Ahead of its global public debut at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Orlando, Florida, Honda Motor Europe has released the first images of the 16YM CBR500R. For 2016, the CBR500R gets a totally revised, edgier appearance, in conjunction with Honda’s “Aggressive Speed Shape” design theme. The sharper front fairing now hosts twin LED headlamps placed over a pair of air scoops, while an angular, up-swept theme is carried right from the head right till the LED tail tail lamp.
In addition to the new styling, new features include adjustable pre-load for front suspension, larger fuel tank with new hinged fuel cap, adjustable brake levers, “wave” style ignition key and a new shorter exhaust muffler with internal structure tuned for a “satisfying low, crisp exhaust note”. The rest of the underpinnings would be carried over from the existing CBR500R. The 2016 Honda CBR500R, as earlier is aimed towards the A2-compliant licenced riders and would be offered in three colour schemes – Red, Matte Black Metallic, Pearl White.
The inline-twin 471cc engine offers accessible power output that smoothly revs up to redline, while emphasizing low- to midrange torque for real-world usability. Honda Genuine Accessories are also available for the new CBR500R, including a high windscreen, seat cowl, tank pad, 12v accessory socket and seat bag. The 2016 Honda CBR500R will be available for sale from early 2016.