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Having established four-cylinder credentials with the CB750, Honda undertook the tricky business of making the layout work as effectively in smaller engine sizes. The second type of Honda Four, the CB500 was intended as a more elegant sports bike for the mature rider which still retained the essence of the original. The compact CB500F four immediately impressed with its smoothness, comfort and reliability, proving capable of brisk touring, even two-up. It had a smart two-tone colour scheme and a tidy looking power unit with an upright bank of cylinders. With a top speed over 110mph, the reasonably priced 500 filled the bill admirably for many sporting riders of the early 1970s.

Bike Image Description
Honda CB500-4 Honda CB500-4  
1971 Honda CB 500 Four K 1971 Honda CB 500 Four K
  • Air cooled, transverse four cylinder, four stroke, SOHC, 2 valve per cylinder.
  • 201kg (wet)
  • 5 speed
  • 48bhp @ 9000rpm
1972 CB500 Four CB500 Four Imported from Italy in 2002.
1972 Honda 500 Four Honda 500 Four
1972 Honda CB500 Four 1972 Honda CB500 Four

The Honda CB500 four, introduced early in the 1970's, was similarly styled to the CB750, but smaller and lighter, with an output of 48bhp and a manufacturer's specified top speed of 102 mph.

A number were raced in the Production TT races on the Isle of Man in the early 1970's. Bill Smith won the 1973 500cc TT Production race (4 laps) riding one, by only 8.2 seconds from second place Stan Woods mounted on a Suzuki T500 two stroke twin.

1972-74 Honda CB 500 Four K1 1972-74 Honda CB 500 Four K1  
1973 Honda CB500 Four 1973 Honda CB500  
1973 Honda CB500/4 1973 Honda CB500 Four  
1974 Honda CB 500T 1974 Honda CB 500T
  • Air cooled, parallel twin cylinder, four stroke, DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
  • 209kg
  • 5 speed
  • 42bhp @ 8000rpm
1974 Honda CB500 Four 1974 Honda CB500 Four Like the earlier CB750 it sported a single front hydraulic disc brake, rear drum brake, electric starter, and single overhead camshaft (SOHC) 8 valve engine. The 4 into 4 exhaust pipes made it easy to identify. It was thought to be a better handling bike than the larger model, although it weighed in at 420lb (dry).
1975 Honda 500 Four CB 500 Four
1975 Honda CB500 T Honda CB500 T California import.
1978 Honda CB500T 1978 Honda CB500T
Honda CB500 Racer Honda CB500 Racer
1993 Honda CB 500E 1993 Honda CB 500E
  • Liquid cooled, parallel twin cylinder, four stroke, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
  • 170kg
  • 6 speed
  • 58bhp @ 9500rpm

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