Honda's popular range of practical-but-fun, mid-displacement parallel-twin "CB/R" motorcycles – the CB500X ABS adventure bike, the CB500F ABS naked bike and the CBR500R ABS sport bike – have all benefited from focused improvements to suspension, braking and handling for the 2022 model year. These models have already been announced in some markets, and American Honda confirmed that they will be available to U.S. customers as well.
Honda recognizes that many riders seek an affordable, approachable street bike that's a great workday commuter but is also a capable tool for free-time recreation. Of course, "recreation" means different things to different customers, and each of these machines offers a unique solution: for those who define it as exploring dirt and gravel roads, the CB500X is the obvious choice; the CB500F is ideal for anyone looking to cut a stylish figure in the city; and the CBR500R fits the bill for those who prioritize brisk outings on twisty mountain backroads.
"It's hard to find more versatile motorcycles than Honda's 500 cc CB/R models, and if you factor in affordability and reliability, nothing else even compares," said Brandon Wilson, American Honda Manager of Sports & Experiential. "Each of these machines has been successful at addressing riders' wide-ranging practical and recreational needs and tastes, and we're pleased to offer them to U.S. customers in 2022, with improved performance for the new model year."
Honda also confirmed the 2022 return of two additional street models – the CB1000R ABS naked bike and the CBR300R sport bike – as well as the TRX250X sport ATV. All of the models in this announcement are available this month.
Perhaps more than any other category of motorcycle, adventure machines are asked to play a variety of disparate roles, and that’s particularly true of entry-level machines. Fortunately, few motorcycles are as adaptable as Honda’s CB500X ABS. The essence of a modern mid-displacement adventure machine, the CB500X is both practical and rewarding to ride, especially now that it has an inverted Showa SFF-BP fork dual front brake rotors and more. Not just adventure-inspired, the CB500X is truly adventure-ready.
- MSRP: $7,199
- Color: Pearl Organic Green/Black
Honda’s mid-displacement naked bike – the CB500F ABS – is chameleon-like in its ability to adapt to different applications. Built on a platform that’s practical but also capable of delivering highly enjoyable experiences, it’s a competent office or campus commuter when needed, but it’s equally at home when it’s time for fun, whether that be at bike nights, coffee-shop get-togethers or backroad excursions. Honed through decades of iconic Honda CB models, the 2022 CB500F benefits from a new inverted Showa SFF-BP fork, dual front-brake rotors with radial-mounted Nissin calipers and more, showing that respectable sporty performance and chic, minimalist looks needn’t come at a price that breaks the bank.
- MSRP: $6,699
- Color: Matte Gray Metallic
Rare is the user-friendly, practical motorcycle that can also credibly claim to having championship-winning sport-bike DNA, but Honda's CBR500R certainly fits the bill. A great option for the weekday commute, this full-fairing machine can also carve canyons with the best of them when the weekend hits. Delivering enjoyable performance in a range of riding situations, the CBR500R touts sensible running costs and a high-quality finish, and for 2022 it gets dual front brake rotors with radial-mount Nissin calipers, as well as an inverted Showa SFF-BP fork, lightweight wheels and more.
- MSRP: $7,199
- Colors: Grand Prix Red; Silver Sword Metallic