At a special event ahead of the EICMA motorcycle show today, Honda unveiled the updated CB500F. For 2016, the revised CB500F receives a makeover with aggressive new looks and a variety of technical improvements. The CB500F will make its U.S. debut this Friday at the IMS show in Long Beach, California.

CB500F“As we near the end of our 2016 model year announcements, we’re pleased to release details on the improved CB500F,” says Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “The CB line has a proud history with Honda, and with sharp new styling, this fun, capable naked bike continues to be worthy of the name.”

LED lights are now standard front and rear, and the shortened muffler is said to improve the bike’s exhaust note. The fuel tank is now larger with a hinged cap, while the fork gets externally adjustable spring preload. Rounding out the improvements to the 2016 Honda CB500F is an adjustable front brake lever, aluminum die-cast passenger footpegs, transmission updates, and a “wave”-style ignition key. Available in February, the CB500F comes in Matte Black Metallic/Silver at a price that’s TBA.

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  • John Ash

    The problem with the CB500F wasn’t that it didn’t look aggressive enough, but that it already looked more aggressive than it is. A classic approach along the lines of a Scrambler or CB900F would have been far better but oh well.

  • Old MOron

    Our MOronic editors were impressed with the bike last year. They ranked it well against bigger bikes.
    I wouldn’t object to a Scrambler or CB900F, but anyone in the market for a mid-sized standard would be getting a fine bike in the CB500F.

  • Ted

    I absolutely love the looks & color scheme of the 15 pictured above. Rode a 14 and was amazed by it for a 500. WONDERFUL BIKE.