New Off-Road Kit Makes the Honda CB500X More Dirt Capable
Honda CB500X gets a serious off-road upgrade with the CB-X Adventure Kit.
UK-based Rally Raid Products has developed an off-road performance upgrade kit for the Honda CB500X. The CB-X Adventure Kit is a suite of components that turn the stock Honda CB500X into a more dirt-capable, globe-crossing adventure touring motorcycle. Rally Raid Products chose the Honda CB500X as an Adventure Bike platform because of the bike’s affordability (US MSRP $6,299 for non-ABS model), reliability and low maintenance requirements, readily available parts and service on every continent.
The stock CB500X offers a counterbalanced 471cc parallel-twin with a 6-speed transmission that provides a smoother highway ride compared to other single-cylinder dual sport bikes in the middle-weight category. A 4.5-gallon fuel tank gives the CB500X a range of roughly 200 miles with a burn rate of around 50 mpg. With a wet weight of 430 lbs (195 kg), low seat height and smooth power output (roughly 45 hp), it’s less intimidating than many of the 800cc+ Adventure Bikes that dominate the class.
The CB500X has always been a versatile machine but it’s never been known for its off-road capability. With 5.5 inches of suspension travel in front and 4.7 inches in the rear, along with the 17 inch cast wheels and only 6.5 inches ground clearance, the stock CB500X is limited to light trail work.
Rally Raid has addressed the Honda CB500X’s off-road limitations with the CB-X Adventure Kit. The basic Adventure kit includes replacement wire-spoked wheel set, longer travel suspension and low front fender designed to accommodate knobby tires. The standard kit increase suspension travel to nearly 7 inches and ground clearance is just over 9 inches. Optional accessories include a protective skid plate, heavy-duty platform footpegs and tail and side racks designed for attaching saddlebags, panniers or soft luggage components.
The CB-X Adventure Kit is designed to be a straightforward DYI swap and set up, with no specialized tools required. Although, any element of the conversion can also be carried out by a professional workshop if the buyer prefers.
Adventure motorcycle luggage maker Giant Loop has been designated as the exclusive North American distributor for the new Rally Raid Products CB-X Adventure kit for the Honda CB500X. The kit’s luggage racks are designed to be compatible with the Giant Loop’s line of off-road soft bags.
The CB-X Adventure Kit for the CB500X offers the promise of a fairly light, reliable and affordable adventure bike with a smooth highway ride and good off-road performance. Details of what’s included in the kit are provided on the next page, although some features and pricing may change slightly before the launch date.