Honda’s trio of A2 licence-friendly 500cc machines receive strong performance-focused updates for 2022 year model

POSTED: 09/12/2021

  • Honda’s 500cc trio, the CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X all updated for 2022
  • Chassis upgrades include Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks, a new lighter swingarm, lighter wheels and new dual 296mm front brake discs
  • New fuel injection settings improve torque character and feel
  • Updated styling with new colours and graphics

Honda’s hugely popular CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X trio all receive engine and chassis upgrades for their 2022 year model versions, further enhancing their broad appeal with new and experienced riders alike.

Inherited from the four cylinder CB650R and CBR650R middleweights, new Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks are the highlights of the new front end set up, delivering improved handling and ride quality. These are now matched to lighter Y spoke aluminum wheels on the CB500F and CBR500R, complete with new dual 296mm wavy front discs and radial mounted Nissin calipers. The adventure focused CB500X shares the same new brake and suspension updates as its siblings and also features longer front suspension travel and a lighter, larger 19in front wheel.

All three fun, frugal machines feature a new lighter swingarm, stiffer rotationally, but more flexible laterally to improve handling and cornering performance. The punchy 500cc engine at the heart of each machine still produces the maximum 35kW allowed for the A2 licence holder, but for 2022 it now features new PGM-FI settings to further enhance both torque feel and overall character.

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