The Honda CB500X is built with the soft-roader formula in mind, the CB500X shares a broad model platform with the supersport CBR500R and the naked-bike CB500F. Apart from somewhat Dakar-styling, the Honda CB500X has no real connection with the off-road world; 17-inch cast wheels and short travel suspension (120mm and 140mm) place its focus squarely on the tarmac.
But, like all good soft-roaders, the Honda CB500X wide handlebars and neutral upright riding position allow it to tackle gravel roads with ease. It has low weight and small proportions on its side, and light steering, a soft broad spread of power, and ABS braking, all help make it great for building confidence on loose surfaces. Limited options in off-road biased tires, and the suspension travel are the main hurdles to Adventurising the Honda CB500X. But with its simplicity and reliability, it lens itself to creating a DIY lightweight adventure tourer.
The little Honda CB500X is a neat and attractive machine, and everyone who rode it came away with a glow of pleasant surprise at how much fun such a fundamentally basic motorcycle can be. The Honda CB500X would also be a good choice for learners with a desire to get out of town on weekends or get into touring early in their riding experience.
The Honda CB500X is one of the less expensive entries into the world of adventure touring, as well as a versatile and practical city runabout. And you only need to look at the Honda genuine accessory catalog to find the parts to turn the Honda CB500X from simple little commuter motorcycle into capable cross-country tourer: luggage racks and panniers, hand guards, LED riding lights, taller screen, and even a wiring harness to fit auxiliary power supply and navigation systems.