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.
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.
|Type||Liquid cooled, parallel twin|
|No of Valves per Cylinder||4|
|Bore & Stroke||67 mm x 66.8 mm|
|Max. Power Output||35kW (47 hp) @ 8600 rpm|
|Max. Torque||43Nm @ 6500 rpm|
|Oil Capacity||3.2 L|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||17.1 litres|
|Fuel Consumption (WMTC)||29.4 km/litre|
|Battery Capacity||12V 7.4AH|
|Clutch Type||Wet multi-plate|
|Transmission Type||6 speed|
|Dimensions (L ́W ́H)||2080 mm x 755 mm x 1145 mm|
|Caster Angle||25.5 degrees|
|Seat Height||785 mm|
|Ground Clearance||130 mm|
|Kerb Weight||192 kg|
|Type Front||Conventional telescopic front forks, 41mm, preload adjustable|
|Type Rear||Prolink mono with 5-stage preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm|
|Type Front||Multi-spoke cast aluminium|
|Type Rear||Multi-spoke cast aluminium|
|Rim Size Front||17 x MT3.5|
|Rim Size Rear||17 x MT4.5|
|Tyres Front||120/70ZR – 17M/C|
|Tyres Rear||160/60ZR – 17M/C|
|ABS System Type||2 channel|
|Type Front||Single wavy disk, 320 mm, 2 piston caliper|
|Type Rear||Single wavy disk, 240 mm, 1 piston caliper|
|INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS|
|Instruments||Digital speedometer, digital bar graph tachometer,
dual trip meters, digital fuel level gauge & fuel
consumption gauge, digital clock, gear position
|Security System||HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)|
|Headlight||Low 13W. Hi. 12.8W|