There’s some big news this year for our 2022 Honda CBR500R ABS—and a whole list of big improvements. First in, an entirely new front end, built around a new 41mm Showa upside-down SFF-BP fork. Next, the 2022 Honda CBR500R ABS now features dual front disc brakes and radial-mount four-piston calipers. New, lighter wheels and a lighter swingarm sharpen up the bike’s handling even more.

Its twin-cylinder engine revs freely and produces plenty of torque, and it lets us keep the bike narrow and nimble too. The full-coverage bodywork looks like something right off the racetrack and rocks two new color choices this year—Grand Prix Red and Sword Silver Metallic. There’s probably never been a better sportbike at this price point, especially since the CBR500R comes standard with anti-lock brakes.

Instead of a single 320mm disc, the 2022 Honda CBR500R has a pair of 296mm discs. They are radially mounted and feature four-piston Nissin calipers. ABS is standard.

The discs are bolted to a new wheel of the 2022 Honda CBR500R ABS. Actually, both ends get new cast-aluminum five-spoke wheels. They’re lighter, which makes handling more agile. Plus, there’s less resistance to acceleration, as well as reduced inertia to overcome when braking.

The rear wheel rolls inside a new swingarm. Honda engineers lightened the swingarm by two pounds while retaining the same level of strength.

A new Showa SFF-BP inverted fork tops off the changes to the front end of the new 2022 Honda CBR500R ABS. The 41mm fork features separate damping functions in each fork leg, plus big-piston damping rods for more precise action.

Returning is the agreeable 471cc parallel twin. It’s matched with a six-speed transmission, and a clutch with assist and slipper functions.

There are two color choices for the 2022 Honda CBR500R ABS: Grand Prix Red and Sword Metallic Silver. You should be able to check out the sport motorcycle in person this month at a helpful Honda dealer.

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2022 Honda CBR500R ABS

2022 Honda CBR500R ABS

2022 Honda CBR500R ABS

Full Specifications

2022 Honda CBR500R ABS

ENGINE

  • Type: Parallel twin
  • Displacement: 471cc
  • Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 66.8mm
  • Compression ratio: 10.7:1
  • Fueling: EFI w/ 34mm throttle bodies
  • Valvetrain: DOHC; 4vpc
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Clutch: Wet multiplate w/ assist and slipper functions
  • Final drive: O-ring chain

CHASSIS

  • Frame: Diamond-shaped steel tube
  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable Showa SFF-BP 41mm inverted fork; 4.3 inches
  • Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted, spring-preload adjustable shock; 4.7 inches
  • Wheels: 5-spoke aluminum
  • Front tire: 120/70 x 17
  • Rear tire: 160/60 x 17
  • Front brakes: 296mm discs w/ 4-piston radially mounted Nissin calipers
  • Rear brake: 240mm disc w/ single-piston caliper
  • ABS: Standard

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

  • Wheelbase: 55.5 inches
  • Rake: 25.5 degrees
  • Trail: 4.0 inches
  • Seat height: 31.1 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 4.5 gallons
  • Curb weight: 423 pounds
  • Colors: Grand Prix Red; Sword Silver Metallic

2022 Honda CBR500R ABS Price: $7199 MSRP

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