2013 Honda CBR500R
Msrp: $5,999 base; ABS version $6,499
Specs: 500cc parallel twin DOHC engine; CBR600RR/CBR1000RR-inspired full fairing; basic middleweight sportbike
Honda made this bike as a more interesting entry into the A2 license field being introduced in the EU next year, but it's coming out in the US as well. We think it's important to have interesting options for beginners as well as for more advanced riders, so we welcome another option. We also hope we're getting the CBR500F, which is the naked version of this bike. Then again, that could be because we miss the Honda Hornet 600.