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.
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.
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.
A repositioned battery has allowed for a straight intake tract for the PGM-FI fuel-injection system.
At the other end the exhaust system now features dual exits in the single high-rise muffler.
2019 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.
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.
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.
Indicators are now LED to match the rest of the lighting package.
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 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.
Liquid cooled, parallel twin
No of Valves per Cylinder
Bore & Stroke
67 mm x 66.8 mm
Max. Power Output
35kW (47 hp) @ 8600 rpm
43Nm @ 6500 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (WMTC)
Dimensions (L ́W ́H)
2080 mm x 755 mm x 1145 mm
Conventional telescopic front forks, 41mm, preload adjustable
Prolink mono with 5-stage preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm
Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front
17 x MT3.5
Rim Size Rear
17 x MT4.5
120/70ZR – 17M/C
160/60ZR – 17M/C
ABS System Type
Single wavy disk, 320 mm, 2 piston caliper
Single wavy disk, 240 mm, 1 piston caliper
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Digital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer,
dual trip meters, digital fuel level gauge & fuel
consumption gauge, digital clock, gear position
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