The 2013 Honda CB500X, perhaps the most useful of Honda's new 500cc motorcycle range, which includes the CB500F and CBR500R
The last of the new-for-2013 Honda 500 trio (see the CB500F and CBR500R), the CB500X is for those who want to go adventure-touring on a budget. Or, since the bike has been engineered primarily for emerging economies, perhaps for those who simply want to tackle third-world-country roads on a robustly-built motorcycle that looks good and is even mildly sporty.
The Honda CB500X shares its chassis, suspension and liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC parallel-twin with its CB500F and CBR500R cousins. With 47 horsepower and 43Nm of torque, and 195kg kerb weight, the CB500X is probably a mild-mannered machine, but one that’s refined and fuel-efficient, with Honda claiming 27km/l for the bike.
The chassis is a steel tube unit, and the CB500X is fitted with 41mm telescopic forks, Pro-Link rear monoshock, 17-inch wheels, 120/70 (front) and 160/60 (rear) radial tyres, disc brakes at both ends and standard ABS. The bike’s 17.3-litre fuel tank provides a range of more than 460km and given it’s adventure-touring positioning, the 500X gets a bash-plate fitted at the bottom to protect the engine’s underside and exhaust pipe on rough terrain.
For what it’s worth, we do think the CB500X is the coolest of Honda’s new 500 trio.