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.