Senior Knee Dragger
The trio of new Hondas are preparing to make their Aussie debut, and the company – as promised – has come out swinging on price, led by the CBR500R's $6900
Honda Australia has set pricing for its three new 500cc parallel twins, and is as follows:
- CBR500R -- $6990 ($7490 ABS)
- CB500X -- $7490 (ABS standard)
- CB500F -- $7290 (ABS standard)
Like the hugely successful CBR250R, the triumvirate will be manufactured in both Thailand and India, complete with a liquid-cooled, DOHC engine with bore and stroke dimensions of 67mm x 66.8mm and 34mm throttle bodies.
Honda says the engine “focuses on high-rpm output characteristics while considering the low-to-mid rpm range that will be most frequently used by the entry user”.
The CBR500R is pitched at the budding sports rider and provides a perfect middle ground between the CBR250R and CBR600RR; the naked CB500F at those looking for an easy daily commute; and the CB500X takes inspiration from Honda’s 1200cc V4 Crosstourer with its longer travel suspension.
The CBR500R will sport three colour variants -- Tri-Colour, Graphite Black and Victory Red -- the naked CB500F will be available in Graphite Black and Victory Red, and the CB500X will feature in Graphite Black and White.