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2019 Honda CB500F
Honda is the last company that still offers a full range of 500 bikes, taking full advantage of its 471cc, parallel twin mill. The same engine, teamed with a six-gear transmission is shared between the CB500F (of course), the CB500X, the CBR500R, and the Rebel 500.
It really all comes down to your preferred style of riding—each of these models meets different expectations. For this model-year, Honda has slightly updated its half-liter mill to improve low-to-mid-range power and torque. The full 500 lineup has also received a few minor upgrades to keep it up-to-date, including a new selection of colors for the Rebel and modernized styling on all three CBs.
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2019 Harley-Davidson Street 500
The Street 500 makes the “Harley dream” more accessible when budget is an issue. This baby H-D offers all the brand’s cruiser flare and in an easy-to-get-on format. It uses a liquid-cooled 494cc Revolution X V-twin.
At 513 lb, the Street 500 doesn’t exactly qualify as a lightweight, especially not compared to other models on this list, however, what it does offer is a well-grounded on-road behavior that makes it a steady ride. While weight can be an issue on that first heartbreaking drop, it does provide improved stability.
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2019 KTM 500 EXC-F
If there is something KTM knows how to do, it’s off-roading. It is also one of the only manufacturers to have a 500-cc dual sport model offered in its lineup (except for sister company Husqvarna). The EXC-F is the “biggest” 500 on this list with a displacement of 510cc in a single-cylinder, four-stroke mill. It is fitted with all the luxury of street bikes such as an electric starter and a six-speed transmission instead of a five. The best part: it’s entirely street legal.
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2019 Royal Enfield Classic 500
Representing the neo retro segment in the 500 stronghold, the Royal Enfield Classic 500 is one of the brand’s best-known model in North America—it was cool before the Twins were a thing. Running on a 499cc, single-cylinder mill, its performance is far from stellar, but that’s not what people buy Enfields for. The vintage look and tiny price tag (only $5,599) are what make the Classic so attractive.
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2019 Piaggio MP3 500
If you’re more of the sitting rather straddling type, the wonderful world of 500s has something for you and it’s super quirky. The Piaggio MP3 500 scooter is one of the few tilting three-wheel vehicles out there.
The MP3 offers all the perks of a scooter, including massive underseat storage, with all the power required to commute both in the city and on the highway. The three wheels also provide added grip and stability, offering added confidence when it comes to facing different types of road and weather conditions and making the MP3 500 a perfectly versatile vehicle.