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.
Revised this year to feature more power and torque in the midrange, the CB500X’s 471cc, liquid-cooled engine features parallel cylinders with dual overhead cams. Light, narrow, and powerful, it just strikes the perfect balance of what a motorcycle engine should be.
The CB500X utilizes an upright riding position. Plus, this year we’ve given it a new, stiffer, premium tapered handlebar that increases steering feedback, along with a narrower seat that makes it easier to put your feet down in parking lots or at stoplights.