New 2013 Honda CB500F launched

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, Bike Social boss, Potski to his mates. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Honda's 2013 CB500F
Honda has revealed an all-new Honda CB500F naked bike as the baby brother to its top-selling Honda CB1000R.

The new 471cc bike is designed to fall in line with new A2-licence laws which means the parallel twin motor makes 47bhp, or 35Kw in new-fangled power speak.

The CB500F takes Honda’s modular concept to an extreme and features a steel diamond tube chassis which can be used across different Honda models to keep development costs down. The same basic frame and chassis layout is also used on the new adventure-style Honda CB500X and the new sporty Honda CBR500R.

The more basic CB500F model is designed to be the perfect step for riders stepping  up from a 125 to a bigger bike, so features rider-friendly handling and power.

Honda claims the new twin-cylinder motor, which fires at 180 degree intervals, will achieve an incredible 76.3mpg when used in their laboratory test conditions. So even if that’s 70mpg in the real world, that’s mightily impressive.

The styling is lifted from the bigger Honda CB100R and includes practical features like plenty of leg room, an upright riding position and a sporty-looking rear seat unit, but still with plenty of pillion space and some chunky twin grab handles for the passenger.

To keep it learner-friendly the seat height is 790mm and it weighs in a 175.4kg dry, or 192kg wet.

The bike is available in white, black or red and will be on sale next year. You can see it for the first time at Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham.

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