Honda’s A2-compatible mini-adventurer receives major performance-focussed improvements led by Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks, dual disc front brakes and axial-mount calipers. Handling is further improved by the new swingarm, which is lighter with more lateral flex. The rear shock has new settings to complement the new forks. A redesigned front wheel and lighter radiator save weight and new fuel injection settings improve engine character. More powerful headlight LEDs and front indicator position lights offer greater visibility.
Alongside engine changes such as revised fuel injection settings and a new lighter radiator, the chassis benefits from the addition of Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks, dual Nissin radial mount four-piston calipers biting 296mm discs, light-weight wheels feature new thinner spokes and redesigned swingarm - for improved rider comfort and handling performance. Compared to the previous model, weight bias also moves fractionally forward for enhanced front tyre grip and feel. Styling is updated with a new front wheel and larger front mudguard.
As before, LCD instruments feature a Shift Up and Gear Position function. All lighting is LED, with optimised high/low headlight beam and addition of front indicator position lights.
Chassis & Styling
Light, strong and unchanged for the 2022 year model, the CB500X’s 35mm diameter steel diamond-tube mainframe has a tuned degree of yield that gives plenty of feedback to the rider as road surfaces change. The shape and position of the engine mounts, plus the frame’s rigidity balance, also reduce vibration.
Immediately obvious is a brand-new front end set-up. With the aim to heighten all-round handling performance the 41mm telescopic forks of the previous design have been replaced by Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks with 135mm axle travel (150mm cushion stroke), clamped by new top and bottom yokes. By dividing the functions – Big Piston pressure separation damper in one leg, spring mechanism in the other – reaction and ride quality are both improved.
The CB500X’s A2-licence friendly 471cc, 8-valve liquid-cooled parallel twin-cylinder layout offers a well-proportioned balance of physical size and willing, enjoyable power output, with an energetic, high-revving character and zappy top end. The 2019 upgrades created faster acceleration through a 4% boost in low-to-mid-range power and torque in the 3-7,000rpm range. It's very much an engine whose overall performance and character belie its relatively small capacity. Peak power of 35kW arrives at 8,600rpm, with 43Nm torque delivered at 6,500rpm.
Feeding the PGM-FI fuel injection is a more-or-less straight shot of airflow through the airbox and throttle bodies and for 2022, new settings improve torque feel and character without compromising performance. The exhaust muffler features dual exit pipes, giving a sporting edge to each pulse, and a rasping high-rpm howl. A new more aesthetically pleasing radiator design contributes a 92g weight saving, with no loss of cooling efficiency
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled, parallel twin|
|Max Power Output||35kW @ 8,600rpm|
|Max Torque||43Nm @ 6,500rpm|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||67mm x 66.8mm|
|Front Brake||Dual 296mm x 4mm disc with Nissin axial mounted two piston calipers|
|Rear Brake||Single 240mm x 5mm disc with single piston caliper|
|Front Suspension||Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks|
|Rear Suspension||Prolink mono with 5 stage preload adjuster, steel hollow cross swingarm|
|Front Wheel||Multi-spoke cast aluminium - 19 X MT2.5 (110/80R19M/C)|
|Rear Wheel||Multi-spoke cast aluminium - 17 X MT4.5 (160/60R17M/C)|
|Dimensions||2155mm x 830mm x 1410mm (Low screen) 1445mm (High screen)|
|Frame Type||Steel diamond|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||17.5L (inc reserve)|