2021 Honda CB500 Range Gets Euro 5 Compliant
Honda has launched the 2021 CB500 range for the European market and the motorcycles are now compliant with Euro 5, as the strict emission regulation kicks in from January 2021 in the west.
Thus, the parallel-twin 471cc operating the CB500F, CB500X, and CBR500R now emits 40 percent fewer hydrocarbon emissions compared to its predecessor Euro 4, while the carbon monoxide and particulate matter produced are also smaller.
However, the power produced by the unit remains the same at 47 HP at 8600 RPM (to meet A2 license requirements) while the peak torque is rated at 6500 RPM at 43 Nm. The engine is mounted as usual to a 6-speed gearbox with slip and clutch assist.
As it was only last year that the manufacturer had updated the bikes, there are no other significant mechanical changes to the 2021 Honda CB500 series. To keep them original, new paint schemes were introduced, however.
The European-spec 2021 Honda CB500X gets three different paint and graphics schemes – the Red Grand Prix, the Black Metallic Matt Gunpowder, and the White Pearl Metalloid. No matter what color is selected the subframe will be painted red.
The 2021 CB500F comes with shades of Candy Caribbean Blue Sea, Candy Moon Glow Pink, Grand Prix Red, and Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic paint and yes, new graphics are available on this bike as well.
With the 2021 Honda CBR500R, however, there are no new color choices available. European customers also get to choose from Matt Axis Grey Metallic, Grand Prix Red, and Pearl Metalloid White colors.
The Rebel 500 from the manufacturer’s collection is sadly left out from the set. We may assume that very soon Honda will update the motorcycle too.
Since the bikes comply with Euro 5, this also makes them compliant with BS6 regulations. Honda is looking to take the fight in the middleweight category and the CB500 range to Royal Enfield, while their asking price could be comparatively higher if launched in India, which will allow the bike maker to do just that.