A CBR Is Always Something Special

CBR. Three very special letters. They’re not merely applied, either. They have to be earned. Which the CBR500R does, thanks to the sports-focused design which incorporates fairing winglets to improve high-speed aerodynamics. The riding position is aggressive, with handlebars clipped-on below the top yoke and new aluminium rear-set footpegs that put you effortlessly in a racing tuck. If it looks fast, it is fast, they say. And looking at the CBR500R, with its stunning new paint and graphics, we couldn’t agree more.

Explore Incredible Handling Precision

That set of twisties ahead? Own them. All of them. Own every late turn-in point, apex and corner exit. New Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks separate damping from spring and give supple response, especially braking from speed with fingertip feel for front tyre grip. The Showa rear shock has revised damping to match, while new lightweight wheels and swingarm – plus more forward-set weight bias – sharpen handling even further.

Enjoy Every Twist Of The Throttle

If this is your first A2 motorcycle what a place to start. The 8-valve, liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine produces 35kW @ 8,600rpm with peak torque of 43Nm @ 6,500rpm. It’s free-spinning, hugely enjoyable, very addictive and comes complete with a thrilling howl through the exhaust as you chase redline. And, just like its larger CBR siblings, an Assist/Slipper clutch eases upshifts through the six-speed gearbox and manages rear wheel lock-up on hard down changes.

For A High Quality Ride

The CBR500R draws attention, wherever it goes. Chiselled dual LED headlights stare menacingly and throw out a wider volume of light, opening up vision at night. They’re matched by LED indicators and tail light. Negative LCD instruments feature a speedo, bar graph rev-counter, dual trip meters, fuel level/consumption gauge and Gear Position indicator. There’s also a Shift Up indicator, which is set to 8,750rpm, but ­can be adjusted in 250rpm increments.

Model Specification


  • Engine

    Engine Type

    Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC parallel twin

    Engine Displacement

    471 cc

    Bore and Stroke

    67mm x 66.8mm

    Carburation

    PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

    Compression Ratio

    10.7:1

    Ignition

    Starter

    Electric

    Oil Capacity

    3.2L

  • Performance

    Max Torque

    43Nm / 6500 rpm

    Max Power

    35kW / 8600 rpm

  • Dimensions

    Length x Width x Height

    Wheelbase

    1,410mm

    Ground Clearance

    130mm

    Seat Height

    785mm

    Fuel Capacity

    17.1 L

    Tyres Front

    120/70ZR-17M/C

    Tyres Rear

    160/60ZR-17M/C

    Brakes Front

    Dual 296 mm x 4 mm disc with Nissin radial-mount four piston calipers

    Brakes Rear

    Single 240 mm x 5 mm disc with single piston caliper

    Dimensions

    2,080mm X 760mm X 1,145mm

    Kerb Weight

    192kg

    Dry Weight

  • Wheels

    Suspension Front

    Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks

    Suspension Rear

    Prolink mono with 5 stage pre-load adjuster, Steel hollow cross swingarm

    Wheels Front

    5Y-Spoke Cast Aluminium

    Wheels Rear

    5Y-Spoke Cast Aluminium

  • Transmission

    Transmission

    Gearbox

    6 speed

    Final Drive

    Chain

    Transmission Type

  • Frame

    Frame Type

    Steel diamond