I have it on very, very
good authority that there is a Thai produced CBR500 in the pipeline.
That is all for the inside info.
The inside speculation
is that it is to compete with the Thai produced er-6n/f... Should be cheaper, and if they can get it to similar spec, it will be a winner.
They go for 250k and 265k thb respectively.
Thai Honda have blown the Kawa 250cc monopoly out of the water, with the much cheaper CBR250 smashing the ninjette's sales, and the new CRF250L by all reports is better and more powerful, and cheaper... the KLX250 and D-Trkr are gonna take it straight on the chin.
A lighter, nimbler CBR500 at 200k would certainly give the Kawa 650's a good run.