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Milan Motor Show 2012: Honda CBR500R, Honda's spearhead in the A2 license offensive
Milan Motor Show 2012: Honda CBR500R, Honda's spearhead in the A2 license offensive

After the leaked photos, and following the string of news that Honda will bring us in the Milan Hall we come across the bet that Honda makes in the assault to find the new best seller that will dominate the market for young people who get the new A2 card. A whole vein that the big brands want to exploit by creating visually attractive but at the same time inexpensive products. This is the Honda CBR500R, and it looks like we're going to see them kicking down the street.

Honda CBR500R: clear objective

Honda CBR500R
Honda CBR500R

Just like when the regulations that allowed B license holders to drive motorcycles of up to 125 cubic centimeters came into force, Honda brought out the small CBR125R, now, novice riders will have to go through medium displacements and Honda plays its cards. In this case, those with the golden wing launch a motorbike directly to the center of their target with a Honda CBR500R versatile, economical, of contained benefits but with a sporty, modern and current aesthetics which completes the current range of the CBR family.

The cover letter with which this new model arrives, apart from its aesthetics inspired by the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, is easily defined by looking at its engine, a DOCH parallel twin and 8 valves that develops 47 horses of power at 8,500 revolutions per minute thanks to the electronic injection PGM FI. That is, a simple engine capable of making the Honda CBR500R operates with ease in any circumstance but with very low maintenance and a tight declared consumption of 3, 7 liters at 100 kilometres.

Honda CBR500R
Honda CBR500R

As for the cycle part, we will find components that will not make us look ojiplático but that will surely fulfill their function. Braking is entrusted to single front disc (with ABS as standard, yes), the fork is conventional telescopic and the rims are made of aluminum alloy. The fairing has been adapted in such a way that it completely conceals the steel chassis, and although the opposite might be expected, it also hides the high handlebar in favor of comfort and versatility.

The wheels that will mount the nice thin spoke rims will be in fairly modern measurements so it will not look like a fat bike with its 120/70 front and 160/60 rear, both on 17-inch wheels.

In short, the Honda CBR500R It will be one of those motorcycles that are worth the same for a broken as for a ripped and above it is aesthetically appealing. They'll kick them out for sure.

Honda CBR500R

  • Motor:
    • Type: Parallel twin, water-cooled, 4-stroke
    • Displacement: 471 cm³
    • Power max. dec.: 47 hp at 8,500 rpm
    • Torque max. dec: 43 Nm at 7,000 rpm
  • Transmission:
    • Clutch: Multi-disc in oil
    • Change: 6 speeds
    • Transmission: Chain
  • Suspensions:
    • Front: Conventional telescopic fork, 41mm of travel
    • Rear: Prolink system, monoshock with 9 preload adjustment positions, rectangular section swingarm
  • Brakes:
    • Front: Single 320mm wave disc, 2-piston caliper, ABSa
    • Rear: One 240mm wavy disc, 1-piston caliper, ABS
  • Wheels:
    • Front: 120 / 70ZR - 17M / C
    • Rear: 160 / 60ZR - 17M / C
  • Dimensions:

    • Overall length: 2,075 mm
    • Wheelbase: 1,410 mm
    • Seat height: 790 mm
    • Fuel tank: 15.7 liters
    • Curb Weight: 194 kg