2017 Honda CBR500R ABS

Discover How Good a 500 Can Be.

If you’re looking for a streetbike that is the perfect combination of size, performance, versatility and price, Honda’s CBR500R is exactly where you want to be. It’s the perfect companion for a spirited trip down a winding canyon road. Discover what a great daily-riding bike it is too: commuting, errand running, weekend pleasure trips. Looking for a first bike that you won’t outgrow in a year? A 500 twin is about the best choice you can make there. Generations of riders have known it, and the CBR500R is the newest incarnation.

Its engine is powerful, smooth, and offers a wide powerband with plenty of revs. Twins are a great choice for most riders: Narrow and smooth, with a wide torque spread. With four-valve combustion chambers, twin overhead cams and fuel injection, the CBR500R can keep up with plenty of bigger sportbikes if you do your part. And it may even be more fun because it’s so light and responsive.

With just enough bodywork for some weather protection and style, plenty of more experienced riders have found it’s the perfect solution for them too. So go ahead—check one out. One ride will tell you that the CBR500R ticks off all the boxes in your “best of” category. What are you waiting for?


  • DIGITAL INSTRUMENTATION: 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.
  • LED HEADLIGHTS: The CBR500R sports a pair of powerful LED headlights. They’re small and light, throw out an amazing amount illumination, and feature a stylish shape. They completely change the CBR500R’s presence and give the front end a unique look.
  • STEP SEAT: The CBR500R offers a stepped two-piece 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.
  • PASSENGER SEAT STRAP: A handy rear passenger seat strap offers a firm handhold for your passenger or tie-down point for smaller items.
  • SUPERSPORT STYLING: Take a close look. Like what you see? The CBR500R offers styling that keeps it right at the front of the pack in terms of eye-appeal. The aerodynamic bodywork also provides significant advantages in air management for added rider comfort, along with a low drag coefficient and effective cooling.
  • PROGRAMMED FUEL INJECTION (PGM-FI): Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture is delivered for the existing riding and atmospheric conditions, ensuring a crisp throttle response throughout a wide variety of riding.
  • STEEL-TUBE FRAME: A motorcycle’s frame is the basis for its handling. A take on a classic construction, the CBR500R’s diamond-shaped 35 mm steel-tube mainframe ties to the engine with four mounts, offering a rock-solid foundation for a superior ride and handling.
  • DOHC TWIN-CYLINDER ENGINE: Honda twins are famous for their versatility, and the 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.
  • PRO-LINK® REAR SUSPENSION: The CBR500R features special shock settings for improved ride comfort. Its sophisticated chassis uses Honda’s Pro-Link® rear suspension; the nine-stage preload and 4.7 inches of travel gives you a comfortable ride over small bumps, while capably absorbing bigger bumps to increase riding comfort and handling.
  • STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST: Beautifully polished stainless steel exhaust is integrated with the rear footpeg set for clean, functional design. The exhaust tucks in tighter this year for better mass centralization (and consequently better handling) while also providing a crisper exhaust note.
  • CAST WHEELS: Strong and stylish, the CBR500R’s aluminum 12-spoke cast wheels are easy to keep clean, look great, and are another feature that just makes sense.
  • DISC BRAKES: The front 320mm wave-style disc brake and 240mm rear provide strong stopping power. The front-brake lever is also adjustable for a perfect fit.
  • ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS): Available ABS on the CBR500R helps you make confident stops under less-than-ideal conditions.
  • EMISSIONS: Meets current EPA standards. California version meets current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2017
Model CBR500R ABS
Model Code CBR500RAH
Color Red



Front - Twin-piston caliper with single 320 mm wave disc; Honda ABS

Rear - Single-caliper 240 mm wave disc; Honda ABS


Front - 120/70-17 with ABS

Rear - 160/60-17 with ABS


Weight 429 lbs.
Wheelbase 55.5 in.
Seat Height 30.9 in.


Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive O-ring-sealed chain


Engine parallel-twin, DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Displacement 471 cc
Bore x Stroke 67 mm x 66.8 mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Fuel System PGM-FI, 34 mm throttle bodies
Fuel Capacity 4.4 gal.
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Cooling Liquid



Front - 41 mm fork; 4.3 in. travel

Rear - Pro-Link single shock with 9-position spring-preload adjustability; 4.7 in. travel

Rake 25.5°
Trail 4.01 in. (102 mm)


Additional Colors Black / Candy Orange
Warranty One Year - Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.