2016 Honda CBR500R, 2016 Honda CB500F, 2016 Honda CB500X shown at Thai Motor Expo – IAB Report

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Based on the same chassis and powertrain.

Honda had showcased its updated family of 500 series middle-weight motorcycles at the 2015 Thailand Motor Expo. The range comprises of the 2016 Honda CBR500R fully faired super sports, the 2016 Honda CB500F street fighter and the 2016 Honda CB500X adventure tourer.

2016 Honda CBR500R

2016 Honda CBR500R grey at the 2015 Thailand Motor Expo

The updated fully faired motorcycle carries improvements such as a larger fuel tank, an adjustable fork, a sharper front fairing with revised twin head lamps (with LED elements) and visor, a golden treatment for the crank case, a new tailpiece with an LED tail light, a ‘wave’ type key and a stubby silencer which is claimed to improve mass centralisation.

It is powered by a 471 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine that is left untouched, and is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The motorcycle complies with the European A2 license limitations as its maximum power is 47 PS.

2016 Honda CB500F

2016 Honda CB500F side at the 2015 Thailand Motor Expo

The street fighter carries forward the enhancements that are seen on its fully faired sibling. The CB500F loses some of the bodywork surrounding the fuel tank and offers a more upright riding posture compared to the CBR500R. It is powered by the same engine that is seen aboard the latter.

2016 Honda CB500X

2016 Honda CB500X side at the 2015 Thailand Motor Expo

The Honda CB500X adventure tourer has received an agile styling, a taller windscreen, an adjustable telescopic fork (for pre-load), an adjustable front brake lever, a revised exhaust unit, an improved suspension setting, a hinged fuel cap and an improved gear shift mechanism. This model is also powered by the same 471 cc parallel-twin engine that produces 47 PS.

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