2017 Honda CB500X ABS

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Don’t wait for adventure to find you.

You know that old saying? Life is what happens as you’re making plans? It’s the same thing with adventure. Hey, we all have to work. We all have bills to pay. But ever notice how some folks manage to squeeze a whole lotta fun in regardless? Like the folks who ride motorcycles—especially bikes like the Honda CB500X.

There are lots of great bikes in Honda’s 2017 lineup, but the CB500X is one of our favorites. Why? Because it does so much so well. You get plenty of performance, thanks to the torquey 471cc parallel-twin DOHC engine. The CB500X’s upright handlebar naturally accommodates a wide variety of riders. Heading out on a longer trip? You can adjust the compact windscreen to varying heights, and the larger-capacity fuel tank is carefully shaped to give the rider an unrestricted riding position. Best of all, you don’t have to save up for 20 years to afford one. So while those other guys and gals are saving and planning, you can be out riding.

Innovations

  • LED HEADLIGHT: With a clean, rough-and-ready look, the CB500X’s LED headlight and multi-facet reflector project plenty of light on the road for visibility.
  • ADJUSTABLE WINDSCREEN: The CB500X’s windscreen offers superior wind protection, and is adjustable so you can fine-tune your cockpit environment.
  • DIGITAL INSTRUMENTATION: An amber-tinted full LCD screen features digital speedometer and tachometer and more, including a clock, odometer, trip meter, real-time and average fuel consumption meters and illuminated engine diagnostic indicators.
  • UNIQUE STYLE: Adventure doesn’t have to mean bottomless mud pits a continent away. Like your favorite blue jeans, the CB500X just looks right—tough, capable, no-nonsense. Plus, the adventure-bike posture and seating position let you move around freely—just like your jeans!
  • STEP SEAT: The CB500X’s 32-inch seat height and unrestricted riding position offer freedom of movement for usage in both touring and commuting. You’ll find that it’s perfect for around-town riding and also offers plenty of room for a passenger.
  • LONG-TRAVEL FRONT SUSPENSION: The long stroke 41 mm front fork yields a full 5.5 inches of travel, and a wide handlebar allows for easy steering inputs.
  • DISC BRAKES: The front 320 mm wave-style disc brake and 240 mm rear provides strong stopping power.
  • 12-SPOKE CAST WHEELS: Strong and stylish, the CB500X’s lightweight 12-spoke cast-aluminum wheels—120/70-17 in front and 160/60-17 rear—are easy to keep clean, look great, enhance handling and are another CB500X feature that just makes sense.
  • PROGRAMMED FUEL-INJECTION (PGM-FI): Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture is delivered for the existing riding and atmospheric conditions for crisp throttle response throughout a wide variety of riding conditions.
  • DOHC TWIN CYLINDER ENGINE: Honda twins are famous for their versatility, and the CB500X engine is one of our best ever. Using the same piston bore size as our CBR600RR sportbike, the parallel-twin engine offers accessible performance across all RPM ranges.
  • STEEL-TUBE FRAME: A motorcycle’s frame is the basis for its handling. A take on a classic construction, the CB500X’s diamond-shaped steel-tube mainframe ties to the engine with four mounts, offering a rock-solid foundation for superior ride and handling.
  • LOWER COWL: The CB500X is equipped with a lower cowl to help protect the exhaust pipe and engine from debris when riding on rough surfaces. Air intakes are incorporated into the design to provide effective cooling.
  • PRO-LINK® REAR SUSPENSION: A sophisticated chassis with Honda Pro-Link® rear suspension, with 9-stage preload and 4.7 inches of travel gives you a comfortable ride over small bumps, while capably absorbing bigger bumps to increase riding comfort and handling.
  • ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS): Available ABS on the CB500X helps you make smooth, controlled stops under less-than-ideal conditions.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2017
Model CB500X ABS
Model Code CB500XA
Stock Number N/A
Color Candy Rose Red

Brakes/Wheels/Tires

Brakes

Front - Twin-piston caliper with single 320 mm wave disc; Combined ABS

Rear - Single caliper 240 mm wave disc; Combined ABS

Tires

Front - 120/70-17 radial

Rear - 160/60-17 radial

Dimensions

Wheelbase 55.9 in.
Seat Height 31.8 in.

Drivetrain

Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive O-ring-sealed chain

Engine

Engine Parallel-twin, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement 471 cc
Bore x Stroke 67 mm x 66.8 mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Fuel System PGM-FI, 34 mm throttle bodies
Fuel Capacity 4.6 gal.
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Cooling Liquid

Operational

Suspension

Front - 41 mm fork; 5.5 in. travel

Rear - Pro-Link® single shock with 9-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 in. travel

Rake 26.5°
Trail 4.25 in. (108 mm)