The CB500F has evolved for this year and now wears aggressive bodywork to create a more muscular wedge-like shape. Tapered handlebars add further riding feel. New LCD instruments feature a Shift Up and Gear Position function and the indicators are now LED, to match the rest of the lighting.
And while the CB500F’s engine maintains the 35kW it now makes 4% more power and torque between 3-7,000rpm, thanks to revisions to the inlet, exhaust and valve timing. The new dual-exit exhaust muffler emits an enhanced exhaust note; the engine now also features an assist/slipper clutch.
A new rear single-tube shock absorber delivers consistent damping performance and improved control.
The exhaust muffler now features dual exit pipes, adding a sportier sounding edge to each pulse.
New LCD instruments feature a Gear Position and Shift Up indicator; this is set to a default 8,750rpm but can be adjusted in 250rpm increments between 5-8,750rpm.
For this year's evolution, the CB500F’s naked faired form has been evolved front to rear, and exudes a new-found aggression.
The CB500F’s 8-valve liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder layout offers a well-proportioned balance of physical size and willing, enjoyable power output, with an energetic, high-revving character and zappy top end. New for this year, an Assist/Slipper clutch enables lighter upshifts and smooths out any hard downshifts.