Honda revealed the 2013 version of its sporty CBR500R. The bike has received a few upgrades which help it remain competitive. Among them you’ll find a brand new engine and a fresh chassis.

The new two-cylinder parallel-twin layout offers a wide powerband and plenty of torque, while a counterbalance keeps things running smooth. The 2013 model also comes with a slightly sportier riding position which helps you feel the motorcycle, better but doesn’t affect the overall comfort.

The stopping power is handled by front and rear wave-style disc brakes. Needless to say that the motorcycle is also available with a modern ABS which further enhances the stopping abilities.

The CBR500R has a full line of available Honda Genuine Accessories including a sport screen, color-matched passenger seat cowl, and carbon-look accents.

The 2013 Honda CBR500R has a starting price of $5,999, while the ABS version can be yours for $6,499.

Hit the jump for more information on the Honda CBR500R.

  • 2013 Honda CBR500R
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Transmission:
    Six Speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    47 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
  • Displacement:
    500 cc
  • Price:

Press release

2013 Honda CBR500R Exterior
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With the introduction of the all-new CBR500R, Honda boldly redefines the middleweight class and infuses a whole new level of excitement for sport riders in search of superior value, along with great fun.

The CBR500R delivers plenty of performance to sport riders, with its thoroughly modern, torquey 500cc P-twin DOHC engine wrapped in a great-handling chassis and featuring a full fairing spawned from Honda’s much-acclaimed CBR600RR and CBR1000RR sportbikes.

The CBR500R features a full bodywork cowl and a 31-inch seat height. It’s an excellent choice for riders ready to move up a displacement class, or for any rider who’s looking for a light, sporting, do-it-all street machine.


2013 Honda CBR500R High Resolution Exterior
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An all-new design, the CB500R is built with a high-performance, liquid-cooled 500cc DOHC parallel-twin engine that offers plenty of accessible power. Honda twins have always been some of the best motorcycle engines anywhere—reliable, efficient, and fun to ride.

Honda twins are famous for their versatility, and the new CBR500R engine is one of our best ever. Using the same piston bore size as our CBR600RR sportbike, the parallel-twin engine offers accessible performance across all RPM ranges.

Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture is delivered for the existing riding and atmospheric conditions for a crisp throttle response throughout a wide variety of riding.

Sporting Heritage

2013 Honda CBR500R High Resolution Exterior
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The CBR500R offers a riding position that’s a touch more sporting, but not too aggressive, whether you’re commuting or carving the canyons.

A sophisticated chassis with Honda Pro-Link rear suspension, with 9-stage preload and 4.1 inches travel, gives you a comfortable ride over small bumps, while capably absorbing bigger bumps to increase riding comfort and handling.

Practicality and design

2013 Honda CBR500R High Resolution Exterior
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The new CBR500R offers a step seat with a low height. Perfect for around-town riding or winding roads, it also offers plenty of room for a passenger, and is specially designed to fit a wide range of riders. The sturdy rear passenger grips offer a firm handhold for your passenger or tie-down points for smaller items.

The aerodynamic bodywork provides significant advantages in air management for added rider comfort, along with a low drag coefficient and effective cooling.

Apart from the sporty body work, you also get twin 55-watt H7 halogen headlights and multi-facet reflectors which give the front end a unique look and project plenty of light on the road for visibility.

A full LCD screen features a digital speedometer and tachometer and more, including a clock, odometer, trip meter, real-time and average fuel consumption meters, and illuminated engine diagnostic indicators.

A motorcycle’s frame is the basis for its handling. A new take on a classic construction, the CBR500R’s diamond-shaped 35mm steel-tube mainframe ties to the engine with four mounts, offering a rock-solid foundation for a superior ride and handling.


The motorcycle is equipped with 320mm front and 240 mm rear wave-style disc brakes which provide strong stopping power. Available ABS on the CBR500R helps you make smoother, more controlled stops under less-than-ideal conditions.


Its combination of lightweight and rider-friendly engine makes the CBR500R a great choice for commuting, weekend rides, or just getting out and having fun. Plus, its lower seat height makes it easier to get your feet on the ground when you stop.


Engine Type 500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore And Stroke 67.0mm x 66.8mm
Induction PGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
DRIVE TRAIN Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive O-ring-sealed chain
Front Suspension 41mm fork; 4.3 inches travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Front Brake Twin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear Brake Single-caliper 240mm wave disc
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 160/60-17
Rake 25.5 degrees
Trail 103mm (4.05 inches)
Wheelbase 55.5 inches
Seat Height 30.9 inches
Curb Weight 425 pounds
Fuel Capacity 4.1 gallons including 0.7-gallon reserve
Emissions Meets current EPA standards
Available Colors Black, Pearl White/Blue/Red, Red
Base MSRP $5,999
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