2017 Honda CB500F

The Biggest Value in the 500 Class.

Everyone’s looking for the one motorcycle that can do it all—that you can start out on, that fits a wide variety of riders, that can take you to work, school, or on a weekend ride. Used to be there were tons of bikes in this “standard” class. Not so many these days. But here’s the good news: The Honda CB500F is probably the best do-it-all middle-displacement streetbike around.

Big surprise—Honda revolutionized the world of motorcycling with their midsized twins a generation ago. And here’s the intel on the latest members of the family. With its minimal bodywork, a classic riding position, and a 30.9-inch seat height that fits a wide range of riders, the CB500F is going to suit just about any rider. It has a powerful twin-cylinder engine and a wide, user-friendly powerband. It’s a great bike to start out on, or to come back to, or to just ride forever. It embraces the best of motorcycling, and doesn’t get sidetracked with too much flavor-of-the-week design. You want an authentic ride? It just doesn’t get any better than a CB500F.


  • Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.


  • LED HEADLIGHT:The CB500F’s LED headlight gives the front end a cutting-edge look and also projects plenty of light on the road for visibility.
  • DIGITAL INSTRUMENTATION: Full LCD blue-tinted screen features a digital speedometer and tachometer and more, including a clock, odometer, trip meter, real-time and average fuel consumption meters, and illuminated engine diagnostic indicators.
  • UNIQUE: Less is more when it comes to the CB500F, but for 2016, we’ve fine-tuned that look to freshen things up a bit. With its classic, clean, progressive style, the CB500F is a motorcycle that looks great while still providing incredible value and performance.
  • DOHC TWIN-CYLINDER ENGINE: Honda twins are famous for their versatility, and the CB500F engine is one of our best ever. Using the same piston bore size as our CBR600RR sportbike, the parallel-twin engine offers accessible performance across all RPM ranges.
  • PROGRAMMED FUEL INJECTION (PGM-FI): Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture is delivered for the existing riding and atmospheric conditions for crisp throttle response throughout a wide variety of riding conditions.
  • STEEL-TUBE FRAME: A motorcycle’s frame is the basis for its handling. A take on a classic construction, the CB500F’s diamond-shaped 35 mm steel-tube mainframe ties to the engine with four mounts, offering a rock-solid foundation for a superior ride and handling.
  • PRO-LINK® REAR SUSPENSION: A sophisticated chassis with Honda Pro-Link® rear suspension, nine-stage preload, and 4.7-inch travel give you a comfortable ride over small bumps, while capably absorbing bigger bumps to increase riding comfort and handling.
  • STEP SEAT: The CB500F offers a step seat with a low height. Perfect for around-town riding or out in the canyons, it also offers plenty of room for a passenger and is specially designed to fit a wide range of riders.
  • REAR GRIPS: Sturdy rear passenger grips offer a firm handhold for your passenger or tie-down points for smaller items.
  • DISC BRAKES: The front 320 mm wave-style disc brake and 240 mm rear provide strong stopping power.
  • CAST WHEELS: Strong and stylish, the CB500F’s 12-spoke cast-aluminum wheels are easy to keep clean, look great, and are another CB500F feature that just makes sense.
  • TRIM EXHAUST: The CB500F’s compact exhaust system is a perfect example of the bike’s overall philosophy. It’s compact, it looks great, and it sounds awesome too, with a crisp exhaust note you’re going to love.
  • ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS): Available ABS on the CB500F helps you make smoother, more controlled stops under less-than-ideal conditions.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2017
Model CB500F
Model Code CB500FL
Color Red



Front - 2-piston caliper with single 320 mm wave disc

Rear - Single-caliper 240 mm wave disc


Front - 120/70-17

Rear - 160/60-17


Weight Curb - 414.4 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel - ready to ride)
Wheelbase 55.5 in.
Seat Height 30.7 in.


Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive O-ring-sealed chain


Engine Parallel-Twin
Displacement 471 cc
Bore x Stroke 67.0 mm x 66.8 mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Carburetion PGM-FI, 34 mm throttle bodies
Fuel Capacity 4.4 gal.
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Cooling Liquid-Cooled



Front - 41 mm fork; 4.3 in. travel

Rear - Pro-Link® single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel

Rake 25.5 degrees (caster angle)
Trail 102 mm (4.01 inches)