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RideApart Review: 2013 CB500F ABS

Two weeks ago, if asked me to pick the perfect to do a 1000 mile week on, some of California’s best with stints of highway in the new 2013 Honda CB500F ABS wouldn’t make the list of bikes. It’s a bike we have found trendy to in top 10’s for beginners or top 10 for under 6K. So how did it one of the best bikes for this job?

What’s New

By now, you have already read review on the 2013 Honda from the same trip. If go read it; if so you know that just released three based on this new 471cc, 47 liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine.

All of these bikes are basically the Same 32 ft-lbs of torque. 8,500 rpm redline. Same 425 (wet). Same tubular frame, 41mm forks, and adjustable Pro-Link monoshock.

the same motorcycle.

The only from CBR to CB are the lack of a windscreen, of fairings, and more upright If I’m splitting hairs, the seat a little more plush as than the CBR500R, but may have been that I only the 500R at the end of one of the nights and my … was plenty sore by then.

you believe me if I told you this was the motorcycle race I’ve To be honest, I’d never really interested in going. I’d seen the on TV and the view looked terrible, so far away and can only see one tiny of what’s happening.

Plus, I’m so more interested in the tech of motorcycles. I love watching produce better and better and try and compete for market share and I get into new bikes or gear find innovative ways to our experience as riders better. I really care about who a race, and the culture of it all doesn’t that far removed from or a Sturgis rally.

Just with Rossi in place of foam fingers or hair.

Wes promised a fun time, it was a good chance for us to hang out the teams from various and brag about how we have the readership profile in powersports Oh, and my family is from Monterey and are a blast and I figured if everything sucked I could just go out with them.

This was my first ride on the “MotoGP as I usually take the coast up or get on the freeway and try and get it over with. I up my bags early, texted Wes to sure he was only going to be a late, and got on the road to meet him in We had just picked up the bikes a day or so and I hadn’t spent any time on it, and was a worried about how such a engine would do packed and with a rider in full

While the CB500F has a relatively low top and therefore puts you relatively in the RPM range while cruising at I had no problems with my initial stint outside of dressing for 100 Taft, yet riding through 57 Ventura.

From Ojai up the 33 to then back out the 58 to the 101, up the 101 to Carmel Valley Road and my place in Monterey, the ride was stunning. I was mad at myself for never ridden that route and was amazed at how beautiful each of road was.

I can tell I’m already running so I’ll just be brief and say I was about MotoGP and it was an awesome and I can’t wait to go to more races. I finagled my way into the when Marquez was in there, got up huge with a pass the track during the two up rides most terrifying thing and, even with my GA was able to find a great of the race.

From there, Wes and I ways. He headed back to LA our friend Cody while I off to see more family at our cabin Lake Tahoe.

The ride Monterey to Pinecrest Lake just cuts northeast the valley, up the 120 and 108 into the Sierra That is the ONLY time this trip where I wished I was on a larger, faster The roads are all two-laners through flat farmland, and you can literally see any and for 30 miles in between the infrequent

It was the first time I wished I one something like the Hayabusa. as I have been able to sit at for miles without the slightest of being unsafe.

Alas, isn’t what the CB500F is all and as I soon as I hit the base of the mountains I was content with it again. As the turn to mountains, the long get tighter and tighter, and the little was equally as happy flat out a fast sweeper as it was in 2nd when it got twisty (the fact the logging industry lobbyists to have the roads repaved other year or so didn’t either). When I arrived, I was I had declined Wes’s suggestion we for the ride home, as the upright position on the CB was perfect for managing the and rock parking lot.

48 hours later, I was back on the heading up over the Sonora At almost 10,000 feet and grades as steep as 26 degrees, it was of the craziest pavement I’ve The Honda was absolutely brilliant on all of it, for their decision to leave off the hang glider to make my faster.

Down the other I connected with the 395 and headed for LA, I discovered that there is not a (as Wes suggested) when I hit 107 with a help from a helpful and the slightest of declines in the pavement.

It me just over 8 hours to it home from the lake, and I cannot say I got home feeling and fantastic, I can say that the only bike I’ve been to do that kind of range on is the I’m just a big sissy and pretty uncomfortable even in a lounge or hammock if left for any amount of and was incredibly impressed with how the little Honda met my comfort

I hate agreeing with but I think Wes hit it perfectly. The bike is comfortable. It’s fun to ride and can pretty much every from around town to the to long trips.

I let a buddy it around the block who learned to a few months ago and is bike shopping and he believe how easy it was to ride; he was still able to keep up us on much larger bikes, when we went on the freeway.

The engine is not huge and does not a ton of power, but the power is accessible and The CB500F is incredibly agile, feeling stiff enough to your line in long, sweepers. The brakes do a wonderful job at the bike down and the ABS is incredibly until you really need it.

I think the size, fit, and are all incredible for a bike at this point. Every person who has it since we’ve had it has commented how saw their reflection in a window and struck by how they didn’t huge on it, and were surprised by how it looked.

As Wes mentioned, the instruments clear and easy to read, and a number of additional useful The headlight was also a nice when my ride home to LA dark and I was still able to see and debris in our wonderful Los Angeles system.

The CB500F doesn’t liter bike power or

No one will be impressed that you a smart bike instead of a one (that’s the whole point,

Honda CB 600 F ABS
Honda CB 600 F ABS

Preload is nearly impossible to without some wacky that is not included, and the tool kit do include is basically worthless you need to add so many additional

Touring would be way more if they could come up some kind of windscreen to help get some of the wind off chest. It’s not the kind of I would want to leave on I was doing a ton of miles, but it would make the bike better for sort of application.

Being the data nerd I am, I too would love to see a temperature I like to look and see what it when I can feel a slight and it’s nice to have, when you’re on a long

What Others Say

“…the F’s is never going to tear the off anyone, but the smooth, linear delivery means it can be hustled. and the unassuming engine note I often found myself 15-20 mph more than I I was, and on open stretches it was enough to hit 100 mph without feeling fussed…it’s a terrific bargain for it offers.” — Visordown

“…it is a little grown up bike in its own and is not a pastiche in any way…It is also value for money.” — MCN

The Price

The Honda CB500F has an MSRP of without ABS and $5,999 with. $500 less than the and CB500X, $2,100 less the Ninja 650R, $2,500 than the Gladius, and $2,400 that the FZ6R.

Personally, I the CB500F to the CBR500R, as I felt it was a bit roomier because of the bars and I it looks the nicest. Plus, it you $500. On a bike this efficient, that’ll pay for around miles of epic trips this one.

The Verdict

If you to impress other motorcyclists, is not the bike for you. If you want that will run forever, get gas mileage, stop when you it to, and still be fun at reasonable speeds, is an absolutely fantastic option. I with Wes that I would this over most of the entry level options for much everyone except the I know who want to do zero riding or commuting and just to be able to come along we take long trips.

When we first decided to the 500s to Laguna, I thought it was a cool story idea and I put up with any of the bike’s shortcomings for the sake. In hindsight, The CB500F can rub with any of the other options I consider with arguments can be made supporting it. I had a blast it and would happily turn and do it again.

1000 miles on a motorcycle that’s completely at high speeds, that when you need it to and provides of fun when the roads allow? I’m

RideApart Rating: 10/10 (I giving bikes a perfect unless I can unequivocally say it can’t be but, for 5k, I honestly don’t see how it be any better).

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