The 2016 Honda CB500F naked middle weight street fighter has been unveiled at the EICMA 2015. The updated bike incorporates all the improvements that were seen on its fully faired sibling, the new CBR500R which was unveiled earlier this year.
The new CB500F looks much sharper than the outgoing version and gets a meaner looking LED headlamp with lesser fairing panels, a larger fuel tank (16.7 litre) with new extensions, a new tailpiece with split seats, LED taillight, golden finish for the crankcase and cylinder heads, and a shorter exhaust canister which is claimed to improve mass centralization. The updated bike gets spring pre-load adjustable front telescopic forks.
The 2016 CB500F is available in six colour schemes – Ross White and Millennium Red, Lemon Ice Yellow/Graphite Black, Millennium Red/Macadam Grey Metallic, Candy Energy Orange/Macadam Grey Metallic, Pearl Metalloid White/Macadam Grey Metallic, and Matte Gunpowder Black/Matte Krypton Silver Metallic.
Honda markets it as a motorcycle which gives A2 license holders (novices) a feel and experience of a full sized bike. The 471 cc parallel-twin liquid cooled engine has been retained without any change. The motor is mated to a 6-speed gearbox to produce 47.5 PS. The motorcycle is claimed to deliver a mileage of 86 mpg.
Pricing is yet to be announced. The 2016 Honda CB500F will go on sale in the international markets early next year. It’s not likely to make it to India.