The 2023 Makina Moto Present served as the primary stomping floor for the Honda CL500 Scrambler. The brand new light-middleweight is now formally out there within the ASEAN nation, marking the Honda model’s entry into the highly-competitive phase.
With regards to Hondas, there’s one thing for everybody, besides scrambler lovers. Honda’s trendy scrambler takes the favored Insurgent platform, which can also be a descendant of the CB500F and CBR500R in a way of talking, and provides it slightly extra athletic prowess—only a tad extra. With a extra upright and fewer slumped-over seating place, the brand new CL500 opens up Honda’s lineup to the retro fanatic, now out there within the Philippines.
Even with its retro styling, it nonetheless will get some moderately trendy facilities, thanks partly to Honda’s new elements bin items from the Insurgent. The CL500 will get the identical LED headlight, flip alerts, and rear taillight that the Insurgent will get. The singular gauge pod additionally makes a return, nonetheless displaying the identical issues that the Insurgent can show. Aside from the applied sciences borrowed from the cruiser, the CL500 scrambler will get a distinct exhaust mounting, set larger than its cruiser brother, Honda slapped on a big warmth protect to stop both the rider or the pillion from getting burnt legs whereas out and about.
Aside from that, you get a regular array of chassis componentry which is analogous to the Insurgent in some methods, and distinctive to the CL in others. The body is essentially the identical, save for a distinct subframe, a tweaked suspension setup, and a wheelset that’s extra scrambler than a cruiser. The forks are a 41-millimeter set of telescopic right-side-up tubes, and it’s mated to a twin shock setup on the rear with a five-step preload adjustment. Rear wheel journey is rated at 145 millimeters (5.7 inches), and the entrance is allotted 150 millimeters of journey (5.9 inches).
Braking duties are dealt with by a pair of discs, one within the entrance and one within the rear, with the entrance disc being 310 millimeters in diameter, and the rear being 240 millimeters in diameter. The CL’s entrance caliper is a two-piston unit, whereas the rear is a single-piston slider, each ruled by a two-channel ABS unit.
The entrance wheels are 19 inches in diameter, and it wears a 110/80 measurement tire. The rear, in the meantime, is a 17-inch unit with 150/70-sized tires. Even with a extra “scrambler” setup, Honda was in a position to make this bike very approachable, with a seat top of simply 31.1 inches. The bike additionally sits 6.1 inches off the bottom or 155 millimeters in metric. Including to its beginner-friendly nature is the moist weight of 423.2 kilos (192 kg), which is sort of hefty however not fairly backbreaking contemplating the low seat top and the upright ergonomics.
Honda Philippines is proud so as to add this mannequin to the lineup, and it did launch the unit alongside different Honda bikes just like the Honda Transalp 750, and the Insurgent 1100. The value of the CL500 is pinned at P409,000, which interprets to about $7,400 USD.