Post Sale Update: This CB500 sold for $2,650 after 32 bids on eBay in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Cycle News called the CB500 “the thinking man’s motorcycle” when it debuted in 1971 because it offered up many of the pluses found in the big brother CB750 but in a package that offered better handling, smoother motor, and lower weight. For more riders, the ergonomics were better, too.
The 498cc air-cooled inline four motor was good for 50 horsepower, which was enough to get the 420-pound machine to do the ton.
This example (VIN: CB500-1001329) is offered by the second owner, who has had it for three years and approximately 4,500 miles. The odometer now shows 12,392. Work included during the current ownership includes a NOS tank (though it has “various dents and a scratch”), several rebuilt parts – front brake, carbs, forks, clutch, and several new parts – battery, throttle cables, swing arm bearings, front brake lines. It’s not perfect but the seller calls it a “great rider quality CB500” that you could enjoy on the road or restore.
Find this CB for sale in Royal Oak, Michigan with bidding up to $2,600 here on eBay.