Honda CB500 Four
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|Also called||Honda CB500 Four K model|
|Engine||498 cc (30.4 cu in) air cooled 8-valve SOHC transverse inline-four|
|Bore / stroke||56 mm × 50.6 mm (2.20 in × 1.99 in)|
|Top speed||100 mph (160 km/h)|
|Power||50 hp (37 kW) (claimed)|
|Suspension||Front: 35 mm telescopic forks|
Rear: Twin shocks with adjustable pre-load
|Brakes||Single front disc, rear drum|
|Tyres||Front: 3.25 x 19 in|
Rear: 3.50 x 18 in
|Rake, trail||Rake: 64°, trail: 105 mm|
|Fuel capacity||14 L (3.1 imp gal; 3.7 US gal)|
The Honda CB500 Four was a motorcycle introduced by Honda early in the 1970s, appearing at the London Racing and Sporting Motorcycle Show in February, 1972. It was similarly styled to the CB750, but smaller and lighter, with the manufacturer's claims of 50bhp output and a top speed of 115 mph.
Reviewing the 1972 show models, UK monthly magazine Motorcycle Mechanics described the CB500 as "one of the 'show stealers'. Four cylinders, in-line across the frame, four carburettors and single overhead camshaft motor, coupled to a five-speed gearbox give this 500 cc machine the performance of a 650 twin cylinder bike".
Several CB500 machines were entered in the Production TT races on the Isle of Man in the early 1970s. Bill Smith won the 1973 500 cc TT Production race (four laps) riding one, 8.2 seconds ahead of second place Stan Woods mounted on a Suzuki T500 two-stroke, twin.
- "The Honda CB500 Four". Motorcycle Classics. November–December 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2017.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
- Motorcycle Mechanics, March 1972, pp.28-29 Scene at the Show '72. Accessed 15 June 2015
- "Race Results - The official Isle of Man TT website". Iomtt.com. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
|Touring||GL1000 Gold Wing|