If we have to pick a quintessential motorcycle, that would probably be the CB500F. The famous street bike is a perfect mix of everything. It is well-engineered and equipped with all kinds of modern features. Furthermore, it comes with Honda’s famous twin-cylinder engine, while the chassis is light and full of athleticism. At the same time, it is reasonably priced and well-balanced to meet the demands of an extremely broad range of riders. That’s probably the reason why it is so popular.
For the next year, 2022 Honda CB500F comes without more important changes. It continues with the same attractive styling, which comes in a combination with a good riding position and a high level of comfort. When it comes to convenience, we like very much the fact that ABS is part of the standard equipment, while features like slipper assist clutch or digital instrument cluster make it super easy to use.
We expect to see the 2022 Honda CB500F on sale by the end of this year.
2022 Honda CB500F Engine
We would like to start this preview with the heart and soul of this motorcycle – the engine. That is definitely one of the best parts of the 2022 Honda CB500F, considering that we are talking about the famous 471 cc parallel-twin unit, which is widely considered one of the best twin engines in the world.
The engine is super-reliable and also pretty capable. Also, it comes with a couple of modern features, which make it even better than it used to be. For example, the is the updated programmed fuel injection, which offers plenty of power in the whole RPM range, as well as excellent throttle response throughout a wide variety of riding conditions.
The engine comes with a six-speed transmission, with an O-ring-sealed chain final drive. The transmission is incredibly smooth and one of the reasons is the slipper assist clutch, which lightens up the clutch-lever effort by 45 percent, but also locks up tight when you release it.
2022 Honda CB500F Chassis and Suspension
Like any other Honda motorcycle, this one also features a pretty impressive chassis setup. First of all, there is a diamond-shaped 35 mm steel-tube mainframe, which is the core of this motorcycle that ensures a super-high level of rigidity, which in practice means excellent handling and overall stability. The chassis is also pretty lightweight, so the motorcycle weighs around 420 pounds.
When it comes to the suspension setup, you may count on a 41 mm fork at the front, with 4.3 inches of travel. On the other end, you get a Pro-Link® single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability, with 4.7 inches of travel.
When it comes to brakes, you may count on a twin-piston caliper with a single 320 mm disc at the front, as well as on a single-piston caliper with a single 240 mm disc on the rear wheel. As we already mentioned ABS is part of standard equipment.
2022 Honda CB500F Design and Features
Design-wise, the CB500F is a typical street bike. Its attractive styling, which comes in a Darkness Black Metallic finish really stands out, especially in a combination with those chrome and bronze pieces of hardware. Furthermore, you may count on Y-spoke cast-aluminum wheels, which are strong and light, as well as easy to maintain.
Another nice piece of styling is the fully LED headlights, which don’t just look great but also ensure excellent vision in all conditions. All these features perfectly fit the bike’s progressive design, which comes in a genuine minimalist fashion, which clearly states that less is more. Finally, there is a nice exhaust system that includes a twin-outlet muffler and large-diameter pipes, and which doesn’t just look nice, but also provides a great exhaust note that will make you love your motorcycle even more.
Comfort and Convenience
The 2022 Honda CB500F is a great all-rounder and besides strong performance, it also offers a high level of comfort. As we already mentioned, the seating position is very good, while the seat height of 30.9 inches makes it suitable for a wide range of riders. The ergonomics are also very good, while we particularly like how the Pro-Link® rear suspension works. It features a nine-stage preload, as well as 4.7 inches of travel. Such a setup makes the bike capable of absorbing pretty large bumps, while keeping stability at a super high level.
Another thing we really like is a nice LCD screen, which features a digital speedometer, tachometer, as well as a clock, odometer, trip meter, real-time and average fuel consumption etc. Of course, there are also several diagnostic indicators, which make the ride even more convenient.
2022 Honda CB500F Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2022 Honda CB500F will hit the market by the end of 2022. Also, the starting price should remain pretty much the same as for the 2021 model, which goes around 6.500 dollars, plus a $400 destination fee. As we already mentioned, this bike comes exclusively in the Darkness Black Metallic finish.