2019 Honda CB500X Review – First Ride

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By Ryan Adams

2019 Honda CB500X

Editor Score: 85.75%

Engine 17.0/20
Suspension/Handling 12.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 8.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.0/10
Appearance/Quality 8.75/10
Desirability 8.75/10
Value 8.75/10
Overall Score 85.75/100

You never know what bikes will end up garnering a cult following. This can be based on so many variables, one of which is the aftermarket. The Honda CB500X was a nice enough little adventure-styled 471cc motorcycle when it was introduced in 2013, but when aftermarket manufacturers like Rally Raid Products out of the UK started providing accessories to bring the CB500X into dirt-worthy territory, interest in the bike took off. You can now buy full suspension kits and spoked wheels among other serious off-road accoutrement to fit to your CB500X. When Honda went back to the drawing board to redesign its littlest adventure touring bike, it began with a look at what current owners and prospective buyers wanted in a light(ish) weight touring bike and how to make the CB500X easier and more fun to ride. The result? Read on.

When I asked our helpful Honda media coordinators how much off-road riding we’d be doing versus street, I was pleasantly surprised to be told 50/50. Yes! The more dirt the MO betta, and it speaks to where Honda sees this bike being used by its owners. Of course, the off-road sections would be more like gravel fire roads for the most part, but that’s okay. The 500X isn’t meant to be a hardcore adventure bike, but I was excited to see just how capable the 2019 Honda CB500X is.

What’s new

Honda paid attention to the popularity of its CB500X being outfitted for adventure and wanted to deliver customer-driven updates for its little ADV. For 2019, the 500X receives a larger, 19-inch front wheel as well as additional suspension travel – with 5.9 inches …read more

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