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Honda is updating the CB500 range for 2022

Wider handlebars and upgraded brakes could be in store for next year’s models.

2021 Honda CBR500R

Honda is set to launch updated versions of its popular CB500 range, which include the CBR500R sportbike, CB500X adventure touring bike, and the CB500F naked bike.

Documents have emerged from the European Union (EU), giving a peek at the changes Honda has in store for its parallel-twin line of motorcycles. The overall designs won't be altered drastically, but there are still a few changes that should catch your attention.

The biggest difference is with the CB500X's wet weight, which goes up to 438 lbs. from the previous 434. This increase could hint at the adventure tourer getting a larger fuel tank for 2022. The other two bikes, meanwhile, stay the same in terms of weight. The engines will similarly stay the same for all three new models, with 471cc parallel-twin engines powering the bikes.

Wider handlebars are also reportedly in store for the CB500 series. While dimensions are largely the same, the 2022 CBR500R will be slightly wider at 29.9 inches vs. 29.7 previously. Likewise, the CB500X will widen by 0.2-inches for a width of 32.7 inches. The CB500F will go even wider with a 0.4-inch difference, resulting in a 31.5-inch width for the naked bike.

The EU filing shows that the CB500 range is also getting updated brakes. Current models make use of a lone front disc brake. That will change with the 2022 models, which will all get twin disc brakes for the front. The current models do not have a slot for a second front disc brake. So, we expect a new fork and wheel setup for next year's models to accommodate the new braking system. 

Overall, the updates aren't that radical, but the new front brakes are at least a welcome addition. We also hope Honda furnishes the CB500 range with new and exciting colorways for 2022.

The 2021 Honda CBR500R is available in the Philippines. Powered by a liquid-cooled, 471cc parallel-twin engine, the sportbike is capable of 46 hp and 43 Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox connects to the engine. It also features an anti-lock braking system (ABS), LED headlights, and a fully digital LCD instrument panel. The CBR500R is available for P413,000.

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