CB500F 0-60 mph in 4.34 seconds
Honda CB500F top speed and acceleration data through the gears accompanied with Dyno Curve and Thrust Curve graphs.
Honda CB500F Dyno Curve
Honda’s CB500F is powered by a single cylinder parallel two-cylinder engine displacing 471 cc. It is modestly powered and produces 44 horsepower at the rear wheel at just a little over 8000 rpm which is very competitive for the class. Torque is a respectable amount at 32 ft/lb produced between 5500 rpm and 7000 rpm.
The delivery is uneventful and linear in a typical Honda fashion and is a flexible and easy engine to get the most out of. Unlike some of its rivals it does not rev very high at around 9500 rpm before the rpm limiter spoils the fun.
Thrashing the engine is not paramount to make good haste as is the good spread of power and torque that means you can short shift at 6-7000 rpm and still make very good progress while your friends on their Z300’s or MT-03’s will need to be thrashing it.
Honda CB500F in-gear acceleration
When getting a move on it is easy to hit the limiter in the first two gears if you are not quick, especially if you are more familiar with higher revving motorcycle engines.
First gear is exceptionally low and is only useful for getting the bike moving as first only has a top speed a little over 60 km/h right at the limiter. Second and third are where you will be living mostly if commuting and wanting readily available acceleration to blast from gap to gap or corner to corner.
The first three gears are spaced wide but fourth, fifth and sixth are relatively close. Unlike some other motorcycles in the class such as the Z300 and MT-03 the CB500F is a more relaxed engine and requires less gear changes and has a bigger bike feel to its engine.
The CB500F could certainly benefit from lower fourth, fifth and sixth gears for more performance as sixth is not necessary to hit top speed and is more of a highway gear for lower revs and good consumption
Honda CB500F Acceleration through the gears
Like the CBR500 the CB500F is not the most exciting in class but it does put down decent numbers that make it one of the faster motorcycles of the entry level learner class.
If you are aggressive enough with a good clutch dump the CB500F can fly off the line courtesy of its very low first gear though you will have to be quick for the change to second as it is very easy to hit the limiter. If you get it exactly right sub 5 second 0-60 mph times are very possible.
0-60 mph for the CB500F is possible in only 4.34 seconds and 0-100 km/h in 4.85 seconds. The CB500F can blast through the quarter mile in 13.36 at 98 mph and a fraction later it can hit 100 mph in 14.72 seconds. Better times than the older CBR500R.
These times though are for a lightweight rider with a perfect launch. Most competent average weight riders would be around the 5 second mark from 0-60 mph and mid 14s for the quarter mile.
The CB500F offers decent acceleration under 100 mph but is most effective under 80 mph and will provide enough oomph to blast you from slow corners on your fav stretch of tight twists but on higher speed bends the CB500F will show its limitations
Being a naked bike with only 44 horsepower top speed will never be out of this world but feed the little 472 cc parallel twin some gears and get yourself in a good tuck and the CB500F will manage a very decent 112 mph and can pretty much do so in fifth but real-world top speed will be more like 100-105 mph for most.
|HondaCB500F Acceleration and Top Speed|
|SS/QM||13.36 @ 98 mph|
|SS/KM||26.10 @ 109.5mph|
|SS/Mile||38.18 @ 112 mph|
|Top Speed||112 mph|