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2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler

Honda’s latest release into the learner market comes in the form of the CL500 Scrambler. An urban take on their already popular 500 range, that includes the CB500X adventure and CMX500 cruiser, with its user friendly nature and retro inspired styling the CL500 Scrambler could well be the pick of the range.

Sporting a range of funky colours which is sure to attract a younger audience of motorcycle riders, there are also your traditional solid more mature colour options for the elder statesmen of the motorcycling community.

2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler
2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler

The retro styling will not be for all and certainly the scrambler style exhaust may be polarising for some potential consumers. For us though we liked the look and matched to the Candy Caribbean Blue the Scrambler looked schmick and playful.

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Of course there are some other obvious scrambler styling cues across the model including the front fork rubber gaiters, tank knee pads and retro styled flat seat which all add to the persona of the CL500. Fuel range is good, with us averaging 250klms plus out of the 12 litre tank.

2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler
2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler

The LED headlight is a nice touch and gives the bike a touch of class, it is also functional and lights the road ahead well. Ergonomics get a big tick from us, with yours truly being a larger variety of the human species.

The Scrambler gave the impression from the riders seat of being a full size bike which is impressive considering its learner legal status whilst still maintaining a riders seat height of 790mm.

2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler
2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler

The CL500 Scrambler has a simplicity that just works, the bike works in unisen with the rider and most tasks aboard the Honda are effortless and not distracting in anyway, which is perfect for learner riders.

However, we do have one major gripe that subtracts for all that is very good and well thought out for the learner rider with this motorcycle. The retro styled LCD display is set out with rider info well positioned, however the backlighting behind it lacks making it hard for the rider to glance and process the information without having to stare taking attention away from the road.

2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler
2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler

This issue will not cause major concerns for seasoned riders, however for learner riders will provide an unneeded and unnecessary distraction. The 471cc parallel twin power plant is a sweet unit that produces 34.3kW and 53Nm of torque and is matched to a six speed gearbox which works with a minimum of fuss.

It delivers torque and power in the mid range where you would really want the power delivery in a mid capacity bike such as the Honda CL500 Scrambler. with the ability to cruise at freeway speeds.

2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler
2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler

Honda’s CL500 Scrambler utilises the same chassis as the CMX500 cruiser, but scores a new swingerarm which allows and additional 150mm of travel suspension. Front suspension utilises Showa 41mm telescopic forks which allow 134mm of travel.

Another nice touch on the CL500 Scrambler is the addition of twin disc brakes on the front of the bike which also feature ABS. There is also a single disc rear to ensure stopping power is up to task.

2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler
2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler

In the urban jungle the Scrambler finds itself in its natural environment, with its narrowness and manoeuvrability making it perfrect for navigating the city and ensuring lane filtering is a breeze.

Throwing it through some corners outside of the city limits and the CL500 Scrambler is fun, granted it doesn’t have the performance specifications of some of its more fancy sports bike competitors in this space, it does however offer the rider the flexibility to head off road and explore some dirt tracks adding to the bikes versatility.

2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler
2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler

Honda’s CL500 Scrambler features Honda’s premium build quality and reliability, whilst providing the rider with an urban scrambling experience. With the CL500 Scrambkler being a user friendly proposition, whether being utilised as a commuter, bar hopper or weekend freedom machine.

The little Honda will offer a lot to a lot of different riders who want a variety of options as well as being a perfect learner bike to begin your motorcycling journey.The Honda CL500 Scrambler comes in four colours Candy Caribbean Blue (as tested), Matte Lurel Green Metallic, Candy Energy Orange and Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic.

2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler
2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler

The Honda CL500 Scrambler is priced from $8,990 plus on-roads. You can find out more by visiting the Honda Motorcycles Australia website, or hitting up your local dealership.

Our test bike was supplied by Honda Motorcycles Australia. To find out more about the 2023 Honda CB750 Hornet contact your local Honda Motorcycles Australia dealer.

2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler
2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Ride Experience
7.5
Style and Comfort
8
Braking and Handling
7.75
Overall Bike Performance
8
Value For Money
8
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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Honda's latest release into the learner market comes in the form of the CL500 Scrambler. An urban take on their already popular 500 range, that includes the CB500X adventure and CMX500 cruiser, with its user friendly nature and retro inspired styling the CL500 Scrambler...2023 Honda CL500 Scrambler