Rumored 2013 Honda CBR500, CB500 Captured in Spy Photos

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Spy photos have emerged out of Thailand depicting two new Honda motorcycles reputed to be a new CBR500 and a second, naked version, possibly to be named a CB500.

The photos were posted on the CBR250.net forum by someone claiming to have inside knowledge of the new 500cc Honda models which would be produced in Thailand where the CBR250R is currently manufactured.

The faired version is equipped with dual headlights like the Honda CBR600RR instead of the VFR1200-derived Y-shaped light used on the CBR250R and its smaller siblings the CBR125R and CBR150 offered in some markets.

The photo of the naked model shows a single light with a small flyscreen and a simple, cylindrical exhaust can instead of the cone-shaped exhaust found on the CBR250R.

If these photographs prove to be accurate, the new 500cc models would fill a hole in Honda’s streetbike lineup between the 250cc and 600cc classes. A potential 400cc  model had previously been rumored to be in development, but the individual who posted these photos seems certain that the pictures depict 500cc bikes.

We’ll likely hear official confirmation of these new models over the next few months, either in early October during the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, or in November at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy.

[Source: CBR250.net]

 

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  • Nori YOSHIDA from MOTORCYCLIST monthly (JAPAN)

    Dear Mr. Dennis Chung,

    I’m editor of MOTORCYCLIST magazine in Japan. I saw your tracked-down pictures and would like to publish them in our next issue.

    I’d be very grateful if you could send me the spy shots of Honda CBR500 & CB500. Will you do me a favor?

    Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation.

    All the best,

    Nori YOSHIDA
    Editor
    MOTORCYCLIST monthly
    Yaesu Publishing Co.,Ltd.
    4-5-9, Hatchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-8488, JAPAN