The naked CB500F – originally launched in 2013 alongside the adventure-styled CB500X and fully-faired CBR500R – has proved that one of Honda’s tried-and-trusted formulas for building popular motorcycles has lost none of its relevance.
Namely, an entertaining twin-cylinder engine wrapped in a simple, lightweight, sporty chassis can be as much fun for an experienced rider as it is for those still building their riding career. And while a 35kW peak power output makes it suitable for A2 licence holders, the CB500F offers so much more than ‘entry level’ performance.
While its compact dimensions and welcoming manners make it an easy machine to manage, ride and learn on, and sensible running costs built-in make it a great commuting partner, those same attributes make it a genuine pleasure for those – whether stepping up from a 125 or coming down from a bigger machine – who want to explore just what it can do at the weekend.
In 2016 the CB500F received a sharp set of stripped-back ‘streetfighter’ clothes, which put its peppy engine firmly on display, plus a larger fuel tank, LED lighting, preload-adjustable front forks and adjustable brake lever.
Building on the theme for 2019 the CB500F is redrawn with uncompromising lines that further elevate its technical and mechanical aspects, plus a host of upgrades that enhance the riding experience even more.