The 2021 Honda CB500X is priced at Rs. 6.87 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
There is not any such factor as too many journey bikes. Every few months, a brand new ADV is launched in in India! And this time, it’s a mannequin from Honda, which has confirmed to be fairly widespread in international markets. And involves India, for the very first time! We could have stated this earlier than however I’ll say it once more. Adventure bikes are just like SUVs! Indians simply cannot get sufficient of them. And now, beginning proper from 200 cc, going up all the best way to 1200 cc, there may be an ADV for everybody! While Honda has had the Africa Twin in India for a number of years now, it by no means had a smaller ADV, till now! Enter Honda CB500X.
The bike will get the everyday ADV design! Tall stance, huge handlebars, tall windscreen and the now commonplace 19-inch entrance wheel together with the 17-inch rear wheel. It seems constructed for objective, little question and stands out on the highway as effectively. The mixture of crimson, black and silver did look good on our check bike. And the sculpted tank doesn’t appear to be it may maintain 17.7 litres of gas, which ought to give the bike an honest vary.
A seat peak of 830 mm is par for the course on the CB500X. What may play in opposition to it although is the 199 kg kerb weight, particularly on tight, technical trails! Although Honda says that the mass of the bike is centralised as a lot as potential providing higher management when driving.
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Tech and Ergonomics
In phrases of options, the CB500X will get a completely digital instrument cluster with detrimental LCD. Then you will have twin-channel ABS together with emergency cease sign and Honda ignition safety system The CB500X additionally will get full LED lighting as effectively. Lastly, there’s a slip and help clutch together with the 6-pace gearbox, making for slick shifting. In phrases of ergonomics, the perch on the bike is actually snug. I imply this can be a kind of a bike which is constructed for mile-munching. The seat itself is kind of comfortable and accommodating. The handlebar is sweet and huge and standing up and driving appears to a simple affair too.
Performance And Dynamics
The CB500X handles effectively, higher than how we anticipated it to! I believe the response from the steering inputs could possibly be even sharper if the rear suspension is about up optimally. The suspension setup significantly on the rear is kind of tender, in its manufacturing unit setting. We would have preferred a barely firmer setup. But that’s only a matter of dialling up the suspension as per your weight and liking. But general, the bike gives an opulent experience, whether or not you’re going over damaged roads or on trails like we did on the media experience.
|Displacement||471.03 cc, parallel-twin motor|
|Max Power||47 bhp at 8,500 rpm|
|Peak Torque||43.2 Nm at 6,500 rpm|
|Transmission||6-pace guide gearbox|
What we additionally fairly preferred is the linear energy supply proper from the phrase go! The bike pulls cleanly from the underside finish. Give it the beans, and it’ll go shortly to the opposite facet of the rev vary with none drama. The mid-vary is meaty and is available in fairly helpful if you wish to execute a quick overtaking manoeuvre. Like most parallel-twin engines, this motor too is kind of clean. There is the barest trace of vibration, however solely if you’re gunning the bike above 6,500 rpm. Although, we discovered the braking to be a little bit spongy and the chew may have been little sharper.
The Honda CB500X proved to be surprisingly succesful whereas going off-highway. There is sufficient grunt within the backside finish to take you thru terrain which will lavatory you down, like actually tender powdery sand. The tender suspension is a boon when you find yourself traversing rocky surfaces and extra importantly, there may be sufficient grip available from the Dunlop twin-objective tyres, which work effectively on tarmac and off it. Maybe Honda may have given switchable ABS, a minimum of on the rear wheel, which might have vital distinction to the CB500X’s off-highway sport.
Now Honda says that the engine on the bike is positioned near the swingarm pivot, which implies the mass is centralised. This interprets into the truth that the stability on the bike, significantly at sluggish speeds and on surfaces with low traction is kind of good. It offers a greater sense of management and stability, which is essential when going off-highway.
Pricing and Verdict
Our time spent with the Honda CB500X made us realise that it’s truly a flexible bike. A very good touring machine and might tackle the tough simply too. The one large gripe that we now have is the pricing, which feels exorbitant. At ₹ 6.87 lakh ex-showroom, the CB500X is nearer to the 650 cc ADVs just like the Kawasaki Versys 650 and the Suzuki V-Strom 650 slightly than its precise rival, the Benelli TRK 502 whose costs vary from ₹ 4.60 lakh to ₹ 5.29 lakh. It is probably one of the best-rounded bundle within the 500 cc house, however clients should be keen to pay the worth for it.