The CB500X – originally launched in 2013 alongside the naked CB500F and fully-faired CBR500R – brings crossover adventure style to Honda’s fun-focussed twin-cylinder ‘light middleweight’ trio.
It is a motorcycle that, without fanfare, quietly gets on with the job of being supremely competent, and adaptable in use for a wide variety of owners.
Honda’s compact adventurer comes of age, with new, taut off-road style and improved wind protection plus longer travel suspension, 19-inch front wheel and tapered handlebars.
The CB500X is powered by an 8-valve liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder producing 47 hp at 8,500rpm, with 43Nm torque delivered at 7,000rpm, mated with a 6-speed transmission. The new dual-exit exhaust muffler features an enhanced exhaust note and the engine now also features an assist/slipper clutch.
It features a light but strong 35mm diameter steel diamond-tube mainframe that gives plenty of feedback to the rider as road surfaces change. The 41mm preload-adjustable telescopic front fork features an extra 10mm travel, up to 150mm; rear wheel travel has been raised from 118m to 135mm and a new single-tube rear shock absorber replaces the double-tube design of the previous model.
Engine: Liquid-cooled, parallel twin
Max. Power Output: 47hp @ 8600rpm
Max. Torque: 43Nm @ 6500rpm
Final Drive: Chain
Front Suspension: Conventional telescopic, 41mm, pre-load adjustable
Rear Suspension: Prolink mono with5 stage preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm