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2017 Honda CB500X
2017 Honda CB500X

2017 Honda CB500X
2017 Honda CB500X



2017 Honda CB500X Review

2017 Honda CB500X on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

Don’t wait for adventure to find you...

Big adventure doesn't always call for a big motorcycle, as many of the most serious two-wheel explorers insist on minimum weight and maximum maneuverability. For these aficionados, it's hard to beat Honda's CB500X. Powered by a fuel-injected, 471cc parallel-twin engine, the CB500X offers features like an upright riding position, good wind protection and ample suspension travel, which make it equally adept for adventure or commuting.

You know that old saying? Life is what happens as you’re making plans? It’s the same thing with adventure. Hey, we all have to work. We all have bills to pay. But ever notice how some folks manage to squeeze a whole lotta fun in regardless? Like the folks who ride motorcycles—especially bikes like the Honda CB500X.

There are lots of great bikes in Honda’s 2017 lineup, but the CB500X is one of our favorites. Why? Because it does so much so well. You get plenty of performance, thanks to the torquey 471cc parallel-twin DOHC engine. The CB500X’s upright handlebar naturally accommodates a wide variety of riders. Heading out on a longer trip? You can adjust the compact windscreen to varying heights, and the larger-capacity fuel tank is carefully shaped to give the rider an unrestricted riding position. Best of all, you don’t have to save up for 20 years to afford one. So while those other guys and gals are saving and planning, you can be out riding.

Street style with the power and character of a parallel twin.

With agile handling and a relaxed, upright riding position, the CB500X effortlessly conquers any terrain. So whether you’re navigating the urban jungle or touring uncharted territory, find the escape you're looking for.

New horizons

There are always new places to go, new things to see – grab your helmet and ride.

The CB500X is home to a liquid-cooled 500cc parallel twin engine that makes both a great everyday commuter and weekend adventurer. Its rugged style is built for the rigours of the open road – and with excellent fuel economy and agile handling, you'll be free to notch up the miles down country tracks, around new cities, and wherever the road may take you.

Built for on and off-road. Take your CB500X everywhere and anywhere.

Specially designed for comfortable riding on long day trips and weekend touring, the new CB500X is equipped with longer travel front suspension than before, so you can take on rough country roads and cobbled city streets with ease. Not only that, but the windscreen has been extended by about 100mm as well – helping shelter you from the elements.

Nothing can hold you back

When the road ahead is as long as the eye can see, the CB500X's larger capacity fuel tank and top-notch fuel economy helps you cruise even farther than before – with maximum efficiency, too.


Powerful, Dependable Twin-Cylinder Engine

Displacing 471cc, liquid-cooled and featuring parallel cylinders with dual overhead cams, the CB500X’s powerplant is very efficient, especially with its performance-maximizing electronic Programmed Fuel Injection.


Ready For Adventure

The CB500X is designed to give you a great view of the road and plenty of room to shift your weight for control and maneuverability. Utilizing a classic upright riding position with a wide handlebar, taller seat and a tighter knees-in fuel tank design, you can maximize your feeling of oneness with the bike and the road.


Options & Pricing

Like the machines that made Honda famous in the U.S., its two-cylinder parallel-twin layout provides a wide powerband and plenty of torque, while a counterbalancer keeps things running smoothly. In addition, the CB500X’s upright, adventure-style seating position makes it a perfect fit for someone who wants a bike that can do it all, and do it all well. Available ABS on the CB500X helps you make smoother, more controlled stops under less-than-ideal conditions.


CB500X

Base MSRP $6,599*

Features & Options
•471cc parallel-twin DOHC engine
•Programmed Fuel Injection
•Long-stroke front fork, 5.5-inches travel


CB500X ABS

Base MSRP $6,899*

Features & Options
•471cc parallel-twin DOHC engine
•Programmed Fuel Injection
•Long-stroke front fork, 5.5-inches travel
•Anti-Lock Braking System


 



2017 Honda CB500X www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Low-end torque & top-end performance

The DOHC liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine uses a square bore & stroke of 67 mm (the same bore size as used on the CBR600RRA) x 66.8 mm for an optimum combination of strong low-end torque and horsepower and excellent top-end performance.

Compact engine, minimal vibration

Engine vibration is kept to a minimum by using crank pins phased at 180 degrees and a balancer shaft behind the cylinders, which also contributes to the engine’s compact size.

Crisp throttle response

PGM-FI electronic fuel injection keeps the engine running efficiently in all conditions and ensures crisp throttle response.

Runs smoothly at high output levels

Careful flow analysis of the cooling system resulted in a water pump that’s small and lightweight, yet still more than capable of keeping the engine running its best at high output levels.

Maximized air-intake

In order to maximize air-intake and exhaust efficiency, the profile from the air cleaner through the intake ports to the exhaust pipe was made as straight as possible.

Excellent efficiency

The four valves in each of the DOHC cylinder heads have narrow stems, thereby reducing weight and friction and increasing efficiency.

Reduced friction

A light and compact roller-rocker-arm assembly and shim-type valve adjustment allows a lower valve-spring load for reduced friction and a compact cylinder head.

Improved durability

The pins in the silent cam chain have been treated with vanadium, which both reduces friction and improves durability. The lightweight pistons use the same advanced manufacturing process as those found in the CBR600RRA. To ensure precise cylinder shape, the engine uses the same centrifugal-cast thin-wall sleeves as found in the CBR600RRA.

Less friction, improved performance

The oil pump’s internal relief structure uses the same design as found in the CBR1000RR, which reduces friction, improves aeration performance and simplifies the shape of the oil pan.

Smooth shifting

The design of the shifting mechanism in the six-speed gearbox results in smooth, precise shifting.

Responsive with desired feedback

The lightweight diamond-shaped steel frame was designed to allow a certain degree of yield, which enables it to better respond to changes in the road surface and to transmit just the right amount of feedback to the rider.

Comfortable & sporty ride

The Pro-Link rear suspension with preload-adjustable shock and the conventional 41 mm telescopic fork are calibrated for a comfortable but sporty ride.

Good rider balance at stops

The rear section of the frame was designed to facilitate a seat height of 810 mm, which allows most riders to easily plant their feet on the ground when stopped.

Adjustable fork

The front fork offers spring-preload adjustment so you can tailor the ride just the way you want it.

Lightweight wheels

Lightweight cast aluminum wheels with Y-shaped spokes not only look trick, they also contribute to the bike’s excellent manoeuvrability.

Reduced unsprung weight

Wave brake rotors with superlative heat-dissipating qualities are lighter than conventional discs of the same diameter, which help to further reduce the bike’s unsprung weight.

A perfect fit

Adjustable brake lever allows you to get the perfect fit for optimal comfort and control.

Aggressive look

Sleek bodywork incorporates an LED headlight and taillight, and leaves more of the engine exposed for an aggressive, streetfighter look.

Comfortable riding position

Ergonomics were carefully configured to ensure an unrestricted riding position that allows easy manoeuvring in town, an easy reach to the ground, as well as excellent comfort during long-distance highway trips.

Larger fuel tank

The CB500X boasts a large fuel tank, which combined with the fuel-efficient engine, means excellent range for plenty of riding fun between fill-ups.

Under-the-seat storage

A utility space under the seat accommodates a U-lock, wet weather gear or other items.

Protection from above & below

The CB500X’s bodywork includes a lower section that helps to protect the exhaust pipes and engine from stones and other debris when riding on rough surfaces.



 

 

2017 Honda CB500X www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Engine/Drivetrain
•DOHC, liquid-cooled 471cc parallel-twin engine has good torque and a broad spread of power for maximum versatility.

Chassis/Suspension
•Bodywork with aggressive lines for a powerful, adventure-ready look.
•LED headlights, taillight for a unique look and great visibility.
•Tall, adjustable windscreen provides ample wind protection.
•User-friendly hinged fuel-tank cap.
•Roomy seat with a step design and 32-inch height provides an unrestricted rider position and room for a passenger.
•Front brake lever has a five-step adjustment mechanism and is adaptable to suit rider preference.
•Fork has external preload adjuster dial to allow adjusting to the situation (i.e., riding with a passenger or cargo).
•Optional Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) allows smooth, controlled stops.

One-year, transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
•Meets current EPA and CARB standards
•California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment


 



 

2017 Honda CB500X - www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $6599 USD

ENGINE
Engine Type 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore And Stroke 67mm x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Induction PGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Valve Train DOHC; four valves per cylinder
DRIVE TRAIN
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive O-ring-sealed chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension 41mm fork; 5.5 inches travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link® single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches
travel
Front Brake Twin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear Brake Single caliper 240mm wave disc/
Front Tire 120/70-17 radial
Rear Tire 160/60-17 radial
DIMENSIONS
Rake 26.5 degrees
Trail 108mm (4.25 inches)
Wheelbase 55.9 inches
Seat Height 31.8 inches
Curb Weight 427.6 pounds. Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuelready
to ride
Fuel Capacity 4.6 gallons
OTHER
Model ID CB500X
Emissions
Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB
standards and may differ
slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available Colors Candy Rose Red


 


 

2017 Honda CB500X - www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ NA CDN

Model not available. See CB500X




 

2017 Honda CB500X - www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £5599 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine

Bore × Stroke (mm) 67mm x 66.8mm
Carburation PGM FI
Compression Ratio 10.7: 1
Engine Displacement (cc) 471 cm3
Engine Type (cm³) Liquid-cooled, parallel twin
Max. Power Output 35kW @ 8500 rpm
Max. Torque 43 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Starter Electric

Wheels

Brakes Front Single wavy disc, 320mm, 2 piston caliper
Brakes Rear Single wavy disc, 240mm, 1 piston caliper
Suspension Front Conventional telescopic, 41mm, pre-load adjustable
Suspension Rear Prolink mono with 9-stage Preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm
Tyres Front 120/70ZR-17M/C (On/Off Pattern)
Tyres Rear 160/60ZR-17M/C (On/Off Pattern)
Wheels Front Multi-Spoke Aluminium Cast
Wheels Rear Multi-Spoke Aluminium Cast

Dimensions and Weights

Battery Capacity (VAh) 12V 8.6Ah
Caster Angle 26.5 degrees
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2095mm x 830mm x 1360mm (Low screen) 1390mm (Hi screen)
Frame type Steel, diamond
Fuel Consumption 83mpg (WMTC)
Ground Clearance (mm) 170mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 196kg
Seat Height (mm) 810mm
Trail (mm) 108mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1420mm

Transmission

Clutch Wet multiplate clutch
Final Drive Chain
Transmission Type 6-speed



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