Already strong off the bottom, the 2019 engine upgrades saw faster acceleration through a boost in low-to-mid-range power and torque in the 3-7,000rpm range; with a 4% improvement coming via altered valve timing – with ‘close’ timing accelerated by 5° – and lift increased by 0.3mm to 7.8mm.

Feeding the PGM-FI fuel injection is a more-or-less straight shot of airflow through the airbox and throttle bodies – the 2019 upgrade saw the battery re-positioned further away from the rear of the airbox intake duct to allow greater airflow. The exhaust muffler features dual exit pipes, giving a sporty sounding edge to each pulse. Peak power of 35kW arrives at 8,500rpm, with 43Nm torque delivered at 7,000rpm.

Bore and stroke is set at 67mm x 66.8mm and compression ratio is 10.7:1; the crankshaft pins are phased at 180° and a primary couple-balancer sits behind the cylinders, close to the bike’s centre of gravity. The primary and balancer gears use scissor gears, reducing noise. The crank counterweight is specifically shaped for couple-balance and its light weight allows the engine to spin freely, with reduced inertia.

Acting as a stressed member, the engine complements the frame’s rigidity with four frame hangers on the cylinder head. Internally the cylinder head uses roller rocker arms; shim-type valve adjustment allows them to be light, for lower valve-spring load and reduced friction.

A silent (SV Chain) cam chain has the surface of its pins treated with Vanadium, reducing friction with increased protection against wear. Inlet valve diameter is 26.0mm with exhaust valve diameter of 21.5mm.

The piston shape is based upon those used in the 2019 CBR1000RR Fireblade to reduce piston ‘noise’ at high rpm. Friction is reduced by striations on the piston skirt (a finish that increases surface area, introducing gaps in which oil can flow for better lubrication). As with the CBR1000RR, an AB1 salt bath process, used after isonite nitriding, forms a protective oxidisation membrane.

The ‘triangle’ proportion of crankshaft, main shaft and countershaft is very similar to that of Honda’s four-cylinder RR engines and much of the internal structure and engineering is taken directly from the 2019 CBR1000RR.

The crankcase uses centrifugally cast thin-walled sleeves; their internal design reduces the ‘pumping’ losses that can occur with a 180° phased firing order. The oil pump features improved aeration performance, with reduced friction; a deep sump reduces oil movement under hard cornering and braking. Oil capacity is 3.2L.

The CB500F’s six-speed gearbox is very close to that of its RR cousin and uses the same gear change arm structure and link mechanism. Introduced in 2019, an assist/slipper clutch enables lighter upshifts and smooths out any hard downshifts.

The CB500F, like its 500cc stablemates, is homologated for EURO5, which from January 1st 2020,introduced significantly stricter engine emissions standards compared to EURO4. These requirements include substantial reductions in permitted carbon monoxide emissions, an over 40% decrease in total hydrocarbon emissions, tougher misfire detection and the introduction of a particulate matter limit.

 

 

2021 Honda CB500F ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

INFORMATION DISPLAY
The CB500F comes equipped with an attractive negative-display LCD dash that presents all the information you need in a clear and concise way. It includes a speedo and rev-counter, dual trip meters, fuel level and consumption gauges, and Shift Up and Gear Position indicators.

EASY HANDLING
Balance, easy handling, control: we’ve thought of everything so you’re free to have all the fun you can handle. The CB500F features a steel diamond-tube frame with a tuned rigidity balance to enhance feedback. The engine is close to the swingarm pivot point to make handling as simple as possible. The tapered handlebars add control.

ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION
When you’re on the road, you just want to focus on enjoying the journey. That’s why the CB500F features 41mm telescopic forks, delivering a smooth and controlled ride. The Pro-Link monoshock rear suspension features a 5-stage spring pre-load adjustment and works through a rigid box-section swingarm. Control, adjustability, thrill: this bike has it all.

LIGHTWEIGHT WHEELS
The CB500F was built to give any rider the perfect balance between good grip and light, neutral steering. Lightweight 17-inch cast aluminium wheels feature hollow cross-section Y-shaped spokes. The front tyre is a 120/70-ZR17, the rear a 160/60-ZR17. There’s not an ounce of excess weight on this tight, streamlined motorcycle – it’s all speed.

BRAKING CONTROL
Whether you’re riding in the rain or on a dry summer day, the CB500F is equipped to provide you with unmatched braking control. A single front 320mm wavy disc and powerful two-piston brake caliper is matched to a 240mm rear disc and single-piston caliper. Dual channel ABS is fitted as standard. The road is your playground. Enjoy it.

INFORMATION DISPLAY
The CB500F comes equipped with an attractive negative-display LCD dash that presents all the information you need in a clear and concise way. It includes a speedo and rev-counter, dual trip meters, fuel level and consumption gauges, and Shift Up and Gear Position indicators.

 

 

 

2021 Honda CB500F ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ NA USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ NA CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

 

 

2021 Honda CB500F ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details

 

 

 

2021 Honda CB500F ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
ENGINE  
Type Liquid-cooled, parallel twin
Displacement 471cc
Bore & Stroke 67mm x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio 10.7: 1
Max. Power Output 35kW @ 8600rpm
Max. Torque 43Nm @ 6500rpm
Oil Capacity 3.2L
FUEL SYSTEM  
Carburation PGM FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.1L (inc reserve)
Fuel Consumption (WMTC) 28.6km/litre
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM  
Battery Capacity 12V 7.4AH
ACG Output 23.4A/2000rpm
DRIVETRAIN  
Clutch Type Wet multiplate
Transmission Type 6 speed
Final Drive Chain
FRAME  
Type Steel diamond
CHASSIS  
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2080mm x 790mm x 1060mm
Wheelbase 1410mm
Caster Angle 25.5 degrees
Trail 102mm
Seat Height 785mm
Ground Clearance 145mm
Kerb Weight 189kg
SUSPENSION  
Type Front Conventional telescopic front forks, 41mm, pre-load adjustable
Type Rear Prolink mono with 5-stage preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm
WHEELS  
Type Front Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Type Rear Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 17 x MT3.5
Rim Size Rear 17 x MT4.5
Tyres Front 120/70ZR–17M/C
Tyres Rear 160/60ZR–17M/C
BRAKES  
ABS System Type 2-channel
Type Front Single wavy disk, 320mm, 2 piston caliper
Type Rear Single wavy disk, 240mm, 1 piston caliper
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS  
Instruments Digital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer, dual trip meters, digital fuel level gauge & fuel consumption gauge, digital clock, gear position indicator
Security System HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)
Headlight Low 4.8W. Hi 12W. (LED)

 

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.

 

 

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