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2013 Honda CB500X First Look

Monday, November 12, 2012
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
MSRP: TBA 
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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Piglet2010   November 12, 2012 06:47 PM
The bad news is if they are priced similarly to these accessories on other Honda models, heated grips, hard bags, and a top box will push the price to ~$7,500. And all are needed to make the bike into a practical commuter/tourer (OK, those who will never ride outside of warm climates could skip the heated grips).