2019 Honda CBR500R can be the next big thing from the Japanese brand for India, which seems to have definite plans of bringing cosmetic upgrades from the litre-class CBR into all the middleweight models. First, the upgrade was seen on CBR650R while later, all remaining products are getting the same front facial expressions with a slight change in fairing size and a different set of equipment. Honda CBR500R comes with a refined front cowl, making space for those two brilliant LED headlights.
The indicators are neat and mounted on the inner layer of the fairing. The side profile flaunts big bike feel with single exhaust and twin exits, sharp tail and massive fuel tank with visibly-connecting, dual tone under seat panel. The front comes with a huge petal disc brake and visible ABS ring while the rear disc is decently-sized in comparison to other rivals of this segment.
The powerful 471cc parallel twin engine under the fairing places the 2019 Honda CBR500R indirectly against the Kawasaki Ninja 400 and other middleweight performers. However, the benefit of extra displacement is the 43 Nm of impressive torque as power seems decent at just 47 HP. If planned and launched in India, the same restriction will not hold back as the restricted power is a result of A2 licensing for several countries around the globe.
Indian market is about to witness the launch of CBR650R and soon after, the plan of bringing an effective Kawasaki Ninja 400 rival is highly possible. The launch of CB300R further confirmed that the plans of expanding their lineup in the premium motorcycle segment are true. The CBR500R comes with a 120-section front and 160-section rear tire size, further getting dual channel ABS for safer riding.
The ZR-spec tires can help the bike stay stable around 200 kph of speed. The fuel tank measures 17.1 litres while Honda claims that the sports bike is able to deliver 28.6 kmpl of mileage. If launched in India, the 2019 CBR500R would be priced somewhere around INR 5 lakh (ex-showroom).
2019 Honda CBR500R Photos