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.