The Honda CB500X has been officially launched. The Honda CB500X is a road-biased adventure tourer motorbike with a parallel-twin engine. The bookings for the CB500X are open at Honda’s premium big bike dealerships across certain Asian markets and according to the company, the bike is all set to make its debut in the Nepalese markets in the coming months. The launch date and price for the Nepalese market are yet to be revealed though. There is no confirmation yet from Honda. This compact ADV takes its design cues from the Africa Twin and features a host of new designs very different from the Africa Twin.
The Honda CB500X is powered by a 471cc, eight-valve, liquid-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder engine that produces 47bhp at 8,500rpm and 43.2Nm at 6,500rpm. The bike is mated to a 6-speed transmission with assist and slipper clutch. Honda says you can expect an average of 28.6 kilometres with its 17.5-litre fuel tank. The CB500X is adjusted with a 41mm fork and a preload-adjustable monoshock which has a ground clearance of 181mm. Braking is handled by disc brakes at both ends with a standard dual-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS).
Lighting on the CB500X is handled by LEDs all around which get 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels including the seat height of 830mm. The bike also features the Honda Ignition Security System (HISS) theft deterrent. The other feature on the motorcycle includes a semi-fairing design, a tall windscreen, a negative LCD instrument cluster, a single piece saddle, and alloy wheels. The electronic rider aids emergency stop signals. We expect the Honda CB500X kerb weight to be around 197kg. Other changes made to the motorbike are cylinder head, valves, intake manifold, throttle body, conrods, crankshaft, and gearbox.
The CB500X is available in two colours – Grand Prix Red and Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic. The new Honda CB50X will rival the likes of Kawasaki Versys 650, Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT, and the Benelli TRK 502 in the Nepalese market but all of them are yet to be launched in Nepal. Once launched in Nepal, It will mark Honda's entry into the middleweight adventure touring space in 500cc segments. Honda has been delivering upon its promise to expand the fun culture and today, we are happy to introduce the most awaited motorcycle in our premium line-up - the CB500X; the company said.