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HONDA CB500F (2019-on) Review

Published: 14 January 2019

Honda CB500F gets a host of light upgrades to make it more attractive

The 2019-on CB500F

Honda CB500F gets a host of light upgrades to make it more attractive

Like the rest of the Honda 500 range, the naked £5559 OTR Honda CB500F gets a host of light upgrades to make it more attractive.

The biggest upgrade comes inside the engine, with a 4% boost to power and torque between 3-7000rpm, giving you more oomph where you want it. This has come about thanks to revisions in the inlet and exhaust valve timing thanks to closer timing and an increased lift.


The inlet tract is also now straighter, and the exhausts have been reconfigured to improve gasflow. The addition of a slipper/assist clutch also means lighter lever pressure with no loss of positive engagement, and the ability to be a little more aggressive on downshifts without fear of locking the rear.

All-new bodywork is aimed at increasing the middleweight naked's kerb appeal, as is the LED lighting all round and a new LCD dash that’s shared with the CB650 family.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2019
Year discontinued -
New price £5,559
Used price £4,800 to £5,600
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £64
Annual service cost -
Max power 47 bhp
Max torque 32 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Engine size 471cc
Engine type liquid-cooled parallel twin
Frame type -
Fuel capacity -
Seat height 785mm
Bike weight 189kg
Front suspension -
Rear suspension -
Front brake -
Rear brake -
Front tyre size -
Rear tyre size -

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