New 2024 Honda CB500 Hornet Offers Twin-Cylinder Fun In a Lightweight Package

The CB500F, initially introduced in 2013 as part of Honda’s trio of CB500 models, has demonstrated the enduring success of Honda’s approach to crafting fun yet convenient motorcycles. This approach centers around a lively twin-cylinder engine housed in a straightforward, lightweight, and sporty chassis. 

The CB500F transcends its ‘entry-level’ categorization, providing a sporty riding experience in an approachable package. Its ease of management and low running costs make it equally attractive to those transitioning from a 125cc bike or downsizing from a larger machine.

In 2019, the CB500F underwent a redesign, acquiring bold lines, enhanced technical features, and, for the 2022 model, premium suspension in the form of Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks, dual front discs, and updated lightweight wheels and swingarm.

Fast forward to the 2024, and Honda’s evolution of the CB500 streetfighter formula continues with the introduction of the CB500 Hornet. This latest addition to the iconic Honda family follows the footsteps of the revered CB750 Hornet, boasting aggressive styling, cutting-edge technology, and a range of detail upgrades set to position it as one of Europe’s sought-after motorcycles.

The 2024 CB500 Hornet arrives with a fresh identity, marked by a new name, a contemporary aesthetic, and advanced technology. A prominent feature is the 5-inch TFT screen, operated through intuitive left-hand switchgear, offering smartphone connectivity via Honda RoadSync. The twin-cylinder engine, now equipped with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and a slipper clutch, receives ECU updates to enhance acceleration.

The 2024 CB500 Hornet is available in striking color options:

– Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic

– Grand Prix Red

– Pearl Himalayas White

Styling & Equipment:

– The new streetfighter style emphasizes aerodynamics for improved steering and agility.

– Features a new LED headlight and taillight.

– A 5-inch full-color TFT screen with Honda RoadSync connectivity for on-screen turn-by-turn navigation and smartphone functions.

– Simplified left-hand switchgear for ease of use and nighttime visibility.

The CB500 Hornet’s aggressive design, inspired by its larger sibling, is defined by ‘Digital Dynamism.’ Beyond aesthetics, the fairing incorporates aerodynamic angles that contribute to linear steering and heightened handling agility. The LED headlight design ensures optimal visibility while a sleek taillight completes the lighting package. The 5-inch TFT screen, borrowed from the CB1000R, offers improved visibility in sunlight and supports customizable display patterns.

Tapered handlebars, a low seat height of 785mm, and purposeful aluminum footpegs contribute to the CB500 Hornet’s ergonomic design, accommodating riders of various heights. The fuel-efficient engine, coupled with a 17.1L tank, provides a remarkable range of over 485km.


– Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks with dual radial-mount four-piston brake calipers.

– Lightweight wheels and swingarm.

The CB500 Hornet maintains its lightweight yet robust 35mm diameter steel diamond-tube mainframe, offering responsive feedback to the rider. Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks and a tuned suspension ensure a smooth and controlled ride. Dual 296mm front discs with Nissin radial-mount four-piston calipers deliver precise braking performance.


– Twin-cylinder powerplant with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).

– New PGM-FI settings improve low-rpm acceleration and overall power delivery.

– Assist/slipper clutch for smooth upshifts and controlled downshifts.

The spirited 471cc twin-cylinder engine, receives HSTC for enhanced traction control. PGM-FI fuel injection, optimized ignition timing, and an assist/slipper clutch contribute to improved low-rpm acceleration and power delivery. The 24YM CB500 Hornet maintains its reputation for lively performance, with a peak power of 47hp and 43Nm torque.

The CB500 Hornet represents the next chapter in Honda’s successful 500 streetfighter legacy, combining aggressive styling, advanced technology, and rider-friendly features.

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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