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ADV BikesHonda Releases US Specs And Pricing Of New NX500 Adventure Model

Honda Releases US Specs And Pricing Of New NX500 Adventure Model

The historic NX Line returns to the adventure motorcycle segment.

Published on 05.01.2024

After unveiling a new NX500 at EICMA last November, Honda has finally confirmed the arrival of the mid-size adventure model to America. The 2024 Honda NX500 now serves as the successor to the CB500X, featuring updates to the ECU, lighter wheels, new suspension settings, upgraded tech, and more.

Like the CB500X, the fresh NX500 features a 471cc parallel-twin engine with 46.9 horsepower and 31.7 ft-lbs of torque, delivering power through an assisted slipper clutch and 6-speed transmission. Several of the key specs remain unchanged like the approachable 32.8-inch seat height, along with a short 56.8-inch wheelbase for added maneuverability. 

Honda brings NX500 to America for 2024

New for 2024, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) manages rear-wheel traction. The system compares front and rear wheel speeds to detect rear slip and, when needed, Honda says it controls the fuel injection to smoothly reduce torque. HSTC can also be turned off completely if the rider wishes. In addition, an ECU update improves acceleration and power delivery across the entire rev range, making it even more adaptable for a range of riding scenarios. 


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Acting as a stressed member, the engine complements the frame’s rigidity with four hangers on the cylinder head. Internally, the head uses roller rocker arms; shim-type valve adjustment allows them to be light, for lower valve-spring load and reduced friction.

Honda brings NX500 to America for 2024

A silent (SV Chain) cam chain has the surface of its pins treated with Vanadium, reducing friction with increased protection against wear. Inlet-valve diameter is 26.0mm, while exhaust-valve diameter is 21.5mm.

The piston shape is carefully designed to reduce noise at high rpm. Friction is reduced by striations on the piston skirt (a finish that increases surface area and introduces gaps in which oil can flow for better lubrication). The “triangle” proportion of crankshaft, main shaft and countershaft is efficiently compact. The crankcases use centrifugally cast thin-walled sleeves; their internal design reduces the pumping losses that can occur with a 180° phased firing order. A deep sump reduces oil movement under hard cornering and braking.

Chassis / Suspension

Unchanged for model-year 2024, the NX500’s uses a 35mm diameter steel diamond-tube mainframe but the new model is slightly lighter, tipping the scale at a claimed Kerb weight of 432 pounds – 7 pounds less than the outgoing CB500X.

For bump absorption, the new bike uses a Showa 41mm inverted Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) fork with 5.2 inches of travel. By dividing the functions—Big Piston pressure separation damper in one leg, spring mechanism in the other—reaction and ride quality are optimized.

Honda brings NX500 to America for 2024

The single-tube shock absorber, with 5.3 inches of axle travel and five-stage preload adjustment, has new settings to match the front, and its large-diameter piston offers optimal temperature management. Constructed from 2mm steel, the swingarm employs a hollow cross member that is stiff rotationally and flexible laterally to optimize handling.

Dual front 296mm petal-style rotors and axial-mounted Nissin two-piston calipers are standard. The required lever pressure when braking is minimized, but the small disc size keeps weight to a minimum. The single rear brake has a 240mm rotor.

Honda brings NX500 to America for 2024

Also updated for the fresh model, the 19/17” cast-aluminum wheels are completely new. Going from a conventional Y-shaped 7-spoke design to Y-shaped 5-spokes saves 28.2 ounces in front and 24.7 ounces in the rear. This reduction of unsprung weight works with the revised suspension settings to improve handling and feel in all situations. 

New TFT and Lighting

A brand-new, 5-inch full-color TFT screen,inherited from the XL750 Transalp, uses optical bonding to improve visibility in bright sunlight — a first for a Honda motorcycle. By sealing the gap between the cover glass and TFT screen with resin, glare is reduced, and backlight transmittance improved. It’s customizable between Bar, Circle and Simple display patterns.

Honda brings NX500 to America for 2024

The left-hand thumb switches have also undergone a transformation, becoming simpler and backlit for nighttime use. These enhancements make it easier for riders to control various functions and settings, offering an improved user experience.

A new LED headlight design maintains beam penetration but throws out wider light distribution for increased visibility at night. It’s matched to a new LED taillight, and all other lighting is also LED.

New Styling

Another notable change in the transition from the old CB500X to the NX500 is the bike’s new adventure styling. The NX500 boasts improved aerodynamics, which not only give the bike a more modern look but also contribute to its overall stability at speed, according to Honda. 

Honda brings NX500 to America for 2024

Model Highlights

  • Overall weight is reduced by 7 pounds, from 439 lbs to 432 lbs.
  • An ECU update improves acceleration feel.
  • Honda Selectable Torque Control is now standard.
  • New wheels save 3.3 pounds of unsprung weight.
  • New suspension settings for the single shock and 41mm Showa SFF-BP inverted fork.
  • Brand-new LED headlight brings improved nighttime visibility.
  • New 5-inch TFT screen operated by a simplified and backlit four-way toggle switch.

Pricing and Availability

The 2024 NX500 is currently available with an MSRP of $7,399 — that’s $100 more than the outgoing CB500X model. Unlike the UK which gets the new bike in three different colors, America only gets the bike in Black Metallic.

2024 Honda NX500 Specs

ENGINE TYPE:Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke DOHC parallel twin
DISPLACEMENT:471cc
BORE AND STROKE:67mm x 66.8mm
COMPRESSION RATIO:10.7: 1
MAX. POWER OUTPUT:46.9 HP (35kW) @ 8,600rpm
MAX. TORQUE:31.7 ft-lbs (43Nm) @ 6,500rpm
NOISE LEVEL:Lurban 74.0dB Lwot 77.0dB
OIL CAPACITY:3.2L
CARBURATION:PGM FI electronic fuel injection
FUEL TANK CAPACITY:4.7 gallons (17.5L) (inc reserve)
CO2 EMISSIONS WMTC:82 g/km
FUEL CONSUMPTION (WMTC):3.6L/100km / 27.8km/l (WMTC mode)
BATTERY CAPACITY:12V 7.4AH
CLUTCH TYPE:Wet multiplate, Assisted slipper clutch
TRANSMISSION TYPE:6 speed
FINAL DRIVE:Chain
TYPE:Steel diamond
DIMENSIONS (L´W´H):2,165mm x 830mm x 1,415mm
WHEELBASE:56.8 in. (1,445mm)
RAKE (CASTER ANGLE):27.0°
TRAIL:4.3 in. (108mm)
SEAT HEIGHT:32.8 in. (830mm)
GROUND CLEARANCE:7.1 in. (180mm)
KERB WEIGHT:432.1 lbs (196kg)
TURNING RADIUS:2.4m
FRONT SUSPENSION:Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks, 5.3 inches of wheel travel.
REAR SUSPENSION:Prolink mono with 5 stage preload adjuster, steel hollow cross swingarm, 5.3 inches of wheel travel.
FRONT WHEEL:Multi-spoke cast aluminum
REAR WHEEL:Multi-spoke cast aluminum
RIM SIZE FRONT:19M/C X MT2.5
RIM SIZE REAR:17M/C X MT4.5
TIRES FRONT:110/80R19M/C59H
TIRES REAR:160/60R17M/C69H
ABS SYSTEM TYPE:2 channel
FRONT BRAKES:Dual 296mm x 4mm disc with Nissin axial mounted two piston calipers
REAR BRAKES:Single 240mm x 5mm disc with single piston caliper
INSTRUMENTS:5in TFT Meter with customisable layout, including but not limited to Speedometer, Tachometer, Clock, Gear position, Shift UP Indicator
HEADLIGHT:LED
TAILLIGHT:LED
CONNECTIVITY:Yes (Honda RoadSync)
USB:No
12V SOCKET:Optional
AUTO WINKER CANCEL:No
QUICKSHIFTER:No
SECURITY SYSTEM:HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)
CRUISE CONTROL:No
ADDITIONAL FEATURES:ESS

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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scott
scott
May 1, 2024 1:26 pm

100 lbs heavier than a KTM 690 and the pipes are under the engine. It’s a lipsticked road bike. Good for a trip to ‘bucks and back. Get real, Honda.

Patriot 159
Patriot 159
May 1, 2024 8:37 pm
Reply to  scott

Indeed, another ADV styled street bike. Sigh…
I wish KTM would have followed through with their 490 twin project. Figured that bike would have been a home run. Oh well.

Dinger
Dinger
May 3, 2024 6:46 am
Reply to  Patriot 159

CFMoto followed through for them. It is their 450cc twin series on f.bikes, one of which is a pretty credible looking adv type.

Gedrog
Gedrog
May 1, 2024 1:34 pm

They really miss the opportunity here to make a lightweight CRF500L 21inch/18 inch wheels good suspension travel 200-230mm it will sell like hotcakes, problem is China has copied this bike and outselling the CB500X it is time for a radical different bike that will take back the market

TBurd01
TBurd01
May 7, 2024 10:16 pm
Reply to  Gedrog

With what engine? This twin? Lightweight or twin, pick one. No, you can’t just put this heavy engine in the 300L Rally.

Anon
Anon
May 1, 2024 5:03 pm

Disrespectful for the original NX’s. No thumper, 5 inches of suspension travel and it weights a ton. It is like taking a regular Mustang and slapping a “GT40” sticker to it. What a shame. Take an XR 650L, lower the suspension 3 inches and slap a fairing and a larger tank to it. That’s a real NX.

Larry
Larry
May 2, 2024 1:20 pm

Jeez. It looks so bad. What were they thinking. I bet new designers at honda haven’t seen nx650 in their lives.

Joe John
Joe John
May 3, 2024 10:02 am

I don’t understand why they bothered changing the name. It is basically the same bike. Sad excuse for the NX label.

Bill Eakins
Bill Eakins
May 5, 2024 12:32 pm

Come on Honda release a proper off-road NX500R version of this bike. The MT450/Ibex, Himalayan 452 and new 2025 KTM 399 ADV-R are all being built how buyers want it these days.

John Bee
John Bee
May 8, 2024 10:21 am

Needs a kick starter, cruise control and an 18″ rear wheel. Also, it’s at least 250 lbs too heavy. There is no way I could haul 25lbs of camping gear to Idaho on such a heavy, bloated, overweight bike. Hard pass.

Steve Hill
Steve Hill
May 8, 2024 10:25 am

Adventure? To where? Taco Bell? Cast wheels, low exhaust, 5.3 inches of suspension travel. Only 20# lighter than a Tenere 700 and 30 fewer ponies? Anyone wanting to venture off onto anything bonier than a (very) well graded dirt road would be foolish to opt for this over a KLR 650, which comes in at about the same price with ABS. This thing is nothing more than an entry-level street bike with an “adventure” style fairing. Hey: If you like the looks and are gonna keep it on the pavement with your girlfriend on the back now and again, you’ll probably be perfectly happy.

James
James
May 8, 2024 11:01 am
Reply to  Steve Hill

which is a large portion of the market

BobbyRickyBobby
BobbyRickyBobby
May 8, 2024 4:55 pm

Once again, Honda delivers bland, unexciting, pablum. There isn’t anything special about this bike since they have been building basically the same format for 50 years. They have a chance to be bold and lead the way, but Honda continues to play it safe.

Jim Adams
Jim Adams
May 10, 2024 8:15 pm

I don’t understand why Honda continues to produce bikes like this. They would sell twice as many if they just came out with the 1973 SL 350 again. It has lighter and correct size wheels, shorter wheelbase, lower seat height but more travel and ground clearance and weighs a 125 lbs less. Taking mine on the MABDR in July.

John Seidel
John Seidel
May 13, 2024 8:33 am

What happened to branding color? Everything is “hit me on the highway” black. Honda’s are RED.
Also, this is a street bike in off-road clothing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It looks to be a very good commuter bike.

Paul WatertownCT
Paul WatertownCT
June 8, 2024 5:41 am

Wow, I’m shocked at all the negative comments posted here. I’ve owned scores of motorcycles over the past 40 years, including the NX650 which in reality was not a great bike. The CB500X, now NX500, is a great bike and loved by riders around the world, except for people in the US that have never ridden them but sit on your couches and look at spec sheets all day. It’s 90% street bike with the ability to travel on dirt roads. It’s not a dirt bike, nor is it meant to be. I have both Beta and Husqvarna two strokes for off road riding. I would never take an ADV bike into the trails, you’re just asking for a bad day. If you’re looking for a street bike with a commanding view, that’s comfortable and eats up poorly paved roads, this is the bike. If not, keep dreaming about your perfect imaginary bike that is unaffordable to produce.

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