2019 honda cb500x first ride review

Honda"s New 2019 CB500X Ridden & Reviewed – Much More than BNG (Bold New Graphics)!

The blitz of fun, new, practical và affordable adventure bikes continues with Honda"s newly revised 2019 CB500X. Originally introduced in 2013, the ADV potential for the reliable 500cc parallel twin was immediately apparent. Unfortunately the 17 inch wheel phối kept the CB500X more in the adventure "style" category than adventure riding. After only six years, Honda took the community feedbachồng to heart và made some considerable changes. Are they enough lớn get riders excited about this new mid-sized adventure mount?

• Wheels và Suspension

One of the most important changes khổng lồ the 2019 CB500X is the cast 19 inch front wheel. Off-road riders already know the benefits of larger rims, but many street riders who have sầu traditionally only ridden 17 inch wheels may not underst& the reason behind this change.

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• Engine và Power

Overall, the new CB500X’s 471cc engine is everything you"d expect from a modern Hondomain authority motor: compact, powerful, reliable & fuel efficient. You realistically couldn"t ask anything more from a mid-sized engine at this price point.

Although Honda could have left the engine alone, they managed lớn squeeze a 4% increase in torque & horse power between 3-7,000 RPM. This is accomplished with revised intake timing, new fuel injection nozzles & a crank sensors system which reports 2.5 times more frequently for smoother power delivery. We lượt thích how Honda tends to lớn favor low over power because it"s most practical for low speed conditions lượt thích commuting & also off-road riding.

A new slipper clutch provides less wheel hop from downshifts and reduced lever pull force by 45%.

More importantly, the update also includes a new slipper clutch, which not only reduces wheel hop on overly enthusiastic downshifts, but also reduces lever pull effort by 45%. The only cable clutch xe đạp we’ve sầu tested with a lighter pull is the Versys-X 300 which was outfitted with a similar clutch in 2017.

The air intake system got a do-over as well. It sports not only a straighter airflow, but also more space between the intake body toàn thân và battery positioned right next to it. Exhaust can is larger và now has twin exit ports for a less pedestrian growl. As capable as the motor is in stoông xã size, we"re still wondering how much power could be uncorked with a full aftermarket system.

Power wise we"re looking at just shy of 50HPhường at 8,500 rpm (redline) & 32ft/lb of torque at 7,000 rpm. Power delivery is smooth with the 180 degree firing order but I missed the throbbing twin sound found on other 270 degree crank engines.

Shifting is crisp and positive sầu through all six speeds.

Moving through the six tốc độ gearbox is a quick & positive experience, thanks in part to a redesigned shifting gear with more dogs & new tooth shape. The gear rattiện ích ios felt smartly placed and had the engine working at approximately 5,000 rpm at 65MPH in sixth gear.

Last but not least, the roughly 300 mile range from the 4.6 gallon tank results in a real-world 70+mpg. For a touring or commuter xe đạp, it’s hard to lớn beat this kind of fuel efficiency while not having lớn work the engine too hard at highway speeds.

• Body, Styling và Ergonomics

Looks are a largely subjective sầu topic but I thought the update was a visually attractive sầu modern looking package. Re-worked front and side fairings are slightly wider và taller và help divert warm air away from the rider. The beak on previous models has been retracted while still providing a more aggressive sầu và hawkish look.

Fairings are wider và taller but keep the hawkish good looks.

We got lớn see how the xe đạp takes damage in person thanks to lớn a couple injury không lấy phí get-offs in the group. The upper side plastics take a good beating but get scratched up pretty hard, as vì some edges of the engine case. If you plan on riding off-road, you"ll definitely want to lớn invest in upper and lower body toàn thân protection.

Rounding out the new fairing is a two position adjustable windscreen. At highest position it still provids some buffeting for a 6 foot tall rider with a dual sport helmet. Most of it went away by squatting down a few inches, but taller riders may look for some sort of laminar lip add-on to lớn clean the trailing air coming off the top edge. One feature I lượt thích, but wasn"t widely mentioned, was the built in crossbar between the windscreen stays for mounting phone or GPS above the gauges. In addition lớn a pre-molded plug for a 12v cigarette outlet lớn the left of the gauges, we give sầu a big thumbs up to Honda for including these small but usable changes.

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The new all-digital instrument panel has a good amount of information, but is difficult to read in direct sunlight despite the nicely designed sun shade above it. We checked to see if it had a brightness adjustment, which it did, but was unfortunately already at its brighdemo setting. I noticed the level of contrast changed slightly with viewing angle so someone who was slightly shorter may not notice this as much. Aside from opting for a more expensive TFT style display found on pricier bikes, the best solution would be lớn make the instrument panel angle adjustable. Perhaps some screws behind the gauge unit can be shimmed with washers khổng lồ help with this.


Greater comfort is provided by rubber mounted bar clamps with more rise & pullbachồng from previous model years. Over the years I"ve found people are wildly different about vibrations, especially high frequency, so tkết thúc not to make declarative statements unless they cause notable pain or discomfort.

Used lớn mostly riding thumpers, the counter balanced engine felt very smooth and nothing too disturbing came through the handlebars during the day ride. Others thought differently and mentioned excessive buzz và tingling fingers. Oversized handlebars are now a standard feature so adding a tapered CR high bar would not require an additional adapter.

Most qualities of the new CB500X have met or exceeded expectations in all major areas but there"s always room from improvement. Despite many of the changes made to lớn ADVenturize the CB500X, the bike"s street DNA keeps its potential bachồng as a more dual-sport oriented xe đạp.

Under engine exhaust routing is extremely common in adventure bikes which comes from street backgrounds. All Kawasaki"s Versys platforms bởi this as well as Suzuki’s V-Stroms. Mounting the exhaust under the seat is not as necessary as routing the exhaust line anywhere but under the engine. This reduces ground clearance and also means there’s no safe way totư vấn the bike under the engine. Adding a skid plate helps a little, but can’t be mounted to lớn the frame for maximum strength. Although these bikes are not designed for severe off-road use, it would definitely add lớn both the looks & functionality if someone could incorporate these changes at an affordable price.

Under engine exhaust routing eats up valuable ground clearance for technical off-road riding.

All LED lighting is a great upgrade over the previous generation. Although we didn"t have sầu a chance khổng lồ test the headlights at night, the general output of a properly focused led light is far more usable than most halogens. The LED brakelight & turnsignals are clearly visible in direct sunlight, but the turn signals are on hard stalks which snap easily when the xe đạp tips over. This can be easily addressed by the aftermarket and is not the kiến thiết change I felt would have been more important.

Footpeg placement & design is a critical part khổng lồ off-road riding. First, like many street bikes, footpegs tover lớn be long & narrow & attached to the bike though a cast hanger which is then bolted on to lớn a steel part of the frame. This usually puts them rather high on the frame which helps cornering clearance.

The CB500X"s foot pegs are 100% street DNA and swapping them out for small cage type pegs with rubber inserts would be been a nice và inexpensive touch. The footpegs are mounted to cast hangers higher on the frame và can cause your ass to be up in the air when standing. You could raise the bars lớn help compensate for this but really the pegs need to be lower & designed differently for a couple reasons.

High street type footpegs make for a high standing position.

Most dual-sport bikes have sầu the pegs about as low as possible & mounted directly lớn the frame. This creates a roomier seating position & also makes standing on the bike easier. During street riding, most of your toàn thân weight rest on the saddle, but standing up places nearly all of the weight on the pegs. Riding continually rough terrain at moderate speeds places a fair amount of force & on a peg structure which may not be designed to handle it.

I’m not saying this is the case with the new CB500X, but it’s a detail that would have given a more comfortable & off-road appropriate geometry. Looking at the bike’s construction, this could be solved with peg lowering adapters or someone could even kiến thiết a new bracket which lowers the peg altogether.

• Summary

When it"s all said & done, the CB500X is an amazing value for a xe đạp which is capable of just about anything most riders would ever want. We nit-pick because it"s our job lớn find problems with things, but the past couple of years have sầu been great for riders looking khổng lồ buy practical, fun, friendly và affordable bikes.

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The most direct competition for Honda"s CB500X is Kawasaki"s Versys-X 300(This tin nhắn address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to lớn view it..

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Pros:• Cast 19 inch front wheel a welcome improvement• Wonderfully neutral handling• Smooth motor with a couple extra horses & slipper clutch• Good stoông chồng suspension for most applications• Outstanding value for versatilityCons:• Street footpegs should be lower and first thing swapped for off-road riding• Instrument Panel hard lớn read in direct sunlight and certain angles• Will need suspension upgrades for heavier off-road use• Under-engine exhaust routing less than igiảm giá khuyến mãi for aggressive off-road use

• 2019 Honda CB500X Specs - MSRP: $6,700 (no-ABS) $7,000 (ABS)

ENGINE:Cylinder Configuration: Parallel twinDisplacement: 471ccCompression ratio: 10.7:1Valve sầu train: DOHC; 4 vpcFueling: EFI w/ 34milimet throttle bodiesTransmission: 6-tốc độ with Slipper Clutch và AssistCHASSIS:Front suspension: Preload adjustable 41milimet fork; 5.3 inches of travelRear suspension; travel: Linkage-assisted spring-preload adjustable shock; 5.9 inchesTires: Stock: Dunlop Trailmax; as tested Bridgestone Battleax Adventureross AX41Front tire: 110/80 x 19Rear tire: 160/60 x 17Front brake: Nissin 320milimet disc w/ 4-piston caliperRear brake: 240milimet disc with 2-piston caliper

DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 56.9 inchesRake: 27.5 degreesTrail: 4.3 inchesSeat height: 32.7 inchesFuel capacity: 4.6 gallonsCurb Weight: 430 pounds2019 Hondomain authority CB500X Color: Grand Prix Red2019 Honda CB500X Price: $6,700 (without ABS); $7,000 (with ABS)

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