Watch Motorcycle USA take a spin on Honda’s all-new CB500F in the Honda CB500F photo gallery. Read more in the Honda CB500F First Ride review.
- The shortened reach to the raised handlebar makes the CB500F riding position more upright than the R model.
- As a naked model the 500F does give up wind protection.
- The F swaps the R’s clip-ons out for a riser and single handlebar, which lifts the bar height 1.9 inches (49mm).
- The 500F departs from its sportier R sibling in styling and ergonomics.
- The five pounds worth of bodywork shed by the 420-pound F (424 pounds in ABS trim) may contribute imperceptibly to the lighter feel, but it’s the extra leverage of the taller, wider handlebar that warrants the credit for its quicker turn in.
- The 500F’s engine performance is indistinguishable from the 500R, with a smooth, forgiving power delivery that peps up in the top-end.
- Hopping off the R and onto the F for the first time at a photo stop, the immediate sensation is it feels lighter on its toes and quicker to turn.
- The 500F sports the lowest MSRP of the three, at $5499 for the base model and $5999 with ABS.
- Like its CB500 siblings, the F sources Honda’s all-new 471cc Parallel Twin.
- The CB500F's tubular steel frame, Showa suspension and dual disc stoppers are shared with the other 500s.
- The 500F doesn’t feel cheap, with solid fit and finish. The instrumentation and switchgear, shared with the 500R, befit a full-sized street bike.
- Fully faired sportbikes still drive sales in the non-cruiser road segments – and the naked standards that are so wildly popular in Europe have long struggled in the States. Can the CB500F avoid this fate?
- The CB500F is marketed to a slightly younger crowd (20-30 year-old) than the 500R (20-40 year-old), and Honda expects 500F customers to be less experienced and more price conscious.
- Based off our quick ride assessment, we’d rate the 500F the most attractive entry-level offering in the Honda lineup.
- Honda is peddling the CB500F as one of its easiest sells with the $5499 base MSRP.
- That the 500F in ABS trim can be had for less than 6K is an important, if unheralded, feat.
- The CB500F (pictured) is the naked standard in the new CB500 lineup, joining the fully-fared CBR500R sportbike and the forthcoming CB500X adventure bike.