|After having released teaser images of the bike a week ago, Honda of America has now officially unveiled the 2016 Honda CBR500R as the AIMExpo in Orlando Convention Center, FL.|
The engine is still the same 471cc DOHC 4-stroke Parallel Twin that powers the original 2013 version. The most noticeable change comes to the fairings, which get a more aggressive design that Honda says improves airflow over the rider. LEDs now replace the incandescent bulbs on the headlights and taillights, both of which are good reasons to upgrade, or to entice those that are still choosing between the CBR500R and its naked sports sibling, the CB500F.
With DNA taken from the premier CBR1000RR, the new CBR500R is aimed at entry-level sport riders or veterans looking for a versatile daily ride that offers fun at an economical price point in addition to superb fuel economy. It gives the rider an astonishing 460km range per tank, which holds approximately 15.7 litres.
For 2016, the CBR500R gets new, aggressive styling with new LED dual headlights and numerous refinements. Other changes include a new exhaust can design, an adjustable front brake lever, improved feel through the gearbox, and a larger fuel tank. And something new is added to it by Honda – a wave ignition key, for smoother function.
In all seriousness though, considering the massive number of riders worldwide who have purchased a Honda CBR500R, or one of its 471cc siblings, these refinements to the Honda CBR500R will be welcomed changes that will continue to drive sales on this popular machine.
Honda says the new version will hit the market in the USA and Europe in early 2016, with color choices of either red, matte black, or pearl white. Pricing has yet to be determined, though it is safe to say there would be a very modest price increase over its existing version.
Text and images: Philip Chong