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.