Although not one of the most mature bikes in the Honda stable, the CBR500R is enjoying a nice set up updates for 2016. Most noticeable is the new, shorter muffler than helps centralize the CBR500R’s mass.The rear plastic has also be redesigned, given the entire bike a more aggressive appearance. Other changes include preload adjustment for the forks, a larger fuel tank, smoother gear shifting, and an adjustable front brake lever. The price isn’t being set initially–the bike won’t be in the showrooms until early ’16–and ABS is optional.
2016 Honda CBR500R Specs:
Engine: Liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 66.8mm
Induction: PGM-Fi, 38mm throttle body
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized w/ electronic advance
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valve train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Front: 41mm forks; 4.3 inches of travel
Rear: Pro-Link single shock w/ 9-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches of travel
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.