Becoming a member of the Hamamatsu motorbike maker’s bare sports activities lineup is the 2024 Honda CB500 Hornet. The CB500 enters the catalogues alongside the sooner launched Honda CB1000 Hornet and the CB750 Hornet that was launched in 2022 as a 2023 mannequin.
The CB500 Hornet joins Honda’s different 2024 middleweight providing, the NX500 “Crossover” that replaces the earlier technology CB500X. Initially meant for the European market, the CB500 Hornet will ultimately make its method all over the world as an “worldwide” mannequin with a supply saying it should come to Malaysia late in 2024 or mid-2025.
Much like the NX500, the CB500 Hornet will get a parallel-twin with eight-valves, DOHC and liquid-cooling displacing 471 cc, fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi. Energy is claimed to be 47 hp at 8,600 rpm with 43 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, going to the rear wheel by way of six-speed gearbox with help and slipper clutch, and chain closing drive.
An ECU replace improves acceleration really feel whereas Honda Selectable Torque Management (traction contol) is now commonplace. A brand new full-colour 5-inch TFT-LCD display shows all the required data and options Honda RoadSync with Bluetooth connectivity to the rider’s smartphone, displaying onscreen data reminiscent of music administration and turn-by-turn navigation.
Honda’s streetfighter styling for the CB500 Hornet contains an all-new LED headlight and tail mild, together with LED flip indicators. Consideration has been paid to aerodynamics for improved dealing with and agility with headlight facet ducts channeling airflow easily across the higher gas tank space.
Braking is finished with twin Nissin radial-mount four-piston brake callipers – the NX500 will get axial-mount two-piston callipers – in entrance performing on 296 mm brake discs. Within the rear, a single 240 mm diameter disc is stopped by a single-piston brake calliper whereas two-channel ABS is commonplace.
Suspension makes use of Showa 41 mm diameter Separate Operate Fork Huge Piston (SFF-BP) upside-down forks, non-adjustable, in entrance. On the rear, a monoshock is fitted, adjustable to one in every of 5 preload ranges.
With 17.1-litres of gas within the tank, the CB500 Hornet suggestions the scales at 188 kg (the NX500 weighs 196 kg) whereas seat top is ready at 785 mm versus the NX500’s 830 mm. In Malaysia, the 2019 mannequin yr Honda CB500F was priced at RM33,999.
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