2013 Honda CB500X
For any rider making the move from a 125, the twin-cylinder CB500X, part of a new family of motorcycles from Honda that includes the fully faired CBR500R and naked CB500F, offers adventure sports style and substance in an agile, accessible package.

Sharing a common frame and engine, each machine features a riding position and a distinct design that is tailored to, and will appeal to, a wide variety of riders with performance parameters that cover a range of uses from commuting and sports, to touring.

While the CB500X, CB500F and CBR500R are focused in different directions they are all physically easy to manage, and deliver practical usability matched to excellent efficiency. As true middleweights, blessed with lightweight agility and an engaging power delivery, above all, they are enjoyable to ride in every scenario.

With an all-round ability that few motorcycles possess, matched to excellent build quality, affordable price point and low running costs, the CB500X is a great place to begin a lifelong motorcycling adventure. It’s also an attractive alternative for experienced riders looking for an extremely practical and affordable big bike that is ideal for commuting as well as fun for weekend adventures.

The CB500X, with its relaxed, upright riding position and wide handlebars will give anyone looking for their first adventure sports bike an exhilarating experience on a twisty, winding road. Its lightweight manouvrability and excellent visibility also ensure it works equally well in urban environments and it’s a motorcycle designed to be ridden – and thoroughly enjoyed – by a variety of people of all shapes and sizes.

Physically taller, with longer travel suspension and a slightly longer wheelbase than its siblings, the CB500X has styling derived from the 1200cc V4 Crosstourer. It also has all-day riding potential and carries 1.6 litres more fuel, for extended tank range. Its DOHC twin-cylinder fuel-injected engine produces 35kW and returns an impressive 27km/l (75mpg) (Honda WMTC figure).

Its steel diamond frame and high quality suspension – 41mm telescopic front forks matched to Pro-Link rear monoshock – provide confident, precise handling as do 17-inch cast aluminium wheels and wide 120 front, 160 rear radial tyres. Powerful wave-pattern disc brakes are assisted by standard-fitment ABS.

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