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Here’s one of the best-kept secrets in motorcycling: Adventure bikes not only let you explore some interesting places, they’re also some of the best all-around motorcycles ever. And for 2019, we’ve taken one of our best—the Honda CB500X—and made it even better. It gets more midrange power, making it even more fun to ride. A new rear shock with larger-diameter internals for an even better ride. A new, slimmer seat. More suspension travel. A new slipper/assist clutch. And the list goes on.
What hasn’t changed, though, is what a delightful all-around machine this is. Its combination of light weight, narrow profile and its powerful engine let it shine on winding back roads, but also make it enjoyable to ride on urban commutes. The upright seating position just feels right to so many riders, and lets you sit up straighter and see what’s going on around you. The twin-cylinder powerband is just about perfect for the riding most of us do, with plenty of torque and easy-to-access power. Passenger-ready, it’s big enough to share the fun, too.
The new CB500X. The right size for real-world adventures, and just plain fun.
Front - 320 mm disc; ABS
Rear - 240 mm disc; ABS
Front - 110 / 80-19
Rear - 160 / 60-17
Front - 41 mm fork; 5.5 in. travel
Rear - Pro-Link® single shock with 9-position spring preload adjustability; 5.9 in. travel