Honda has updates its light middleweight sport bike, the CBR500R for 2021. The most distinct improvement is in the engine, which is now Euro5 compliant.
The 2021 model carries over the more aggressive look it first received in 2019. This is characterized by straight, wedge-like feature lines and extended lower fairings that emphasize a real sense of speed. The rider’s seat pad and seat unit – plus the upper and side fairings – were narrowed to improve ergonomics and movement. Sharply-chiseled dual LED headlights make up the façade with matching the LED indicators. The handlebars are clipped on beneath the top yoke for a sports bike look and feel.
Its engine produces 47.6 PS at 8,600rpm and 43Nm torque at 6,500rpm. This is thanks to the liquid-cooled twin cylinder’s inlet, exhaust and valve timing. It produces more power and torque between 3-7,000 rpm for better mid-range performance. While it’s marketed as a performance bike, components like the cam chain and piston shape have been designed to reduce noise as well. It’s paired with a six-speed gearbox with an assist and slipper clutch.
Honda has also made it easier for the rider to take advantage of this power. Its LCD instrument panel features a Shift Up and Gear Position function. The LCD is set to a default 8,750 rpm but can be adjusted in 250 rpm increments between 5-8,750 rpm.
It’s held aloft by a telescopic front fork and single-tube rear shock absorber with 5-stage spring preload adjustment. This gives is a low seat height of just 785 mm.
It’s brought to a stop with a 320mm two-piston front disc matched to a 240mm rear disc and single-piston caliper. ABS is fitted as standard. The CBR500R rides on 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
It has a 17.1L fuel tank (including reserve) which Honda says gives a range of 480km. It tips the scales at 192 kg.
The 2021 CBR500R has just been launched in Europe, with other markets like the Philippines to follow later on.