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First Impression: 1997 CB 500

Looking for something different yet Tired of retro custom or 100-plus horsepower crotch Want an affordable price, handling, low maintenance costs and a mixture of classic Japanese and designs?

If so, and you don’t happen to in North America, the Honda CB 500 may be for

The CB 500 is the result of a Japanese and Italian The ’97 version came as as a Playboy centerfold. And as …. The version is a bit more modest, a tiny bikini faring.

The classic, late ’70s fuel tank is flanked by a of plastic fiber pieces protect the radiator.

A subtle an aluminum grab rail, and a comfortable seat finish off the lines.

Above the chrome lies the instrument panel. on the left, tachometer and temperature to the right. Below the two dials lie the standard indicator lights oil pressure, neutral, turn high beam and side

The handlebars, brake and clutch are dressed in black matte The chrome headlight and a pair of mirrors complete the command These classical lines, with a a few splashes of modern — like the 498.9cc four-… parallel twin — make the CB 500 an eye-catching

A word to the wise: This not a sportster. A basic pair of hydraulic non-adjustable forks the front end, while the is flanked by a pair of preload-adjustable shocks.

The CB relies on a single Brembo rotor with a caliper up front, and a single, Brembo rotor with a caliper replaces rear brakes. Attractive, 17-inch alloy wheels shod Pirelli MT 75s give it a touch of

The quality of the overall fit and finish is

Add to this mix a pair of Keihin VP carbs and a basic, two-into-one side exhaust, and you get a basic, motorcycle.

Rider ergonomics are comfortable. The handlebar and footpeg feels just right. its low seat height, narrow and light weight, it feels like a Ducati Monster.

And being assembled in Italy, the of the overall fit and finish is excellent. All the and switches have a smooth, Japanese feel.

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The CB 500 is a very versatile bike. a nimble, reliable city However, out in the countryside and mountains notice the low-tech elements of bike.

As with … wind blast is uncomfortable at greater than 85 mph.

it’s spirited, it’s not and when Honda claims 50 hp at 9500 rpm, we aren’t to argue. This is not a torque machine. Although its light and short wheelbase make bike easy to turn, its suspension and hard-as-nails Pirelli NT 75s it to wallow and slide in corners.

The CB 500 handles best when briskly, but not aggressively.

Then is an Italianese motorcycle waiting for

There are areas in which we like to see some improvements, as an adjustable front end, front brakes and better consumption. As tested, we averaged a over 30 mpg (6.5L/100km). Not bad for a car but poor to other bikes — had four-cylinder/100 horsepower bikes better.

Still, if you’re in the for an economical, sturdy little backed by that famous reliability, then there is an motorcycle waiting for you.


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