The CB500F has proved to be one of Honda???s tried-and-trusted formulas, with uncompromising lines that further elevate its technical and mechanical aspects, while a host of upgrades enhance the fun riding experience even more.
The CB500F has an entertaining twin-cylinder engine wrapped in a simple, lightweight, sporty chassis, which can be as much fun for a veteran rider as it is for those still building their riding experience.
While the CB500Fs compact dimensions and welcoming manners make it a great tool for learning, and sensible running costs are ideal for commuting, those same attributes make it a genuine pleasure for weekend outings.
The eight-valve, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin-cylinder engine offers a well-proportioned balance of physical size and willing, enjoyable power output, with an energetic, high-revving character and capable top-end performance.
Already strong off the bottom, this year development focused on faster acceleration through a boost in low-to-mid-range power and torque in the 3,000 to 7,000rpm range.
Feeding the PGM-FI fuel injection is now a straight shot of airflow through the airbox and throttle bodies.
The battery has been repositioned further away from the rear of the airbox intake duct to allow greater airflow.
The exhaust muffler now features dual exit pipes, adding a sportier-sounding edge to each pulse. Peak power arrives at 8,500 rpm, with maximum torque delivered at 7,000 rpm.
The primary couple-balancer sits behind the cylinders, close to the bike???s centre of gravity. The primary and balancer gears use scissor gears, reducing noise.
The crank counterweight is specifically shaped for couple-balance is light to allow the engine to spin freely, with reduced inertia.
A six-speed gearbox mirrors that of the RR and uses the same gear-change arm structure and link mechanism.
An assist/slipper clutch enables lighter upshifts and smoother downshifts.
The engine complements the frame???s rigidity with four frame hangers on the cylinder head.
Internally, the cylinder head uses roller-rocker arms; shim-type valve adjustment allows them to be light, for lower valve-spring load and reduced friction.
A silent cam chain has the surface of its pins treated with Vanadium, reducing friction with increased protection against wear.
The unchanged 35mm steel diamond-tube mainframe is light and strong, with a tuned degree of yield that gives optimum feedback to the rider as road surfaces change.
Vibration is minimised by the shape and position of the engine mounts, plus the frame???s rigidity balance.
The geometry gives nimble, yet confidence-inspiring steering.
Mass centralisation, with the engine in close proximity to the swing-arm pivot point, delivers turning agility, while optimum front/rear weight distribution ensures stability.
The low seat height makes the CB500F very easy to manage and its neutral riding position comfortably accommodates riders of varying heights.
The 41mm preload-adjustable telescopic fork delivers a compliant yet controlled ride and gives great feel for front-tire grip.
A new single-tube rear shock (as found on larger-capacity sport bikes) replaces the double-tube design of the previous model; its large-diameter piston ensures excellent suspension response and temperature management. It has nine-stage spring preload adjustment and works through a rigid box-section steel swing-arm, which now features pressed-steel chain-adjustment end-pieces.
Lightweight, 17-inch cast-aluminium wheels employ hollow cross-section Y-shaped spokes. A single front 320mm petal-style disc and two-piston brake calliper is matched to a 240mm rear disc and single-piston calliper.
ABS is standard.
The CB500Fs naked form has evolved front to rear and exudes a newfound aggression.
Led by the penetrating headlight design, the machine???s stance is low-set
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The Tiger 800 is without doubt one of Triumph's best-loved motorcycles ??? and possibly the most critically acclaimed ??? with a bloodline originating from the first competition Tigers??? gold medals at the 1936 International Six Days Trial. This was the starting point for the longest-running adventure motorcycle story of them all, and that same spirit of adventure and quest for perfection is built into each and every Tiger today.
The updated Tiger 800 XC and XR ranges come with over 200 chassis and engine upgrades, and a whole suite of world-class off-road improvements that complement carefully crafted on-road enhancements. We've specifically targeted advances in technology, comfort, and style along with the introduction of a new generation engine to maximise the rider enjoyment.
The result is a Tiger 800 that???s genuinely better in every way, on the road... but especially off it. Here are seven reasons why we love riding the Tiger 800!
"Red riders, rejoice! After years of being unrepresented in the 450cc four-stroke enduro category, Honda finally has a street-legal 450cc CRF that???s not only designed for the dirt, but surprisingly well suited to the road. While Honda describes this new bike as a close descendant of the lean and mean CRF450R motocross machine, the CRF450L is much more than a motocross bike with headlights. Plenty of energy has been put into ensuring the new Honda feels as at home on the road as it does off it." Shannon Warner, BIKESALES.COM.AU FULL REVIEW: https://www.bikesales.com.au/editorial/details/2019-honda-crf450l-review-118244/
TESTIMONIAL "I rode this bike in complete stock trim and in over 20 years, I cannot remember the last time I did that, especially anywhere near the Finke track!! No steering damper, no heavy springs, no exhaust, no weight saving, nothing, just a dead stock 450L with a set of Dunlops and away I went. And you know what, it was one of the most enjoyable rides I have had in a long time, good fun, smooth and quiet! I saw 150 on the clock and had a rest when I got tired. The dash was telling me how much fuel I was using, the numbers made me think, right lets crank it up a notch! We really tested this thing out and it was awesome, all in all, loved every minute of it." Michael Vroom, Dealer Principal at Desert Edge, Northern Territory.