Honda has announced the exciting news that their widely anticipated A2-compliant CL500 motorbike will be affordable at £5999 starting in April 2023! With its superior build and performance, it is sure to become a top contender in motorcycles.
Honda proudly revealed the eye-catching scrambler edition as part of their renowned 500 parallel-twin range for 2023 in November 2022.
With its signature 12L fuel tank, rubber knee pads for comfort and an eye-catching drilled stainless heat shield resembling the high-level exhaust muffler with a twin pipe exit – The iconic style will leave you enchanted. Every component from the engine to frame and suspension is blacked out, creating a sleek minimalist look, while protective fork leg gaiters, just like back in the day, add to the classic feel of this ride. High, wide handlebars provide excellent control, making it your best riding experience ever!
The upright position of this ride offers natural placement for arms and knees, along with excellent visibility in urban areas—which is perfect for easy control and turning. The flat seat also provides plenty of room to move back or forward, giving you a more fluid feel when riding.
This vibrant minimalist retro look comes in four colours, drawing inspiration from the classic CL models of the 1960s and 70s. It is equipped with a powerful 471cc twin engine – the same one found in Honda‘s CBR500R, CB500X, CB500F and CMX 500 Rebel motorcycles.
The blacked-out Euro5-compliant engine produces a whopping 46bhp at 8500rpm and an impressive 32lb. Ft of torque at 6250rpm thanks to the refined fuel injection system, new intake, and updated exhaust setup.
Compared to the Rebel cruiser, the rear sprocket has been upscaled by a tooth to 41 for superior acceleration. Its twin-exit exhaust system is designed to produce an intense low-frequency sound that surpasses what can be achieved with the Rebel’s design. In addition, its slipper clutch will make it easier for novice riders still mastering manual gear-shifting techniques.
The engine is housed inside a black, tubular steel trellis frame that dangles from the ground with 41mm conventional forks and preload-adjustable twin shocks.
In addition, new riders benefit from a low seat height of 790mm and an incredibly light kerb weight of only 192kg. This leads to 19in front and 17in rear rims equipped with Dunlop Mixtour tires that are perfect for road trips and light trails.
The 41mm telescopic front forks provide a generous 150mm travel for superior steering. The Showa rear shocks are preload adjustable, and to guarantee reliable stability on all surfaces, there is a 19-inch front wheel. At the same time, a 310mm floating disc brake and two-piston calliper supply progressive braking force with an ABS specially designed for both off-road routes and roads.
The CL500 comes with steel footpegs, each with wide rubber inserts for optimal comfort. Pricing is yet to be determined, but it will likely cost around £6000 and offers three accessory packs to customise your ride at no extra charge.