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Old 25th October 2012, 23:04   #1
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Arrow Honda CBR500R - First Pics Leaked. EDIT - Six New Models Confirmed for 2013.

This is gotta be interesting, after all the rumors, the CBR500R has finally surfaced.

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Specs sound promising,
  • 470cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin
  • Six-speed manual
  • 46.9bhp
  • 30lb/ft of torque
  • 401lbs (dry)/430lbs (wet)
  • 105mph top speed
  • 31-inch seat height
  • 120/70-17 (front)/160-60-17 (rear)
To be officially revealed mid-November.
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Looks promising. A pure racing road bike. Any idea on the pricing.

I am now contemplating whether to go for this or a HD. Both belong to a different league, however this should be more fun to drive for short runs.
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What happened to the 400? There was a thread for that - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/superb...r-rumours.html (Honda CBR 400R rumours?)

Bikes are slated for next year if you go by this report - http://www.motorbeam.com/bikes/honda...cb500-in-2013/


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Seems disappointingly detuned.

Any idea why with twice the capacity (500 vs 250 cc) and 40+ % more power (47 vs 33 bhp), and the same number of cylinders and engine configuration (parallel twin) as well as gears (6 sp), compared to the smaller Ninja 250, this bike does around the same top end (100-105 mph)?
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Some more pics from my end. Somehow the bike doesn't look beefy enough for an SBK. Guess we'll have to wait more pics.
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It looks similar to the 250 dimensionally... platform sharing??



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Seems disappointingly detuned.

Any idea why with twice the capacity (500 vs 250 cc) and 40+ % more power (47 vs 33 bhp), and the same number of cylinders and engine configuration (parallel twin) as well as gears (6 sp), compared to the smaller Ninja 250, this bike does around the same top end (100-105 mph)?
May be its tuned more for low-end grunt, which is where the ninja suffers.
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May be its tuned more for low-end grunt, which is where the ninja suffers.
Could be. But the smaller single CBR250 does about 90-94 mph with 26 odd bhp.

Surely twice those cubes, with an extra cylinder, and 20 horses extra, should be able to do better than just 10 mph more, regardless of the sweet spot of the tune?
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Could be. But the smaller single CBR250 does about 90-94 mph with 26 odd bhp.

Surely twice those cubes, with an extra cylinder, and 20 horses extra, should be able to do better than just 10 mph more, regardless of the sweet spot of the tune?
Hmmm...you are right, may be these figures are'nt official.
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Could be. But the smaller single CBR250 does about 90-94 mph with 26 odd bhp.

Surely twice those cubes, with an extra cylinder, and 20 horses extra, should be able to do better than just 10 mph more, regardless of the sweet spot of the tune?
I agree. And if the N250 matches it on top end then the N300 will outpace it atleast based on declared specs.
Personally I was a little disappointed when I saw the pics. It looks more like CBR250 2.0 than a half-litre twin.
Oh and rumoured price is supposed to be 4 lakhs plus (assuming CKDs coming from the Thai plant). Now think about the Duke 390 with 40+ bhp (rumoured) at about 2.5-2.8 lakhs.
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One more pic from iamabiker.com.
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I agree. And if the N250 matches it on top end then the N300 will outpace it atleast based on declared specs.
Personally I was a little disappointed when I saw the pics. It looks more like CBR250 2.0 than a half-litre twin.
Oh and rumoured price is supposed to be 4 lakhs plus (assuming CKDs coming from the Thai plant). Now think about the Duke 390 with 40+ bhp (rumoured) at about 2.5-2.8 lakhs.
Well history repeating itself- Duke 200CC/25 BHP @ 1.4 lacs, Ninja 250R/32 BHP @ 3.2 lacs. Don't you think CBR 500R looks a better proposition than this in comparison to DUKE 390 .Anyways even CBR 150R/R15 at 17 HP are not competing against Pulsar 200NS with a price differential of 30K. I believe Indian market (unknowlingly) perceive higher value in faring as we value chrome in premium segment cars.

IMHO its a Stone against Brick startegy from Honda- Kawasaki came up with Ninja 300 to cater CBR 250R at the entry point to justify cost differential. Honda giving back with CBR 500R. Ninja 300 is expected at 3.5 lacs so a 500R at anything below 4.5 lacs seems interesting.

Anyways- lets watch the show- Motorcycle market was never so hot and it surely vrooming towards a rampage.

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I think they all look the same 150, 250 and now 500, why can't they bring a simple straight forward design like the RD 350 is what I fail to understand, not everyone likes a sporting stance and a lean forward position, and I don’t understand why all bikes now days have this riding position.
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I think they all look the same 150, 250 and now 500, why can't they bring a simple straight forward design like the RD 350 is what I fail to understand, not everyone likes a sporting stance and a lean forward position, and I donít understand why all bikes now days have this riding position.
You're comparing bikes of different classes/categories there.
These bikes(The Ninja's, CBR's etc) are Super/Sports bikes, they're meant to be ridden with such an aggressive posture because it aids the aerodynamic build of the bike and helps achieve much better speeds.

The RD350 belongs to an entirely different class, a tourer I believe.
Touring bikes offer a much more passive and comfortable riding posture because they are meant to be ridden long distances, and the bikes design isn't centered on speed/acceleration therefore not requiring fancy fairings and aerodynamic designs.

If these bikes don't appeal to you, there are always the RE's and HD's which are more similar to the RD in design and still offer considerable power.

Different people, different tastes..
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I think they all look the same 150, 250 and now 500, why can't they bring a simple straight forward design like the RD 350 is what I fail to understand, not everyone likes a sporting stance and a lean forward position, and I donít understand why all bikes now days have this riding position.
If these babies don't fire your engines then you should check out the Triumph Bonneville, its sure to get your RD wet dreams back. By next year you should also be able to get your hands on it (provided they stick to plan) for approx 5 lakhs.

Oh and the CBR500 also has two siblings getting launched with it, the CB is the naked street version while the CBX is the tourer. Incase they launch all three here (which I doubt) it should give everyone a Honda 500 they like.

At the end of the day, companies sell what majority demand. The latest trend is affordable , powerful, pseudo-sportsbikes. Purists like yourself dont have much option currently beyond the REs and the HDs.
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I never got the death by plastic trip of these faired bikes.

Never had one, will probably never own one.

The simplistic raw nature of a naked appeals to me. Two wheels and an engine. And the wind in your face.

If I wanted protection from the wind at speed, I'd drive a car.

There will always be a market for naked / standard / street fighter / super motard type of bikes.

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