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There’s a lot of things new 2013 Honda CBR500R It’s not very fast and not very light. Riding it Los Angeles to Laguna Seca to MotoGP this weekend, it draw a lot of admiring looks.

it’s also very very cheap and very fun to Is that enough to make you one?

What’s New

The CBR500R is an motorcycle and the sportiest model in new 500 range. It was made to meet new A2 license tier for new riders, specifies both a maximum output (47bhp) and a power-to-weight It was also designed to be extremely both to buy and own.

It’s no then that the 471cc, parallel-twin develops precisely That motor only to a relatively low redline of 8,500rpm, it develops that peak Max torque of 32lb-ft arrives at

On paper, that may not sound the most flexible motor but it’ll actually pull strongly from 1,500rpm or so, all the way up to the

That engine is housed in a basic, tubular steel suspended by non-adjustable, 41mm, up forks and a preload adjustable, monoshock.

So far, so humble. The kerb (including a full tank) particularly light, either, at

Aside from the ABS (a $500 there’s no new tech features or It’s a motorcycle, plain and But a brilliant one. Why?

year since I moved to in 2006, I’ve made from LA to Laguna Seca an ritual. Sure, the race is fun to and it’s a good place to up with old friends, but really, just an excuse to take in of the best riding roads in the alongside a few buddies. Typically, I try and something that fits a idea of fun — an Aprilia RSV4 year, a GSX-R1000 before

The route typically remains the too. Cruise up to Ojai on the 33, that to the 58. By the time that you back out on the 101, we’re tired and hot, so we cruise up the 101 to Valley Road and arrive in exhausted and sore.

But also because those are three of the scenic and challenging riding around. 33 is all high-speed sweepers, 58 is 2nd hairpins. Carmel Valley have lane markers, but it have bumps and blind lots of them.

The Monday after the race, I to head down the PCH through Big passing hoards of poorly-ridden while enjoying the view this year, headed Nacimiento Fergusson road for the time. That’s more hairpins, these covered in and loose rocks.

All in, it’s one of my motorcycle trips of the year and a to let my hair down and go fast on bikes. Believe it or not, but I had more fun riding this CBR than I have on any other yet.

33’s high sweepers should have a major challenge for a slow, bike. Climbing up the TopaTopa they’re typically one of the rare to use a liter bike’s full on the road. Could 47bhp to make them fun? that limited power is complimented by fairly limited so it was fun.

Full throttle, peg knee down fun, all at half the speed I’d normally be

58? More of the same. Turning it, I’d hoped to hang with a of fast guys on powerful tourers a Hayabusa and even an old GTS1000, but they left me for on the road’s long, straight In 6th, the little Honda at 102mph.

By the time I’d reached the corners, I was on my own again, spent most of the grabbing huge handfuls of then trying to take lean out in corners that parts wouldn’t drag. The ground clearance is fairly displaying a centimeter or so of unused on both edges of the rear even after removing the peg then dragging the pegs almost every corner.

to grab knee down a group on a 2013 Honda Ducati 848 Evo and 900SS passed. The on the CBR was a friend who’d been about the 500, so I pulled on my hopped on my bike and chased all of them down, passing through subsequent corners. I was out with a huge smile on my they were a long, long ways from bike’s limits.

And that — to and beyond the CBR500R’s full compared to maybe a third of the — is what makes riding the cheaper bike so much fun. The 500 makes 71bhp the 500 is 15lbs heavier, the 500’s is far less capable. But riding it on the that simply means you get to use throttle, you get to use full lean, you get to the bike absolutely as hard as it go, in safety, often while under the speed limit.

Then there’s the 500’s benefits. All in, this trip 780 miles. All in, I spent $46.18 on averaging 54mpg. That’s good considering the type of described above.

Also previous years, I also in Monterey without any numb and without back spasms. The CBR is also the most comfortable with low pegs, a large, seat and a spacious cockpit. also the only CBR with space for large luggage.

ride back down Big Sur the flat-out, high speed it’s been in previous It was cold and foggy, so we just along at a reasonable pace. The upright riding position excellent views and it remained and confident, even in sketchy Turning up through Nacimiento the extreme agility created by the 160/60-17 rear tire the tight road and limited easy, too.

A larger, faster bike have been ponderous

But perhaps the best illustration of the capability of the CBR500R came at the end of the trip. A tractor trailer had on the 101 near Topanga Canyon blocking all four lanes and traffic completely. Even riding all the way back from I was sharp and mentally acute to navigate 20 miles or more of stalled freeway traffic the same ease as I’d had anywhere on the trip.

The CBR500R is as good in traffic as it is dragging knee as it is down the highway.

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And it would been just as easy and fun in any of places or on the entire trip for a new as it was for me. Taking that into this is the most diversely fun bike that Honda

All-day comfortable, even for riders like me.

Crazy even at safe, legal

Extremely fuel efficient.

responsive motor. The top speed is by gearing, not a limiter, so it pulls up to 100mph.

Extreme agility navigating snarled traffic or tight back roads easy.

The ABS brakes are so unobtrusive, you won’t they’re there until you to a sharp, confident halt in bad They remain sensitive to trail to an apex, with knee on the ground.

Heavy on but you’ll swear it weighs less as soon as you swing a leg it; that weight is totally

Very confidence inspiring, you to push as hard as possible.

like a much more bike than it is.

Powerful works well at night on roads.

Clear instruments convey speed and revs.

A lock positioned so your rests upright, on the center of the seat.

A little extra clearance wouldn’t go amiss.


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