2013 Honda CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X – the middleweight interesting trio

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2013 Honda CB500F

One of the interesting Honda releases this year. It comes in 3 variant that is CBR500R for sport concept, CB500F for naked concept and CB500X for crossover concept. I must say that one that interest me the most is the CB500F. This naked concept bike are made for daily use for road and some gravel action. Compared to the full-fairing sport concept CBR500R and all terrain CB500X, the CB500F is one of the most balanced. 

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2013 Honda CB500X

I’m thinking to upgrade my trusted Yamaha 135LC to superbike and some of the models comes into my mind such as the popular Kawasaki Ninja 250R, the upcoming Z250 or Honda CBR250R, but why not upgrade to middleweight straight away? The middleweight are also one of the most battled segment in Malaysia. We can see the introduction of Yamaha XJ6 naked and Kawasaki ER6-n/f (to name a few). Honda Malaysia are said to bring this model too as some of the rumours I heard from forums and friends. This can be true since Boon Siew Honda are now very aggressive with their product placement. We just got PCX150, INTEGRA, NC700S, CRF250L and many more.

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2013 Honda CBR500R

The engine of this 500cc burner is made from the base CBR250R engine and modified for 500cc twin-cylinder engine. This engine should be a nice upgrade from the 250cc CBR250R engine since it is almost an all-new engine that modern enough to gives best performance and that same time follows the Euro IV emission standard. I’m hoping this could be a global model so that there can be lots of aftermarket parts to upgrade and enchance this 500cc trio.

Honda CB500X

Honda CBR500R

Honda CB500F

Technical Specifications

Model name CBR500R CB500F CB500X
Dimensions
(L × W × H) (m)
2.075 × 0.740 × 1.145 2.075 × 0.780 × 1.060 2.095 × 0.830 × 1.290
Wheelbase
(m)
1.410 1.421
Ground clearance
(m)
0.140 0.155 0.170
Seat height
(m)
0.790 0.810
Curb weight
(kg)
194 192 195
Engine type Liquid-Cooled , parallel twin
Displacement
(cm³)
471
Bore × Stroke
(mm)
67 × 66.8
Compression ratio 10.7
Maximum output
(kW/rpm)
35/8500
Maximum torque
(Nm/rpm)
43/7000
Fuel consumption
(km/l) (WMTC mode)
27
Fuel supply system Programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI)
Starter Motor
Fuel tank capacity
(l)
15.7 17.3
Clutch Wet multi-plate type
Transmission 6-speed
Caster angle/Trail
(degree/mm)
25.5°/101.9 25.5°/102.6 26.5°/108.0
Tire size Front 120/70ZR17M/C
Rear 160/60ZR17M/C
Brakes Front Single Wavy Disk, 320mm, 2 POT caliper
Rear Single Wavy Disk, 240mm, 1 POT caliper
Suspension Front Telescopic
Rear Swing arm (Pro-Link)
Frame Steel, Diamond

UPDATE: Already launched in Malaysia. Check it out here: http://motomalaya.net/blog/2013/08/01/2013-honda-cb-500-trio-has-arrived-to-malaysia-cbr500r-rm28588-cb500f-rm28288-and-cb500x-rm28688/

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