Five Things You Need To Know About The 2018 Honda Cbr500R

At a glance

Owners" reliability rating: Annual servicing cost: Power: Seat height: Weight:
5 out of 5 (5/5)
47 bhp
Medium (30.9 in / 785 mm)
Medium (428 lbs / 194 kg)


An excellent introduction into the world of sportsbikes, with a proper big xe đạp feel and enough power lớn keep even the most experienced riders entertained. The styling upgrades bring it right upto date, while the suspension and air flow tweaks help keep the ride engaging & easy.

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The R mã sản phẩm feels a little more serious than the F mã sản phẩm but is still plenty of fun và can be ridden surprisingly fast in the twisties. The slightly reworked suspension never crashes over bumps, it simply soaks them up with little fuss, feeling solid and planted all the way to lớn the pegs touching down.

The A2 licence-friendly 47bhp engine provides enough go khổng lồ get you up to lớn speed quickly and motorway cruising isn’t a problem. Vị trí cao nhất speed is limited to 112mph and vibes are minimal throughout the entire rev range. Improvements to lớn the air flow make it more efficient, sharper và more enthusiastic khổng lồ rev. There’s just about enough torque khổng lồ keep progress swift if you find yourself one gear too high. 

The 2014 CB500 range became the first multi-cylinder big Honda lớn be built in Thailand, but that legendary Honda build chất lượng remains.

The sportier R is £500 more expensive than the roadster F. It"s also £500 more expensive than its closest rival, KTM"s RC390.

When it comes to lớn equipment the CB range is pretty basic. ABS is standard as is preload adjustable suspension. The fuel cap is now hinged, so you don"t have lớn find somewhere lớn set it down when you fill up anymore. The fairing and screen bởi a good job of keeping wind blast off the rider.

Engine sizeEngine typeFrame typeFuel capacitySeat heightBike weightFront suspensionRear suspensionFront brakeRear brakeFront tyre sizeRear tyre size


liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8v, parallel twin, 6-speed chain drive
Tubular steel diamond, box section swingarm
16.7 litres
41mm conventional forks, preload adjustable
Prolink monoshock, 9-stage preload adjustable
Single 320mm wavy disc, two piston caliper
160/60ZR- 17M/C
120/70ZR - 17M/C
Single 240mm disc, one piston caliper

Average fuel consumptionAnnual road taxAnnual service costNew priceUsed priceInsurance groupWarranty term

Mpg, costs và insurance

£2,900 - £5,000
-How much to lớn insure?

Max powerMax torqueTop speed1/4 mile accelerationTank range

Top speed & performance

47 bhp
31 ft-lb
112 mph

Model history

2016: Styling, suspension & airflow tweaks, hinged fuel cap, adjustable brake lever and new exhaust can.

Other versions

Honda CB500F - naked roadster with higher wider bars & no fairingHonda CB500X -adventure mã sản phẩm with taller seat & more rugged looks

2 owners have reviewed their HONDA CBR500R (2016 - 2018) & rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say và what they lượt thích and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA CBR500R (2016 - 2018)

Overall rating: Ride chất lượng & brakes: Engine: Reliability và build quality: Value vs rivals: Equipment: Annual servicing cost:

Summary of owners" reviews

5 out of 5 (5/5)
4 out of 5 (4/5)
5 out of 5 (5/5)
5 out of 5 (5/5)
5 out of 5 (5/5)
4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)

Year: 2018

Bought a pre-reg CBR500R in Feb 2019 after a short time away from biking khổng lồ get me back into it. Previously had sports bikes including CBR600RR, GSX-R600, Daytona 650. If you want an all out sports bike then the CBR500R isn’t it. What it is is a brilliantly packaged bike, fun khổng lồ ride, comfortable with enough power nguồn from the 47bhp engine to fly past several cars when overtaking. It doesn’t have that manic edge of super thể thao bikes but is perfect for commuting or a Sunday blast. ABS is a bonus, as is the amazing fuel economy which reaches around 80mpg

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Bike is super comfortable. Handlebars are higher & flatter than an outright sports bike, seat is well padded, fairing does a great job - 80mph with no wind issues. Only slight gripe when I first bought the bike was a minor vibration of the screen at around 4000rpm but I don’t even notice this now.

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Engine 5 out of 5

Great engine. 47bhp more than enough for UK roads. Has power & flexibility và very forgiving. Easy và fun to ride.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

A tank of fuel will reach 250 miles. Starts first time every time despite not being on a trickle charger (attached khổng lồ my other bike). First annual service was £160.

Equipment 5 out of 5

ABS as standard, fuel gauge is useful. I bought with the factory fitted Termignoni sports pack including exhaust, pillion seat coal, under tray and rear hugger. Gives the xe đạp a great look - buy it in black as it’s the best colour!

Buying experience: Bought from Wheels in Norwich. They delivered khổng lồ my address in Wiltshire (around 150-200miles). Brilliant service. Xe đạp was £6500 new with the sports pack. I got a 4 month old pre-registered bike for £4900 with zero miles on the clock. Absolute bargain for a new Honda!

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £295

A sportsbike with a sensible seat height compared to lớn bar height. Who needs more than 47 bhp for everyday riding? Super-smooth engine that pulls from as low as 1500 rpm. Great value for money. Nit-picker says "where is the gear indicator?" Definitely recommend khổng lồ a friend.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Overall ride comfort is very good considering no high-spec suspension & no electronic aids. Fairing provides plenty of protection with the standard screen. CBR500R will tackle any road & holds a constant tốc độ without any problem in built-up areas. Excellent fuelling - hard lớn find these days. I am over 6 feet tall và can manage 3-4 hrs without more than minor discomfort. It can bởi more than 260 miles on a tank of fuel.

Engine 5 out of 5

As I said above, super-smooth with excellent fuelling throughout the rev range. Plenty of performance for me. Fairly close ratio gear box with very low first gear (ideal for hill starts but otherwise short-shifting advisable). If no character means minimal vibration then bring it on!

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Build quality appears lớn be excellent with a decent paint job. Easy lớn keep clean. No issues with reliability over 1000 miles.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Service cost based on a 3-year service plan. 89 mpg over first 1000 miles brim-to-brim, trip computer only out by a couple of mpg.

Equipment 4 out of 5

ABS as standard, single disc front brake needs a good tug to lớn stop quickly but it stops all the same. No electronic sida which I don't miss. Dash has all the information I need including a fuel gauge. The flashing information when on reserve is a bit weird until you get used khổng lồ it. When 0.7 is displayed you'd better find a filling station quickly. Not sure about the bầu Dunlop Roadsmart tyres in the wet, they have plenty of grip in the dry but seem to pick up sharps easily.

Buying experience: I bought from a Honda dealer. Newcastle Motorcycles in fact as the dealer experience is exceptional, unlike some dealers I wouldn't care khổng lồ mention. I paid the full price of £5599 but got a decent part-ex price and a không tính phí first service.


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