Base Price: $6500
Honda’s middleweight sportbike, The CBR500R, is one of those rare bikes with wide appeal. It’s a great machine for first time riders as well as seasoned enthusiasts that appreciate the nimble size, low price, and solid handling.
The 471cc parallel twin is smooth and torquey and happy to rev, and the suspension is very comfortable and compliant, whether around town or in the canyons. The CBR500R benefitted from some substantial changes last year including a revised suspension, new styling, and both a new exhaust and intake. Translation? It looks and sounds even better than before. But what hasn’t changed is its status has a gateway to sport bike culture.