Honda CB500 Review from Republic of Ireland

1998 Honda CB500

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 kilometres
Most recent distance41000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha Dragstar 125


A must bike for anyone. Experienced or not


Nothing has gone wrong at all.

General Comments:

As an inexperienced rider, I found this bike a dream to get used too. The handling is great. Very responsive. A great bike to start out on.

Only drawback is the vibration through the mirrors - it's hard to tell what's happening behind you.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2005

18th Nov 2005, 05:47

Vibrating mirrors sounds odd. I drive a cb500 and don't have that problem. Are your mirrors screwed on tight enough? Or is there excessive vibration coming from the engine? I dropped my cb a year ago and replaced my mirrors with long stemmed, rectangular mirrors, and they are much better.

The only problem I have with my cb500 is, since I got heated grips, it runs a little poorly at low speeds (only when the grips are on, obviously). My mechanic fitted them for me and he assured me that my bike could take them. I don't think my bike has any electrical faults because everything works perfectly otherwise.

Average review marks: 9.4 / 10, based on 1 review