2016 Honda CBR500R Set to Debut at AIMExpo

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Honda’s current CBR500R is a phenomenal “first bike”, bundling mid-sized power and performance with a comfortable riding position and secure-feeling, flat-footed 31″ seat height. Despite those great qualities- and my personal love of Honda motorcycles and scooters– it’s never made my “Best Bike” lists. That might change for 2016, however, because Honda is introducing an updated 2016 Honda CBR500R model at next week’s AIMExpo that promises “aggressive styling” and “numerous” other refinements to the chassis and bodywork.

The two photos of the 2016 Honda CBR500R that accompanied this morning’s press release are pretty heavily shaded. Which means that this new bike is either a radical departure from the 2015 version, or so flippin’ close that no one would be able to tell the difference between the two without the teasers. Here’s hoping it’s the first!

You can read that official press release, in full, below. Once you’ve done that, let us know what you’d like to see out of the middleweight Honda in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

Honda to debut 2016 CBR500R at AIMExpo


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TORRANCE, CA ­– American Honda has a full slate of activities planned for its display at next week’s American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), including the world debut of the updated 2016 CBR500R. Dealers and consumers attending the event, which will be held October 15-18 at Orlando, Florida’s Orange County Convention Center, will have the first opportunity to see the midsize sport bike.

With DNA taken from the premier CBR1000RR, the CBR500R is aimed at entry-level sport riders or veterans looking for a versatile daily ride that offers fun at an economical price point. For 2016, the CBR500R gets new, aggressive styling with new LED dual headlights and numerous refinements.

Alongside the CBR500R on the show floor, Honda will display many models from its 2016 lineup of motorcycles, side-by-sides and ATVs. This will be many consumers’ first chance to see standout models for 2016 including the RC213V-S MotoGP bike for the street and the category-shattering Pioneer 1000 flagship multipurpose side-by-side. For those interested in doing more than look, Honda will also offer demo rides on its road-going motorcycles, and with models from its side-by-side and ATV lines.

 

Source | Images: Honda.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.