2013 Honda CB500X – Eats Potholes on a Budget

11/12/2012 @ 1:59 am, by Jensen BeelerComments Off

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If you haven’t caught on yet, American Honda has announced a trio of 500cc machines, just ahead of the upcoming EICMA show. Featuring the fully-faired 2013 Honda CBR500R sport bike, and its fairing-less sibling the 2013 Honda CB500F, the slightly taller 2013 Honda CB500X completes the trifecta, and adds an adventure-esque dimension to Honda’s midrange options.

Like the Honda CBR500R & Honda CB500F, the Honda CB500X uses the same modest liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 180° crank, parallel-twin motor that will put down 54hp at the wheel for the US market (tiered-license countries will see a 47hp machine).

A slight variation on the chassis that is shared with the other 500cc machines, the CB500X has a bit more travel to its suspension (5.5″ on the front forks), and the seat height is a full inch higher (31.9″ to be precise). Visually the philosophically similar to the Honda NC700X, the Honda CB500X is also a tad heavier than its relatives, sporting 430 lbs of fully-fuel heft at the curb, which is likely due to its larger 4.5 gallon tank (4.1 gallons on the other models).

Building three motorcycles from one versatile core design, American Honda has some aggressive prices on the CBR500R & CB500F, but the American subsidiary of the Japanese brand has yet to release a price on the CB500x. We would expect something in the $5,000 range though when it hits dealer floors in July 2013, with the ABS version getting a $500 price increase over the base model. Full technical specifications are after the jump.

2013 Honda CB500X Technical Specifications:

ENGINE
Engine Type500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore And Stroke67mm x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio10.7:1
InductionPGM-FI with 34mm throttle bodies
IgnitionComputer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Valve TrainDOHC; four valves per cylinder
DRIVETRAIN
TransmissionSix-speed
Final DriveO-ring-sealed chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension41mm fork; 5.5 inches travel
Rear SuspensionPro-Link single shock with nine-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Front BrakeTwin-piston caliper with single 320mm wave disc
Rear BrakeSingle caliper 240mm wave disc/
Front Tire120/70-17 radial
Rear Tire160/60-17 radial
DIMENSIONS
Rake26.5 degrees
Trail109mm (4.29 inches)
Wheelbase55.9 inches
Seat Height31.9 inches
Curb Weight430 pounds. Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel?ready to ride
Fuel Capacity4.5 gallons including 0.7-gallon reserve
OTHER
Model IdCB500X
EmissionsMeets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available ColorsMatte Black Metallic

Source: American Honda

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