Honda has updated its CB500X Adventure bike for 2019. It’s 471 cc liquid cooled parallel twin engine has been tweaked. Using revised valve timing and intake improvements, Honda has been able to squeeze an additional 4% in midrange power and torque.
Along with the engine changes, Honda claims that a new slipper clutch decreases lever pull effort by 45%.
Honda also re-vamped the middleweight’s suspension. The CB500X revised travel is partially due to a new Pro-Link rear shock and revised fork with larger diameter internals. With these revisions, suspension travel is now 5.9 inches at the front and 5.3 inches in the rear.
Tire selection has also been addressed. The bike now comes with a 19″ front wheel replacing the previous 17″ rim. This should provide better options for more aggressive off road rubber.
Styling and ergonomics have been revised with a narrower seat to help shorter riders reach the ground. A revised handlebar bend was added to help with low speed and off road maneuverability. Ergos are also boosted by the addition of a 20 mm taller windscreen to provide better protection from the elements.
Topping off the revisions is a new LCD control panel that is easily readable in direct sunlight.
These revisions are worthy, but do come at the price of 7 extra pounds. The CB500X now weighs in at a claimed 430 pounds with a full tank of fuel and ready to ride.