The 2016 Honda CBR500R fully faired sportsbike has been teased ahead of its scheduled world premiere at the American International Motorcycle Expo which commences on October 15 in Orlando, Florida. The teaser images reveal the twin headlamps and a darkened profile of the motorcycle.
Designed with “Aggressive Speed Shape” theme, the updated mid-displacement sportsbikes is billed by its manufacturer as the perfect bike for a rider who is looking to upgrade from a smaller motorcycle or for an experienced rider who wants a capable all-rounder.
The design has certainly become edgier with a sharper beak carrying twin headlamps and a new fairing which has larger surface area. The updated bike also sports a more sophisticated and stylish muffler which is shortened to improve mass-centralization.
The fuel tanks are larger and the tailpiece has ditched the grab rails in favor of built-in recesses. There appears to be a new LED taillight too with transparent cover. Honda has also improved the front suspension by introducing adjustable pre-load in addition to providing adjustable brake and clutch levers. There is also a “wave style” ignition key.
No details on the powertrain have been released yet. The 471 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor is expected to continue without much changes to the performance figures but one can expect a few emission reducing tweaks. Mated to a 6-speed transmission, the motor produces around 47 PS.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India had showcased the current version of the motorcycle at last year’s Auto Expo but there seems to be no immediate plans to launch it here.