Fuel economy is nothing to complain about on the CBR500 comparing to other bikes in the similar class.The fuel economy. 71mpg is better than the Honda NC700X’s fancy car-based engine and pretty much on par with the 74mpg CBR250R, while making 20bhp more. Combined with the 4.1-gallon tank and figuring $3.60 for a gallon of 87 octane, a $14.75 fill-up will carry you just under 300 miles.
The suspension is easily made better for a few $. The 250R is very soft from the factory - waaaayyy to much sag up front for the average person. I suspect the 500 is the same. Increase the pre-load and its a different bike. Cost me all of $100 at my local bike suspension workshop, and BBR shows you how its done for $5 on the 500.Good detailed review.
Fuel economy is nothing to complain about on the CBR500 comparing to other bikes in the similar class.
Although the dampers were mentioned to be on the softer side at least it would be a bit more comfortable for street riding and occasional track days.