– 2022 Honda CB500F Review / Specs / R&D Info + More! | Detailed Buyer’s Guide: 500 Naked Sport Bike / StreetFighter –
Say hello to the newly updated 2022 Honda CB500F, a naked sport bike also called a StreetFighter motorcycle. Surprisingly, Honda still hasn’t discontinued the CB500F and replaced it with a new CB500R like they did with the CB300F, CB650F and CB1000R models and gone more for the Neo Sports Cafe styling but here we are! Thankfully, they haven’t left the CB500F alone though and let get it stale like they have with many other models and we get to talk about some of the new changes and updates to the CB500F platform for 2022. We’re going to break down all of the nitty-gritty info about the 2022 CB500F that you need to know below and a lot more! But first, keep in mind that the information below hasn’t been made “official” yet by American Honda so you can think of this as a “sneak peek” so-to-say and I’ll update this page once we have more info on what colors we’ll be getting in the USA etc.
2022 CB500F Updates / Changes Quick Info | In short, here are all of the new changes to the CB500F: New Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks, dual front disc brakes with radial-mounted calipers. Front tire grip is heightened with more forward weight bias; handling is further improved by the new swingarm, which is lighter with more lateral flex. The rear shock has new settings to compliment the new forks. Redesigned wheels and a lighter radiator save more weight and new fuel injection settings improve engine character. More powerful headlight LEDs and front turn signals offer greater visibility.
- Quick CB500F Info (for those in a hurry):
- 2022 CB500F Price / MSRP: TBA
- 2022 CB500F Release Date: TBA
- 2022 CB500F Announcement Date: September 1, 2021
- 2022 CB500F Colors: Pearl Dusk Yellow, Pearl Smokey Gray, Matte Axis Gray Metallic, Grand Prix Red
- 2022 CB500F Horsepower: 46.9 HP @ 8,600 RPM
- 2022 CB500F Torque: 31.7 lb/ft TQ @ 6,500 RPM
- 2022 CB500F MPG: 67 Miles Per Gallon
- 2022 CB500F Seat Height: 30.9 inches
- 2022 CB500F Weight: 417 lbs (curb)
- 2022 CB500F Fuel Tank Capacity / Size: 4.5 gallons
- 2022 CB500F VS 2021 CB500F Changes: Yes, explained above and below.
- 2022 CB500F Review Contents:
- 1. | CB500F Introduction
- 2. | CB500F Model Overview
- 3. | CB500F Key Features / Development
- 3.1 | CB500F Chassis / Styling
- 3.2 | CB500F Engine
- 4. | CB500F Accessories
- 5. | CB500F Pictures / Photo Gallery
- 6. | CB500F Technical Specifications
1. | 2022 CB500F Introduction
The naked CB500F – originally launched in 2013 alongside the adventure-styled CB500X and fully-faired CBR500R – has quietly proved that one of Honda’s tried-and-trusted formulas for building popular motorcycles has lost none of its relevance.
That formula? An entertaining twin-cylinder engine wrapped in a simple, lightweight, sporty chassis, which is as much fun for an experienced rider as it is for those still building their riding career. And while a 35kW peak power output makes it suitable for A2 license holders, the CB500F offers so much more than ‘entry level’ performance.
While its compact dimensions and welcoming manners make it an easy machine to manage, ride and learn on, those same attributes also make it a genuine pleasure for those – whether stepping up from a 125 or coming down from a bigger machine – who want to explore just what it can do at the weekend. Sensible running costs, whatever the situation, add strongly to the appeal.
In 2019, the CB500F was redrawn with uncompromising lines that elevated its technical and mechanical aspects and in 2020 it was homologated for EURO5. Having proved its continued popularity, for 2022 it receives high-quality suspension in the form of Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks, dual front discs, new lightweight wheels and swingarm and other detail updates including three striking new colors.
2. | 2022 CB500F Model Overview
Alongside engine changes such as revised fuel injection settings and a new lighter radiator, the chassis benefits from the addition of Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks, dual Nissin radial mount two-piston calipers biting 296mm discs, lighter-weight 5-spoke wheels and redesigned swingarm – for improved high-speed handling and braking. Weight bias also moves fractionally forward compared to the previous model, for enhanced front tire grip and feel.
Styling is updated with a new front mudguard, inherited from the CB650R, and sporty aluminum footpegs are now also standard fit. As before, LCD instruments feature a Shift Up and Gear Position function. All lighting is LED, with optimized high/low headlight beam from the new headlight and position lights.
The 2022 CB500F will be available in the following color options:
- Grand Prix Red
- Matt Axis Grey Metallic
- Pearl Smokey Gray
- Pearl Dusk Yellow
3. | 2022 CB500F Key Features / Development
3.1 2022 CB500F Chassis / Styling
- New 41mm Showa Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks
- New dual 296mm discs matched to Nissin radial mount two-piston calipers
- Lighter weight wheels and swingarm, plus aluminum footpegs
- More forward weight bias for enhanced front tire grip
- Revised LEDs for the headlight for improved high/low beam
Light, strong and unchanged for 2022, the 35mm diameter steel diamond-tube mainframe has a tuned degree of yield that gives plenty of feedback to the rider as road surfaces change. The shape and position of the engine mounts, plus the frame’s rigidity balance, keep vibration to a minimum.
Immediately obvious is a brand-new front end set-up. With the aim to heighten sporty handling performance the 41mm telescopic forks of the previous design have been replaced by Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks, clamped by new top and bottom yokes. By dividing the functions – Big Piston pressure separation damper in one leg, spring mechanism in the other – reaction and ride quality are both improved. The four-cylinder CB650R uses the exact same set-up.
In a further effort to improve the ride quality, the 2022 CB500F features new lighter wheels with 5 Y-shaped spokes rather than the 6 of the previous model. The front wheel width remains 3.5inch with a 120/70-ZR17 tire and the rear 4.5inch with 160/60-ZR17 tire.
A redesigned swingarm also shaves grams; it’s now constructed from 2mm steel (rather than 2.3mm) and employs a hollow cross member and crisply redesigned chain guard. Stiffer rotationally, the new swingarm is also more flexible laterally to improve handling. The single-tube rear shock absorber (as found on larger capacity sports bikes) with its large-diameter piston ensures excellent response and temperature management; it features 5-stage preload adjustment with spring rate and damping settings optimized to match the forks.
In line with the dynamic improvements to the chassis and suspension, the braking performance has also been improved. The single 320mm and two-piston caliper front brake from the previous model has been replaced by dual 296mm discs and Nissin radial-mount, two-piston calipers. The introduction of the smaller discs not only keeps any additional weight gain to a minimum, but also reduces the required pressure on the lever when braking.
The new CB500F’s curb weight remains 417lbs, but it places more weight on the front wheel than the previous model to promote more nimble handling and improve front end grip: front/rear bias percentage is now 49.7/50.3 (compared to 46.8/53.2). Wheelbase remains 55.5 in. (1410mm) with rake and trail of 25.5°/ 4 in. (102mm).
The naked form exudes aggression. Led by the sharply-chiseled headlight – now even more piercing with extra-powerful LEDs and a new stronger cluster arrangement, plus high-visibility front indicator position lights – the machine’s stance is low-set and ready for action; the side shrouds interlock with the fuel tank and fully emphasize the engine, while the side covers and seat unit continue the theme of muscular angularity. The compact front mudguard is drawn directly from the CB650R.
Tapered handlebars offer intuitive feel and leverage. Seat height is low at 31 inches (789mm), making the CB500F very easy to manage and its neutral riding position comfortably accommodates riders of any height. More purposeful-looking aluminum footpegs replace the previous rubberized parts; between the pair they save a further 104g. Overall dimensions are 81.9 in. x 31.5 in. x 41.7 in. (2080mm x 800mm x 1060mm), with 5.7 in. (145mm) ground clearance.
The fuel tank holds 4.5 gallons (17.1L) including reserve and combined with the engine’s excellent 67 miles per gallon (28.6km/liter) fuel economy, it gives a range of around 300 miles (485km).
- Lively twin-cylinder powerplant delivers usable power and torque across the rev-range, plus sporty sound from its dual-exit muffler
- New PGM-FI settings improve torque feel and character
- New radiator design more stylish and lighter
- Assist/slipper clutch eases upshifts and manages downshifts
- Homologated for EURO5
The 2022 CB500F’s A2-license friendly 471cc, 8-valve liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder layout offers a well-proportioned balance of physical size and willing, enjoyable power output, with an energetic, high-revving character and zappy top end. The 2019 upgrades created faster acceleration through a 4% boost in low-to-mid-range power and torque in the 3-7,000rpm range. It’s very much an engine whose overall performance and character belie its relatively small capacity. Peak horsepower of 46.9 (35kW) arrives at 8,600rpm, with 31.7 lb/ft (43Nm) torque delivered at 6,500rpm.
Feeding the PGM-FI fuel injection is a more-or-less straight shot of airflow through the airbox and throttle bodies and for the 2022 year model, new settings improve torque feel and character without compromising performance. The exhaust muffler features dual exit pipes, giving a sporting edge to each pulse, and a rasping high-rpm howl. A new more aesthetically pleasing radiator design contributes a 100g weight saving, with no loss of cooling efficiency.
Bore and stroke are set at 67mm x 66.8mm and compression ratio is 10.7:1; the crankshaft pins are phased at 180° and a primary couple-balancer sits behind the cylinders, close to the bike’s center of gravity. The primary and balancer gears use scissor gears, reducing noise. The crank counterweight is specifically shaped for couple-balance and its light weight allows the engine to spin freely, with reduced inertia.
Acting as a stressed member, the engine complements the frame’s rigidity with four frame hangers on the cylinder head. Internally the cylinder head uses roller rocker arms; shim-type valve adjustment allows them to be light, for lower valve-spring load and reduced friction.
A silent (SV Chain) cam chain has the surface of its pins treated with Vanadium, reducing friction with increased protection against wear. Inlet valve diameter is 26.0mm with exhaust valve diameter of 21.5mm.
Piston shape is carefully designed to reduce piston ‘noise’ at high rpm. Friction is reduced by striations on the piston skirt (a finish that increases surface area, introducing gaps in which oil can flow for better lubrication). The ‘triangle’ proportion of crankshaft, main shaft and countershaft is efficiently compact. The crankcases uses centrifugally cast thin-walled sleeves; their internal design reduces the ‘pumping’ losses that can occur with a 180° phased firing order. A deep sump reduces oil movement under hard cornering and braking; oil capacity is 3.38qt (3.2L).The slick-changing six-speed gearbox is managed by an assist / slipper clutch.
4. | 2022 CB500F Accessories
A range of Genuine Honda Accessories are available for the CB500F. They include:
- 35L top box
- Rear carrier
- Tank bag
- Seat bag
- Smoke windscreen
- Heated grips
- 12V/USB Type-C sockets
- Seat cowl
- Wheel stripes
- Tank pad
- Main stand
5. | 2022 CB500F Pictures / Photo Gallery
6. | 2022 CB500F Technical Specifications
|Liquid-cooled 4 stroke, parallel twin
|No of Valves per Cylinder
|Bore & Stroke
|67mm x 66.8mm
|Max. Power Output
|35kW @ 8600rpm
|43Nm @ 6500rpm
|Noise Level (dB)
|L-urban 74dB L-wot 76.4dB
|PGM FI electronic fuel injection
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|17.1L (inc reserve)
|CO2 Emissions (WMTC)
|Fuel Consumption (WMTC)
|Wet multiplate, Assisted slipper clutch
|2080mm x 800mm x 1060mm
|Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks, pre-load adjustable
|Prolink mono with 5 stage pre-load adjuster, Steel hollow cross swingarm
|5Y-Spoke Cast aluminum
|5Y-Spoke Cast aluminum
|Rim Size Front
|17 x MT3.5
|Rim Size Rear
|17 x MT4.5
|ABS System Type
|Dual 296mm x 4mm disc with Nissin radial-mount two piston calipers
|Single 240mm x 5mm disc with single piston caliper
|INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
|LCD Meter with Speedometer, Bar Graph Tachometer, Dual Trip Meters, Fuel Level and Consumption Gauge, Clock, Water Temp, Gear position, Shift UP Indicator
|HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)