1996 Honda CB500 from United Kingdom


I love it so much... I've even given it a name!


Nothing - zip - zilch... oops, no, forgot - an instrument bulb blew... not quite end of the world stuff, eh!!!

General Comments:

This is my first big bike since passing my test - although it was getting on for 15 years old when I bought it, the finish was still superb and it has been ultra reliable.

Very cheap to own - I get 60 - 70 mpg from the bike, and servicing costs from a local shop have been reasonable (read cheap!) The bike handles really predictably and is confidence building. I ran it all through last winter and got caught out on snow arriving unexpectedly twice - frightened myself, but not the bike's fault - it kept me shiny side up and got me home.

Are there any faults - well obviously it's only a 500 twin, so isn't going to set the world on fire for its performance, but will cruise all day at 80-85 with little or no vibrations etc.

Buy one now before all the collector types catch on, and they all get mothballed.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2010

2000 Honda CB500 from United Kingdom


Cheap commuter that will still put a smile on your face


Nothing has gone wrong with it. The only thing I've had to put on it are consumables, which it is kind with.

General Comments:

All I can say really is 'wow'.

This bike has a lot of character, and you find yourself quite attracted to it after a while.

The specs don't suggest much in particular, except a bog standard commuter bike with an uninspiring 50hp. Basic specs, basic frame.

But those guys at Honda really knew what they were doing, and it all comes together wherever you are out and about.

The power delivery is strong and smooth, from very low revs. Although it is quite flat up until 7000 revs where it finds the power band and becomes a different bike; it leaps forward and the exhaust wails like a sports bike.

And in the twisties, keep it in the sweet spot and you are guaranteed to have a smile on your face... it's solid as a rock, light, flickable, and comfortable to fling about. If you push it to its limits, the forks tend to wobble, which feels wrong, so back off a bit-only if you are scraping the pegs though.

The brakes again are low spec, but are Brembo and stop the bike fantastically.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2008

11th Mar 2010, 08:07

Having owned a 94 rear drum brake model, I can only reiterate the previous comments, it's a superb bike, end of! But dismiss claims of 120mph! This bike's good for 90 on the flat quite easy, but more than that is a bit of a struggle, similar to the old CX, but the extra nimbleness is what makes it special.

If you can summon the will-power to keep to 70 on the m/way, you'll get 240 miles to reserve (15 litres), if you get bored (which you will) and tank along at 90, "only" 180. Impressive!

2nd May 2017, 14:40

This bike, from my experience the bike is good for a 100+. Got to 100 in 4th gear and still had lots of poke left with the remaining 2 gears.

Depending how you service and look after your bike, as long as you don't constantly thrash it - it should be good for these speeds. Topped at 120 (could have gotten more if I had more space, but it would have been a gradual acceleration from that point on).

1998 Honda CB500 from Brazil


Height, weight and speed in exact rates!


Nothing wrong with this motorcycle: it is reliable, comfortable, and presents a low fuel consumption.

Has never broken down.

I've changed the chain for the first time at 52.000 km.

General Comments:

It's a superb bike. Low maintenance, comfortable, low weight and a unique style, a mix of naked with touring motorcycle.

I've traveled more than 53.000 km on it, without any problem. Good top speed when on the road and a good acceleration when in the streets of a city.

Its fuel consumption is low, which gives autonomy for more than 300 km.

And after all, it's a Honda!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 2006