2013 Honda CB500F | First Ride

Managing Expectations

By Zack Courts, Photography by Kevin Wing

Price$5499 ($5999 w/ABS)
Engine typeI-c parallel-twin
Valve trainDOHC, 8v
FrameSteel semi-double-cradle
Front suspensionShowa 41mm fork
Rear suspensionShowa shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brakeNissin two-piston caliper, 320mm disc with optional ABS
Rear brakeNissin one-piston caliper, 240mm disc with optional ABS
Front tire120/70ZR-17 Dunlop D222F
Rear tire160/60ZR-17 Dunlop D222
Rake/trail25.5°/ 4.1 in.
Seat height30.9 in.
Wheelbase55.5 in.
Fuel capacity4.1 gal.
Claimed wet weight424 lbs. (ABS model)

VERDICT 3.5 out of 5 stars
Not especially charismatic or thrilling, but strikes a perfect harmony with Honda’s new ultra-economic powerplant.

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