American Honda Motor Company has filed documentation for the CL500 as a 2023 model, indicating plans to bring the bike to the US market. The “CL500A” designation suggests that the US version will be equipped with a valuable safety feature, a standard ABS (anti-lock braking system).
It’s common for Honda to introduce new models in different markets before launching them in the US. This allows them to gauge consumer interest and adapt the product if necessary.
No official annoucement
While there may not be an official announcement regarding the CL500’s availability in the US, the EPA certification documents provide strong evidence that the bike will be offered in the United States.
Honda has filed certifications for several motorcycle models for the 2024 model year. Here are the details:
- 2024 Honda CL500: This bike will be manufactured by Thai Honda and powered by a 472cc parallel twin engine, similar to the one in the Rebel 500. The claimed power output is 34.2 kilowatts (or 45.8 horsepower) at 8,200 rpm. It will feature a six-speed gearbox and will likely come with standard ABS.
- 2024 Honda ADV160: Also manufactured by Thai Honda, the ADV160 will be equipped with a 157cc four-valve single-cylinder engine. The claimed power output is 11.7 kilowatts (or just under 15.7 horsepower) at 8,250 rpm. Further details about this model should be provided in the given information.
- 2024 Honda Grom and Grom ABS: These updated versions of the popular Grom models will be powered by a 124cc two-valve single-cylinder engine, similar to the current Grom and Grom ABS. The claimed power output is 7.5 kilowatts (about 10 horsepower) at 7,250 rpm. The Grom and Grom ABS will have a five-speed gearbox, and the Grom ABS will have standard ABS, while the regular Grom may be available without ABS as an option.
Whether the new Grom designation refers to a fourth-generation Grom or signifies a reconfiguration to meet stricter emissions requirements needs to be clarified. Only time will tell when Honda decides to reveal more details about the upcoming models.
It’s always a good idea to stay updated on Honda’s official announcements and news from reputable sources for the latest information on the availability and release date of the CL500 in the US.