2020 Honda CB500X MC Commute Review

Ease of ownership, practicality and adventure combine with the 2020 Honda CB500X.

Getting off the beaten path doesn’t have to be a hassle proves Honda with its affordable and surprisingly capable CB500X ($6,799). The CB500X splits the difference in terms of physical size, and performance between standard entry-level and mid-sized motorcycles. Released for the 2013 model year, today’s CB500X evolves into a versatile bike that blends the best features of an upright around-town commuter and a light-duty adventure rig. In this week’s MC Commute, we take you for a ride on the CB500X. Tune-in and see what it’s like to ride.

Part commuter, part adventure bike, Honda’s versatile and affordable CB500X takes a spin in this review.
Part commuter, part adventure bike, Honda’s versatile and affordable CB500X takes a spin in this review.Adam Waheed

2020 Honda CB500X Technical Specifications And Price

PRICE $6,699
ENGINE 471cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin, 8 valves
BORE x STROKE 67.0mm x 66.8mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 10.7:1
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet multi-plate assist/slipper clutch; cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Aluminum twin-spar
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm fork adjustable for spring preload; 5.9-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Pro-Link single shock adjustable for spring preload; 5.3-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Radial-mount 2-piston caliper, 310mm disc
REAR BRAKE 1-piston caliper, 240mm disc
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Cast aluminum; 19 x 2.5-in. / 17 x 4.5-in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Dunlop Trailmax; 110/80-19 / 160/60-17
RAKE/TRAIL 27.5°/4.3 in.
WHEELBASE 56.8 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.7 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.7 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 430 lb.
WARRANTY 1 year
AVAILABLE Now
CONTACT powersports.honda.com
More than meets the eye. Honda’s 2020 CB500X provides exceptional value for riders seeking a friendly riding street bike that won’t break the bank.
More than meets the eye. Honda’s 2020 CB500X provides exceptional value for riders seeking a friendly riding street bike that won’t break the bank.Adam Waheed
The 2020 CB500X is powered by Honda’s 471cc parallel-twin. The engine affords a compact riding position with plenty of usable acceleration grunt.
The 2020 CB500X is powered by Honda’s 471cc parallel-twin. The engine affords a compact riding position with plenty of usable acceleration grunt.Adam Waheed
Despite only employing a single disc front brake, the setup works well on the 430-pound CB500X. ABS is available for a small upcharge.
Despite only employing a single disc front brake, the setup works well on the 430-pound CB500X. ABS is available for a small upcharge.Adam Waheed
The 2020 Honda CB500X is endowed with a cozy saddle for rider and passenger. Seat height is relatively low for an adventure-type bike.
The 2020 Honda CB500X is endowed with a cozy saddle for rider and passenger. Seat height is relatively low for an adventure-type bike.Adam Waheed
The backlit LCD display could be larger but it has most of the features a rider wants on the road.
The backlit LCD display could be larger but it has most of the features a rider wants on the road.Adam Waheed
We appreciate the symmetrical header pipes which are a nice styling touch on the 2020 Honda CB500X.
We appreciate the symmetrical header pipes which are a nice styling touch on the 2020 Honda CB500X.Adam Waheed
The CB500X offers a mellow exhaust note that doesn’t generate attention on the road.
The CB500X offers a mellow exhaust note that doesn’t generate attention on the road.Adam Waheed
Slim and trim. The CB500X’s ergonomics package is accommodating and is well-received for folks looking for a comfy and easy to ride motorcycle.
Slim and trim. The CB500X’s ergonomics package is accommodating and is well-received for folks looking for a comfy and easy to ride motorcycle.Adam Waheed
The CB500X benefits from full LED lighting to help the rider stand out on the road.
The CB500X benefits from full LED lighting to help the rider stand out on the road.Adam Waheed
A manual-adjustable windscreen allows riders to tweak the amount of airflow inside the cockpit.
A manual-adjustable windscreen allows riders to tweak the amount of airflow inside the cockpit.Adam Waheed
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