New Honda Bikes : 2017 CB500F

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The CB500F joined Honda’s mid-sized line-up in 2013. Compact in size but punching way above its weight, it injects the adrenaline and excitement of full-sized motorcycle ownership into every ride for A2 licence-holders moving up from a 125cc; at the same time, its all-round agility, punchy performance and sensible running costs make it a great motorcycle with which to commute through the week and ride for pleasure at the weekend, whatever the rider’s experience level.

In 2016 CB500F received a bold evolution that elevated the machine still further, with a shot of naked streetfight style and rider-focussed upgrades that added more fun, pride of ownership and desirability.

 While its 471cc DOHC engine - producing 35kW and returning 29.4km/litre - and steel diamond-tube frame remained unchanged, the CB500F emerged for 2016 with new aggressively-sculpted lines front to back. The styling showed off the machine’s mechanical forms; LED headlight and taillight gave high quality finishing touches.

A larger 16.7 litre fuel tank extended range, and detail improvements such as hinged fuel cap, adjustable-reach brake lever and ‘wave’ style ignition key elevated the overall owning experience.

The riding experience was improved with the addition of adjustable spring preload in the front forks, redesigned shift drum for smoother gear changes and new short exhaust muffler, with tuned internals, that emits a crisp howl in keeping with the engine’s engaging power delivery.

For 2017, the CB500F now meets the stringent EURO4 requirements. The allowable limits for exhaust tailpipe pollutants such as carbon monoxide, hyrdrocarbons and nitrous oxide specified by EURO4 are approximately half of those for EURO3.