Enter the 500R’s fraternal twin, the CB500F. Don’t be fooled by how different it looks, this is the same bike underneath. A lack of fairing makes the biggest aesthetic difference, helped by a 1.9-inch higher and 1.5-inch wider handlebar. A blue-tinted instrument face—as opposed to white—completes the transformation. Other than that, it’s identical. The same 471cc parallel-twin (that made 44.5 horsepower and laid down an ultra-flat torque curve on our dyno) pushes you down the road with a very smooth, inoffensive stream of thrust. And the same 320mm single-disc brings you to a stop. And it has the same slightly quirky gearbox, which is perfectly adequate but does not like, for example, multiple downshifts with one, sustained clutch pull.