The CB 500s are getting a facelift in 2019. Anxious to offer several facets to suit the first emotions of the medium displacement, this essential machine of the motorcycling landscape offers a first chance to young adventurers with the X version, a second mischief with the typed R sport, and the popular principle of the roadster with this situation F.
The last time around, Miss CB 500 had rocked in a pretty lively style, giving her design some edgy and sharp moments. Its renewal extends this idea, with an even more roboto fork crownïfrom where have pushed nasals, retro with angular shells, modified shoulders as well as some retouching at the level of the rear shell and the trim under the saddle. The reshuffle does not quiver under the audacity. However, this is enough to arouse curiosity.
A feeling that the engine will share – The twin may comply with the dictates of the A2 license, it still wants to give more.
Not in maxi, as much to say it right away. A CB 500 puts out 47.5 horsepower (35 kW), today like yesterday. It is in the mid-range that the mill wanted to strengthen, an area where it will be used most often. It announces 4% more potato between 3,000 and 7,000 rpm.
To achieve this result, Honda has improved the air intake flow and revised the valve timing. From now on, the total power is obtained 100 rpm higher but the peak torque is reached 500 rpm earlier. And as long as we are tampering with the engine, you might as well add an assisted slip clutch to facilitate gear changes..
The need to change the chassis did not arise at all. As a result, almost all the elements are renewed. The CB 500 F is based on a diamond-type steel frame in which the engine plays a stiffening role. At the front, there is a classic 41 mm fork where a single 320 mm brake disc is exerted via the action of a double piston caliper. At the rear, the disc size is 240 mm and the caliper is content with a piston.
It is in this area that the only modifications to the chassis are located: a new chain tensioning system and a new single-wall body mono-shock absorber to replace the previous double-tube element..
In the story, the roadster has lost 3 kilos, gleaned a dual-outlet silencer, grabbed a modernized dashboard with shiftliht and gear indicator engaged, added half a liter of capacity in the tank, adopted a tapered and refined handlebar its turn signals. The kind of little touches that we appreciate every day, for fun and / or practice.
In its heyday, the CB 500 was the first machine for any biker. His influence calls out until today (you see, Rémi ;-). We expect nothing less from this generation, which evolves calmly, with the main objective of strengthening its achievements. Amid the plethora of offerings for the A2 segment, it presents itself as an excellent choice for the category; with all Honda seriousness.
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CB 500 F 2018
Model marketed in
medium: 3.40 l
about 180 km / h
The technical aspect
2019 Honda CB 500 F
- Tank: 17.1 liters
- Width: 790 mm
- Height: 1,060 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,410 mm
- Operating weight: 189 kg
- Train before
- Secondary chain transmission
- Rear axle
(67 x 66.8 mm)
at 8,600 rpm
at 6500 rpm