Design Of 2020 Honda CB500F
The new additions in the bodywork are quite subtle together. However, the combined feel is easily notable in the overall picture. The front fender is the same, but the Spartan LED headlight lost some angularity and now offers a slightly softer visage. The complete front is still as aggressive as ever.
The blackout fork sliders, rims and triple tree remind us of the custom culture, tying the machine together front to rear. Smaller turn signals are present on the revamped single headlight for a clean front end, while a tiny fly screen acts as the housing for the digital colored LCD instrument table. The display is easy to read, and shows revs, a digital-numeral speed readout, a large gear-position indicator, fuel gauge and engine temperature.
The 4.5-gallon fuel tank sports new graphics, setting it apart from the predecessor. The tank, saddle and frame form a narrow intersection, so it is easy to reach the ground from the 30.9-inch high seat. The rider’s triangle is great for a race-style look when riding.
The sub frame has a small rise, creating a tall vertical break between the rider and their passenger. Foot pegs and the tapered J.C. handles finish off the amenities meant for the passenger, while the LED taillight is secured under the tip of the pointed tail. The tag and turn signals are mounted on the mudguard.
“Diamond-tube” mainframe stays the same as on the previous model, with the 35 mm steel tubes and rather nimble geometry. A set of symmetrical, 17-inch rims sport spokes with a Y-shaped cross-section, which is hollow in order to reduce the unsprang weight.
The standard set of 41 mm forks carry the front end, while a Pro-link monoshock does it in the back. Since the bike has a 415-pound curb weight, a single 320 mm disc with a twin-pot anchor in the front is enough. A single-piston caliper grips the 240 mm disc in the rear. You also get to choose an ABS and a non-ABS model.
Honda boosted the power by 4% this year, which means 47 horsepower at 8,500 rpm. The torque is also deeper, with a boost in the 3,000 to 7,000 rpm range, with a maximum of 32 pound-feet. The valve train is a shim-and-bucket version, with roller-rockers that work more quietly. The low-resistance intake tract is another thing that contributes to the power boost, as well as the dual-port muffler.
Coming from the “RR” program is the six-speed transmixxer and the new slipper clutch. Dual 34 mm throttle bodies in conjunction with the PGM-FI deliver all of the juice to the nearly square 471 cc engine with 67 mm bores and a 66.8 mm stroke.
2020 Honda CB500F Price
The base model costs $6,199, while the ABS protection is $200 more. The Grand Prix Red is the standard on both. It also comes with an unlimited-mileage, and a one-year warranty, but you can also extend that coverage for extra cash.
Kawasaki Z400, a domestic rival, is a bike surely to appeal to the same type of rider. The “Z” family is as naked as the “F,” but it is somewhat edgier with a more severe look. From the headlight to the angular tail, everything is just so typical of a Kawasaki.
The chassis is similar in its simplicity. Their classic suspension means they lose some points here, because it only really does what it needs to and nothing more. The 399 cc engine produces 28 pound-feet of torque, a predictable shortfall versus the larger Honda engine.
The price difference is however rather large, with the Kawasaki standing at $4,799 versus the $6k+ Honda. Both are similarly stripped, and lacking higher electronic gadgets or control subsystems. They both opted for the honest feedback and performance.