Honda CB500

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Honda CB 500 S

The model of the classic road motorcycle Honda CB 500 dates back to 1994 and was produced until 2002 inclusive. The model was oriented only for export and was sold mainly in the market of European countries. Due to its reliability, simplicity and low cost, the motorcycle was widely used in courier services. Despite the small volume, the Honda CB 500 had sufficient dynamic characteristics, and the engine resource, according to Honda engineers, was 300,000 km.

The Honda CB 500 was based on an in-line 2-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with a volume of about 500 cc. see, issuing 57 hp. power and 47 Nm of torque. The maximum speed of the motorcycle was, according to various sources, from 185 to 193 km / h.

The motorcycle is also distinguished by simple equipment: a classic steel tubular frame, disc brakes (rear drum brake until 1997), suspension in the form of a conventional telescopic fork and double shock absorber, narrow 17-inch wheels, an 18-liter fuel tank and from 170 kg dry weight.

The main modifications of the Honda CB 500:

  • Honda CB500 - regular classic version.
  • Honda CB500S - "sports" version. It features a front fairing with a rectangular headlight and the "Sport" lettering on the side plastic. It has been available since 1998.

2002 was the last year of production for the Honda CB 500, after which it was discontinued. The main reason for this was the update of the environmental emission standards to Euro-2, which the motorcycle no longer met. As a successor, an updated model Honda CBF500 was introduced, which received more modern features and equipment, but in fact had the same engine.

The main competitors of the Honda CB 500 in the class:

Reincarnation of the CB 500 Series

Since 2013, under this name, a series of motorcycles has been produced, manufactured in Thailand and focused on the Asian market:

All three motorcycle models are based on the same platform and engine, and have nothing to do with the European model Honda CB 500 (1994-2002) described in this article.


Honda CB 500
Honda CB 500
Honda CB 500


Specifications Honda CB 500 and Honda CB 500 S:

ModelHonda CB500
Motorcycle typeroad (classic)
Release year1994-2002
Framesteel duplex
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume499 cc cm.
Bore / stroke73.0mm x 59.5mm
Compression ratio10.5: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemcarburetor, 2x Keihin VP 34 mm
Ignition typeelectronic (CDI)
Maximum power57 hp (42.5 kW) at 9500 rpm
Maximum torque47 Nm (4.8 kgm) at 8000 rpm
Drive typechain
Front tire size110 / 80-17 57H
Rear tire size130 / 80-17 65H
Front brakes1 disc 296mm, Nissin 2-piston caliper - CB500R, CB500T

1 disc 296 mm, 2-piston Brembo caliper - CB500V / W / X / Y, CB500S

Rear brakes160mm drum - CB500R, CB500T

1 disc 240 mm, 1-piston caliper - CB500V / W / X / Y, CB500S

Front suspension37mm Telescopic Fork (Fixed), 115mm Travel
Rear suspensionDual Shock Absorber (5-Stage Preload Adjustment), 117mm Travel
Length2090 mm
Width720 mm
Height1050 mm (1160 mm - CB500S)
Wheelbase1430 mm (1435 mm - CB500S)
Saddle height775 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h4.3 sec
Maximum speed185-193 km / h
Fuel tank capacity18 l (including reserve - 2.5 l)
Motorcycle weight (dry)170 kg - CB500R, CB500T

173 kg - CB500V / W / X / Y

179 kg - CB500S

Fuel consumption

The average fuel consumption for the Honda CB 500, according to the owners, is 5-6 liters per 100 kilometers. The exact value depends on the riding style.