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 main competitors:

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.

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.



Specifications Honda CB 500 and Honda CB 500 S:

Model Honda CB500
Motorcycle type road (classic)
Release year 1994-2002
Frame steel duplex
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume 499 cc cm.
Bore / stroke 73.0mm x 59.5mm
Compression ratio 10.5: 1
Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system carburetor, 2x Keihin VP 34 mm
Ignition type electronic (CDI)
Maximum power 57 hp (42.5 kW) at 9500 rpm
Maximum torque 47 Nm (4.8 kgm) at 8000 rpm
Gearbox 6-speed
Drive type chain
Front tire size 110 / 80-17 57H
Rear tire size 130 / 80-17 65H
Front brakes 1 disc 296mm, Nissin 2-piston caliper - CB500R, CB500T

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

Rear brakes 160mm drum - CB500R, CB500T

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

Front suspension 37mm Telescopic Fork (Fixed), 115mm Travel
Rear suspension Dual Shock Absorber (5-Stage Preload Adjustment), 117mm Travel
Length 2090 mm
Width 720 mm
Height 1050 mm (1160 mm - CB500S)
Wheelbase 1430 mm (1435 mm - CB500S)
Saddle height 775 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h 4.3 sec
Maximum speed 185-193 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 18 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.