The Honda CB500X is one of the most likeable motorcycles in Honda’s portfolio, despite its astronomical sticker price in our country. If the current iteration of the CB500X isn’t that kitted up for your taste, Honda has unveiled the 2022 CB500X. Now that we already have the CB500X on sale in India, it is safe to assume that we are going to receive the same updated model, however, the exact launch timeline is yet to be disclosed by the Japanese bikemaker. So what’s new for the new model year?
What has changed?
Honda’s engineers have solely focused on improving the front-end feel of the CB500X. The telescopic fork up front has made way for a new, non-adjustable 41mm, Showa SFF-BP USD fork. For the uninitiated, ‘SF’ stands for ‘separate function’ and ‘BP’ is an abbreviation for ‘Big Piston’. Courtesy of this swap, we can expect the new CB500X to be more reactive to inputs from the rider as compared to the outgoing model.
Honda has also introduced a new, lighter front wheel that’s 100gm lighter than the previous one. Another crucial change up front is the new braking setup. The 310mm single disc has been swapped with two, 296mm discs with twin-piston Nissin calipers. Honda has also made way for a new swingarm that’s about 1kg lighter than the previous unit. If you are worried about its rigidity, Honda has claimed that it is just as strong, if not more.
Manufacturers don’t leave any chance of marking an updated model year without introducing a new colour palette. Honda CB500X too, has received an updated wardrobe with a new shade ‘Pearl Organic Green/Black’.
Since CB500X’s engine has always been the star of the show, Honda has left this front unchanged. The 2022 CB500X is powered by the same 471cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that makes 47.6hp at 8,500rpm and 43.2Nm of torque at 6,500rpm.
Honda has already received some flak from the audiences and media houses alike, for its pricing strategies. The current iteration of the CB500X retails at INR 6.87 Lakh which makes it considerably heavier on the pocket as compared to its adversaries. If Honda launches the new CB500X with an even more premium price tag, it would be interesting to see how our budget-conscious market receives it.