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HONDA CB500X (2019-on) Review

Published: 14 January 2019

For kerb hopping or greenlaning, this is an attractive A2-friendly option

The CB500X was born for A2 adventuring

For kerb hopping or greenlaning, this is an attractive A2-friendly option

  • At a glance
  • 471cc  -  47 bhp
  • Medium seat height (830mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • New: £6,069

The super-versatile X gets a bit more adventurous with a longer travel suspension and a 19in front rim. The longer fork gives 10mm more travel (now 150mm), with a hike to 135mm at the rear (from 118mm) and a new shock.


The new 19in front rim wears a 110/80 R19 tyre size (was 120/70 R17), while it maintains a 160/60 R17 rear. There’s also more steering lock on offer, tapered handlebars, and the tasteful new LCD dash that’s shared across the 500 range.

It also benefits from the same engine upgrades as the Honda CB500F and Honda CBR500R, and gets a revised end can that’s claimed to deliver a nicer soundtrack. Sadly, it’s also gained a kilo of mass – but for kerb hopping or greenlaning, this is an attractive A2-friendly option.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2019
Year discontinued -
New price £6,069
Used price -
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £64
Annual service cost -
Max power 47 bhp
Max torque 32 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Engine size 471cc
Engine type liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Frame type -
Fuel capacity -
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 197kg
Front suspension -
Rear suspension -
Front brake -
Rear brake -
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  • The CB500X was born for A2 adventuring
  • Revised styling brings the CB500X more up to date
  • Hints of Africa Twin can be seen in the CB500X
  • The CB500X is available in multiple colourschemes
  • All three CB500 variants now feature a slipper clutch
  • A neat LCD dash houses important rider information
  • ABS helps with controlled braking
  • Chunky dual-purpose tyres help on the rough stuff
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