Honda CB500 is a popular 500cc parallel twin-cylinder Honda all-round touring bike. In was introduced in 1993 and had been produced until 2003, when it was replaced with CBF500. It's easy to ride, known for it's reliability and cheap in the maintenance, so it was widely used in riding schools and by motorcycle couriers. Honda CB500 is the group of few bikes recommended for beginner riders (together with Suzuki GS500, Kawasaki ER-5 and Yamaha XJ600), and it's considered to be the best of them.
|Engine||499 cc parallel twin, four-stroke|
|Valves||8 (4 for each cylinder)|
|Camshafts||Dual overhead cams, chain driven|
|Power||57.1 hp at 9500 RPM, although there weaker versions were available (27hp, 34hp and 50hp). They can be recognized by analyzing the VIN.|
|Torque||46 Nm at 8000 RPM|
|Top speed||185 km/h (115mph)|
|Front brake||296 mm single disk (2 pistons in the caliper)|
|Rear brake||drum in PC26 model and 240 mm single disk (single piston in the caliper) in PC32 model|
|Front tire||110/80-17" 57H|
|Rear tire||130/80-17" 65H|
|Seat height||775 mm|
|Weight||ca. 193 kg (170kg dry)|
- This was the first model, it had rear drum break. Only the naked version was available. PC26 model was produced in Japan from 1993 to 1996.
- In 1996 Honda relased PC32 model. which had the rear Nissin's drum break replaced with the Brembo's disc break. The production moved from Japan to Italy. Honda CB500 PC32 had been produced till 2003. This was the most popular version of this bike.
- PC32 S version
- In 1998 Honda introduced a new half-faired model with changed clocks and headlight. This version was produced to 2003 (in parallel with the naked version). It was desinged to be more touristic, providing better wind protection. Although many biker considered it being uglier and bougth naked version for touristic purposes.