2021 Honda CB500 Range CBR500R
Despite complying with Euro 5 norms, the engine has not lost out on power

Honda has unveiled the 2021 CB500 range for the European market and the motorcycles are now Euro 5 compliant, since the stringent emissions regulation kick in from January 2021 in the west.

Thus, the 471cc parallel-twin powering the CB500F, CB500X and the CBR500R now produces 40 percent less hydrocarbon emissions in comparison with its Euro 4 predecessor, while carbon monoxide and particulate matter emitted are also less.

Power produced by the unit, however, remains the same at 47 HP at 8600 RPM (to suit A2 license requirements), while the peak torque is rated at 43 Nm at 6500 RPM. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with slip and assist clutch as standard.

Since it was only last year that the manufacturer had updated the bikes, the 2021 Honda CB500 range does not get any other major mechanical updates. However, new paint schemes have been introduced to keep them fresh.

So, the European-spec 2021 Honda CB500X gets three new colour and graphic schemes – Grand Prix Red, Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic, and Pearl Metalloid White. The subframe will be painted red no matter what colour is chosen.

The 2021 CB500F comes with Candy Caribbean Blue Sea, Candy Moon Glow Yellow, Grand Prix Red and Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic paint shades and yes, there are new graphics on this bike too.

However, there are no new colour options offered with the 2021 Honda CBR500R. European customers still get Matt Axis Grey Metallic, Grand Prix Red, and Pearl Metalloid White shades to choose from.

Sorely missing out from the bunch is the Rebel 500 from the manufacturer’s range. We can expect Honda to update that motorcycle very soon as well.

Since the bikes are Euro 5 compliant, this makes them compliant with BS6 regulations as well. Honda is looking at taking the fight to Royal Enfield in the middleweight category and the CB500 range, although their asking price might be comparatively more if launched in India, would enable the bike maker to do just that.

2021 Honda CB500 Range

  • Honda has updated its CB500 range to comply with Euro 5 norms
  • Thus, the CB500F, CB500X and CBR500R are kinder to the environment
  • All three are powered by a 471cc parallel-twin churning out 47 HP & 43 Nm
2021 Honda CB500X
There are three new colour schemes and new graphics offered on the CB500X
2021 Honda CB500F
Considered to be bland-looking bike of the range, the CB500F gets vivid colours