Honda CB500

Honda CB500 naked, 2000 model

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
Cooling liquid
Valves 8 (4 for each cylinder)
Fuel system Carburettor
Camshafts Dual overhead cams, chain driven
Clutch Wet multi-plate
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
0-100 km/h 5.2s
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
Length 2090 mm
Width 720 mm
Height 1050 mm
Seat height 775 mm
Weight ca. 193 kg (170kg dry)
Fuel capacity 18l



Honda CB500 PC26

  • PC26
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.


Honda CB500 PC32 naked

  • PC32
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.


Honda CB500S

  • 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.