Everything you need to know about the 2022 Honda CBR500R
Honda has been the maker of some of the finest motorcycles on the market. The Japs have always been ahead in terms of refinement and precision. The The Honda CBR500R was launched in 2013 alongside its naked and adventurous siblings – the CB500F and CB500X respectively. The threesome ran together since.
Slit just below the famous CBR650R, the Baby Blade has proven to be the perfect bridge for motivated riders migrating from a smaller machine to a liter class affair. And for 2022, the Honda CBR500R gets an impressive list of under-fairing updates to show just how serious it is about delivering pure fun.
Once again, the trio are unveiled with a few joint updates, but each gets their own set of candy as well. Brakes, suspension, wheels and swingarm are upgraded to become lighter, more efficient units. Horsepower remains unchanged for the 2022 Honda CBR500R, but revised fuel injection settings pave the way for an even smoother driving experience. It gets a new shade and shares the flagship kit with its 650cc big brother.
The baby blade adds more excitement to the formula with dual brakes, lighter wheels and swingarm, refined performance, and a drooling killer look.
Honda CBR500R 2022: all updates
Most of the updates to the CBR500R 2022 are under the skin. Honda gave their baby more biting brakes from their older siblings and the new Showa USD fork ahead of time. The cover remains unchanged, but it now receives the same optical unit from the CBR650R. Honda put the new CBR500R up to speed with lighter wheels and the swingarm.
The LCD instrument cluster is also updated with a gear and shift position indicator. The driving position is now more aggressive thanks to the lower positioning of the clips. In addition to the must-have Grand Prix Red shade, the 2022 Honda CBR500R also gets a new metallic shade.
The engine is refined, performance remains the same
There are no major changes to the engine at low speed here. 2019 saw the CBR500R benefit from a host of major engine upgrades that have been valiantly carried over here. The 471cc parallel twin engine continues to produce 46.9 horsepower and 31.7 lb-ft of torque. The PGM-Fi fuel injection system has been modified for 2022 MA.
It offers a slightly different torque curve and a refreshed character. The cooling system reduces weight thanks to the new lighter and more efficient radiator. The Baby Blade is still a fierce little thing that can do 0-60 MPH in 4.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 116 MPH.
New CBR500R Gets Updated, Lighter Components
The main updates come in the form of suspensions, brakes and frames. The 2022 CBR500R gets 41mm Showa SFF-BP inverted forks that are more robust up front that are also found in the CB650R and CBR650R. The handling characteristics are for a smooth improvement. Honda also replaced the single front disc setup with a smaller, radial-mounted 296mm dual-disc Nissin caliper setup.
To respond well to the new suspension and brake setup, Honda also replaced the old wheels with new, lighter 5 Y-spoke wheels. At the rear, the upgrade comes in the form of a Redesigned lighter swingarm constructed from thinner steel and features a hollow cross member. The rear shock remains unchanged and offers 5-stage preload adjustment with optimized spring and damping settings to match the new front forks.
Killer looks are complemented by a new color
Appearance is a no-brainer here and the 2022 Honda CBR500R looks grim with its crisp lines (not as character-oriented as the Suzuki Katana!) Speaking of which, the 2022MY gets the same headlight setup as its predecessor. – the CBR650R. Other than that everything else remains unchanged and Honda is adding a new color called Matt Gunpower Black Metallic.
But our favorite will remain the OG – Gran Prix Red. In terms of electronics and technology, it adds functionality to the already crisp LCD instrument cluster. Despite its aggressive look, the ergonomics are quite comfortable with a low seat height and compact dimensions.
2022 CBR500R gets a healthy list of accessories
The 2022 Honda CBR500R may seem aggressive and made up of ONLY racetracks, but this bad boy can be an easy tourer too, thanks to its flexible parallel twin engine. And for this reason, Honda provides the new baby blade with a host of touring-prone accessories.
These include a rear rack, a 35 liter top case, a tank bag, a seat bag, a high smoke windshield, heated grips, a seat cover and 12 V / USB Type-C sockets. On the aesthetic front with a focus on comfort and safety, you can also add reflective wheel strips and a tank pad.
Honda CBR500R 2022: price and launch forecast
The 2022 Honda CB500 series lineup has been unveiled for the European market, and in general it also applies to the United States. But some discrepancies like the 2022 Honda Monkey which took more than a year to go away, want us to take this news with a pinch of salt. Either way, with all the cool updates, the 2022 Honda CBR500R will likely be priced a lot higher than the 2021MY, which started with an MSRP of $ 6,999. In the worst case scenario, expect the new baby blade to launch by the end of the year.
Sources: Hondanews.eu, Hondaprokevin.com, Ultimatemotorcycling.com, Totalmotorcycle.com
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