The last bike in the 2013 Honda lineup we should look at is the CB500F. After the CB750 was first introduced, Honda then made the inline 4 in lower displacements for anyone who preferred something smaller and lighter. With the new CB1100, you might think they would follow the retro air cooled I4 the same way, but they didn't, instead, the 500 is a liquid cooled parallel twin. They also built it with a modern chassis and style, a semi sporty seating position and 17 inch wheels.
Although this probably makes more sense from a practical standpoint, it really highlights how the CB1100 is truly a CB750 inspired retro design, it sits alone, where the CB500 is offered in multiple configurations, adding an "R" version that comes with a more enclosed fairing for the entry level sport rider and an "X" version set up to play the role of adventure bike. The CB500 is no retro design, it's a new 500.
The 500 will do everything well, it will be fuel efficient, handle as it should, have all of the modern features with optional ABS, become an all around commuter and it will have all of the expected Honda competence, but, will it stand out? As with the other new models, the buyers will answer that question when it appears in the spring.
Standard model available in Black or Pearl White. ABS model available in Black only. Price: $5,499; ABS $5,999
Link: Honda CB500F