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New Honda 500s spied – again

By Phil West -

New bikes

 25 October 2012 15:57

These spy shots show Honda’s three, all-new, 2013 500s in their finished state for the first time.

Believed to have been taken during the filming of an advertising campaign the pictures clearly show the three new machines which are due to receive their official public unveiling at the Milan Show in three weeks’ time.

The bikes are: the sporty, fully-faired CBR500; the naked CB500R roadster and the ‘cross-over’-styled CB500X.  All use the same new, liquid-cooled, parallel twin 500cc powerplant which is expected to produce peak power of around 47bhp and thus qualify for the new A2 licence which comes into force on January 19 next year.

The variants also use the same basic, budget-minded chassis, comprising conventional telescopic forks, single ‘wavy’ front disc and monoshock rear.

Full details in next week’s MCN – out Wednesday October 31.