2024 Honda CBR500R – First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Winglets on a 500? In this economy?

Honda announced an updated 500 range, including renamed versions of its adventure and naked model, as well as the CBR500R which receives aerodynamic winglets.

Yes, that’s right, the 2024 Honda CBR500R is getting winglets inspired by the Fireblade. Or, at least the winglets from the previous CBR1000RR-R, and not the new one that was announced along with the revamped 500 range. Honda says the design helps provide a linear steering feel, with increased feedback and feel for front end grip.

Still, even if the design is now a generation behind, it’s interesting to see the technology, which not too long ago was a novelty introduced on MotoGP bikes, trickle down to relatively low-cost and high volume models like the CBR500R. What was once reserved on more up-spec versions of superbikes, is now offered on a bike Honda’s own press release starts off describing as “frugal” and “affordable”.

The aero elements are just part of an overall style refresh inspired by the Fireblade. Along with the new bodywork comes a reshaped face with new LED headlights with a wider light distribution than the previous design, helping improve visibility in corners at night. The taillights are also new, as the 2024 CBR500R uses all-LED lighting.

Behind the fairing is a new 5-inch TFT display with smartphone connectivity via Honda’s RoadSync app. A first for a Honda bike, the CBR500R’s screen uses a new optical bonding process that uses resin to seal the gap between the cover glass and the screen itself. Honda says the process helps to reduce glare and improve the backlighting.

The engine remains a 471cc eight-valve Parallel-Twin, which in Europe, claims an A2-license friendly 46.9 hp at 8,600 rpm, and 31.8 lb-ft. at 6,500 rpm. For 2024, Honda added Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), its version of traction control. HSTC can be turned off, but Honda didn’t mention any levels of traction control, so we assume it will only have one setting. Honda also tweaked the fuel injection settings, claiming improved low-rpm acceleration and better power delivery across the rev range.

The six-speed transmission and assist/slipper clutch return unchanged.

The chassis returns unchanged from 2023, with the same steel diamond-tube frame. A 41mm Showa Separate Function Fork Big Piston and a 5-stage preload-adjustable linked Showa monoshock handle suspension duties. The braking system consists of twin radial-mount Nissin four-piston calipers with 296mm discs up front, and a single-piston caliper with 240mm disc for the rear.

Other features include new backlit switchgear, a 30.9-inch seat height, and a claimed curb weight of 421 pounds.

The 2024 Honda CBR500R will come in Honda Grand Prix Red Tricolour or Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic. U.S. availability and pricing have yet to be announced.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Dan Meekhof Dan Meekhof on Nov 18, 2023

    I have a 2013 CB500F. I am an experienced rider and I like to go fast so my mileage of 55 is probably about average. I think it is a great bike for someone who likes tight corners. It doesn't have a lot of top end if you are used to sport bikes. It also is a little busy on interstates so it is not the best bike for sport touring where you are forced to go long distances on the interstate. I love it because it handles great, is extremely comfortable and ii is fun on twisty roads. I also like the styling. The new version has better brakes (mine look cheap but seem to work great), has a better instrument cluster (it has a gear indicator and lots of color) and better lights (mine work fine, but the new LEDs look cool). I would recommend the new one for a practical rider who doesn't tour long distances.

  • Ckn77824738 Ckn77824738 on Nov 20, 2023

    Dont understand Honda at all!!

    Same pathetic and anemic engine on this heavy chassis!!

    This bike has long held, by many outlets-reviewers-consumers, the worst "entry-mid" level bike on the market and it looks like nothing is changing.