Honda CB500F 2022: Simply Better

Apart from cosmetic upgrades, the CB500F has also received an engine upgrade

Honda’s CB500 line-up is one of the best middle-weight motorcycle line-ups in the world. The CB500 line-up from the Japanese manufacturer has three motorcycles on offer: CB500F, CBR500R, and CB500X. The F is the naked version, whereas the R and X are the faired and adventure versions, respectively. In 2022, all three models have received many upgrades. However, in this article, our focus is on the CB500F, which is now simply better with the newly added enhancements. 

Although the CB500F is yet to reach the Indian shore, the 2022 version has been launched in three new colour schemes: Pearl Smoky Gray, Mat Axis Gray Metallic, and Pearl Dusk Yellow. In terms of power output, the motorcycle derives power from a 471cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that produces 43Nm at 6,500rpm of peak torque and a maximum power figure of 47.5PS at 8,600rpm. There is no change in the power output, but in the 2022 version, one can tweak the character of the motorcycle by experimenting with the newly added PGM-FI settings. 

In the hardware segment, the CB500F features several new parts which are found on the bigger CBR650s. For example, the Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks have been added to the CB500F, which is an impressive addition as it is bound to make the motorcycle more stable. Not to forget, the riding quality and comfort are likely to get increased. That is not all, as the motorcycle has also received a set of brand-new lighter Y-spoke aluminium wheels. Also, to bring the wheels to a stop, the motorcycle has been armed with all new radially-mounted callipers from Nissin with 296mm disc brakes. 

Moving on to the rest of the motorcycle, the CB500F is armed with a slipper and assist clutch, along with a fully digital instrumentation cluster and anti-lock braking system. The diamond-shaped 35mm steel-tube mainframe from the pre-gen model has been carried forward and there is a full LED headlight unit for easy night rides. For comfort, there is a single stepped-up seat unit and grab rails for the pillion to hold.

In terms of pricing, not much can be said about the CB500F’s tag because the motorcycle is not yet available in India. However, the CB500X is sold in the country at INR 6.87 lakh ex-showroom. Therefore, in case the motorcycle is launched in India; we expect the price tag to be around INR 6.30 lakh. 

Rohit Chatterjee

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Rohit Chatterjee is a bona fide moto-enthusiast who has worked with several media houses in his brief career. Chatterjee mostly writes features and news articles related to automobiles and motorsports. When not working, he is found on the interstate clocking over 100kmph on his NS200!
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