After the teaser campaign that kept naked bike enthusiasts on their toes, Honda unveiled the 2016 CB500F at the 2015 EICMA show in Milan on 17 November. The half-litre faired sibling, the CBR500R, also underwent comprehensive changes in its 2016 model.
After makeover, CB500F has gained a more muscular look. The upgrades includes LED lights now, standard at front and rear, and the shortened muffler has an improved exhaust note. The fuel tank is now larger and has a hinged cap, while the fork gets externally adjustable spring preload. The 2016 Honda CB500F comes with an adjustable front brake lever, aluminium passenger foot pegs, transmission updates that results in improved shifting feel, claims Honda.
The motor continues to be powered by the 471cc DOHC engine -- producing 47bhp. The motorcycle returns 29.4kmpl and steel diamond-tube frame remain unchanged in the new CB500F. The CB500F will be available in six new paint options, with wheel stripe decals included.
The full faired CBR500R also gets update for 2016. Launched in 2013, the first major facelift of the motorcycle features more angular design. Honda calls the new design philosophy as 'Aggressive Speed Shape' that sports a sharp front face with angled dual LED lights and a shortened, upswept tail. Honda hasn't made any modification to the powerplant, frame and brakes, which means the same 471cc engine that also does duty in CB500F will be continued. The 2016 model is armed with revisions that include LED lighting, larger fuel tank, adjustable front forks and redesigned centralised exhaust.