2023 Honda CB500F1 Guide

2023 Honda CB500F
Contents: ReviewKey FeaturesFeatures & BenefitsSpecifications

2023 Honda CB500F 2023 Honda CB500F

Contents: ReviewKey FeaturesFeatures & BenefitsSpecifications

2023 Honda CB500F: UNLEASH YOUR INNER RIDER.

Introducing the 2023 Honda CB500F…

ALL-AROUND ATHLETE

Honed through decades of iconic Honda CB models, the CB500F has proven itself as an enjoyable and reliable naked bike for veteran and rookie riders alike. Mixing light weight and nimble handling with a smooth power delivery, the CB500F is a capable commuting tool that’s also ready for weekend outings or bike nights. Exceptionally versatile, the CB500F is proof that minimalist looks needn’t come at a price that breaks the bank.

A generation ago, our Honda 350 twins introduced the world to just how good—and how much fun—a motorcycle could be. And today we’re doing the same thing again with our family of 500cc twins. One of the best examples is our 2023 CB500F. Because of its light weight, affordable price, rider-friendly powerband and narrow profile, it’s a great choice as a first bike. Even better, because of its versatility and midrange horsepower, it’s a bike you can keep enjoying for years without trading up. In terms of style, its streetfighter look never gets old. And while other bikes in its class might scrimp on components, the CB500F is first-class all the way, with a 41mm Showa upside-down SFF-BP fork, dual front brake discs with radial-mount four-piston calipers, and standard anti-lock brakes (ABS). Not too big, not too small, and offering excellent fuel efficiency, the CB500F is a great choice for the way we ride today.

Explore all the city has to offer. And do it in style. The CB500F mixes naked-bike agility with a streetfighter attitude. New Showa Separate Function Fork-Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD front suspension and dual front discs take handling and braking to the next level, while the A2-compatible twin-cylinder engine provides performance that new and experienced riders can enjoy. Sharp new graphics are the perfect finishing touch to the CB500F.

THE CITY? ALL YOURS
A motorcycle is more than just transport. It sets you apart. Marks out individuality. And opens up the city. Buses, trains and traffic jams? Forget them. Enjoy the fast, nimble steering that a lightweight chassis gives. Revel in the thrill of the engine’s crisp response. Explore every corner of your world, then go beyond. The CB500F will take you wherever you want to go.

 

 

 

 

2023 Honda CB500F Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Hugely Enjoyable Twin-Cylinder Power
If this is your first bike (or the latest of many) the A2-compatible engine offers strong mid-range torque and a thrilling chase to the redline.

LCD Instrument Display
The attractive negative-display LCD dash presents information clearly, and includes customisable Gear Position and Shift Up indicators.

Aggressive Naked Bike Styling & New Graphics
This is motorcycling, in its purest form. Built to scythe through the urban landscape, the CB500F exudes a tough attitude. Sharp new graphics stand out from the stunning paint.

New Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD Forks
You need the best handling possible to deal with whatever the city has in store; new Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork-Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks provide excellent suspension control for hectic urban riding.

New Dual Front Disc Brakes & Radial Mount Calipers
New, dual 296mm discs and four-piston Nissin radial mount calipers deliver strong, progressive braking power with no more turning inertia than a single disc.

New Lightweight Wheels & Swingarm
The swingarm is a new, lightweight design and new wheels use a 5-spoke pattern saving un-sprung weight – all of which makes for quicker steering reaction.

Hugely Enjoyable Twin-Cylinder Power
If this is your first bike (or the latest of many) the A2-compatible engine offers strong mid-range torque and a thrilling chase to the redline.

LCD Instrument Display
The attractive negative-display LCD dash presents information clearly, and includes customisable Gear Position and Shift Up indicators.

Aggressive Naked Bike Styling & New Graphics
This is motorcycling, in its purest form. Built to scythe through the urban landscape, the CB500F exudes a tough attitude. Sharp new graphics stand out from the stunning paint.

New Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD Forks
You need the best handling possible to deal with whatever the city has in store; new Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork-Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks provide excellent suspension control for hectic urban riding.

New Dual Front Disc Brakes & Radial Mount Calipers
New, dual 296mm discs and four-piston Nissin radial mount calipers deliver strong, progressive braking power with no more turning inertia than a single disc.

Your Stylish Companion
This naked form – with sharp new graphics – exudes aggression with a low-set stance ready to take on city streets. The side shrouds interlock with the fuel tank and fully emphasize the engine design; tapered handlebars offer intuitive feel and leverage. The riding position places you naturally upright, and in charge. Seat height is low at 785mm and new, aluminium footpegs are both lightweight and sporty.

Handling Precision
In an urban environment, your bike needs to react quickly to every input you make. So, we’ve given the chassis a more forward-set weight bias, for improved grip and feel. New, Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks give superb response, especially under braking. New lightweight wheels and swingarm add even more agility. And, for powerful braking, new, dual 296mm discs are gripped by four-piston radial-mount calipers.

Everyday Enjoyment
Yes, it’s A2 compatible. But this 35kW twin-cylinder engine has performance to spare – it’s also perfect for new riders and entertaining for those with much more experience. 43Nm of torque in the mid-range ensures instant acceleration and, if you’re in the mood for fun the exhaust howls pleasingly as rpm rises. For extra control an Assist/Slipper clutch eases upshifts through the six-speed gearbox and manages rear wheel lock-up under hard down changes.

A High Quality Ride
We’ve given the CB500F premium equipment. All lighting is LED and the headlight now has extra-powerful LEDs, so you see more at night. There are also high-visibility front indicator position lights, improving visibility. The negative LCD instruments feature a speedo, bar graph rev-counter, dual trip meters, fuel level/consumption gauge as well as Gear Position and Shift Up indicators.

HISTORY
Originally launched in 2013, the naked CB500F has quietly proved that one of Honda’s tried-and-true 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 that’s as much fun for an experienced rider as it is for those still building their riding careers.

While its compact dimensions and welcoming manners have made the CB500F an easy machine to manage, ride and learn with, those same attributes also made it a genuine pleasure for those—whether stepping up from a smaller machine or coming down from a bigger model—who want to explore just what it could do on the weekend. Sensible running costs added to the appeal. In 2019, the CB500F was redrawn with uncompromising lines that elevated its technical and mechanical aspects.

Having proved its continued popularity, the CB500F received additional improvements for the 2022 model year and is back for 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2023 Honda CB500F Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

DESIGN / STYLING
The CB500F’s naked form exudes aggression. Led by the low-set headlight design, the machine’s stance suggests that it’s ready to attack. The side shrouds interlock with the fuel tank and emphasize the engine, while the side covers and seat unit continue the theme of muscular angularity.

A tapered handlebar adds feel and leverage. LCD instruments feature Gear Position and Shift Up indicators; the latter is set to a default 8,750 rpm but can be adjusted in 250 rpm increments between 5,000 and 8,750 rpm.

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
The CB500F’s light, strong 35mm diameter steel diamond-tube mainframe has 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, keep vibration to a minimum.

With the aim to heighten all-around handling performance, this model uses a Showa 41mm inverted Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) fork with 4.7 inches of cushion stroke, held by upper and lower triple clamps. By dividing the functions—Big Piston pressure separation damper in one leg, spring mechanism in the other—reaction and ride quality are maximized. (The four-cylinder CB650R uses the same setup.)

The single-tube shock absorber (as found on larger-capacity sport bikes) has a large-diameter piston that ensures excellent response and temperature management; it features five-stage preload adjustment with an optimized spring rate and damping settings to match the fork. Rear-wheel travel is 4.7 inches.

The front-wheel width is 3.5 inches with a 120/70-ZR17 tire, and the rear is 4.5 inches with a 160/60-ZR17 tire.

The 2022 CB500F’s curb weight is 416 pounds (with all fluids and a full tank of fuel), and its 49.7/50.3 front/rear bias percentage places more weight on the front wheel to promote nimble handling and excellent front-end grip. Wheelbase is 55.5 inches, with rake and trail of 25.5°/102mm (4.0 inches).

The naked form exudes aggression. Led by the sharply chiseled headlight with extra-powerful LEDs, 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. The compact front fender is drawn directly from the CB650R.

The tapered handlebar offers intuitive feel and leverage. Seat height is low at 31.3 inches, making the CB500F ABS very easy to manage, and its neutral riding position comfortably accommodates riders of any height. Overall dimensions are 81.9 inches long x 30.1 inches wide x 45.1 inches high, with ground clearance of 5.1 inches. The fuel tank holds 4.5 gallons, including reserve.

ENGINE / DRIVETRAIN
The CB500F’s 471cc, eight-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 zippy top end. The engine’s overall performance and character belie its relatively small capacity. Acceleration is impressive, due to good low-to-midrange power and torque in the 3,000 to 7,000 rpm range.

Feeding the PGM-FI fuel injection is a relatively straight shot of airflow through the airbox and throttle bodies, and new settings improve torque feel and character without compromising performance. The exhaust muffler features dual exit pipes, giving a sporting edge to each pulse, as well as a rasping high-rpm howl.

Bore and stroke are set at 67mm x 66.8mm, with a compression ratio of 10.7:1; the crankshaft pins are phased at 180°, and a primary couple-balancer sits behind the cylinders, close to the bike’s center of gravity. The primary and balancer gears use scissor gears, minimizing 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 hangers on the cylinder head. Internally, the head uses roller rocker arms; shim-type valve adjustment allows them to be light, for low valve-spring load and minimal friction.

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

The piston shape is carefully designed to minimize noise at high rpm. Friction is reduced by striations on the piston skirt (a finish that increases surface area and introduces gaps in which oil can flow for better lubrication). The “triangle” proportion of crankshaft, main shaft and countershaft is efficiently compact. The crankcases use centrifugally cast thin-walled sleeves; their internal design reduces the pumping losses that can occur with a 180° phased firing order. A deep sump reduces oil movement under hard cornering and braking; oil capacity is 3.2 liters. The slick-shifting six-speed transmission is managed by an assist/slipper clutch.

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

Meets current EPA and CARB standards
California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment

PERFORMANCE
DOHC TWIN-CYLINDER ENGINE
Honda twins are famous for their versatility, and the CB500F’s engine is one of our best ever. With plenty of low-end horsepower and torque, this parallel-twin offers accessible performance across a wide RPM range.

PROGRAMMED FUEL INJECTION (PGM-FI)
The injectors on the CB500F are part of the reason the bike makes more power in the critical 3000-7000 RPM range. The bike’s 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.

HANDLING
ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS)
Standard equipment on every 2023 CB500F, helping you make smoother, more controlled stops under less-than-ideal conditions.

UPSIDE-DOWN FORK
The CB500F features an inverted-fork design that makes the front end much more rigid, for more precise steering input and feedback. The fork itself is a Showa Separate Function Fork–Big Piston (SFF-BP) design—one of the best in its class.

CAST WHEELS
Strong and stylish, the CB500F’s aluminum wheels feature a five-spoke design. The light wheels improve handling and lessen wheel inertia too.

PRO-LINK® REAR SUSPENSION
The CB500F features special shock settings for improved ride comfort. Its sophisticated chassis uses Honda Pro-Link® rear suspension to increase riding comfort and handling.

STEEL-TUBE FRAME
A motorcycle’s frame is the basis for its handling. The CB500F’s diamond-shaped 35mm steel-tube mainframe connects to the engine with four mounts, offering a rock-solid foundation for a superior ride and handling.

ENGINEERING
SLIPPER ASSIST CLUTCH
The slipper/assist clutch lets us lighten up the clutch-lever effort by 45 percent, but automatically locks up tight when you release it.

DIGITAL INSTRUMENTATION
A modern, easy-to-read LCD screen features digital speedometer, tachometer and more, including a clock, odometer, trip meter, real-time and average fuel consumption meters and illuminated engine diagnostic indicators.

LIGHT SWINGARM CONSTRUCTION
The CB500F uses a swingarm that’s over two pounds lighter than the previous design, but is just as strong. It’s one of the reasons the entire Honda 500 family handles so well.

DISC BRAKES
The CB500F features large twin front disc brakes so you get strong, predictable stopping power. The front-brake lever is also adjustable for a perfect fit.

LED HEADLIGHT
The CB500F’s dual-lens LED headlight gives the front end a cutting-edge look and also projects plenty of light on the road for visibility.

SMOOTHER TRANSMISSION
Our engineers profiled the shift dogs in the transmission to help you get smoother shifts every time. You’ll never see these parts, but you’ll feel their effects.

COMFORT
STEP SEAT
The CB500F offers a step seat with a low height. Perfect for around-town riding or out in the canyons, it also offers room for a passenger and is specially designed to fit a wide range of riders.

PASSENGER HANDHOLDS
Sturdy passenger handholds provide security for your passenger or tie-down points for smaller items.

STYLE
UNIQUE STYLE
Less is more when it comes to the CB500F. With its lean, progressive style, the CB500F is a motorcycle that looks great while still providing incredible value and performance.

COMPACT EXHAUST
The CB500F’s exhaust system features a twin-outlet muffler and large-diameter pipes, for better power and an exhaust note you’ll love every time you ride.

 

 

 

2023 Honda CB500F – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $6,799 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $8,779 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £6,099 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

ENGINE
Engine Type 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin four-stroke
Bore And Stroke 67.0mm x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction PGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
DRIVE TRAIN
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive O-ring-sealed chain; 15T/41T
CHASSIS SUSPENSION BRAKES
Front Suspension 41mm Showa SFF-BP fork; 4.7-inch travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link® single shock with nine-position spring-preload adjustability; 4.7-inch travel
Front Brake Dual 295mm discs with four-piston calipers; ABS
Rear Brake Single 240mm disc, ABS
Front Tire 120/70R-17 radial
Rear Tire 160/60-17 radial
DIMENSIONS
Rake (Caster Angle) 25.5°
Trail 4.0 inches
Wheelbase 55.5 inches
Seat Height 31.1 inches
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gallons
Curb Weight 416 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuelready to ride.)
OTHER
Model ID CB500FA
Emissions Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current CARB standards and
may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available Colors Matte Gray Metallic
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
One Year Included Transferable, unlimited-mileage, limited warranty
Optional Extended Extended coverage available with a HondaCare® Protection Plan

 

 

 

2023 Honda CB500F – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details

Engine & Drivetrain
Engine Type Liquid-cooled parallel twin
Displacement 471 cc
Bore & Stroke 67 mm x 66.8 mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Valve Train DOHC, four valves per cylinder
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with 34 mm throttle bodies
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive #520 chain (15T/41T)
Chassis & Suspension
Front Suspension 41 mm Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function- Big Piston front Fork); 108 mm (4.3 in.) travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link® single shock with spring preload; 119 mm ( 4.7 in.) travel
Additional Information
Tires Front: 120/70-17
Rear: 160/60-17
Brakes Front: Twin four-piston calipers with 296mm discs
Rear: 240 mm disc
ABS System 2-channel
Seat Height 785 mm (30.9 in)
Wheelbase 1,410 mm (55.5 in.)
Curb Weight 188 kg (414 lb.)
Fuel Capacity 17.1 litres
Colour Mat Axis Gray Metallic
Warranty 12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus

 

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