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2014 Honda CB500X Review
2014 Honda CB500X on Totalmotorcycle.com
If you could use a little more adventure in your life—and who couldn’t? — the CB500X can deliver on that idea at a surprisingly affordable price. The adventure-style CB500X delivers a fun-to-ride option with an extra dose of versatility. The compact windscreen up front can be adjusted to varying heights, and the larger-capacity fuel tank has been carefully shaped to give the rider an unrestricted riding position.
The CB500X delivers plenty of performance to adventure sport touring riders, with its thoroughly modern, torquey 471cc parallel-twin DOHC engine. Its upright handlebar naturally accommodates a wide variety of riders, and the shape and height of the seat give more rider freedom. The CB500X is an excellent choice for riders ready to move up a displacement class, or for anyone who appreciates a great middleweight motorcycle for practical in-town riding, or fun adventure-sport touring.
If you could use a little more adventure in your life—and who couldn’t?—the CB500X can deliver on that idea at a surprisingly affordable price. That’s the beauty of owning an adventure-style bike like the CB500X; every time you look at this bike it just about begs you to take it out in search of new roads, undiscovered places, fun sights to see. And the CB500X is not just a great ride, it’s also equipped with a load of features that give it an extra dose of versatility. The compact windscreen can be adjusted to varying heights, the open riding accommodations are extra roomy and the larger-capacity fuel tank has been carefully shaped to give the rider an unrestricted riding position. The long-stroke 41mm front fork yields a full 4.9 inches of travel and a wide handlebar allows for a lighter steering effort. Also, a wide assortment of Honda Genuine Accessories lets riders personalize their bike with ease. But you don’t have to save up your CB500X for that once-in-a-while adventure tour; it also serves as a versatile ride to fulfill those everyday needs.
For any rider making the move from a 125, or holding an A2 licence the twin-cylinder offers adventure sports style and substance in an agile, accessible package. The CB500X, with its relaxed, upright riding position and wide handlebars will give anyone looking for their first adventure sports bike an exhilarating experience. Its lightweight manoeuvrability and excellent visibility also ensure it works equally well in urban environments.
2014 Honda CB500X Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•471cc parallel-twin DOHC engine
•Programmed Fuel Injection
•41mm fork; 5.5 inches travel
– Adventure-style seating position makes for unrestricted maneuvering and keeps the rider comfortable during adventure trips, commuting or short hops around town.
– All-new 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin DOHC engine is thoroughly modern in design and produces a broad power spread for enjoyable and economical riding.
– The four-valve cylinder head design incorporates a roller rocker arm for a more compact layout along with reduced friction.
– A shim-type valve adjustment system allows incorporation of a lighter rocker arm setup that, in turn, allows for a lower valve-spring load to further reduce power losses through engine friction.
– Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture is delivered for the existing riding and atmospheric conditions for crisp throttle response throughout a wide variety of riding conditions.
– Engine counterbalancer and 180-degree crankpin reduce engine vibration for superior rider comfort.
– Preloaded, scissors-type gears for the primary drive and engine counterbalancer gears help reduce engine noise.
– Diamond-shaped 35mm steel tube frame is lightweight and rigid for responsive sport handling.
– Big 41mm front fork with 4.9 inches of travel returns a plush yet controlled ride.
– Sophisticated Pro-Link® single-shock rear suspension offers nine-stage spring preload adjustability and 4.7 inches of controlled travel.
– Lightweight cast aluminum wheels, 120/70-17 in front and 160/60-17 rear, return sporting feel and handling traits.
– Front 320mm wave-style disc brake and 240mm rear provides strong stopping power.
– ABS version available for enhanced braking characteristics in less than ideal conditions.
– Amber-tinted instrument display features speedometer, tachometer, odometer/A&B tripmeters, fuel gauge, clock, real-time and average fuel consumption.
– Wide handlebar is designed specifically to fit the adventure-style rider ergonomics.
– Available in Matte Black Metallic on both standard and ABS models.
– Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Honda Genuine Accessories†
Air Deflector; Center-stand; Hand Guards; Heated-Grips; Heated-Grip Attachment; Lightbar; Rear Tire Hugger; Tall Windscreen; One Key Cylinder (for Rear Trunk and/or Saddlebags); Saddlebags; Saddlebag Panels; Saddlebag Stays; Carbon Fiber-Style Accessories: Front Fender, Radiator Shroud, Under Cowl, Under Cover Front, Under Cover Kit; Rear Carrier (see options below)
Rear Carrier Options:
Rear Carrier A (will not accept trunk)
Rear Carrier B (accepts trunk only)
Rear Carrier/Saddlebag Stay Kit (accepts trunk and/or saddlebags)
† WARRANTY: Because we’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.
2014 Honda CB500X Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
DOHC Parallel-Twin Cylinder Engine
Honda twins are famous for their versatility, and the new CB500X engine is one of our best ever. Using the same piston bore size as our CBR600RR sportbike, the parallel twin engine offers accessible performance across all RPM ranges.
Programmed Fuel-Injection (PGM-FI)
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture is delivered for the existing riding and atmospheric conditions for crisp throttle response throughout a wide variety of riding conditions.
A motorcycle’s frame is the basis for its handling. A new take on a classic construction, the CB500X’s diamond-shaped steel-tube mainframe ties to the engine with four mounts, offering a rock-solid foundation for a superior ride and handling.
The CB500X is equipped with a lower cowl to protect the exhaust pipe and engine from flying stones and other debris when riding on rough surfaces. Air intakes are incorporated into the design provide effective cooling.
An amber-tinted full LCD screen features digital speedometer aned tachometer and more, including a clock, odometer, trip meter, real-time and average fuel consumption meters, and illuminated engine diagnostic indicators.
The windscreen on the CB500X is manually adjustable up to 40mm for optimal wind protection.
A single 60-Watt H4 halogen headlight and multi-facet reflector on the CB500X give the front end a unique look and also project plenty of light on the road for visibility.
Long-Travel Front Suspension
The long stroke 41mm front fork yields a full 5.5 inches of travel, and a wide handlebar allows for easy steering inputs.
Front 320mm wave-style disc brake and 240mm rear provides strong stopping power.
12-spoke Cast Wheels
Strong and stylish, the CB500X’s lightweight cast aluminum wheels, 120/70-17 in front and 160/60-17 rear, are easy to keep clean, look great, enhance handling, and are another CB500X feature that just makes sense.
The new CB500X’s 32-inch seat height and unrestricted riding position offers freedom of movement for usage in both touring and commuting. You’ll find that it’s perfect for around-town riding, and also offers plenty of room for a passenger.
Pro-Link Rear Suspension
A sophisticated chassis with Honda Pro-Link® rear suspension, with 9-stage preload and 4.7 inches travel gives you a comfortable ride over small bumps, while capably absorbing bigger bumps to increase riding comfort and handling.
Available ABS on the CB500X helps you make smoother, more controlled stops under less than ideal conditions.
2014 Honda CB500X – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $5,999 USD
Engine Type: 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore and Stroke: 67.0mm x 66.8mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Final Drive: O-ring-sealed chain
Front: 41mm fork; 4.9 inches travel
Rear: Pro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Front: Twin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear: Single-piston caliper 240mm wave disc
Optional Honda ABS
Wheelbase: 55.9 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 26° 5′
Trail: 109mm (4.29 inches)
Seat Height: 31.9 inches
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons including 0.7-gallon reserve
Estimated Fuel Economy**: 71 MPG
Color: Matte Black Metallic
Curb Weight*: 430 pounds (CB500X)
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.
**Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on-road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
Meets current EPA standards.
Models sold in California meet current CARB standardsand may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
2014 Honda CB500X – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
Canadian MSRP Price: NA CDN
See 2014 Honda CB500XA
2014 Honda CB500X – Totalmotorcycle.com UK/European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: £5,299 GBP
Bore Ãƒ— Stroke
67mm x 66.8mm
10.7 : 1
Liquid-Cooled, parallel twin
27Km/L (76.3mpg) (WMTC)
Max. Power Output
35kW @ 8500 rpm
43 Nm @ 7000 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity
Dimensions and Weight
2095mm x 830mm x 1290mm
60/55W x 1 light
Wheels, Suspension and Brakes
Multi-Spoke Aluminium Cast
Prolink mono with 9 stage Preload adjuster, steel square pipe swingarm
Single Wavy Disk, 240mm, 1 POT caliper
160/60ZR – 17M/C (On-Off Pattern)
Conventional Telescopic, 41mm
Rim Size Front
17 X MT3.5
Rim Size Rear
17 X MT4.5
Single Wavy Disk, 320mm, 2 POT caliper
120/70ZR – 17M/C (On-Off Pattern)
Multi-Spoke Aluminium Cast
Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.