Moon Glow Yellow
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- Matt Black Metallic
- Grand Prix Red
While its compact dimensions and welcoming manners the new CB500F is an easy machine to manage, ride and learn on - and those same attributes also make it a great all-round bike for those who want to explore what it can do at the weekend, or use it day in, day out as a commuter.
Sensible running costs, whatever the situation, add strongly to the appeal - but its the fun handling and free-revving engine that really pulls people in.
Styling and chassis
- Aggressively-styled bodywork
- Tapered handlebars for excellent control and feel
- LCD instrument display, with Gear Position and Shift Up indicators
- Full LED lighting
- Two new colours for 2020
- Lively twin-cylinder power plant’s internal architecture mirrors that of the 2019 CBR1000RR Fireblade
- · Usable power and torque across the range
- Sportier sound from the dual-exit muffler
- Assist/slipper clutch eases upshifts and manages downshifts
- Now Homologated for EURO5
For its 2019 evolution, the CB500F’s naked faired form evolved front to rear, exuding a new-found aggression. Led by the penetrating headlight design, the machine’s stance is low-set and ready for action; the side shrouds interlock with the fuel tank and fully emphasize the engine, while the side covers and seat unit continue the theme of muscular angularity.
Tapered handlebars give intuitive feel and leverage. LCD instruments feature a Gear Position and Shift Up indicator; this is set to a default 8,750rpm but can be adjusted in 250rpm increments between 5-8,750rpm
The 35mm diameter steel diamond-tube mainframe is unchanged for 2020. It’s light and strong, with a tuned degree of yield that gives plenty of feedback to the rider as road surfaces change. The shape and position of the engine mounts, plus the frame’s rigidity balance also reduces vibration.
Wheelbase is 1410mm and rake and trail are set at 25.5°/102mm, giving nimble, yet confidence-inspiring steering. Mass centralisation, with the engine in close proximity to the swingarm pivot point, delivers turning agility and optimum front/rear weight distribution ensures stability. Kerb weight is 189kg.
Seat height is low at 785mm, making the CB500F very easy to manage and its neutral riding position comfortably accommodates riders of any height. Overall dimensions are 2080mm x 790mm x 1060mm, with 145mm ground clearance. The fuel tank holds 17.1L including reserve, and, combined with the engine’s excellent 28.6km/litre fuel economy, gives a range of 480km (over 260 miles).
The 41mm preload-adjustable telescopic front fork, with 120mm stroke, delivers a compliant yet controlled ride and gives great feel for front tyre grip. A single-tube rear shock absorber (as found on larger capacity sports bikes) with a large-diameter piston, ensures excellent suspension response and temperature management. It has 9-stage spring preload adjustment and works through a rigid box-section steel swingarm, which features pressed steel chain adjustment end-pieces. Final drive is via sealed 520 chain.
Lightweight, 17-inch cast aluminium wheels employ hollow cross-section Y-shaped spokes. Front wheel width is 3.5inch with a 120/70-ZR17 tyre, the rear 4.5inch with a 160/60-ZR17 tyre. A single front 320mm wavy disc and two-piston brake caliper is matched to a 240mm rear disc and single-piston caliper. ABS is fitted as standard.
The CB500F’s A2-licence friendly, 8-valve liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder layout offers a well-proportioned balance of physical size and willing, enjoyable power output, with an energetic, high-revving character and zappy top end.
Already strong off the bottom, the 2019 engine upgrades saw faster acceleration through a boost in low-to-mid-range power and torque in the 3-7,000rpm range; with a 4% improvement coming via altered valve timing - with ‘close’ timing accelerated by 5° - and lift increased by 0.3mm to 7.8mm.
Feeding the PGM-FI fuel injection is a more-or-less straight shot of airflow through the airbox and throttle bodies - the 2019 upgrade saw the battery re-positioned further away from the rear of the airbox intake duct to allow greater airflow. The exhaust muffler features dual exit pipes, giving a sporty sounding edge to each pulse. Peak power of 35kW arrives at 8,500rpm, with 43Nm torque delivered at 7,000rpm.
Bore and stroke is set at 67mm x 66.8mm and compression ratio is 10.7:1; the crankshaft pins are phased at 180° and a primary couple-balancer sits behind the cylinders, close to the bike’s centre of gravity. The primary and balancer gears use scissor gears, reducing noise. The crank counterweight is specifically shaped for couple-balance and its light weight allows the engine to spin freely, with reduced inertia.
Acting as a stressed member, the engine complements the frame’s rigidity with four frame hangers on the cylinder head. Internally the cylinder head uses roller rocker arms; shim-type valve adjustment allows them to be light, for lower valve-spring load and reduced friction.
A silent (SV Chain) cam chain has the surface of its pins treated with Vanadium, reducing friction with increased protection against wear. Inlet valve diameter is 26.0mm with exhaust valve diameter of 21.5mm.
The piston shape is based upon those used in the 2019 CBR1000RR Fireblade to reduce piston ‘noise’ at high rpm. Friction is reduced by striations on the piston skirt (a finish that increases surface area, introducing gaps in which oil can flow for better lubrication). As with the CBR1000RR, an AB1 salt bath process, used after isonite nitriding, forms a protective oxidisation membrane.
The ‘triangle’ proportion of crankshaft, main shaft and countershaft is very similar to that of Honda’s four-cylinder RR engines and much of the internal structure and engineering is taken directly from the 2019 CBR1000RR.
The crankcase uses centrifugally cast thin-walled sleeves; their internal design reduces the ‘pumping’ losses that can occur with a 180° phased firing order. The oil pump features improved aeration performance, with reduced friction; a deep sump reduces oil movement under hard cornering and braking. Oil capacity is 3.2L.
The CB500F’s six-speed gearbox is very close to that of its RR cousin and uses the same gear change arm structure and link mechanism. Introduced in 2019, an assist/slipper clutch enables lighter upshifts and smooths out any hard downshifts.
The CB500F, like its 500cc stablemates, is homologated for EURO5, which from January 1st 2020,introduced significantly stricter engine emissions standards compared to EURO4. These requirements include substantial reductions in permitted carbon monoxide emissions, an over 40% decrease in total hydrocarbon emissions, tougher misfire detection and the introduction of a particulate matter limit.
|Type||Liquid-cooled, parallel twin|
|Bore and stroke||67mm x 66.8mm|
|Compression Ratio||10.7: 1|
|Max. Power Output||35kW @ 8,600rpm|
|Max. Torque||43Nm @ 6,500rpm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||17.7L (inc reserve)|
|Fuel Consumption (WMTC)||27.8/litre|
|Battery Capacity||12V 7.4AH|
|Clutch Type||Wet multiplate|
|Transmission Type||6 speed|
|Dimensions (L´W´H)||2155mm x 825mm x 1410mm (Low screen) 1445mm (High screen)|
|Caster Angle||27.5 degrees|
|Type Front||Conventional telescopic, 41mm, pre-load adjustable|
|Type Rear||Prolink mono with5 stage preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm|
|Type Front||Multi-spoke cast aluminium|
|Type Rear||Multi-spoke cast aluminium|
|Rim Size Front||19 X MT2.5|
|Rim Size Rear||17 X MT4.5|
|Tyres Front||110/80R–19M/C (On-off pattern)|
|Tyres Rear||160/60R–17M/C (On-off pattern)|
|ABS System Type||2 channel|
|Type Front||Single wavy disk, 310mm, 2 piston caliper|
|Type Rear||Single wavy disk, 240mm, 1 piston caliper|
|INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS|
|Instruments||Digital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer, dual trip meters, digital fuel level gauge & fuel consumption gauge, digital clock, gear position indicator|
|Security System||HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)|
|Headlight||Low 4.8W. Hi 12W. (LED)|
|Amount of Credit||£4,900.95|
|36 Payments of||£89.00|
|Final Payment inc Option Fee||£2,461.54|
|Total Amount Payable||£6,463.59|
|Option to Purchase Fee||£10.00|
|Annual Contracted Mileage||4,000|
|Excess Mileage Charge||£0.03|
|Interest Rate pa||6.60%|
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