Honda’s mid-sized CB range has been very popular in Australia for years, especially the more recent 500 models.
Leading the charge with desirable updates is the 2019 CB500X all-roader now with better dirt capabilities.
It features increased suspension travel, more clearance, a 19-inch front wheel and a more aggressive tyre tread.
Meanwhile, the CBR650R replaces the CBR650F with more power, updated “Fireblade” styling, 5kg weight-loss, a more sporty riding position and a new LCD instrument panel.
The CBR500R also looks sportier redesign and the engine has been revised for better response in low-to-mid-range revs.
CB500F and CB650R now come with an assist/slipper clutch, a more powerful twin-cylinder engine and and cafe-racer styling.
The 2019 Fireblade gets an upgrade in its electronics package.
For example, traction and wheelie control are now separate so you can adjust them separately; ABS now has less intervention above 120km/h for 15% more deceleration; and the ride-by-wire throttle reacts faster for more engine braking and power delivery.