Value-For-Money Hondas: 2014 Honda CB500F/CBR500R

value for money hondas 2014 honda cb500f cbr500r

Honda’s 500cc middleweight duo, the naked CB500F and the sporty CBR500R, fill a mid-size displacement gap between smallish 250cc beginner bikes and larger 600cc supersport weapons. Similarly priced at $5,799 and $6,299 for the F and R, respectively, the bikes represent reliable and fun transportation that’s also economical and attractive. Introduced last year, the CB500F and R have struck a chord with the eco-minded younger generation that are also image-aware and price-conscious.

The main difference between the two siblings is the R’s racy fairing and clip-ons vs the F’s more minimal use of plastic bodywork and standard handlebars. The CBR500R and CB500F share the same 471cc parallel-Twin engine with a nearly-square 67 x 66.8mm bore/stroke configuration. The valvetrain incorporates four valves per cylinder actuated by dual overhead camshafts.

value for money hondas 2014 honda cb500f cbr500r, According to Honda the parallel Twin powering both both bikes weighs only 116 pounds
According to Honda, the parallel-Twin powering both both bikes weighs only 116 pounds.

Both are suspended by the same Pro-Link single-shock, with nine-step cam-style spring preload adjustability and 4.7 inches of travel. They also share a front suspension with 4.3 inches of travel, and a wheelbase of 55.5 inches. Honda claims 71-mpg rating, which, combined with its 4.1-gallon fuel tank, could yield a range of more than 250 miles. We’re greedier with the throttle, recording mileage from the mid-50s to as much as 63 mpg.

Also shared between the F and R are details such as rear passenger grab handles, halogen headlights and LCD instrumentation with a digital speedometer and tachometer, clock, odometer, tripmeter, and real-time and average fuel consumption meters. ABS is a $500 option on either.

value for money hondas 2014 honda cb500f cbr500r, Available accessories include a 35 liter rear trunk saddlebags seat cowl a tank bag and a host of carbon fiber styled bodywork including front fender inner cowl and headlight cover
Available accessories include a 35-liter rear trunk, saddlebags, seat cowl, a tank bag, and a host of carbon-fiber-styled bodywork including front fender, inner cowl and headlight cover.

Designed for more than just entry-level riders, the CB500F and CBR500R are full-size motorcycles for riders of all sizes and experience levels. Both motorcycles function dependably, capably, and economically without being overwhelming, and look good while doing it.

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+ Highs

  • Not too small but not too big
  • Your choice of fairing or no fairing
  • Cheaper insurance rates compared to full-on supersport models

– Sighs

  • Limited cornering clearance
  • No gear-position indicator
  • ABS is a $500 option

Honda CB500F/CBR500R Specs

MSRP 500F / 500R$5,799 / $6,299
Engine Capacity471cc
Engine TypeLiquid-cooled parallel-Twin
Bore x Stroke67mm x 66.8mm
Fuel SystemPGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
Final DriveO-ring-sealed chain
Front Suspension41mm fork; 4.3 inches travel
Rear SuspensionPro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Front BrakesTwin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear BrakesSingle caliper 240mm wave disc
Front Tire120/70-17 radial
Rear Tire160/60-17 radial
Seat Height30.9 inches
Wheelbase55.5 inches
Curb Weight (claimed)425 pounds/420 pounds
Fuel Capacity4.1 gallons
ColorsBlack, Pearl White/Blue/Red, Red
WarrantyOne Year
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