New Honda CB500X

The city is the new wild

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From urban commuter to weekend explorer – the 2019 CB500X is ready for anything. Its 2019 styling is much sharper - with a harder adventure edge, taking cues from the Africa Twin, and is complemented by longer travel suspension, high-specification single-tube shock absorber, enhanced rider ergonomics and a 19-inch front wheel.

The CB500X’s usefulness is down to a straightforward equation - a perky, well-regarded twin-cylinder engine which produces real torque and drive from low rpm (and revs hard up top) – plus a chassis that gives a supremely comfortable ride both around town and out on the open highway.

2019 sees a major evolution for the CB500X. More sophisticated adventure style – that highlights and confirms the unique proposition it offers – plus more engine performance and a number of chassis upgrades ensure that while the new CB500X remains confident in its wide-ranging abilities, its ‘X’ factor has been amplified a good deal louder.

The CB500X’s A2-licence friendly, 8-valve liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder layout offers a well-proportioned balance of compact size and willing, enjoyable power output, with an energetic, high-revving character and zappy top-end.

Already strong off the bottom, the target for 2019 development was faster acceleration through a boost in low-to-mid-range power and torque in the 3-7,000rpm range; the 4% improvement comes via altered valve timing – with ‘close’ timing accelerated by 5° – and lift increased .3mm to 7.8mm.

Feeding the PGM-FI fuel injection is now a more-or-less straight shot of airflow through the airbox and throttle bodies. The battery has been re-positioned further away (44.1mm versus 13.4mm) from the rear of the airbox intake duct to allow greater airflow; the exhaust muffler now features dual exit pipes, adding a sportier sounding edge to each pulse. Peak power of 35kW arrives at 8,500rpm, with 43Nm torque delivered at 7,000rpm.

Bore and stroke is set at 67mm x 66.8mm and compression ratio remains 10.7:1; the crankshaft pins are phased at 180° and a primary couple-balancer sits behind the cylinders, close to the bike’s centre of gravity. The primary and balancer gears use scissor gears, reducing noise. The crank counterweight is specifically shaped for couple-balance and its light weight allows the engine to spin freely, with reduced inertia.

The crankcase uses centrifugally cast thin-walled sleeves; their internal design reduces the ‘pumping’ losses that can occur with a 180° phased firing order. Using the same internal relief structure as that of the CBR1000RR, the oil pump features improved aeration performance, with reduced friction; a deep sump reduces oil movement under hard cornering and braking. Oil capacity is 3.2L.

A six-speed gearbox mirrors that of its RR cousin and uses the same gear change arm structure and link mechanism. New for 2019 an assist/slipper clutch enables lighter upshifts and smooths out any hard downshifts.

The 2019 CB500X has been reborn with a much more aggressive, ‘ready for the wild’ adventure style. With the popular CRF1000L Africa Twin offering a guiding light, Honda’s development engineers have extended the radiator shrouds and fairing with substantive angles that give a strongly three dimensional texture and feel, while the fuel tank now interlocks with the side covers, cohesively linking the front and rear of the machine.

And while the CB500X styling may have come of age, its redesign is about much more than looks. Thanks to improved aerodynamic performance, the high-pressure air flowing around the fairing and screen has been reduced, improving wind protection for the rider at highway speeds. The seat profile, too has been slimmed by shaving the shoulders at the front, allowing for easy movement around the machine, and aiding the already comfortable ground reach. To help the CB500X’s manoeuvrability the steering angle has increased 3° to 38° from centred to full lock, and the addition of a gunmetal grey tapered steel handlebar further aids control.

The CB500X features a new inverse-display LCD dash with Gear Position indicator. Tapered aluminium handlebars offer leverage and complete handling control, and full LED lighting, including indicators, is a premium finishing touch. The long travel 41mm telescopic forks are adjustable for spring pre-load, as is the Pro-Link rear monoshock.

The 35mm diameter steel diamond-tube mainframe is unchanged for 2019. It’s light and strong, with a tuned degree of yield that gives plenty of feedback to the rider as road surfaces change. The shape and position of the engine mounts, plus the frame’s rigidity balance reduce vibration.

Wheelbase is 1445mm and rake and trail are set at 27.5 108mm giving nimble, yet confidence-inspiring steering. Mass centralisation, with the engine in close proximity to the swingarm pivot point, delivers turning agility and optimum front/rear weight distribution ensures stability. Kerb weight is197kg.

Seat height is 830mm; overall dimensions are 2155mm x 825mm x 1410mm, with 180mm ground clearance. The fuel tank holds 17.5L including reserve, and combined with the engine’s excellent fuel economy of 27.8km/l (**mpg) (WMTC mode) gives a range of 500km (over 300 miles).

The 41mm preload-adjustable telescopic front fork features an extra 10mm travel, up to 150mm; rear wheel travel has been raised from 118m to 135mm and a new single-tube rear shock absorber (as found on larger capacity sports bikes) replaces the double-tube design of the previous model; its large-diameter piston ensures excellent suspension response and temperature management.

The 17-inch front wheel has been replaced with a 19-inch which – along with the longer travel suspension – ensures confident, supremely stable handling on rough surfaces. The lightweight aluminium rim wears a 110/80-R19 trail-pattern tyre, the 17-inch rear a 160/60-R17 tyre. A single front 310mm wave-pattern disc and two-piston brake caliper is matched to a 240mm rear disc and single-piston caliper. ABS is fitted as standard.

A range of Genuine Honda Accessories are available for the CB500X. They include:

  • Centre stand
  • Side wind deflectors
  • Knuckle guards
  • Heated grips
  • 35L top box
  • Rear carrier
  • Pannier mounts
  • Pannier cases
  • Tubular fairing protector frames
  • Fog lights
  • Tank bag
  • Seat bag
  • ACC charging socket
  • Smoked screen
  • Wheel stripe
  • Tank Pad

Colour Options


Grand Prix Red

Grand Prix Red


Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic

Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic


Pearl Metalloid White

Pearl Metalloid White



Representative example

CB500X ABS 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£95.00
APR6.9%
OTR£6,069.00
Deposit£1,070.44
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,998.56
Final Payment£2,331.66
Final Payment inc Option Fee£2,341.66
Total Amount Payable£6,832.10
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge3p
Interest Rate pa6.60%

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CB500X ABS 17YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£95.00
APR6.9%
OTR£5,959.00
Deposit£1,005.91
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,953.09
Final Payment£2,275.88
Final Payment inc Option Fee£2,285.88
Total Amount Payable£6,711.79
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge3p
Interest Rate pa6.60%
CB500X ABS 18YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
36 Payments of£95.00
APR6.9%
OTR£5,959.00
Deposit£993.91
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,965.09
Final Payment£2,290.75
Final Payment inc Option Fee£2,300.75
Total Amount Payable£6,714.66
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4,000
Excess Mileage Charge3p
Interest Rate pa6.60%
CB500X ABS 17YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£149.00
APR6.9%
OTR£5,959.00
Deposit£1,111.37
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,847.63
Total Amount Payable£6,475.37
Interest Rate pa6.69%
CB500X ABS 18YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£149.00
APR6.9%
OTR£5,959.00
Deposit£1,111.37
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,847.63
Total Amount Payable£6,475.37
Interest Rate pa6.69%
CB500X ABS 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeVPL
36 Payments of£149.00
APR6.9%
OTR£6,069.00
Deposit£1,221.35
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,847.65
Total Amount Payable£6,585.35
Interest Rate pa6.69%
CB500X ABS 17YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£149.00
APR6.9%
OTR£5,959.00
Deposit£1,104.83
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,854.17
Total Amount Payable£6,478.83
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Interest Rate pa6.60%
CB500X ABS 18YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£149.00
APR6.9%
OTR£5,959.00
Deposit£1,104.83
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,854.17
Total Amount Payable£6,478.83
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Interest Rate pa6.60%
CB500XA 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypeHP
36 Payments of£149.00
APR6.9%
OTR£6,069.00
Deposit£1,214.75
Honda Deposit contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£4,854.25
Total Amount Payable£6,588.75
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Interest Rate pa6.60%
CB500X ABS 19YM - Terms & Conditions
TypePCP
48 Payments of£99.98
APR6.8%
OTR£5,869.00
Deposit£99
HUK Contribution£0.00
Amount of Credit£5,770.00
Final Payment£2,128.56
Final Payment inc Option Fee£2,138.56
Total Amount Payable£6,936.62
Option to Purchase Fee£10.00
Annual Contracted Mileage4000
Excess Mileage Charge1.74p


Specifications

Bore × Stroke (mm)67mm x 66.8mm
CarburationPGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Compression Ratio10.7:1
C02 Emissions80 g/km
Engine Displacement (cc)471cc
Engine Type (cm³)Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC parallel twin
Max. Power Output35kW / 8600rpm
Max. Torque43Nm / 6500 rpm
StarterElectric
Throttle Bore34
ClutchWet multiplate, A.S.clutch
Final DriveChain
Gearbox6-speed
Battery Capacity (VAh)12v 7.4Ah
Caster Angle27.5°
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)2,155mm X 825mm X 1,410mm
Frame typeSteel diamond
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)17.7 L
Fuel Consumption28.6km/L / 3.5l/100km
Ground Clearance (mm)180mm
Kerb Weight (kg)197kg
Seat Height (mm)830mm
Trail (mm)108mm
Wheelbase (mm)1,445mm
ABS System2 channel
Brakes Front310 mm x 5 mm disc with two piston caliper
Brakes Rear240 mm x 5 mm disc with single piston caliper
Suspension FrontConventional Telescopic, 41mm, pre-load adjustable
Suspension RearProlink mono with 5 stage Pre-load adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm
Tyres FrontOn-Off Pattern
Tyres RearOn-Off Pattern
Tyre Size Front110/80R19M/C
Tyre Size Rear160/60ZR-17M/C
Wheels FrontMulti-Spoke Cast Aluminium
Wheels RearMulti-Spoke Cast Aluminium
HeadlightsLED
InstrumentsDigital Speedometer, Digital Bar Graph Tachometer, Dual Trip Meters, Digital Fuel Level Gauge & Fuel Consumption Gauge, Digital Clock, Water Temp, Gear position indicator
Tail LightLED

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