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.
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.
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.
(L × W × H) (m)
|2.075 × 0.740 × 1.145||2.075 × 0.780 × 1.060||2.095 × 0.830 × 1.290|
|Engine type||Liquid-Cooled , parallel twin|
|Bore × Stroke
|67 × 66.8|
(km/l) (WMTC mode)
|Fuel supply system||Programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI)|
|Fuel tank capacity
|Clutch||Wet multi-plate type|
|Brakes||Front||Single Wavy Disk, 320mm, 2 POT caliper|
|Rear||Single Wavy Disk, 240mm, 1 POT caliper|
|Rear||Swing arm (Pro-Link)|
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/