TORRANCE, Calif. – At a special media event held in Milan ahead of the EICMA motorcycle show, Honda unveiled the updated CB500F naked sport bike, which gets an aggressive new look and a number of important technical improvements for 2016.
At the same time, Honda announced the revised Metropolitan scooter, as well as a number of returning 2016 models. The CB500F’s U.S. unveiling will take place on Friday at the Long Beach, Calif. IMS show.
“As we near the end of our 2016 model year announcements, we’re pleased to release details on the improved CB500F,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “The CB line has a proud history with Honda, and with sharp new styling, this fun, capable naked bike continues to be worthy of the name. The Metropolitan scooter has been refreshed as well, and the announcement also includes several exciting returning models. We look forward to sharing them with our customers during the IMS show tour.”
Featuring sculpted new bodywork for an aggressive look that highlights the motorcycle’s functional components, the CB500F is an even better choice for a midsize naked sport bike in 2016. LED lights are now standard 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. Rounding out the improvements to the 2016 Honda CB500F are an adjustable front brake lever, aluminum die-cast passenger foot pegs, transmission updates that result in improved shifting feel, and a “wave”-style ignition key.
The bike will be available next February.