Now turn to the highways and freeways, if it is a trail with spirit traveler will have to make a handful of kilometers by these huge highways with almost straight curves. Screen series is clearly insufficient, not as a naked but not you covers beyond chest, if you aren’t very high even until the middle of the town, but shoulders and arms are fully exposed.
Suspensions are committed to comfort, on the one hand it is good but when we assemble a passenger sinking much back and direction fleet in excess. Corrected increasing preload, but for that have to pull tool, and if you ever have made this adjustment, will know that it is very cumbersome. As good trail the ideal would be to have a knob to make this adjustment with the hand. The bike is stable rolling at high speed and, although it only has 47 CV, not scare you face long
Engine and Cycle Parts
The CB500X shares chassis, engine and much more with the CBR500R and CB500F, but we have already commented that it varies in some dimensions and also has suspension with increased travel that elevate the whole. It is a trail and, although its logical use will be asphalt, looking for that extra height for convenience to travel or stroll and also if we decide to leave ‘ black’.
Frame tubular steel diamond shape that hugs the engine and also takes advantage of it to achieve more rigidity, steel swingarm, fork conventional rods of diameter 41 mm and a rear shock absorber with adjustable preload. Absolute simplicity, but work and very well for its performance.
We continue with the part cycle. For starters it has ABS series, something that few bikes in this price can tell. Front brake consists of a lobular disc 320 mm of diameter and a two-piston Nissin caliper. The back is also lobular but 240 mm and the clip just a piston. They comply with its mission, but if we are looking for aggressive driving (something for what this bike is not intended) we will miss missing something more mordant and a firmer handle touch.
17-inch wheels with a front tyre 120/70 (as standard) and a rear 160/60, a generous thickness to be a 500 but that it penalizes not its agility and, besides having more surface contact with the ground, aesthetically gives appearance of ‘fat’ bike.
We got to the engine, a two cylinder parallel overlapping axes which inherited technology of the ‘pata negra’ House, the CBR 600 RR and CBR 1000 RR. Low friction to reduce efforts, wear and consumption, little inertia and, in addition, has worked hard to minimize all possible vibrations. It develops a maximum power of 47 HP at 8,500 rpm and a torque of 43 Nm at 7,000 rpm. They have approved 3.7-litre per hundred, Yes, Yes, you read well 3.7!! Okay, they are not real, but it is a bike that spends very little and during our test has fallen below 5 liters on average despite having made a driving wasn’t for nothing economic or ecological. That you care to, you can mark records of 4.1 or 4.2 liters of media. In addition to this a 17.3 litre tank and get accounts… You will pass the petrol station almost as frequently as departing at price of laughter with a car and urban displacement. Now is no longer saying ‘bikes are expensive’.
Dynamic testing of the Honda CB500X
Comfortable, narrow, with relatively moderate weight: 196 kg in running order. I say relatively because in proportion the more expensive bikes are lighter thanks to the use of exotic materials.
Turn the ignition key (with anti-theft system HISS, something that may appear normal but which is appreciated in an economic bike) and the two-cylinder comes alive. Its softness can be seen already from the first, we first gear with the manual six-speed soft touch gearbox, clutch release and we are underway. First city, where the CB500X moves like a fish in water. Yes, it is a trail with 500 and nature tourism engine, but if you choose it as motorbike to go daily to work between the urban jungle, you will have successful full.
The upright posture, position, tightness of the whole, feeling of control, ease of handling and maneuverability, make it one urbanite good. And also his handlebar goes above the normal car rear-view mirrors. The engine is very smooth and not Street at low rpm, allows you to change errors and also circulate smoothly. That Yes, if you need power to take away a car over, you have it. And let’s not forget having a great plus in safety through series two-wheel ABS.
When you get confidence in the front wheel, you spend it well on curves
When you get confidence in the front wheel, you spend it well on curves
Now turn to the highways and freeways, if it is a trail with spirit traveler will have to make a handful of kilometers by these huge highways with almost straight curves. Screen series is clearly insufficient, not as a naked but not you covers beyond chest, if you aren’t very high even until the middle of the town, but shoulders and arms are fully exposed. Suspensions are committed to comfort, on the one hand it is good but when we assemble a passenger sinking much back and direction fleet in excess.
Corrected increasing preload, but for that have to pull tool, and if you ever have made this adjustment, will know that it is very cumbersome. As good trail the ideal would be to have a knob to make this adjustment with the hand. The bike is stable rolling at high speed and, although it only has 47 CV, not scared you face long stretches and is capable of maintaining legal cruises and more even with two big guys occupants (or small passenger and baggage). Don’t be fooled, will power small and large rises in touch down March and up at your own pace, but if you want, you can. In these circumstances, consumption is not so low, but nor fires and nor nears 6 liters of media.
We got to our area of curves of test and Wham! comes the surprise. We are talking about a broad economic, easy, comfortable bike, it does well in the city and it is defended on road… In curves cannot be good, right? Pueeeees the truth is that you can spend it well, even very well if the curves are closed. It goes through the site, does not cost much to change direction and soft motor climbing turns without the rage of a tetra of 600 but with enough desire to maintain a good pace. At first he could not trust enough in the front wheel, but with the passage of the kilometers X and I became friends and enjoyed together. But if yours are the curves, the CB500F or the CBR500R go a step ahead in this scenario.
It is a bike that allows you a thousand errors, but if you want to enjoy you reach curves with the homework done, none of Ninja racing gestures and in addition you must allow it to run on curve. If nailed brakes strong sinks too fork, have trouble entering the curve and you’ll end up asking for more power to the brakes.
And in field? Obviously little will do with the CB500X, as much ‘go eat the omelette’ on the banks of a River through a dirt track. Tires that ‘give life’ on asphalt, in field do not allow anything, a little walk very quiet by a dirt track and it’s over. Another thing would be if we calzasemos you tires with some taco and, incidentally, some protections if the CB gives their bones in the soil, but is not ideal for this bike although softness in the engine power delivery makes it easy on Earth.
The Opinion of theTester
A success I think family CB 500, CBR500R for more sports, the CB500F for those who want a bike for every day and weekends do not forgive one morning in curves, but value the control that offers the high handlebars. And the CB500X? Because of the three 500 is the best in town by far, but also if you want to travel. Sacrifice a little in areas of curves to clearly win the other two environments and, although it is not one’s own, can come from the asphalt a bit, something that cannot be with her sisters.
Taking into account that it is a motor of 47 the CB virtually everything made CV, has a spectacular versatility, ease of driving enviable in any context and ridiculous consumption.
You are missing a rear rack grille, aerodynamic protection, adjustable manual preload in rear, indicator buffer temperature of motor and something more than aplomo in the front wheel to give more confidence. And spare something, well, you left over thousand things from my point of view, specifically 1,000 Euros. I’m not saying that it is expensive, but for little more than the almost 6,000 Euros it costs you can buy twin 600 or 650 cc and even some tetracilindrica of 100 Horsepower. It is not the same, I know, this spends very little, it has ABS series and driving with your eyes closed, but the temptation of one more fat motor for a little more is there.
Here are some detail pats images of Honda CB500X Motorcycle in gallery.