Honda has unveiled its 2021 range of the CB500 range for the European market. All the three models- the CBR500R, CB500X and CB500F now come with an updated engine that complies with the latest and more stringent Euro-5 emission norms. Powering the 2021 Honda CB500 range is the same 471cc, parallel-twin engine which produces 47 hp of maximum power at 8600 rpm and 43 Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm.
2021 Honda CBR500R
In 2016, the CBR500R assumed sharper styling and LED lighting to go with upgrades to its front suspension; in 2019 it got an even more aggressive makeover, with a new form and riding position that outlined a keener sporting intent. And in 2021, the bike carries the same design language forward with few revised updates. Design highlights include aggressive lines with dual-LED highlights, clip-on handlebars, and full LED lighting.
The CBR500R’s 47 bhp engine benefits from the 2019 upgrades to the inlet, exhaust, and valve timing, which added 4% more power and torque between 3-7,000rpm compared to the previous model, and were accompanied by an enhanced exhaust note and a new assist/slipper clutch. The maximum torque delivered is 43 Nm @ 6500 RPM. The bike is now EURO5 compliant.
Seat height is low at 785mm, making the CBR500R very easy to manage and its riding position comfortably accommodates riders of any height. Overall dimensions are 2080mm x 755mm x 1145mm, with 130mm ground clearance. The fuel tank holds 17.1L, including reserve, and combined with the engine’s fuel economy gives a claimed range of 480km. Kerb weight is 192kg.
2021 Honda CB500X
The compact adventurer receives new graphics and three new colour schemes for 2020, including a touch of Africa Twin. The CB500X brings crossover adventure style to Honda’s twin-cylinder ‘light middleweight’ trio. Its styling has a sharp adventure edge and is complemented by long-travel suspension, high-specification single-tube shock absorber, comfortable rider ergonomics and a 19-inch front wheel.
The wheelbase is 1445mm and seat height is 830mm. Overall dimensions are 2155mm x 825mm x 1410mm, with 180mm ground clearance. The fuel tank holds 17.5L including reserve. Similarly, kerb weight stands at 197 kg. In terms of suspension, the CB500X gets a 41mm preload-adjustable telescopic front fork with 150mm of travel, and a rear single-tube shock with a wheel travel of 135mm. The CB500X has 5-stage spring preload adjustment working through a rigid box-section steel swingarm, which features pressed steel chain adjustment end-pieces.
2021 Honda CB500F
For 2021, the CB500F continues the same aggressively-styled bodywork led by the penetrating headlight design, side shrouds, full LED lighting, 17-inch cast aluminium wheels and tapered handlebars for excellent control and feel. LCD instruments feature a Gear Position and Shift Up indicator.
The 35mm diameter steel diamond-tube mainframe is unchanged for 2021. The wheelbase is 1410mm and kerb weight is 189 kg. Seat height is low at 785mm, making the CB500F very easy to manage and its neutral riding position comfortably accommodates riders of any height. Overall dimensions are 2080mm x 790mm x 1060mm, with 145mm ground clearance. The fuel tank holds 17.1L including reserve.
The CB500F’s 47 bhp EURO5 engine also benefits from the 2019 upgrades to the inlet, exhaust, and valve timing, which added 4% more power and torque between 3-7,000rpm compared to the previous model, and were accompanied by an enhanced exhaust note and a new assist/slipper clutch.