Honda CB500X, Track test – autoX
Some of us thought the Honda CB500X might be the bike to beat this year. We finally got a taste of what Honda’s brilliant and beloved 500cc parallel twin engine looks like. It is perhaps one of the best engines we have ever experienced, not only from Honda but also from other manufacturers. The CB500X makes you feel like you’re riding a 650cc adventure motorcycle.
The bike picks up speed pretty well, and when you change gears and go faster, the motor never moves or gives off gas. But what really impressed us about the CB500X was the way this light to medium adventure bike rode and handled.
It’s such a comfortable machine, and the levels of refinement are out of this world. It can tackle all kinds of Indian roads without breaking a sweat. And the good thing is you’ll find yourself smiling as you attack the turns and navigate some twisty sections of the tarmac. It is, without a doubt, one of the most elegant material handling machines available in the segment.
Besides excellent driving dynamics, the CB500X also offers excellent build quality and comfort levels. You can cycle all day and travel the country without thinking twice or worrying about your back. It’s a lightweight ADV, and almost anyone can swing a leg over it and immediately start going on an adventure tour.
With just 47bhp and 43Nm of torque, you obviously can’t expect blazingly fast acceleration, but somehow it’s still very fast. However, given the lap time he recorded at the BIC, he cannot be called very quickly. There is also another aspect that seriously affects the Honda CB500X – its price at 6.88 lakh yen (ex-showroom). The bike scores high in almost every category, but its value for money is incredibly low. For a 500cc motorcycle, its price is not justified, even if it claims to offer the cheapest cost of ownership. At its price, the CB500X finds itself in competition with bikes that offer more in terms of technology and performance. It’s a shame because we love the CB500X.
This all affects its X factor score as well as a lot of Indian riders wouldn’t find it very desirable, especially when there are better performing motorcycles in the same price range. Only an incredibly brand-conscious rider could consider the optional CB500X. But hey, if you have the money to buy this brilliant machine, I’m sure you’ll never regret owning it. In short, the CB500X is definitely one of the best bikes to ride today – a perfect bike for everyone.
- Honda CB500X (Lap time – 01: 16.0)
|COMFORT & PRACTICAL||ten||8.0|
|DRIVING AND HANDLING||ten||9.0|
|VALUE FOR MONEY||20||7.0|