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Old 10-15-2015, 03:00 PM   #1
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2016 Honda CBR500R First Look

Honda has announced an updated CBR500R for 2016, with all-new styling along with a new muffler design, adjustable front brake lever, smoother shifting, larger fuel tank and adjustable preload for the front suspension. The CBR500R is offered in three colors, Red, Matte Black Metallic and Pearl White, and will be in dealers in early 2016. MSRP has not been announced.

Honda also announced new colors for the CBR300R, CBR600RR and CBR1000RR. Scroll through the gallery above to see the options for the CBR300R and CBR500R, and some detail images of the updated CBR500R.

The text of Honda's press release follows:

New CBR500R Headlines CBR Family
2016 Honda CBR Lineup Stronger Than Ever

Today at the AIMExpo show in Orlando, Florida, Honda presented most of its 2016 CBR lineup, with the aggressively restyled CBR500R making its world debut. Almost 25 years after the introduction of the CBR900RR, Honda's modern sport bikes continue to offer performance and reliability.

"Since their respective introductions, the fun, affordable CBR300R and CBR500R models have been very popular with a wide variety of customers," said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. "For 2016, the CBR500R receives striking updates, and we're happy to unveil it here at AIMExpo. Both of these machines draw from the successful racing DNA of the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR, which return for 2016 with new colors."

2016 Honda CBR500R - Pearl White

With all-new styling that offers a sharper, more aggressive look and improved airflow for increased rider comfort and better handling, plus refinements like LED headlights and taillights, the new CBR500R adds great curb appeal to legendary performance and reliability. Other updates include a new muffler design for improved mass centralization, lighter weight and an improved exhaust note, plus an adjustable front brake lever, smoother gear-change feel, a larger fuel tank with a hinged fuel cap and front suspension with adjustable preload. The CBR500R also now uses a wave ignition key for smoother function. The inline-twin 471cc engine offers accessible power output that smoothly revs up to redline, while emphasizing low- to midrange torque for real-world usability. Honda Genuine Accessories are also available for the new CBR500R, including a high windscreen, seat cowl, tank pad, 12v accessory socket and seat bag.

Colors: Red, Matte Black Metallic, Pearl White
Availability: Early 2016

2016 Honda CBR300R - Candy Orange/Matte Black

New riders desiring sporty but user-friendly performance will be pleased with the return of Honda's popular CBR300R, the smallest-displacement model in Honda's sport-bike lineup. Known for being an incredible value, the CBR300R impresses with enough versatility that it also appeals to experienced riders. A single-cylinder engine with counterbalance shaft and a wide powerband combines with a narrow cross section to provide a light, nimble motorcycle that boasts excellent fuel economy. Customers can opt for the Antilock Braking System model, and for 2016, the CBR300R is also available in new Bright Yellow/Matte Black and Candy Orange/Matte Black livery, as well as original Black.

Colors: Black, Bright Yellow/Matte Black, Candy Orange/Matte Black
CBR300R: $4,399
CBR300R ABS: $4,899
Availability: December 2015

2016 Honda CBR1000RR - Matte Black Metallic

Long heralded for its excellent handling and stellar real-world performance, Honda’s legendary CBR1000RR is back for 2016 with a 999cc liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder engine, assisted slipper clutch and twin-spar aluminum chassis. It’s offered in standard and SP configurations, the latter boasting standout premium features for track-day enthusiasts, including fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, Brembo front brakes, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC tires, a special lightweight subframe and solo seat cowl. The standard versions are available in a striking new Matte Black Metallic color, while the SP model is offered in graphics that match those of the reigning world champion Repsol Honda team.

CBR1000RR: Matte Black Metallic
CBR1000RR SP: Repsol Special
CBR1000RR: $13,999
CBR1000RR SP: $17,299
Availability: January 2016

2016 Honda CBR600RR - Black/White

Returning to Honda's 2016 lineup in a new Black/White color is the versatile CBR600RR, comprising an impressive package of handling, power, compact size and overall performance. Whether customers are looking to tear up the track, carve through the canyons or commute to work, this versatile middleweight sport bike can handle it all. The popular and race-proven CBR600RR is also available with Honda's revolutionary electronic Combined Antilock Braking System (C-ABS), offering added confidence under less-than-ideal conditions.

Color: Black/White
CBR600RR: $11,490
CBR600RR ABS: $12,490
Availability: January 2016

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