Honda Introduces New CL500 at EICMA

Honda Introduces New CL500 at EICMA

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For 2023, Honda launched the CL500. The brand new mannequin is a model of the Insurgent 500 with long-haul suspension and mixer styling. (Honda/)

Up to now few weeks, Honda has dropped lots of Rebels on an harmless world. We have seen the launch of the all-new 1100T and the return of the 1100 normal mannequin in each Europe and the US, and a batch of Insurgent 300 and 500 fashions returning for the 2023 mannequin 12 months.

It seems like Honda is not completed with the Insurgent platform but. Final week at EICMA, the agency unveiled the model new mixer type CL500, which resurrects the long-lasting nameplate featured on the model’s mixers within the Sixties-70s.

The CL nameplate is a nod to Honda's 1960s era mixer models that came to the US, but the CL500 has only been approved for the European market so far.

The CL nameplate is a nod to Honda’s Sixties period mixer fashions that got here to the US, however the CL500 has solely been authorized for the European market thus far. (Honda/)

Regardless of the CL title, this new mannequin relies on Honda’s Insurgent 500 cruiser platform. Whereas we heard rumors a couple of Honda retro-scrambler final 12 months, we by no means considered the Insurgent as a potential foundation. Right here, although, we’re a road-legal, production-ready 2023 CL500 mannequin, and it is already formally on the Honda UK web site as we communicate.

Referring to: First Look: 2023 Honda Insurgent 1100T Bagger

The new model is built on the Rebel 500 platform, using the same 471cc parallel-twin engine but mounting it on a revised truss frame.

The brand new mannequin is constructed on the Insurgent 500 platform, utilizing the identical 471cc parallel-twin engine however mounting it on a revised truss body. (Honda/)

To be honest, Honda not solely took the Insurgent 500 and put in longer shock absorbers, a flat seat and tough tires, and did not qualify it nearly as good, regardless of including a few of these. Whereas the liquid-cooled 471cc parallel-twin engine the CL500 shares with each the Insurgent and CB500X is just about unchanged right here, it is a good match for the appliance, producing round 45 horsepower and 32 lb-ft of torque. Honda has tweaked the CL500 a bit by giving it revised gasoline injection mapping and a brand new consumption and exhaust setup. For sooner acceleration, the CL’s rear sprocket has 41 enamel versus the 40 utilized by the Insurgent.

The CL500's engine has remained virtually unchanged from the Rebel 500, but the mapping has been fine-tuned and the final gear shortened.

The CL500’s engine has remained nearly unchanged from the Insurgent 500, however the mapping has been fine-tuned and the ultimate gear shortened. (Honda/)

However the CL500 serves different revisions the place it issues, placing this twin engine in what it calls a “new tubular metal cage-style mainframe”. It is really fairly near that of the Insurgent, however the CL500 has a brand new, modified, annular rear subframe to accommodate the longer shocks. This long-distance suspension makes the CL much more distinctive; Up entrance is a right-side up, non-adjustable 41mm telescopic fork that wears traditional black leggings and gives a wholesome 5.9 inches of journey. On the rear, you are greeted by a pair of long-stroke uncovered twin shocks with 5.7 inches of journey and 5-stage spring preload adjustment (3 up, 1 down from normal), hooked up to a easy however sturdy tubular swingarm. The 19-inch entrance and 17-inch rear wheels put on semi-bump tires that break up sharply from the Insurgent’s smaller diameter 16-inch tires, whereas substantial triple clamps are additionally CL-specific. Nevertheless, the CL nonetheless solely has 15cm of floor clearance, so it is in all probability most secure to maintain the terrain raids on the delicate aspect.

Open dual shocks offer spring preload adjustability and 5.7 inches of travel.  Wide steel footrests are equipped with rubber inserts.

Open twin shocks supply spring preload adjustability and 5.7 inches of journey. Extensive metal footrests are geared up with rubber inserts. (Honda/)

The trade-off for greater wheels and longer journey suspension is at all times a taller seat, however at 31.1 inches, the CL500 nonetheless appears manageable for many riders. The additional area within the cockpit means there are increased handlebars fitted with angled and off-road grips for higher leverage when standing or sitting.

Referring to: Honda Europe Introduces 2023 Monkey and Insurgent Fashions

Honda says the front and rear brakes, as well as ABS, are stabilized to tackle a variety of road surfaces.

Honda says the entrance and rear brakes, in addition to ABS, are stabilized to sort out a wide range of street surfaces. (Honda/)

The CL500’s brakes are additionally tuned to go well with on a regular basis off-road objective, with a two-piston entrance caliper compressing the 310mm floating disc. Hydraulic stress is balanced between the entrance and rear single-piston caliper to offer “higher management over a wider vary of surfaces,” based on Honda. ABS modulation can also be tuned for varied driving situations. The six-speed transmission is pushed by an auxiliary and slipper clutch, which additionally seems unchanged from the Insurgent unit.

The cockpit is roomy, with a higher bar, a reshaped fuel tank, and a single negative LCD gauge that was immediately replaced from the Rebel.  Tank pads provide another point of contact for the legs while standing.

The cockpit is roomy, with a better bar, a reshaped gasoline tank, and a single unfavorable LCD gauge that was instantly changed from the Insurgent. Tank pads present one other level of contact for the legs whereas standing. (Honda/)

Whereas there isn’t any escaping the apparent Insurgent 500 design language used within the CL500, the entire enchilada makes for a surprisingly handsome mixture. The visible division is assisted by a brand new tank that’s rounder and extra horizontally positioned in comparison with the odd vertical tilt of the Insurgent 500s. Maybe the largest wart on the bike is that horribly outsized high-mount exhaust muffler. Little doubt there is a hidden cat there, but it surely’s nonetheless the primary a part of the bike we will exchange.

Front and rear LED lighting comes standard;  the circular headlight seen here is shared with the Rebel 500.

Entrance and rear LED lighting comes normal; the round headlight seen right here is shared with the Insurgent 500. (Honda/)

Additionally borrowed from the Asi is the LED lighting package deal and the single-display LCD display positioned simply above the handlebars. Nothing significantly sophisticated, however then this is not a tech-packed bike.

The flat seat allows easier movement on the bike.  The stock height is 31.1 inches, but a 30mm taller option (brown naturally) is also available.

The flat seat permits simpler motion on the bike. The inventory peak is 31.1 inches, however a 30mm taller possibility (brown naturally) can also be accessible. (Honda/)

Honda has additionally launched numerous equipment and bundled kits for the bike, together with a fly display, panniers, hand guards and even a prime field. The rear subframe is designed for simple attachment of components, and an extra rear rack can carry the 38L prime field.

With 4 vibrant paint choices to offer the CL500 some punch, Honda has additionally made it fairly clear that it is concentrating on a younger and style-conscious demographic. It isn’t but clear whether or not it will imply that the bike will find yourself within the fingers of younger US drivers.

CL500 in Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic.

CL500 in Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic. (Honda/)

The CL500 will also be available in this Energy Orange paint scheme.

The CL500 may even be accessible on this Vitality Orange paint scheme. (Honda/)

2023 Honda CL500 is at Candy Caribbean Blue Sea.

2023 Honda CL500 is at Sweet Caribbean Blue Sea. (Honda/)

CL500 in Matt Laurel Green Metallic.

CL500 in Matt Laurel Inexperienced Metallic. (Honda/)

2023 Honda CL 500 Technical Specs

MSRP: no
Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke 4-valve parallel twin
Substitution: 471cc
Bore x Stroke: 67 x 66.8mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Transmission/Closing Drive: 6 pace/chain
Demanded Horsepower: 46 hp @ 8,500 rpm
Demanded Torque: 32 lb.-ft. @ 6,250rpm
Gas system: digital gasoline injection
Clutch: Moist, multi-plate; slip and assist
Body: metal pipe
Entrance suspension: 41mm standard fork, 5.9in journey
Rear Suspension: Double shock, preload adjustable, 5.7 in motion
Entrance brake: Single 310mm floating disc, two-piston caliper, ABS
Rear brake: 240mm disc, single-piston caliper, ABS
Wheels, Entrance/Rear: Forged aluminum; 19 x 0.5 inch / 17 x 0.5 inch
Tires, Entrance/Rear: 110/80-19 / 150/70-17
Rake/Observe: 27° / 4.2 inches
Floor clearance: 6.10 inches
Wheelbase: 58.5 inches
Seat peak: 31.1 inches
Gas Capability: 3.17 gal.
Desired Curb Weight: 423 kilos
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