5Honda CBR500R

Honda CBR500R

5Honda CBR500R
4.5

30 reviews

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90% · 271 · 3%

Mileage 11,750 km
Build Quality
5.0
Value for Money
4.5
Cleaning & Maintenance
4.5
Noise Level
4.3
Braking
3.8
Acceleration / Power
4.0
Gear Shifting
4.3
Suspension
4.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.5
Comfort
4.0
Handling
4.3
Good all-rounder bike
Top points for comfort
Spare parts can be tricky to source
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Reviews

30 reviews
30 reviews
Jonathan D.
Jonathan D.Murray Mallee, SA2 posts
 

Great for commuting

I appreciate that the engine of my Honda CBR500R responds better to commuting than to extreme sports riding, as this is more applicable to me and that the suspension that feels good in the corners is also compliant on the bumpiest of freeways
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Mat R
Mat RCentral West, NSW8 posts
 
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D15
D15BRISBANE23 posts
 
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Justin
JustinSydney, NSW
 

Great everyday bike

The CBR500R was my first ever motorcycle.
It has great power for a LAMS bike, handles well and is easy to ride. I’ve been riding it every day to work and is a very reliable piece of machinery. It looks good and accelerates well compared to a 300cc or below. I’d say as an every day commuter you can’t go wrong with this bike and it’s big enough to take on some weekend trips. The downsides are it’s turning circle, handlebars/Mirrors make it a little tight for tight filtering and once you’ve ridden it for a while you desire more power. Other than that I’d highly recommend it as a beginner bike. Show details
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Lance
LanceSydney, NSW10 posts
 

doesn't do much wrong

cheap bike that doesn't make mistakes but isn't brilliant at anything. your jaw wont drop with excitement and the adjustable forks on the 16+ models are a bit of a joke. over all very meh. I feel as if i'm on a scooter at times (however one that can do well on the highway.) you absolutely need an exhaust for this bike.

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Brad
BradAdelaide5 posts
 

Fantastic Learners Bike

This is a fantastic bike for both beginners and intermediate level riders.

It has limited power that provides decent torque but not so much that will kick off a beginner. I have had mine about 9 months and love it.

I have not had any issues with it mechanically and it is cheap on fuel.

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Oztog
OztogSydney3 posts
 

Solid learner bike

This bike was un upgrade to my CB125 that I had just after I got my L's, Better for longer rides compared to the CB125 and with that extra power the last one lacked, The handling was quite nice and the weight were perfect to feel balanced. Over all would recommend.

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Yazz
YazzAU5 posts
 

The best learner bike

Hello I owned one of these for around 3 years , was happy to even ride it on a full licence as I wasn't ready to upgrade yet, was a little bit uprights so great for long rides, cheap on fuel, came in the tri colours, great for short people, had enough power, highly recommended.

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Michael oshea
Michael osheaBrisbane6 posts
 

Amazeballs

Purchased myself one of these as an upgrade from my hyosung gtr250

Would have to be the best purchase ive ever made!

Bike was incredible had enough power to be fun not enough you were afraid to ride it to its limits.

Handles like a dream, never had any mechanical issues all visits to mechanics were just services

10/10

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johnsonb21
johnsonb21Richmond-Tweed, NSW11 posts
 

So good

Walked into Ongmac Lismore one day just browsing and before I could stop myself, I bought a new bike just like that. Couldnt help myself, it fitted beautifully, rides almost effortlessly. Bit touchy on the throttle but I getting used to that. Tyres dont like wet grass but I wont do that again. What can I say, when I wake up, look outside and think "this is a good day for a ride"...thats what I do, what more do I want? 500cc twin cyclinder is perfect!

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enve
envePerth, WA13 posts
 

awesome bike

I bought this bike after a couple of years with no bike as my previous Honda CBR250 was stolen. This bike is fabulous....great reliability, starts first time every time, economical and plenty powerful for me. Took a bit to get used to the different handling as it doesn't like to go slow round the corners but now I'm used to it. Smoother ride than the CBR250 and better for longer rides.

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Kristina
KristinaGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC10 posts
 

Best LAMS bike out there

So much power for a LAMS bike. I would highly recommend. I purchased the white colour, it really stands out with its shimmery pearl paint and metallic blue and black stripes. It is a super comfortable ride with the handlebars not too low, thick padded seat and comfortable leg position

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Ben P
Ben Pmelbourne3 posts
 

Not as good as the classic

Honda will always be a good company but the current bikes are no where near as good as the classics from the 90's. When you're sitting on a bike it doesn't matter what the dials look like, and the old 250 is beautiful at delivering a strong burst of power and a redline of 19.5k

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C.J
C.JSydney Surrounds, NSW4 posts
 

Love my new bike!

Great bike! Good on fuel and plenty of power for a beginner. Only negative I can think of is that I do not like the exhaust and it sounds like a scooter haha. Also seemed to be hard to track down after-market parts for the year model I purchased (2016). Would highly recommend to anyone getting their learners as this bike is much better valued than the restricted 650s.

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Questions & Answers

Darren P.
Darren P.

What’s the difference between cbr500r my15 and my16? It came up while getting quote for insurance thanks?

Reggie U.
Reggie U.

Hey guys I have a cbr 500 r 2015. When it'd colder it seems to run fine. But when it get warm and I'm in 5-7 rpm it's surging really bad. I have tried cleaning the filter but not alone off deference. Any thought????

D15
D15  

Yep not normal. I am not a mechanic but it needs checking out by one. I imagine Honda would be familiar with this problem on this model .

Reggie U.
Reggie U.  

Yea I kinda want to try and get it sorted my self with some help. It just doesn't make sense it runs fine than will start surging and won't go past 100 -140

D15
D15  

Checked the forums and there was 4 x things it could be. It worked out for most guys that the chain and sprockets needed replacing. Under $350 job.

David H
David H

I've been riding for 35 years, have had some serious sports bikes, I'm thinking of dialling it back a bit, would I be happy with a cbr500r or would it get boring.

D15
D15  
David H
David H  

Thanks for that, my favourite bike got taken out while riding years ago, if that hadn't happened I'd probably still be riding it, nothing has come close since. O well

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Points of praise

  • Reviewers described this bike as highly reliable, particularly for a combination of weekday commutes and the occasional weekend trip.
  • This bike offers a good balance between having an engine that’s powerful enough to enjoy riding, but not so powerful that it’s difficult for a learner to handle.
  • Many reviewers appreciated that the CBR500R was comfortable to ride, both on hills and highways.
  • The attractive appearance, particularly when purchased in Matte Gray Metallic, was a definite plus point for some reviewers.

Points to consider

  • It may take a little while to become familiar with how to handle the CBR500R, particularly with navigating corners. But once you do, it will provide you with many easy and enjoyable rides.
  • Spare parts may be harder to source if you have an older CBR500R, e.g. a 2016 model, however this didn’t stop reviewers from rating this bike highly.
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