2013 Honda CB500F – The UJM Returns to America

11/12/2012 @ 1:33 am, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

Where there is a full-faired 2013 Honda CBR500R, there must be a naked 2013 Honda CB500F — and thus the Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM) makes a proper return to American soil. Priced at a vey modest $5,499 ($5,999 with ABS brakes), the Honda CB500F is an affordable, dependable, and stylish street-naked or “standard” motorcycle for the masses.

Like the rest of Honda’s 500cc line, the CB500F is based around  a modest liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 180° crank, parallel-twin motor that will put down 54hp at the wheel for the US market (tiered-license countries will see a 47hp machine).

At 420 lbs ready to ride with a full tank of fuel, the 2013 Honda CB500F saves 8 lbs off its clothed sibling (click here to read our full description of the new CBR), with the lack of fairings being the real distinction between the two machines.

Available in either black or pearl white, expect the Honda CB500F to be at your local Honda dealer in April of 2013 (the ABS version is available only in black). Full technical specifications are after the jump.

2013 Honda CB500F Technical Specifications:

Bore And Stroke 67.0mm x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Induction PGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive O-ring-sealed chain
Front Suspension 41mm fork; 4.8 inches travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.1 inches travel
Front Brake Twin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear Brake Single-caliper 240mm wave disc
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 160/60-17
Rake 25.5 degrees (caster angle)
Trail 103mm (4.05 inches)
Wheelbase 55.5 inches
Seat Height 30.9 inches
Fuel Capacity 4.1 gallons including 0.7-gallon reserve
Curb Weight 420 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel – ready to ride)
Model ID CB500F
Emissions Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available Colors Black, Pearl White

Source: American Honda

  • Singletrack

    That’s been a really long time coming…
    A colleague of mine is still riding his 1988 CB450S, (a classic) but really should update as a daily driver.
    This new 500 looks like a great replacement – especially for under 6 grand.