After a major redesign in 2019, Honda's A2-compatible compact adventurer is getting new designs and three new colors for 2020, including a touch of Africa Twin. The CB500X is now also homologated for EURO5. The CB500X - originally launched in 2013 together with the naked version CB500F and the fully faired CBR500R - embodies the crossover adventure style within Honda's “two-cylinder middleweight trio”. The CB500X does its job without much ado, is versatile and adaptable and therefore appeals to a large number of drivers. The all-round capabilities of the CB500X are based on a simple equation: a high-revving, solid two-cylinder engine, plenty of torque, and a comfortably tuned chassis, optimized for city and highway driving.
CB500X with many all-round capabilities
The CB500X is an all-rounder in every respect. Short-distance commuting and weekend tours are equally possible. Thanks to the long spring travel, the suspension effortlessly compensates for unevenness in the road, the wide handlebars enable good guidance and the upright seating position offers the driver both comfort and a large field of vision. In 2016, the CB500X received an initial upgrade with a larger fuel tank, more wind protection and a higher windshield. It also received LED lighting, a fork with adjustable preload and an adjustable brake lever. The further development of the CB500X in 2019 resulted in a nifty adventure style, more engine power and a number of chassis improvements. With the 2020 upgrades, your X-factor continues to increase.
From commuters to weekend trippers - the CB500X is ready for anything. The styling with a sharp adventure attitude is complemented by a chassis with long suspension travel, a highly specified monotube shock absorber, comfortable driver ergonomics and a 19-inch front wheel. The 35 kW motor of the CB500X is compatible with the class A2 driver's license and benefits from the 2019 upgrades to intake, exhaust and valve timing. Compared to the previous model, this resulted in 4% more power and torque between 3.000 and 7.000 revolutions per minute. In addition, the CB was equipped with an improved exhaust system and an anti-hopping clutch. The LCD instruments have a gearshift indicator and a gear display, the entire lighting consists of LEDs.
Styling & chassis
- Strong, sturdy adventure styling
- Tapered handlebar and wide steering lock
- Long travel suspension with a 19-inch front wheel
- LCD instruments with gear shift indicator and gear indicator
- complete LED lighting
The further development in 2019 gives the CB500X an attractive "ready for the wild" adventure style. Extended radiator trims and the new design ensure a strong three-dimensional texture and feel, including new side covers that smoothly connect the front and rear.
The 2019 redesign not only improved the look: thanks to optimized aerodynamics, turbulence on the fairing and windshield is reduced, which significantly improves wind protection at motorway speeds. The slim seat profile makes the floor easily accessible. And a steering angle increased by 3 to 38 degrees (measured from the central position to the side stop) increases the maneuverability of the CB500X. In addition, the anthracite gray, butted steel handlebars allow even more control.
The LCD instruments are arranged in a multi-surface and textured dashboard and take up the overall design. The gear position and shift indicator have recently been displayed. The latter is set to 8.750 rpm by default, but can be adjusted between 250 and 5.000 rpm in steps of 8.750 rpm. The tubular display holder is ideal for mounting a navigation device above the instruments.
The tubular steel frame with a diameter of 35 mm is light and stable. It gives the driver good feedback in changing road conditions. The shape and position of the engine mounts, as well as the rigidity balance of the frame, reduce vibration.
The wheelbase is 1445 mm, the inclination and caster are set to 27,5 ° / 108 mm, which enables direct and trustworthy steering. The mass centralization, in which the engine is in the immediate vicinity of the pivot point, ensures improved maneuverability, while the optimal weight distribution between the front and rear axles ensures stability. The weight (full tank) is 197 kg.
The seat height is 830 mm. The overall dimensions are 2155mm x 825mm x 1410mm, with a ground clearance of 180mm. The fuel tank has a capacity of 17,5 l including a reserve. The engine's excellent fuel consumption of 3,6 liters / 100 km (WMTC measured value or measurement method) results in a range of 480 km.
The 41 mm telescopic front fork (adjustable preload) has a spring travel of 150mm. The rear wheel travel is 135mm. A monotube rear shock absorber (as found on larger-capacity sports motorcycles) with a large-diameter piston ensures excellent suspension behavior and temperature management. It has a 9-stage spring preload adjustment and works via a rigid steel rocker with a box profile, which is equipped with pressed steel chain adjustment end pieces. The final drive is via a sealed 520 chain.
The 19-inch front wheel, together with the suspension with its large spring deflection, ensures confident and extremely stable handling on rough surfaces. The lightweight aluminum rim has a 110/80 R19 trail tire, the 17-inch rear wheel rim has a 160/60 R17 tire. A single 310 mm wave brake disc at the front with a two-piston brake caliper is matched to a 240 mm rear disc with a single-piston brake caliper. ABS is installed as standard.
In honor of the CRF1100L Africa Twin, the 2021 CB500X will be available in three new colors and graphics, each with a striking red rear subframe:
- Grand Prix Red
- Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic
- Pearl Metalloid White
Engine Honda CB 500 X model year 2021
- Lively two-cylinder power plant related to the 2019 CBR1000RR Fireblade
- Power and torque over the entire range
- Sportier sound thanks to the dual exit silencer
- Anti-hopping clutch facilitates upshifting and downshifting
- Now EURO5 homologated
The A2-capable CB500X with 8 valves in a liquid-cooled parallel twin offers a balanced ratio between engine size and willing, pleasant power output, with an energetic and willing turning character right up to the top. The 2019 engine upgrades improved acceleration by increasing power and torque in the low to medium speed range from 3.000 to 7.000 rpm; an improvement of 4% due to a modified valve control - with valve timing closing 5 ° earlier - and a valve lift that has been increased by 0,3 mm to 7,8 mm.
The PGM-FI fuel injection is fed almost in a straight line by the airflow through the airbox and throttle bodies - the 2019 upgrade moved the battery further from the back of the airbox's inlet duct to allow for greater airflow. The muffler has double outlet pipes, which give every impulse a sporty sounding note. The peak power of 35 kW is achieved at 8.600 rpm, the torque of 43 Nm is available at 6500 rpm.
Bore and stroke are 67 mm x 66,8 mm, the compression ratio is 10,7: 1; the crankshaft journals are offset by 180 °, and a primary balancer shaft sits behind the cylinders, near the center of gravity of the motorcycle. The primary drive as well as the drive of the balance shaft use scissor wheels, which reduces noise. The crankshaft balance weight is specially shaped for torque balancing and its low weight allows the engine to rotate freely and with reduced inertia.
As a loaded element, the engine contributes to the rigidity of the frame through four frame suspensions on the cylinder head. Roller rocker arms are used inside the cylinder head; which can be particularly light due to the valve clearance adjustment via shims, which in turn reduces the valve spring load and reduces friction.
The smooth-running timing chain (SV Chain) is made with vanadium-treated pins, which reduces friction and increases wear protection. The inlet valve diameter is 26,0 mm and the outlet valve diameter is 21,5 mm.
The piston shape is based on the pistons used in the 2019 CBR1000RR Fireblade to reduce “piston noise” at high RPM. The friction is reduced by grooves on the piston skirt (a finish that increases the surface area and optimizes oil lubrication). As with the CBR1000RR, an AB1 salt bath process, which is used after isonite nitration, forms a protective oxidation membrane.
The "triangular" relationship between the crankshaft, main shaft and countershaft is very similar to that of the four-cylinder RR engines from Honda, with much of the internal structure and technology being taken directly from the 2019 CBR1000RR.
The crankcase uses thin-walled centrifugally cast bushings whose internal construction reduces the pumping losses that can occur with a 180 ° firing order. The oil pump is characterized by an improved ventilation performance with reduced friction; a deep sump reduces oil movement when cornering hard and when braking. The oil capacity is 3,2 L.
The six-speed transmission on the CB500X is very similar to that of its RR cousin and uses the same shift arm structure and linkage mechanism. An anti-hopping clutch introduced in 2019 enables easier upshifts and smooths hard downshifts.
The 2021 CB500X, like its 500 cc stable companion, is homologated for the EURO5 standard. This came into force on January 1, 2020 and - compared to the EURO4 standard - stipulates significantly stricter emissions values for engines. These requirements include a significant reduction in allowable carbon monoxide emissions, a reduction in total hydrocarbon emissions of more than 40%, more stringent misfire detection and the introduction of a limit value for particulate matter.
A range of genuine Honda accessories are available for the CB500X. This includes:
- main stand
- Side wind deflectors
- Ankle protection bar
- Heated grips
- Top case 35 liters
- Pannier holders
- Fog Lights
- Tank bag
- Rear pannier
- 12 V socket
- Tinted windshield
- Rim tapes
- Tank pad
|Type||Liquid-cooled parallel twin|
|Bore x stroke||67mm x 66.8mm|
|Maximum power||35kW at 8600 rpm|
|Max. Torque||43Nm at 6500 RPM|
|Engine oil quantity||3.2 liter|
|mixture preparation||PGM FI fuel injection|
|Tankinhalt||17.5 liters (including reserve)|
|Consumption (WMTC)||3,6 liters / 100 km|
|battery capacity||12V 7.4AH|
|ACG output||25A / 2000 rpm|
|Coupling type||Multiple discs in an oil bath|
|Gear type||6 transition|
|Type||Tubular steel frame|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||2155mm x 825mm x 1410mm (low windshield) 1445mm (high windshield)|
|Steering head angle||27.5 °|
|seat height||830 mm|
|ground clearance||180 mm|
|Weight (full tank)||197kg|
|your Front Wheel.||41 mm telescopic fork, adjustable spring preload|
|behind||Box swingarm with Pro-Link suspension, spring preload adjustable in 5 positions|
|your Front Wheel.||Aluminum spoked wheels|
|behind||Aluminum spoked wheels|
|Rim size in front||19 X MT2.5|
|Rear rim size||17 X MT4.5|
|Front tire size||110 / 80R-19M / C|
|Tire size rear||160 / 60R-17M / C|
|Front brake||310 mm wave brake disc with 2-piston brake caliper|
|rear brake||240 mm wave brake disc with single-piston brake caliper|
|INSTRUMENTS / ELECTRICAL|
|Instruments||Digital rev counter, digital bar tachometer, two trip meters, digital fuel and consumption display, digital clock, gear display|
|Burglar||HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)|
|headlights||Low beam 4,8W, high beam 12W (LED)|
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