2013 Honda CB500X First Look

November 12, 2012
Justin Dawes
Justin Dawes
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Raised on two wheels in the deserts of Nevada, the newest addition to the MotoUSA crew has been part of the industry for well over 15 years.Equal parts writer, photographer, and rider, "JDawg" is a jack of all trades and even a master of some.

2013 Honda CB500X Specs
The 2013 Honda CB500X is a new mid-sized adventure-style motorcycle.
Engine: Liquid-cooled 500cc Parallel-twin, 8-valves
Bore and Stroke: 67.0 x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Fuel Delivery: PGM-FI
Clutch: Wet multi-plate clutch; Cable actuation
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: O-Ring sealed chain 
Frame: Diamond-shaped steel 
Front Suspension: 41mm fork, 4.9 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Brakes: Front: Twin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc Rear: Single-caliper 240mm wave disc
Optional Honda ABS 
Curb Weight: 425 lbs.; 429 lbs. (ABS model)Wheelbase: 55.5 in.
Rake: 26.1 deg. Trail: 4.29 in.
Seat Height: 31.9 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons
Colors: Black Matte Metallic
Warranty: One year unlimited mileage

Honda introduced three motorcycles powered by a 500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin today, and the most adventure focused model is the CB500X. It resembles the already cult-ish NC700X and should grab new riders and those looking for an affordable adventure-style motorcycle. Pricing is still to be announced for the X, but both the sporty 2013 Honda CBR500R and naked 2013 Honda CB500F can be had for less than $6000, so we expect it will be in the same price range.

The adventure-style seating allows the rider to move around on the bike and provides comfort for long trips, short hops or commuting. The adjustable windscreen adds an extra measure of versatility. A diamond-shaped steel frame is lightweight and rigid for sharp handling. A longer travel 41mm fork strokes through 4.9 inches, and the rear Pro-link suspension offers 4.7 inches of preload adjustable travel for riding over less than ideal surfaces. Lightweight 17” cast aluminum wheels provide a quick response, and an ABS-optional 320mm wave-style disc brake and 240mm rear brake slow the CB500F down.

The DOHC, 8-valve two-cylinder engine produces a broad power spread that is fun yet economical. Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) monitors several variables to ensure correct fueling for any riding situation. To curtail engine vibes, a 180-degree crankshaft with a counterbalancer is utilized. Preloaded, scissors-type primary drive gears also help reduce vibration as well as cut down on engine noise.

A host of accessories such as color-matched saddlebags, a top box and heated grips allow the rider to outfit the CB500X for any adventure. The X is available in Matte Black Metallic in both the standard and ABS-model. The CB500X will be on dealer’s floors in July of 2013.

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