Why We Picked It:
Honda has an amazing trio of 500cc parallel-twin motorcycles that share the “CB” moniker, and the 2023 models all get some great improvements.
The most popular of the bunch is the 2023 CB500F, accounting for nearly half of all sales using the CB500 engine. A sport naked through and through, Honda have worked their magic and made it not just extremely comfortable, but also feel light, agile, and communicative. It is the perfect starter bike for those that are looking for the middle ground between a standard bike and a sport tourer or supersport.
For those wanting a big more aggression and a more forward leaning position, the 2023 CBR500R is your introduction to the world of sport bikes. More appropriately a sport tourer, it gets the new rider leaning that much further forwards, that much lower to the tank, and also has the benefit of a windshield to deflect some of the air up and off your body and helmet when on the freeway.
The last model of the three is the 2023 CB500X, an outright adventure tourer, or ADV as they are often called. This is the bike for the big and tall rider, or those wanting a capable and robust introduction into the world of adventure riding, on or off the road. The CB500X leans more towards the on-road style of touring, but is still highly capable of riding on gravel, packed dirt roads and trails, and even some light pathfinding where there is no trail and you need to make one.
For new riders, I suggest comparing how you fit on each model and going with the one that fits you just right. But the trio of 500s are all excellent choices.