2013 Honda CB500F – The UJM Returns to America

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

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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:

ENGINE
Bore And Stroke67.0mm x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio10.7:1
InductionPGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
IgnitionComputer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Valve TrainDOHC; four valves per cylinder
DRIVETRAIN
TransmissionSix-speed
Final DriveO-ring-sealed chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension41mm fork; 4.8 inches travel
Rear SuspensionPro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.1 inches travel
Front BrakeTwin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear BrakeSingle-caliper 240mm wave disc
Front Tire120/70-17
Rear Tire160/60-17
DIMENSIONS
Rake25.5 degrees (caster angle)
Trail103mm (4.05 inches)
Wheelbase55.5 inches
Seat Height30.9 inches
Fuel Capacity4.1 gallons including 0.7-gallon reserve
Curb Weight420 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel – ready to ride)
OTHER
Model IDCB500F
EmissionsMeets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available ColorsBlack, Pearl White

Source: American Honda

Comment:

  1. Singletrack says:

    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.