Honda CB500 Four
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1971 K0
1972 K1
1973 K2
performance
Top speed
105.00 mph
105.00 mph
105.00 mph
1/4 mile, seconds, mph
14.17 @ 92.40
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14.31 @ 94.43
0-30 mph
2.6 sec.
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0-60 mph
3.1 sec.
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Braking distance from 30 mph
22.7 ft.
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Braking distance from 60 mph
116.9 ft.
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Average fuel mileage
43 mpg
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41 mpg
Price USD
$1295.00
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$1450.00
engine
Type
four-stroke
Cylinder arrangement
transverse in-line four
Valve actuation
single overhead camshaft
Valve arrangement
single inlet, exhaust
Valve adjustment
screw & locknut
Cooling
air
Bore x stroke
56 x 50.6 mm
Displacement
498 cc
Compression ratio
9.0:1
Claimed BHP
50 @ 9000 rpm
Claimed torque, ft/lbs
30.40 ft. lbs. @ 7500
Carburation
4 x 22 mm Keihin
Ignition system
battery, points & coil
Lubrication system
wet sump
Oil capacity, US pint
6.4
Fuel capacity, US gal.
3.7
Starting system
kick, electric
Electrical system
AC generator: 12v, 0.2 kw
Lighting system
12v, 110 watts
Battery
12v, 12 ah
Air filtration
paper filter
drive train
Primary drive
Morse Hy-Vo chain
Clutch
wet, multi-plate
Transmission
5 speed
Final drive
single row chain
1st gear
15.25
2nd gear
10.60
3rd gear
8.24
4th gear
6.72
5th gear
5.84
running gear
Frame
tubular, double cradle
Forks
telescopic, internal springs
Rake/trail
26ยบ/4.1 in.
Steering damper
n/a
n/a
n/a
Rear shocks
five way adjustable
Front brakes
single 10.5 in. disc
Rear brakes
single leading shoe 7.08 in. drum
Front tyre
3.25 x 19
Rear tyre
3.50 x 18
dimensions
Wheelbase
55.5 in.
Overall length
83.5 in.
Handlebar width
30.5 in.
Seat height
31.7 in.
Ground clearance
6.5 in.
Weight
449 lbs. (wet)
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