Honda’s popular range of practical but fun, mid-displacement parallel-twin “CB/R” motorcycles — the CB500X ABS adventure bike, the CB500F ABS naked bike and the CBR500R ABS sport bike — have all benefited from focused improvements to suspension, braking and handling for the 2022 model year. These models have already been announced in some markets, and American Honda confirmed that they will be available to U.S. customers as well.
Honda recognizes that many riders seek an affordable, approachable street bike that’s a great workday commuter but is also a capable tool for free-time recreation. Of course, “recreation” means different things to different customers, and each of these machines offers a unique solution. For those who define it as exploring dirt and gravel roads, the CB500X is the obvious choice; the CB500F is ideal for anyone looking to cut a stylish figure in the city; and the CBR500R fits the bill for those who prioritize brisk outings on twisty mountain backroads.
“It’s hard to find more versatile motorcycles than Honda’s 500cc CB/R models, and if you factor in affordability and reliability, nothing else even compares,” said Brandon Wilson, American Honda manager of sports and experiential. “Each of these machines has been successful at addressing riders’ wide-ranging practical and recreational needs and tastes, and we’re pleased to offer them to U.S. customers in 2022, with improved performance for the new model year.”
Honda also confirmed the 2022 return of two additional street models — the CB1000R ABS naked bike and the CBR300R sport bike — as well as the TRX250X sport ATV. All of the models in this announcement are available this month.
Perhaps more than any other category of motorcycle, adventure machines are asked to play a variety of disparate roles, and that’s particularly true of entry-level machines. Fortunately, few motorcycles are as adaptable as Honda’s CB500X ABS. The essence of a modern mid-displacement adventure machine, the CB500X is both practical and rewarding to ride, especially now that it has an inverted Showa SFF-BP fork dual front brake rotors and more. Not just adventure-inspired, the CB500X is truly adventure-ready.
- MSRP: $7,199
- Color: Pearl Organic Green/Black
Honda’s mid-displacement naked bike, the CB500F ABS, is chameleon-like in its ability to adapt to different applications. Built on a platform that’s practical but also capable of delivering highly enjoyable experiences, it’s a competent office or campus commuter when needed, but it’s equally at home when it’s time for fun, whether that be at bike nights, coffee-shop get-togethers or backroad excursions. Honed through decades of iconic Honda CB models, the 2022 CB500F benefits from a new inverted Showa SFF-BP fork, dual front-brake rotors with radial-mounted Nissin calipers and more, showing that respectable sporty performance and chic, minimalist looks needn’t come at a price that breaks the bank.
- MSRP: $6,699
- Color: Matte Gray Metallic
Rare is the user-friendly, practical motorcycle that can also credibly claim to having championship-winning sport-bike DNA, but Honda’s CBR500R certainly fits the bill. A great option for the weekday commute, this full-fairing machine can also carve canyons with the best of them when the weekend hits. Delivering enjoyable performance in a range of riding situations, the CBR500R touts sensible running costs and a high-quality finish, and for 2022 it gets dual front brake rotors with radial-mount Nissin calipers as well as an inverted Showa SFF-BP fork, lightweight wheels and more.
- MSRP: $7,199
- Colors: Grand Prix Red; Silver Sword Metallic
Blending form and function, Honda’s CB1000R ABS is the flagship model in the Neo-Sports Café lineup that it helped create, standing out from the crowd at the coffee shop yet also performing on tight, twisty roads. Boasting sharp lines and an aggressive stance that make it impossible to ignore, this head-turning naked bike has blacked-out looks with small highlights of aluminum on display. At the same time, technical features like riding modes and high-performance suspension and brakes ensure an invigorating experience when things heat up.
- MSRP: $12,999
- Color: Graphite Black
Possessing the unlikely combination of a supersport pedigree and suitability for new riders, Honda’s CBR300R benefits from lessons learned through decades of CBR refinement, applying them to a small-displacement, single-cylinder machine that is equally at home on twisting back roads and cramped urban streets. Available with automatic braking systems (ABS), the light, agile CBR300R showcases sleek styling, a low seat height and even lower operating costs, making it a great choice for those who are just getting in to riding or riders looking to add to their two-wheel collection.
- CBR300R ABS: $5,099
- CBR300R: $4,899
- Colors: Grand Prix Red; Matte Gray Metallic
It’s just about impossible to find a more suitable entry to the world of off-road powersports than Honda’s reliable, user-friendly TRX250X, which boasts unmatched approachability, capability and affordability. Just as important, it’s also extremely fun, with smooth engine torque and an agile chassis for predictable cornering and stability over rough terrain. The SportClutch eliminates concerns about stalling, but it can also be manually overridden when desired. Add it all up, and it’s no wonder up-and-coming riders love the TRX250X.
- MSRP: $5,199
- Colors: Black; Reactor Blue; Magenta