The CBR500R prides itself as being the perfect mid-way bike, bridging the ever-increasing gap between standard and supersport motorcycles. This model takes a very similar approach to ergonomics and overall bike attitude to its bigger brother, the CBR650R, making it the perfect in-between motorcycle in Honda’s 2022 lineup.
At first glance, the CBR500R looks like a traditional Japanese supersport bike, but much like the Kawasaki Ninja 650, Honda has cleverly hidden an upright seating position and comfortable ergonomics perfect for commuting around town.
The main selling point for the CBR500R is the fact that it is ridable with an A2 license for riders in Europe, allowing riders to get a similar experience to that found with the CBR650R without having to take the jump in licencing.
2022 brings Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks, dual disk brakes in the front, and a shift in the overall weight of the bike to improve handling and accuracy. Along with these minor changes, the CBR500R will also be available in a new for 2022 Gunpower Black Metallic colorway.
The 2022 Honda CBR500R starts at $7,199 USD / $8,149 CAD
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Pro-Link® single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Twin four-piston calipers with 296mm discs; ABS
Single-caliper 240mm disc; ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity
Grand Prix Red, Sword Silver Metallic
Rake (Caster Angle)
423 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty
Extended coverage available with a HondaCare Protection Plan®
2022 Honda CBR500R Features
DOHC TWIN-CYLINDER ENGINE
Honda twins are famous for their versatility, and the CBR500R’s engine is one of our best ever. With good low-end horsepower and torque, the parallel twin offers accessible performance across all RPM ranges.
PROGRAMMED FUEL INJECTION (PGM-FI)
PGM-FI continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture is delivered for the existing riding and atmospheric conditions, ensuring a crisp throttle response throughout a wide variety of riding. Programed fuel injectors increase power and torque in the midrange.
STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST
With a dual-outlet muffler that you need to hear for yourself, this beautifully polished stainless-steel exhaust is integrated with the rear footpeg set for clean, functional design. The exhaust tucks in tight for better mass centralization (and consequently better handling).
The CBR500R’s aggressive styling comes with two great color options (Grand Prix Red and Sword Silver Metallic), that keep it right at the front of the pack in terms of eye-appeal. The aerodynamic bodywork also provides significant advantages in air management for added rider comfort, along with a low drag coefficient and effective cooling.
ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS)
Standard equipment on every 2022 CBR500R, anti-lock brakes (ABS) help you make confident stops under less-than-ideal conditions.
An LCD screen features a digital speedometer and tachometer and more, including a clock, odometer, trip meter, real-time and average fuel consumption meters, and illuminated engine diagnostic indicators.
New for 2022, the CBR500R now features twin front disc brakes. The two 296mm discs are gripped by twin four-piston radial-mount calipers. Together with the 240mm rear disc brake, you get strong, predictable stopping power. The front-brake lever is also adjustable for a perfect fit.
The CBR500R sports a pair of powerful LED headlights. They’re small and light, throw out an amazing amount of illumination, and feature a stylish shape. The design also increases the engine’s intake airflow.
The slipper/assist clutch lets us lighten up the clutch-lever effort by 45 percent compared to previous systems, but automatically locks up tight when you release it.
Our engineers profiled the shift dogs in the transmission to help you get smoother shifts every time. You’ll never see these parts, but you’ll feel their effects.
NEW, LIGHTER SWINGARM
For 2022, the CBR500R gets a new swingarm that’s over two pounds lighter than the previous generation’s, but just as strong. It’s one of the reasons the entire Honda 500 family handles so well.
A motorcycle’s frame is the basis for its handling. The CBR500R’s diamond-shaped 35mm steel-tube mainframe ties to the engine with four mounts, offering a rock-solid foundation for a superior ride and handling.
Probably the most significant change for 2022 is the upside-down fork on the CBR500R. The inverted design makes the front end much more rigid, for more precise steering input and feedback. The fork itself is a 41mm Showa SFF-BP design—one of the best in its class.
NEW CAST WHEELS
Strong and stylish, the CBR500R’s aluminum wheels feature a new five-spoke design this year that’s lighter than our previous wheels. That improves handling, and lessens wheel inertia too.
PRO-LINK® REAR SUSPENSION
The CBR500R features special shock settings for improved ride comfort. Its sophisticated chassis uses Honda Pro-Link® rear suspension; the nine-stage adjustable preload and 4.7 inches of travel give you a comfortable ride over small bumps, while capably absorbing bigger bumps to increase riding comfort and handling.
The CBR500R offers a stepped two-piece seat with a low height. Perfect for around-town riding or winding roads, it also offers room for a passenger and is specially designed to fit a wide range of riders.
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