- Honda’s compact adventurer beats stiff competition to coveted Auto Trader A2 bike award
- Slipping effortlessly between the role of short-hop commuter to weekend tourer, the CB500X is the consummate all-rounder for the A2-licenced rider
The Honda CB500X was crowned Best A2 motorcycle at the Auto Trader Best Bike Awards 2019, as the Adventure model continues to collect plaudits for its all-round ability in its launch year.
Long-held as the class leader in the adventure-styled A2 segment by Auto Trader, the CB500X has gone from strength to strength following the introduction of the latest generation. Majoring in all-round ability; intuitive and user-friendly the CB500X earned a 4.6-star review from Auto Trader Bikes’ Senior Road Tester, Phil West, who formed one third of this year’s judging panel.
With design cues inspired by Honda’s iconic flagship Adventure model, the CRF1000L Africa Twin, the new 2019 CB500X cuts a more aggressive figure than its predecessor. The ‘ready for the wild’ adventure styling is reflected in the riding experience thanks to numerous upgrades to the chassis and lively twin-cylinder engine, which elevate the CB500X above the competition.
The Awards are now in their sixth year, with over 30 models judged by a panel of industry specialists. Reliability, running costs, appearance, practicality, performance and technical advancements were all considered by the judges as they selected the CB500X as the Best A2 bike.
Neil Fletcher, Head of Honda UK Motorcycles said: “We’re delighted to see the CB500X extend Honda’s winning streak at the Auto Trader Bike Awards into 2019, after walking away with prizes for the Gold Wing and X-ADV last year. At Honda we understand the importance of creating fun-focused and adaptable A2 models – the CB500X demonstrates those qualities brilliantly.”
Speaking on the winning bike, guest judge, Jon Quirk said, “upgrades to the styling, engine and chassis in the 2019 CB500X have made the might of Honda’s engineering prowess easy to admire, but even easier to live with. This all-rounder is as effortless to ride as it is desirable to own.”
As well as claiming a new trophy, Honda also collected further accolades, with a total of 4 nominations in the categories of Best A1, Naked, Sports and Scooter.
The Honda CB500X is available from £6,069 OTR (inc. VAT) or from £95 per month on a 37 month PCP at 6.9% APR Representative.