UNVEILED: Honda CBR500R. To Carry a Price-tag of INR 3 Lakhs

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The recently unveiled Honda CBR500R has to be one of the most highly awaited bikes of the year. The CBR500R has surely become the talk of the town and now, we post full details of the new bike and try of find out if the bike deserves all this hype that it has generated.

As we have been saying, the Honda CBR500R is more of a bigger CBR250R than a smaller CBR600 and will bridge the gap between the entry level 250 and the middle of the road 600s. Also, the new bike will be the logical rival to the Kawasaki Ninja 400R that sits above the Ninja 250R entry level sportsbike. While Honda CBR500R does looks a lot like the bigger and meaner Honda CBR1000RR, the new bike is much more than being an impractical replica. The new bike has enough space for two and has large grab rails for the pillion.

The 2013 Honda CBR500R will soon hit the US market with a price tag of approx. INR 3 lakhs. At this price point, the bike already seems to have won half the battle and should make it to the top of wish-list of those willing to upgrade from their 250s. As is the norm these days, the bike provides an option of ABS to those wanting more confident braking power. Talking of brakes, the bike is equipped with petal disc brakes on both the wheels.

Powering the 2013 Honda CBR500R is a 54 bhp parallel twin 500cc engine (47 bhp for tiered license countries) which makes the new bike twice as powerful as the single cylinder Honda CBR250R. Suspension duties are courtesy a set of telescopic front forks and a mono at the rear.

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The Honda CBR500R has high chances of making it to our rapidly developing bike market and at a price point of about INR 3.5 lakhs, will make for an interesting alternative to the upcoming Kawasaki Ninja 300R and the KTM Duke 390. Indian bike aficionados look all set for a treat.

Honda CBR500R Specifications

ENGINE
Engine Type500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore And Stroke67.0mm x 66.8mm
InductionPGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
IgnitionComputer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Compression Ratio10.7:1
Valve TrainDOHC; four valves per cylinder
DRIVETRAIN
TransmissionSix-speed
Final DriveO-ring-sealed chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension41mm fork; 4.8 inches travel
Rear SuspensionPro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.1 inches travel
Front BrakeTwin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear BrakeSingle-caliper 240mm wave disc
Front Tire120/70-17
Rear Tire160/60-17
DIMENSIONS
Rake25.5 degrees
Trail103mm (4.05 inches)
Wheelbase55.5 inches
Seat Height30.9 inches
Curb Weight428 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel, & ready to ride)
Fuel Capacity4.1 gallons including 0.7-gallon reserve
Miles Per GallonTBD*
Available ColorsBlack, Pearl White/Blue/Red, Red