Front: single disc brake Ø 296 mm with double piston caliper from Nissin (PC 26 + PC 32 (1996) Or Brembo (PC 32, from model year 1997) Rear: drum brake Ø 160 mm (PC 26 + PC 32 (1996) Or Single disc brake Ø 240 mm (PC 32, from model year 1997)
The half-faired Honda CB500S was introduced in 1998. Production of the first CB500 twin range ceased in 2003 as the engines could not meet Euro 2 emission regulations.
According to Honda engineers, the 499 cc parallel twin DOHC engine was designed to last for 300,000 km (190,000 miles). One motorcycle was tested by Moto Revue from 1993 through 1996. Dismantled at 50,000 km (31,000 miles), the engine was in perfect condition. At 100,000 km (62,000 miles) only the cam chain and the pistons were replaced, although, in the tester's opinion, it could have run with the original parts for longer with no problems.
1994: CB500R naked version launched. Rear drum brake. Nissin front disk brake. Made in Japan.
1995: No change
1996: CB500T. No significant changes. Some CB500Ts made in Italy.
1996, November: CB500V. Brakes changed to Brembo. Rear drum brake changed to disk. Silver wheels. CB500 cup race series introduced. Special silver model with cup logo introduced. Production moved to Italy.
1998: CB500W naked version. CB500SW 'sport' half-faired version with new headlight introduced. New instruments and handlebar layout.
1998, December: CB500X, CB500SX. No technical changes.
2000 through 2003: CB500Y, CB500SY. No technical changes.