Not quite “bold new graphics” territory, but the Honda CBR500R will get mostly cosmetic changes for the 2016 model year, as the machine made its world debut at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida today, as expected.
The most noticeable change comes to the fairings, which get a more aggressive design that Honda says improves airflow over the rider. LEDs will replace the incandescent bulbs on the headlights and taillights, which is an interesting upgrade to make, though a welcomed one.
Other changes include a new exhaust can design, an adjustable front brake lever, improved feel through the gearbox, and a larger fuel tank. We saved the best new feature for last though: a wave ignition key, for smoother function. Welcome to Flavor Country, people.
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.
You can get one in the USA in early 2016, in either red, matte black, or pearl white. Pricing has yet to be determined, though we would expect a very modest price increase over its original $6,000 price tag.
Source: American Honda