Honda CBR500R


The experts from Auto Trader Bikes have ridden hundreds of miles, testing every new bike on sale in the UK to pick these category winners and name the Best Bike of 2014.

The CBR500R is one of a triumvirate of impressive new Hondas that are appealing to novice riders. It delivers, both in the flexibility and economy of the 47bhp parallel twin engine, and in the excellent build quality. The success of the CBR500R, specifically, is thanks to its sports bike looks, that full fairing helping improve rider comfort.

“A hugely capable starter bike with the backing of Honda’s excellent dealer network”

David Burton

Runner-up: KTM 390 Duke

The punchy Duke offers more afternoon frivolity, but the CBR500R is better finished and the more convincing ownership proposition.

Runner-up: Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

The entry-level version of Moto Guzzi’s iconic 744cc, air-cooled V-twin has character and heritage in spades. One for the image conscious.

Category winners

Meet our panel of expert judges

Jon Quirk
Editor-in-Chief of Auto Trader and committed to helping every rider find their dream bike.
Rob Morphet
Launched Auto Trader Bikes in 1996 and has been responsible for its continued success ever since.
David Burton
Prolific designer and founding editor of Esses, an independent motorcycle magazine.

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