2019 Honda CBR500R | More grunt | Sharper looks

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. 

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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. 

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2019 Honda CBR500R

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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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Type Liquid­ cooled, parallel twin
Displacement 471  cc
No of Valves per Cylinder 4
Bore & Stroke 67 mm x 66.8 mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Max. Power Output 35kW (47 hp) @ 8600 rpm
Max. Torque 43Nm @ 6500 rpm
Oil Capacity 3.2 L
Carburation PGM FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.1 litres
Fuel Consumption (WMTC) 29.4 km/litre
Battery Capacity 12V 7.4AH
ACG Output 25A/2000rpm
Clutch Type Wet multi-plate
Transmission Type 6 speed
Final Drive Chain
Type Steel diamond
Dimensions (L ́W ́H) 2080 mm x 755 mm x 1145 mm
Wheelbase 1410 mm
Caster Angle 25.5 degrees
Trail 102 mm
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 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

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