Subtle tweaks for Honda's 2021 500 range

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Honda’s CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X have been updated for 2021, featuring all-new paint schemes as well as minor changes to bring them into line with the latest emissions rules. 

The tweaks are only small this year, the last big update was only in 2019, but it’s an important one because the 500 series is essential for bringing in fresh blood into biking. The CMX500 Rebel cruiser already gained Euro5 compliance for 2020.

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New riders account for 46% of CB500F owners, and 30% of those are under the age of 24 – partly drawn by the fun and frugal nature of the machines but also because they’re A2-friendly straight out of the crate.

The CBR500R will be available in white in 2021

So what has actually changed? All three are cleaner running now they’re Euro5 compliant, so they produce 40% less emissions than last year.

They’ve also had a small facelift. The CB500F now comes in the amusingly named Candy Caribbean Blue Sea and Candy Moon Glow Yellow, while the CB500X comes in Grand Prix Red, Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic, Pearl Metalloid White all of which are complemented by a red subframe, designed to echo the CRF1100L Africa Twin.

The new bikes will be available in dealers across the UK shortly, with pricing to be confirmed over the coming weeks.

2021 Honda CB500F in blue

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Jordan Gibbons

By Jordan Gibbons

News Editor, owns some old bikes. Should know better.