The 2013 Honda CBR500R bridges the gap between the entry-level CBR250R and high-performance CBR600RR.
Honda riders looking to move up from the entry-level CBR250R but not quite ready to take on the performance of the 2013 Honda CBR600RR now have a new machine to bridge the gap – the 2013 Honda CBR500R. This new CBR is one of three new 500cc parallel-twin bikes introduced by Honda today and closely resembles the racing lines of the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR sportbikes. A 30.9-inch seat height, 425-pound curb weight and more relaxed ergonomics bolster rider confidence, while a low sticker price is easy on the wallet.
An all-new liquid-cooled parallel-twin DOHC engine powers the mid-sized CBR500R. Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) ensures the proper fuel mixture is delivered via continuous monitoring of several parameters for crisp throttle response. A 180-degree crankpin and counterbalancer keep the engine vibes in check, and preloaded scissors-type primary drive gears helps reduce engine noise.
Underneath the racy bodywork is a diamond-shaped steel tube frame designed to be lightweight yet rigid for responsive sport handling. A Pro-link single-shock rear suspension is pre-load adjustable with 4.7 inches of travel. Up-front a 41mm fork offers 4.3 inches of travel. A 320mm wave-style front disc brake and a 240mm read brake provide the stopping power, and 17” lightweight cast aluminum wheels give the CBR a sporty feel and handling. An ABS version is also available.
The 2013 Honda CBR500R is available in Black, White/Blue/Red and Red colorways for $5999 and $6499 for the ABS version and will hit the dealership floors April 2013.