2022 Honda CBR500R ABS First Look Preview

Big Red’s improved midsize CBR500R ABS sportbike.

2022 Honda CBR500R in Sword Silver Metallic.Honda

As with the CB500X and CB500F, Honda’s 2022 CBR500R sportbike receives fresh chassis components to help improve handling and feel at the bars. The midsize sportbike will be available this month in Honda dealerships in either Grand Prix Red or Sword Silver Metallic with a $7,199 MSRP.

The 2022 Honda CBR500R returns with better suspension and braking components.Honda

If you’ve peeked at the previous two model write-ups, you’ll have a pretty good idea what’s in store for the CBR500R: a new inverted 41mm Showa SFF-BP fork, a lighter swingarm, and new cast aluminum wheels. Honda intends to improve handling of all its 500-level machines and give them a more intuitive feel, and the changes certainly show promise.

2022 Honda CBR500R in Grand Prix Red.Honda

The entry-level sportbike also gets the brake package upgrade and now sports dual 296mm discs at the front with twin four-piston radial-mount calipers.

New cast aluminum wheels help reduce weight.Honda

Other than that, the CBR500R is mostly still standard 2021 issue, from its 471cc parallel-twin engine to its Pro-Link rear suspension setup, slip and assist clutch, buttery-smooth transmission, LED headlights, and standard ABS.

View from the CBR500R cockpit.Honda

If you want to see how the CBR500R fared against the Ninja 300 back when the Honda was fresh from the design room, be sure to check out this head-to-head comparison. There’s been an update to the CBR500R since then, in 2016, but many of those changes were aimed at improving the cosmetic and creature-comfort appeal of the machine.

The 2022 Honda CBR500R starts at $7,199.Honda

2022 Honda CBR500R ABS Technical Specifications and Price

Price: $7,199
Engine: 471cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 67.0 x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Fuel Delivery: PGM-FI w/ 34mm throttle bodies
Clutch: Wet, multiplate, slipper/assist
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Frame: Steel tubular
Front Suspension: 41mm Showa SFF-BP USD fork; 4.3 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link shock, nine-position preload adjustable; 4.7 in. travel
Front Brake: 4-piston calipers, dual 296mm discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake: 1-piston caliper, 240mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast aluminum; 17 in./17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: 120/70-17 / 160/60-17
Rake/Trail: 25.5°/4.0 in.
Wheelbase: 55.5 in.
Seat Height: 31.1 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight: 423 lb.
Available: February 2022
Contact: powersports.honda.com
Better handling and lighter weight.Honda
Honda’s CB500R promises to be even more nimble in 2022.Honda