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2013 Honda CBR500R Review: Don't Call it a Beginner Bike

By June 30, 2013

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2013 Honda CBR500R

Years ago when I decided to get serious about riding, I used two simple criteria to pick my first motorcycle: it had to be a good learner bike, and it had to look cool. The used Yamaha Seca II I eventually found looked racy but was also easy to ride, thereby meeting both of my basic needs.

While motorcycle manufacturers have done a stellar job of engineering blindingly quick, race-ready street machines, they've only recently re-focused their energies towards building attractive motorcycles with reasonable pricing and newbie-appropriate capabilities.

One such example is Honda's new CBR500R ($5,999), a fully-faired sibling to other new "500" members of the 2013 Honda lineup which include the more upright and naked CB500F ($5,499) and the adventure-oriented CB500X ($5,999.)

To find out what I thought of the mildly tuned sportbike-- hint: Honda's new six thousand dollar machine is the newest entry in our list of 10 Great Beginner Motorcycles-- read my 2013 Honda CBR500R Review.


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July 1, 2013 at 8:20 am
(1) Pete says:

The right bike, at the right price, at the right time.

July 5, 2013 at 9:57 am
(2) dabber says:

What Pete said.

October 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm
(3) Rob says:

So it is the CBR500R, not CB500R? Or are these two different bikes?

October 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm
(4) Basem Wasef, Motorcycles Guide says:


Thanks for catching that typo– it’s actually the CBR500R.

The CB bikes include the CB1100, the CB1000R, CB500F, and CB500X.


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