Buyers Guide 2021 Honda CBR500R ABS Buyer's Guide: Specs, Prices, and Photos

2021 Honda CBR500R ABS Buyer's Guide: Specs, Prices, and Photos

The 2021 Honda CBR500R ABS returns this year as the sole representative of the CBR500R line, as the non-ABS version is no longer available. That’s fine with us, as it has always been a low-cost option from Honda.

With a full fairing, the 2021 Honda CBR500R ABS has the look of a supersport motorcycle. Yet, its raised clip-ons give the rider a comfortable semi-upright seating position that splits the difference between standard and full-sport.

2021 Honda CBR500R ABS: MSRP and Price

Weighing in at just 423 pounds with a seat height under 31 inches, the CBR500R is welcoming to new riders, someone stepping up from the 300 class, or a returning rider looking for a sensible ride.

Handling and braking are intuitive, while the very slightly oversquare motor balances low-rpm torque with enjoyable horsepower when the revs are up. A six-speed transmission means there is always the proper ratio for the job at hand.

2021 Honda CBR500R ABS: For Sale and Review

Other than spring-preload on the shock, the suspension has no adjustments. Fortunately, Honda got the setup right for most riders. Michelin Road 5 tires are a good choice, offering complementary performance and high-mileage—if you want something sportier, there are plenty of options.

The 2021 Honda CBR500R ABS gets two new colors this year, and they are distinctively different. For the budget-minded, the price tag on the showroom floor remains below $7k.

2021 Honda CBR500R ABS Specs


  • Type: Parallel twin
  • Displacement: 471cc
  • Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 66.8mm
  • Compression ratio: 10.7:1
  • Valvetrain: DOHC; 4 vpc
  • Fueling: EFI w/ 34mm throttle bodies
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Final drive: O-ring sealed chain


  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 41mm fork; 4.3 inches of travel
  • Rear suspension; travel: Linkage-assisted spring-preload adjustable shock; 4.7 inches
  • Tires: Michelin Road 5
  • Front tire: 120/70 x 17
  • Rear tire: 160/60 x 17
  • Front brake: 320mm petal-style disc w/ Nissin 2-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: 240mm petal-style disc w/ Nissin single-piston caliper
  • ABS: Standard


  • Wheelbase: 55.5 inches
  • Rake: 25.5 degrees
  • Trail: 4.0 inches
  • Seat height: 30.9 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 4.5 gallons
  • Curb Weight: 423 pounds
  • Colors: Matte Gray Metallic; Pearl White

2021 Honda CBR500R Price: $6999 MSRP

Don Williams
Don Williams
With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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