Honda launched in Europe the 2022 model of the ‘naked’ CB 500F, which arrives with USD Showa front forks, double disc brakes and more updates.
The biggest innovation in the new model is the 41mm Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork Big Piston) inverted front fork, which allows an improved handling, and is the same used in the CB 650R.
Another improvement is the presence of a new, lighter, redesigned rear swingarm. Constructed of 2mm steel, it employs a hollow crosshead and is more rigid in rotation and also more flexible laterally to improve handling.
Braking performance has also been improved, with the adoption of 296 mm dual disc brakes and radially mounted Nissin two-piston calipers.
Finally, the 17″ aluminum alloy wheels are new and lighter, with a new design (they are 5 ‘Y’ instead of 6 in the previous model). They are fitted with tires measuring 120/70-17 at the front and 160/60-17 at the rear. The front fender was redesigned and is smaller, in addition to coming out in black (unlike the previous model, which came out in the same color as the bike).
Twin-cylinder engine received injection adjustments
The engine is the same 471 cm³ twin-cylinder with liquid cooling, but it received injection adjustments and the new settings improve the torque sensation without compromising performance. It is capable of generating (in Europe) up to 35 kW (47 HP) of maximum power and 43 Nm / 4.55 kgfm of torque.
Also in terms of mechanics, the gearshift has 6 speeds and is equipped with an assist and slip clutch. The fuel tank capacity is 17.1 liters.
In addition, the instrument panel is fully digital in LCD and has a gear indicator, in addition to the usual partial and total odometers, speed and tachometer indicators.
There is also support for GPS and tapered handlebars, which conveys more confidence during the ride and has better resistance. The lighting is all in LED, and the headlight and turn signals were given a stronger illumination.
Finally, the Honda CB 500F 2022 gets three new colors, in addition to the Grand Prix Red: Pearl Smoky Gray, Mat Axis Gray Metallic and Pearl Dusk Yellow.
For more information, access https://www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles.html.