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Honda’s trio of A2 licence-friendly 500cc machines receive strong performance-focused updates for year model 2022

Honda’s trio of A2 licence-friendly 500cc machines receive strong performance-focused updates for year model 2022

Honda CBR500R

Honda CBR500R

Honda CB500X

Honda CB500X

Honda CB500F

Honda CB500F

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Honda’s trio of A2 licence-friendly 500cc machines receive strong performance-focused updates for year model 2022

HONDA’S big-selling range of middleweight parallel-twin-powered machines is getting an upgrade for 2022.

The CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X will get engine and chassis upgrades, with new Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks at the new front end for improved handling and ride quality.

Lighter Y spoke aluminum wheels will feature on the CB500F and CBR500R, complete with new dual 296mm wavy front discs and radial mounted Nissin calipers.

The adventure-focused CB500X will share the same new brake and suspension updates as its siblings and will also feature longer front suspension travel and a lighter, larger 19-inch front wheel.

The trio of frugal machines get a new lighter swingarm and stiffer rotationally, but with more flexible laterally to improve handling and cornering performance.

The 500cc engine at the heart of the machines will still produce the maximum 35kW (47hp), so are learner-licence friendly, but will now have new PGM-FI settings for better torque feel and overall character.

The naked CB500F will be available in three new colours: Pearl Smoky Gray, Mat Axis Gray Metallic and Pearl Dusk Yellow, while the sporty CBR500R will be available in new Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic, with new graphics to highlight its racetrack heritage.

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Honda CBR500R

Honda CBR500R

Honda CBR500R

The CB500X adventure machine, meanwhile, will get two new colours for 2022: Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic and Pearl Organic Green.

All three bikes will also be available in Honda’s classic Grand Prix Red colour scheme.

Honda’s 500cc trio are easy machines to manage, with their compact dimensions and welcoming manners make them great to ride and learn on. But even if you’re stepping up from a 125, coming down from a bigger machine or returning to the market, the range really should tick a lot of boxes.

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Honda CB500X

Honda CB500X

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Honda have sold over 106,000 units of the CBs and CBR across Europe since their introduction in 2013. The CB500F ‘roadster’ accounts for nearly half of the sales, the ‘race’ world representative CBR500R 18 percent, and the adventure world CB500X, 35 percent of the total.

Honda conducted research of a representative sample of customers which showed the breadth of appeal of the three machines across different rider demographics.

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Honda CB500F

Honda CB500F

Figures showed that 45 percent of CB500F and 37 percent of CBR500R owners were new riders, with 45 percent and 60 percent respectively under the age of 34, which proves how instrumental for Honda in bringing new young riders to the marque and indeed the wider world of two wheels.

Conversely, over 75 percent of CB500X owners were experienced riders, with a further 15 percent having been drawn back to motorcycling by the all-round appeal offered by the compact adventurer with its rugged styling, long travel suspension and upright riding position.

Call the M50 Honda team on 01-4381999 for more detail or see www.m50honda.ie

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