Completely undisguised images of the highly anticipated Honda CBR500, CB 500 and CB500X motorcycles, which have a good probability of making it to India, have finally emerged on the internet. The engines and mechanicals of the three bikes are going to be largely the same, with styling being the major differentiator.
The CBR500 will be a mini-me version of the CBR1000RR, the CB500 that of the CB1000R and the CB500X will mimic the recently introduced NC700X. Designed to be affordable and fun to ride, these bikes may well be dished out initially from Honda’s Thailand factory, with a good probability of later being manufactured here in India itself.
Of the three, the CBR500 is the sportiest looking of the lot. The handlebars, however, seem to be a little too upright for a proper sports bike. We aren’t too fond of that big exhaust either, but the machine looks nice overall. The CB500X takes inspiration from the NC700X. It doesn’t qualify as a tourer or a sports machine, but is, instead an easy going machine which should be a very versatile tool for value seekers. Finally the CB500 is the naked streetfighter version, which should do well in European, as well as the Indian market if priced well. The three bikes use exactly the same engine, and most other components. While specs would largely remain the same across the three models, there may be minor tuning differences. The key specs are provided below, in our previous story about the bike. (check out the gallery after the story the complete set of images)
We have been reporting in detail about the upcoming Honda CBR500R. After a considerable period of silence, new details of the new bike have finally emerged on the web world. As we have been saying, the Honda CBR500R will provide a bridge between the 250s and the 600s and we have finally stumbled up on some leaked specs of the new CBR.
While Honda CBR500R does looks a lot like the bigger and meaner Honda CBR1000RR, the upcoming bike won’t be an impractical replica. Instead, it will have enough space for two and will provide large grab rails for the pillion. The seat does looks very similar to that on the CBR250 and in all probability, the 500R will play an elder sibling to the baby CBR.
Honda recently announced a new European Junior Cup, which will use an ‘as-yet-unnamed’ “exciting new Honda sports machine.”
Here are the Technical Specifications of Honda CBR500R:
– 470cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin
– Six-speed manual
– 30lb/ft of torque
– 401lbs (dry)/430lbs (wet)
– 105mph top speed
– 31-inch seat height
– 120/70-17 (front)/160-60-17 (rear)
It is being said that the above data comes from an unrevealed source at Honda Europe. The power figures look very apt for the new A2 license tier in Europe. The new license enables 19-year olds to ride bikes with up to 46.9 horsepower.
At this power rating, the CBR500R is almost twice as powerful as the CBR 250. The new CBR makes 30lb/ft of torque and has 50% more torque than the Ninja 300. The bike will be manufactured in Thailand and will borrow a lot of parts from the CBR250. The 500 will be almost 85% as fuel efficient as the Honda CBR250 and the new Honda CBR500R definitely offers a good blend of performance and affordability.
Also MCN had featured clearer pics of the two 500s in their September 2012 issue. We’d say that the faired version looks great in racing colours.