2019 Honda CBR500R

For 2019 Honda’s highly successful CBR500R gets a make-over with a fresh set of sleeker clothes along with some meaningful mechanical updates for the new model year. 

Honda CBRR Scene
2019 Honda CBR500R

The eight-valve parallel twin has altered cam timing and more lift on the valves which Honda claims translates to a 4 per cent boost in mid-range power and torque from 3000-7000 rpm. 

Honda CBRR
2019 Honda CBR500R

Also new for 2019 is a slip-assist clutch which comes with the dual benefits of a lighter clutch pull combined with a slipper function on decelearation. 

Honda CBRR Studio
2019 Honda CBR500R

A repositioned battery has allowed for a straight intake tract for the PGM-FI fuel-injection system.

Honda CBRR Scene
2019 Honda CBR500R

At the other end the exhaust system now features dual exits in the single high-rise muffler. 

Honda CBRR2019 will be the seventh year in production for the CBR500R and Honda has given the model a more lithe but at the same time more muscular look to the comfortable learner legal machine. 

Honda CBRR
2019 Honda CBR500R

The clip-on bars now sit lower and the riding position is canted a little more forward, while the seat itself is a little slimmer than before but retains the low 785 mm seat height. 

Honda CBRR Action
2019 Honda CBR500R

New LCD instrumentation adds an upshift indicator light along with a gear position indicator. The shift-light is factory set at 8,750 rpm but can be adjusted in 250 rpm increments for the boy/girl racers. 

Honda CBRR Studio
2019 Honda CBR500R

Indicators are now LED to match the rest of the lighting package. 

Honda CBRR
2019 Honda CBR500R

A new single-tube rear shock with larger diameter piston promises improved damping control and is nine-stage preload adjustable.  Forks are as before, 41mm, and offer 120mm of travel. 

Honda CBRR Shock
2019 Honda CBR500R

Honda claim a range of up to 480 km from the 17.1-litre fuel cell. 

As for when it arrives, it seems sometime early in 2019 is about as close a date as we can predict for now. 

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2019 Honda CBR500R


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TypeLiquid­ cooled, parallel twin
Displacement471  cc
No of Valves per Cylinder4
Bore & Stroke67 mm x 66.8 mm
Compression Ratio10.7:1
Max. Power Output35kW (47 hp) @ 8600 rpm
Max. Torque43Nm @ 6500 rpm
Oil Capacity3.2 L
CarburationPGM FI
Fuel Tank Capacity17.1 litres
Fuel Consumption (WMTC)29.4 km/litre
Battery Capacity12V 7.4AH
ACG Output25A/2000rpm
Clutch TypeWet multi-plate
Transmission Type6 speed
Final DriveChain
TypeSteel diamond
Dimensions (L ́W ́H)2080 mm x 755 mm x 1145 mm
Wheelbase1410 mm
Caster Angle25.5 degrees
Trail102 mm
Seat Height785 mm
Ground Clearance130 mm
Kerb Weight192 kg
Type FrontConventional telescopic front forks, 41mm, pre­load adjustable
Type RearProlink mono with 5-­stage preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm
Type FrontMulti­-spoke cast aluminium
Type RearMulti­-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front17 x MT3.5
Rim Size Rear17 x MT4.5
Tyres Front120/70ZR – 17M/C
Tyres Rear160/60ZR – 17M/C
ABS System Type2­ channel
Type FrontSingle wavy disk, 320 mm, 2 piston caliper
Type RearSingle wavy disk, 240 mm, 1 piston caliper
InstrumentsDigital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer,
dual trip meters, digital fuel level gauge & fuel
consumption gauge, digital clock, gear position
Security SystemHISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)
HeadlightLow 13W. Hi. 12.8W


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