MCN Fleet: Saving the pennies with the CB500F

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I’ll be honest. In my last update I was perhaps a little harsh to slate the CB500F’s ability as a long-distance commuter. After all, that’s not what it’s built for – Honda sell the CB500X (using the same platform) for that. But, I’ve now decided that the wind blasting in my face down the A1 every day is a small price to pay for what this bike can save me financially.

For one reason or another, in recent months I'd been commuting by car until I hopped on the CB500F and with a 136 mile round trip commute, I was spending in excess of £100 a week on diesel. With an average mpg of 56.8, I’m saving some £40 per week by riding the Honda. 

It costs just £15 to fill the CB500F’s 16.5litre fuel tank and that’ll give you at least 170 miles – which means someone like me, taking the bike right out of its comfort zone with a hefty daily commute, is stopping at the petrol station a little too often, but is more than enough anyone using the bike for normal day to day use.

I’m fairly sure it could be more economical too. I haven’t exactly been riding it with fuel economy in mind, I mean, with the 473cc parallel twin motor putting out just 47bhp the CB500F can only be ridden in one way and that way ain’t too frugal on fuel, if you get my drift!  

Miles: 668

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing