Honda has announced the release of their latest motorcycle, the CL500. The bike has been designed with a retro style, taking inspiration from the original CL models from the 60s and 70s. It is powered by Honda’s CB500 twin-cylinder engine, which is A2-license compatible.
The CL500 has a tubular diamond-structure steel frame and long-travel suspension, making it suitable for both urban travel and light off-road use. The 19/17-inch front/rear wheel combination also helps with the bike's handling. The retro styling is rich with details such as rounded fuel tank, knee pads, rubber fork gaiters, and an upswept dual-exit exhaust muffler with drilled heat shield. All lighting is LED, and the dash features a negative LCD display.
Honda has a history of producing smaller capacity bikes that are easy to use, affordable, and distinct. The CL500 draws heavily on the formula of the original CLs, making it an attractive choice for riders around the world. It has the right engine, the right look, and the durability to handle the urban rough and tumble.
The CL500 is designed for customization, allowing owners to make it their own. Honda offers a range of genuine accessories to enhance the bike's personality, practicality, and style.
The bike is powered by a 471cc parallel twin-cylinder engine that produces 34.3kW of power and 43.4Nm of torque. It has unique ECU settings for CL duty, and short final drive gearing provides smart around-town acceleration. The six-speed gearbox is managed by an assist/slipper clutch.
The tubular steel trellis-style main frame provides a style statement while ensuring easy handling. Long-travel suspension comprises 41mm telescopic forks and an adjustable rear shock, while the block-pattern tyres on the 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels ensure excellent performance on a variety of surfaces, including light off-road.
The CL500 also features ABS modulation for the front and rear brakes, specifically balanced for excellent performance on a variety of surfaces, including light off-road. The instrument panel is a compact negative LCD, and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) technology operates the rear indicators as hazard lights under sudden, hard braking.
Honda has developed the CL500 as a machine that allows its owners to stand out from the crowd and express themselves. It is designed to fit neatly into an owner’s lifestyle, whether for the daily commute, a long weekend ride, or some light off-road adventures. The development concept used from the start of the CL500 project has been ‘Express Yourself,’ deliberately targeting a young, style-conscious demographic.
The 23YM CL500 is now available, with the Candy Energy Orange, Mat Laurel Green Metallic, Candy Caribbean Blue Sea, and Mat Gunpowder Black Metallic options.