Honda CBR500R

Expected Price

₹ 4,25,000 - ₹ 4,50,000
* Delhi. May vary.
Expected

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QUICK FACTS
Overview Honda CBR500R is a middleweight racer that carries a powerful 471cc, twin cylinder engine. The motor on the same is good for 46.9 BHP and 43 Nm of torque. It may never make it to the Indian shores as Honda is currently selling the higher spec CBR650F in the country. The motorcycle would have been a nice rival to the upcoming 500cc Benelli bikes. Honda CBR500R uses a 16.7 liter fuel tank while its top speed is claimed at 180 kmph. This seems less for a bike of this class as Yamaha YZF-R3 claims better figure as its top speed.
Expected Price Rs 4.25 lakh
Launch Date Not Announced Yet
Mileage 20-25 kmpl (approx.)
Type Sports
Status Upcoming
Shades Black, Pearl White/Blue/Red, Red
Official Tagline Middleweight. Never Middle off the Pack.
Frame/Chassis Steel, Diamond
ENGINE, POWER & TORQUE
Displacement 471 cc
Maximum Power 46.9 Bhp @ 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque 43 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Engine Description Liquid-Cooled, parallel twin DOHC
Cooling Liquid Cooling
Fuel System PGM FI
Compression Ratio 10.7 : 1
Bore 67 mm
Stroke 66.8 mm
No. of Cylinders 2
Fuel Type Petrol
Engine Weight 52.7 kg
TRANSMISSION
No. of Gears 6
Clutch Multi plate wet
Final Drive Chain
BRAKES
Front Brake Single Wavy Disk, 320mm, 2 POT caliper
Rear Brake Single Wavy Disk, 240mm, 1 POT caliper
SUSPENSION
Front Suspension Conventional Telescopic, 41mm
Rear Suspension Prolink mono with 9 stage Preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm
Swing Arm Length 567.7 mm
WHEELS & TYRES
Front Tyre 120/70ZR - 17M/C
Rear Tyre 160/60ZR - 17M/C
Front Wheel Multi-Spoke Aluminium Cast, MT 3.5 -17
Rear Wheel Multi-Spoke Aluminium Cast, MT 4.5 - 17
Wheel Size 120/70-17 - 160-60-17
Wheel Type Alloys
Tubeless Tyres
Alloy Wheels
BATTERY
Battery Type Maintenance Free
Capacity 8.6 Ah
Voltage 12V
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT & CAPACITIES
Overall Length 2080 mm
Overall Width 750 mm
Overall Height 1145 mm
Seat Height 785 mm
Ground Clearance 140 mm
Wheelbase 1410 mm
Kerb/Wet Weight 194 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 16.7 litres
Oil tank capacity 3.2 litres
Front/Rear Weight Distribution 48.7:51.3
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
0-100 kmph 5.70 secs
Top Speed 180 kmph
Mileage (City) 20 kmpl
Mileage (Highway) 25 kmpl
Mileage (Combined) 22.5 kmpl
INSTRUMENT CONSOLE
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer Digital Bar Graph
Trip Meter Digital
Fuel Consumption Gauge Digital
Clock
Fuel Gauge Digital
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Electric Start
Pillion Footrest
Pass Light
Step-up Seat/Split Seat
Security System HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS
ACG Output 23.4A/2000rpm
Exhaust/Muffler 2-1 manifold with Catalyst and 02 feedback
Caster Angle 25.5 degrees
Trail 102
LIGHTING
Head Light Irregular Shape, 55W x 2 lights

Honda CBR500R Review

07 Apr, 2016 02:20 PM

Overview

As per speculations, Honda is all-set to launch the 2016 CBR500R in India in a few months. Let’s check out this new bike in detail.

Design and Style

2016 CBR500R is a full fairing bike with twin headlights at front. The styling of its headlights, front cowl and visor looks perfectly aligned and gives it an attractive face. The graphics around its transparent visor simply gives it aggressive looks. The black colored rear view mirrors are mounted on its front cowl while the clear lens indicators get integrated in its side fairing. The bike has a very wide front fender which gets extended along its front forks and looks sporty with its black colored multi spoke alloy wheels. Move to the side of this bike and you will notice racy decals on its side fairing which complements the designing of its fuel tank. The black colored engine, split seat and side panel also suits the color scheme on this bike. The integrated under cowl also goes well with the styling of its side fairing. The chrome finished up-swept muffler and edgy rear cowl enhances the visual appearance of this bike. The LED tail light, short rear fender and wide rear tyre makes this bike look naked at the back.

Instrument Console

CBR500R uses a fully digital instrument console. Its big LCD displays its digital speedometer, bar style tachometer, odometer, 2-tripmeter, clock, mileage calculator and low oil indicators. The bike also features all essential LED indicators in its instrument console.

Engine and Gearbox

2016 CBR500R has parallel twin 471cc liquid-cooled engine. This DOHC engine produces a peak power of 46.9 bhp at 8500 rpm. The torque output of this PGM-Fi engine is of 43 Nm which arrives at 7000 rpm. This engine is matched with a six-speed manual gearbox with one gear down and five gears up-shift pattern.

Acceleration and Performance

The bike is quite enthusiastic from the very first move. The specialty of this engine is its strong low and mid-range which allows this bike to be even faster than its competitors. Moreover, its light weight helps it to get an impressive power to weight ratio. The bike reaches 0-100km/hr in less than 6 seconds and records a top speed of 180km/hr. The linear power delivery at low rpms helps this bike to get momentum easily. The bike can reach 0-100km/hr in its second gear without making any noise. Being a DOHC engine, it tends to be refined and that’s quite visible in its performance. The bike has short gear ratios to distribute the power of this engine. The bike feels best between 3000-7000rpm and enjoys instant throttle reaction. The bike picks up in any gear and performs brilliantly on highways. The six-speed gearbox requires minimal effort from your side and gives you easy gear shifts. It’s a very refined and powerful twin cylinder engine which gives you impressive fast rides.

Mileage

Despite a powerful performance, this bike manages to give you a fuel efficiency of around 20-25km/ltr which may also increase on long runs.

Comfort while Driving

The bike has a compact handle bar which easily fits in your hands and offers you firm palm grip. The split seat, rear set foot pegs and deep positioned handlebar helps you to get in to an aggressive position which also improves its aerodynamics. The sporty riding posture takes away the stress from your elbows and you can easily drive for hours. The deep cuts on its fuel tank give way to your knees so that you can grab this bike properly. The riding position also offers you clear vision of road and instrument console. The well-padded seat of CBR500R also adds to your comfort. Moreover, you will be pleased by the top quality of plastic buttons being placed on its handlebar which are quite easy to use and add premium touch to this bike.

Storage Space and Safety Features

Generally sports bikes don’t offer storage space and CBR500R is no different either. The pass button and powerful halogen headlights provide you clear view of roads at night which confirms your safety.

Suspension and Brakes

The bike features 41mm telescopic forks at its front while it features Pro-Link single mono shock with adjustable single preload at the back. Both wheels of this bike are equipped with single disc brakes. It features a 320mm disc brake with 2-piston calliper at its front while it has a rear disc brake of 240mm with single-piston calliper. Honda will also offer this bike an optional ABS.

Ride and Handling

The steel frame and strong suspension system enables this bike to take on sharp corners easily. Its wheelbase of 1409mm also adds to the stability of this bike and that’s quite effective when you frequently change lanes at high speeds. The bike always remains under control thanks to its braking system. The wide tyres hold this bike properly around corners and improve the ride quality of this bike. The steering response is quite positive and the bike never loses contact with road. The bike can be steered accurately and the slow speed stability is also quite impressive. The light handling makes it a perfect option for city usage.

Tyre Size, Shades and Variants

The bike is equipped with 17inches 12-spoke alloy wheels. The bike will be offered in two variants and three different colors out of which one will be a dual tone color.

Verdict

CBR500R is certainly a futuristic bike from Honda which looks perfect for international markets like India where people look for sports bikes at economical price. The bike handles brilliantly and comes with all modern features. Moreover, the bike performs incredibly well and still manages to return an acceptable fuel economy. There is no major flaw in this bike apart from its high level of resemblance with its younger sibling CBR400R which is also yet to arrive. Both bikes look identical and CBR500R can easily be mistaken as the cheaper variant and that’s certainly not cool. Still, with a price tag of around INR 4.25-4.75 lakhs, we feel it will be a value for money bike.

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