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2015 Honda CB500XA Review
2015 Honda CB500XA on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
CB500XA – get out there…
Sometimes the road less travelled is also less paved; don’t let your choice of machine limit your motorcycling travel options. The 2015 Honda CB500XA allows you to seek adventure in more places with a number of refinements to the base 500 platform that increase its versatility. Longer travel front-suspension, longer wheelbase and greater ground clearance improve its rough road capability while a larger fuel tank, a narrow fairing with adjustable windshield and the super smooth counterbalanced engine help you relax on your journey to the middle of nowhere. The upright seating position gives you a commanding view of the road ahead and the leverage provided by the wide handlebars enhances your feeling of control. Rounding out the package is an ABS brake system that helps increase confidence on the variety of road surfaces you’re likely to encounter on the CB500XA.
2015 Honda CB500XA www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•The DOHC liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine uses a square bore & stroke of 67 mm x 66.8 mm for an optimum combination of strong low-end torque and horsepower and excellent top-end performance.
•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.
•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.
•The CB500XA boasts a large 17-litre fuel tank, which combined with the fuel-efficient engine, means excellent range for plenty of riding fun between fill-ups.
2015 Honda CB500XA www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The DOHC liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine uses a square bore & stroke of 67 mm x 66.8 mm for an optimum combination of strong low-end torque and horsepower and excellent top-end performance..
The 67 mm bore size is the same as used on the CBR600RR..
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..
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection keeps the engine running efficiently in all conditions and ensures crisp throttle response..
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..
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..
The four valves in each of the DOHC cylinder heads have narrow stems, thereby reducing weight and friction and increasing efficiency..
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..
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 CBR600RR..
To ensure precise cylinder shape, the engine uses the same centrifugal-cast thin-wall sleeves as found in the CBR600RR..
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..
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..
The Pro-Link rear suspension with preload-adjustable shock and the conventional 41 mm telescopic fork are calibrated for a comfortable but sporty ride..
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..
Lightweight cast aluminum wheels with Y-shaped spokes not only look trick, they also contribute to the bike’s excellent manoeuvrability..
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..
Dual-piston brake calipers up front and a single-piston caliper at the back provide strong but easily controlled stopping power. Plus, ABS gives you extra peace of mind on reduced-traction road surfaces..
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..
The CB500X boasts a large 17-litre fuel tank, which combined with the fuel-efficient engine, means excellent range for plenty of riding fun between fill-ups..
A utility space under the seat accommodates a U-lock, wet weather gear or other items..
2015 Honda CB500XA – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
2015 Honda CB500XA – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
Bore & Stroke
67 mm x 66.8 mm
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
41 mm telescopic fork; 140 mm (5.5 in.) travel
Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustment; 119 mm (4.7 in.) travel
120/70 – 17 front; 160/60 – 17 rear
Front 320 mm wave disc with double-piston caliper; rear 240 mm wave disc with single-piston caliper; ABS
810 mm (31.9 in.)
1,421 mm (55.9 in.)
197 kg (434 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2015 Honda CB500XA – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European/UK Specifications/Technical Details
UK/European MSRP Price: £10699 GBP (On The Road).
Oil Capacity 3.8L
Battery Capacity 12V/11AH
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90Ã‚° V-4
Max. Power Output 77.9kW @ 10,250rpm
Bore & Stroke 72mm x 48mm
Compression Ratio 11.8 : 1
Engine Displacement 782cm3
ACG Output 420W
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 21.5L
Fuel Consumption 17.8km/l (WMTC mode)
Max. Torque 75.1Nm @ 8,500rpm
clutch type Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
Instruments Digital speedo, analogue tachometer, fuel meter / fuel consumption / water temp. / gear-position / ambient temperature / clock
Dimensions and Weight
Frame type Diamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar
Kerb Weight 239kg
Caster Angle 25Ã‚° 30′
Seat Height 789mm / 809mm
Ground Clearance 126mm
Dimensions (LÃƒ-WÃƒ-H) 2,134 x748 x1,203mm
Taillight LED x 9 (tail), LED x 9 (stop)
Headlights LED (Hi-2 / Low-2), with extension
Wheels, Suspension and Brakes
Brakes Rear 256 x 6mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Suspension Rear Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step (stepless remote-controlled hydraulic) preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 120mm axle travel
Wheels Rear 10-spoke diecast aluminium
Wheels Front 10-spoke diecast aluminium
Tyres Rear 180/55-ZR17M/C (73W)
Rim Size Rear 17M/C x MT5.5
ABS System Type 2channel ABS
Brakes Front 310 x 4.5mm dual floating hydraulic disc with radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Rim Size Front 17M/C x MT3.5
Tyres Front 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Suspension Front 43mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload and ten DF adjustment, 108mm axle travel
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.