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New Honda CBR500R gets sharper and sportier – Specs and Photos

New Honda CBR500R front three quarter

The mid-life refresh aims at imparting more sportiness into what is a versatile mid-displacement sportsbike.

The New Honda CBR500R has been unveiled with an edgier design and enhanced equipment. The middle weight fully faired sportsbike continues to cater to the A2 license holders under the European norms.

Visually, the updated motorcycle adopts the “Aggressive Speed Shape” design philosophy, sporting a sharper fairing with new twin LED headlamps, a black insert in the middle, larger side panels and new decals. A larger fuel tank, a shorter muffler (improves mass centralization) and a revised tailpiece with grab recess make the new CBR500R more modern and dynamic.

Other noteworthy changes include hinged fuel filler cap, wave-style ignition key, adjustable handlebar levers and three new color options. The 471 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled motor continues to pump out 47 PS.

New Honda CBR500R white blue

The 471 cc twin-cylinder engine continues to generate 47 PS to stay compliant with the European A2 license norms.

The CBR500R is suspended by 41 mm telescopic fork upfront and mono shock at the rear with spring pre-load. The front and rear wheels are shod with 120/70-17 and 160/60-17 tyres respectively.

The new Honda CBR500R is expected to go on sale in the international markets later this year with a marginal hike in the price. It remains to be seen if Honda Motorcycle Scooter India is interested in bringing the sportsbike to India via CKD route (just like the CBR650F).

New Honda CBR500R – Photos


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Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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