Honda launched the CB500X last year in April. It was criticized because it was priced quite high from Rs. 6.87 lakhs ex-showroom. The reason behind this was that the adventure tourer was brought to India as a CKD or Completely Knocked Down unit. Now, the prices of the CB500X starts from Rs. 5.80 lakhs ex-showroom. That is a price decrease of Rs. 1.07 lakhs. However, it is being said that this price cut is only temporary.
There are no more changes to the motorcycle. It still comes with the same 471.03 cc, four-stroke, parallel-twin engine that gets fuel injection and liquid cooling. It produces 47 hp of max power @ 8,500 rpm and a peak torque output of 43.2 Nm @ 6,500 rpm. The gearbox is a 6-speed unit that gets slip and assist clutch. Honda says that the engine is tuned for low and mid-range. This ensures that the rider does not have to constantly change the gears and can easily overtake without down-shifting.
The CB500X is an entry-level adventure tourer motorcycle. It is aimed towards people who are upgrading from Royal Enfield Himalayan, BMW GS 310R and KTM Adventure 390. The CB500X is competing against the Benelli TRK 502 which costs Rs. 5.11 lakhs ex-showroom. Because of its higher pricing, CB500X also has to compete against more powerful and more expensive adventure tourers such as Suzuki V-Strom 650XT and Kawasaki Versys 650.
Honda CB500X weighs 199 kgs and has a ground clearance of 181 mm which is quite decent at least for road use. The fuel tank capacity is 17.7 litres. Suspension duties are done by long travel 41mm telescopic suspension in the front and 9-stage adjustable Honda ProLINK mono-shock at the rear. The 2022 model of the CB500X gets up-side down forks in the front. Honda is using a steel tube frame for the motorcycle.
Braking duties are done by 310 mm disc in the front and 240 mm disc at the rear. On the 2022 model, there are dual discs in the front. There is a dual-channel Anti-lock braking system to ensure that the wheels do not lock-up. The front tyre measures 110/80-19 whereas the rear one measures 160/60-17. Both are tubeless and dual-purpose tyres. The front-wheel measures 19-inches whereas the rear one measures 17-inches in size.
There is a small digital instrument cluster. It is a negative LCD Display so it is easily visible in direct sunlight. It also has quite a bit of information on offer. There is a speedometer, odometer, tachometer, dual-trip meters, fuel gauge, gear position indicator, consumption gauge and shift indicator.
You also get an Emergency Stop Signal that flashes the hazard signal in case of sudden braking. Honda is using an LED setup for the high beam, low beam, turn indicators and even the tail lamp. The seat height of the CB500X is 830 mm which could be a bit high for short riders. However, the riding triangle is still up-right and relaxed which is a good thing while doing long tours. There is also a windscreen in the front to protect the rider from the direct wind blast.