The 2016 Honda CBR500R will be in Australian showrooms from next Monday (April 18).
The second generation CBR500R has been given a substantial makeover, the first since it was introduced in 2013.
It joins the recently released CB500X, and a new CB500F is also due very soon as Honda revamps its entire 500cc range.
The CBR500R now has a fresh and more aggressive design more in line with Honda’s larger sports bikes.
As well as the obvious cosmetic changes, the bike now has dual LED headlights, a larger fuel tank, adjustable front forks and the redesigned exhaust system now gives a more appealing note.
Preload adjustment has been added to the front fork and will certainly help riders find a setup that best suits their riding style.
The bike now has adjustable clutch and brake levers as well, which is not very common in this capacity segment, and allows the rider to further adjust the bike’s ergonomics.
Underneath, the bike has the same 471cc DOHC engine that produces 35 kW. It also has the same steel diamond-tube frame and brakes as the previous model.
The CBR500R has developed a reputation for being an easy to manage and ride motorcycle, yet it still has enough power and sharp handling for a 500 to be an exciting bike to ride.
It’s become a popular choice and, in fact, is Australia’s number one selling sports bike.
The 2016 Honda CBR500R will retail for $8,099, the CB500X sells for $7,999 and the soon to be released CB500F will sell for $7,899. All prices are before on road costs are added.