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|
|Induction||PGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies|
|Ignition||Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance|
|Valve Train||DOHC; four valves per cylinder|
|Final Drive||O-ring-sealed chain|
|CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES|
|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|
|Rake||25.5 degrees (caster angle)|
|Trail||103mm (4.05 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)|
|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