By Ryan Adams Editor Score: 85.75%
2019 Honda CB500X
Editor Score: 85.75%
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.
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