Honda CB500X Review: Outstanding Performance at High Cost


Honda BigWing showrooms are gradually expanding like in India. In the same way, the company is also expanding the premium motorcycles sold through these showrooms. Honda H'ness CB350, Honda CB350 RS, and now Honda CB500X have been launched by the company through BigWing. You must have read and watched the review of the remaining two motorcycles on Jagran Auto, but today we are going to review Honda's premium adventure tourer motorcycle Honda CB500X.

First of all, the CB500X gets a V-shaped LED headlamp, long windscreen, LED winkers, Thai pads with a muscular fuel tank, and a step-up seat. Beautiful black alloy wheels with exception exhaust and LED taillights further enhance its beauty. The seat high is 830 mm, but it is much more comfortable for the younger riders as well and the wider headbands also help the rider sit comfortably in the upright position.

The CB500X has a negative LED instrument cluster that only provides information on speedometers, tachometers, dual trip meters, fuel levels, and consumption gauges, gear position indicators, and gear shift indicators. But I think the company needs to make it a bit more colorful.

The Honda CB500X features a 471-cc liquid-cooled, DOHC parallel-twin engine with bore and stroke dimensions of 67.0 x 66.8 and a 180-degree crankshaft. This engine generates power of 47.6 bhp at 8,500 rpm and torque of 43.3 Nm at 6,500 pm.

The CB500X is just an adventure tourer, it is not a complete adventure bike. For this reason, the company has not given metal bash plates and off-road tires in it. The bike gets 181 mm ground clearance and has block pattern tires for a little off-roading. For this reason, you cannot go off-roading on deep dust, but where the road is very bad, this bike inspires your confidence. Spring pre-load adjustment with 41 mm telescopic forks and spring pre-load adjustment with ProLink monoshock work quite well. During off-roading, even a few big pits come in front of you, even if it crosses them very well without dropping your confidence.

At the same time, as soon as you drive this motorcycle, it looks very flamboyant. The engine comes with much better refinement levels and you get excellent torque in every gear. The combination of high gears, low speed is also very good in this motorcycle. At a speed of 100–120 kph, you can cruise it throughout the day. You do not find any riding gear in the CB500X, which I think the company needed to give it. Overall, it is quite a pleasure to ride an off-road or on-road bike and the amount of time you spend with it seems to be less.

The performance of the Honda CB500X is tremendous and is being rolled out in India via the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route. It is priced at Rs 6.87 lakh (ex-showroom). If seen, the price of CB500X is much higher than other motorcycles in this segment. In the Indian market, this bike has tough competition from Benelli TRK 502X, which is priced at Rs 5.20 lakh (ex-showroom). The CB500X costs Rs 1.67 lakh more than the TRK 502X. In such a situation, if Honda keeps the price of its CB500X between Rs 5.50 lakh and Rs 6 lakh, then this bike can prove to be a more profitable deal.