Honda’s 2016 CBR500R will be in showrooms around the country from next Monday (April 18).
The second generation CBR500R joins the recently released CB500X, as Honda revamps the entire 500cc range. A new CB500F is also due very soon.
The CBR500R has been given a substantial makeover, the first since it was introduced in 2013.
The bike now has a fresh and more aggressive design more in line with Honda’s larger sports bikes.
As well as the cosmetic changes, the bike now has dual LED headlights, a larger fuel tank, adjustable front forks and gives a satisfying growl from a redesigned exhaust system.
The addition of preload adjustment to the front fork will certainly help riders find a setup to better suit their riding style.
New adjustable levers allow for some adjustment of the bike’s ergonomics and also provide a high-end feel that is not very common in this capacity segment.
Underneath, the bike has the same 471cc DOHC engine that produces 35 kW. It also has the same steel diamond-tube frame and brakes as the previous model.
All 3 of Honda’s 500cc road bikes - the CB500X, CB500F, and CBR500R - are learner approved.
Its reputation for being an easy to manage yet spirited performer for a 500 has made it a popular choice and, in fact, Australia’s number one selling sports bike.
The 2016 Honda CBR500R will retail for $8,099, the CB500X sells for $7,999 and the soon to be released CB500F will sell for $7,899. All prices are before on road costs are added.