Honda gives the 2021 CBR500R, its staple middleweight sportbike a much-needed update. While it still carries over its aggressive character with its sharp lines, extended fairings, that evoke the rider for some speed, its most significant update is the improved Euro5 compliant engine. The update shouldn’t come as a surprise, as just last July, Honda already unveiled its Japan-exclusive CBR400R bearing the same striking resemblance to the Fireblade.
Its seat pad and seat unit together with its upper and side fairings were trimmed down to improve ergonomics, allowing you to move a little more especially when attacking corners. Its sharp, angular LED headlights give the front section the unmistakable Honda sportbike styling. The bike’s clip-on handlebars are positioned beneath the top yoke but still rise above it for a more street-oriented feel.
The Honda CBR500R’s 471cc parallel-twin engine churns out 47 hp at 8,600 RPM and 43 Nm of torque at 6,500 RPM. With upgrades on its inlet, exhaust, and valve timing, it now has 4% more power and torque in the 3,000 to 7,000 RPM range compared to its predecessor. The engine’s cam profile and piston shape have also been redesigned to reduce noise and vibrations. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper-assist clutch.
The bike’s LCD instrument panel now features a Shift Up and Gear Position function with the tachometer’s rev limiter set to default at 8,750 RPM. However, it still allows adjustments in 250 RPM increments between the 5,000 to 8,750 RPM rev range. Keeping bumps at bay is its telescopic front fork paired with a single-tube rear shock absorber with 5-stages of spring preload adjustments. Meanwhile, stopping duties are provided for by a 320mm two-piston disc brake for the front and a 240mm rear disc with a single-piston caliper and standard ABS. It has a fuel capacity of 17.1L giving it a range of 480 km in a full tank.
The 2021 Honda CBR500R has just been launched in Europe and is slated to be launched in other markets soon after. While there is no official word about its launch date in the Philippines, we’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled and ears open for more updates.