A fully-faired budget sportbike, the Honda CBR500R is the creme de la creme of Honda CBR family. Both the 2013 Honda CBR500R and Honda CB500F, the stripped version of the R have just been ridden by the European motorcycling media. A launch event in America is coming soon. First ever to give a first-ride review of the bikes was MCN’s Phil West who traveled to Barcelona for the European launch. Overall, Phil likes the bikes; says that though there’s nothing great about them, they are fun to ride. His advice: buy the cheap F (probably because it looks and performs the same as the R anyway).
Phil’s First-Ride Video
More on 2013 Honda CBR500R and CB500F
The Honda CBR500R has an all-new liquid-cooled engine, built from the ground up. It offers a lightweight but rigid steel-tube frame, 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels, and cutting-edge LCD display with all the bells and whistles. You can get it in Red, Black, or Pearl White/Blue/Red. Standard CBR500R has a $5999 MSRP. Expect to pay more for the ABS model, which comes only in red. Its engine was built in Thailand.
The 2013 Honda CB500F has similar features—the same all-new engine and rigid lightweight frame, available in Black or Pearl White. MSRP $5499.