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2016 Honda CB500X…With You Guessed It, Modest Changes

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For 2016, we know that Honda will bring its big “adventure-tourer” the US market, known to Europeans as the Honda Crosstourer, and introduced to Americans as the Honda VFR1200X. For the 2016 model year, the Crosstourer gets some minor updates, as does its 700cc sibling the Honda NC700X.

So if you’re keeping score, that leaves one more machine to get a modest update for 2016…yup, Honda CB500X, we are talking about you!

A Goldilocks-busting lineup of street-focused ADV machines, the 2016 Honda CB500X rounds out Honda’s lineup with a lightweight and nimble machine that is also good for the A2 licensing countries.

For 2016, the Honda CB500X receives a new LED headlight and taillight, as well as a taller windscreen and a hinged fuel cap. The forks now have external preload adjusters, while the front brake lever can be adjusted to fit different hand sizes. Boom!

More importantly, Honda says that it has made changes to the transmission, which makes for smoother-feeling gear changes. Teaser photos be damned, Honda says you can see the Honda CB500X at the Tokyo Motor Show…we think Photoshop says differently (compare the above with the press photos below).

2016 CB500X Teaser 1

2016 CB500X Teaser 2

Source: American Honda

Jensen Beeler

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