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ADV BikesUpdated 2016 Honda CB500X Unveiled in Tokyo

Updated 2016 Honda CB500X Unveiled in Tokyo

New styling and technical updates for Honda's smallest Adventure Tourer.

Published on 10.28.2015

The free-revving, fuel-efficient Honda CB500X is getting updates for 2016. Honda has announced their smallest-displacement adventure-touring model will receive improvements in both form and function. Honda unveils the updated CB500X at the Tokyo Motor Show this week.

The 471cc parallel twin middleweight will benefit from more aggressive styling, a 100mm taller windscreen, LED lighting for the headlight and taillight, and a stylish new muffler design. Other upgrades include externally adjustable front fork preload, an adjustable front-brake lever, plus a hinged fuel cap, a “wave”-style key and an improved shock setting. Finally, a revised gear shift mechanism makes for smoother-feeling gear changes.

2016 Honda CB500X Matte Black Metallic
The new 2016 Honda CB500X in Matte Black Metallic color.

The CB500X will be made available in two colors in the US — Matte Black Metallic and Matte Brown Metallic. The new models will begin arriving in US dealer showroom floors this February 2016. Pricing is $6,499 USD for the standard model and $6,799 USD for the ABS model.


The updated 2016 Honda CB500X will be on display, alongside the NC700X, VFR1200X and CRF1000L Africa Twin, at the November 20-22 International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California.

2016 Honda CB500X led headlight
The 2016 Honda CB500X receives a new LED headlight and taillight.

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, North Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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18 thoughts on “Updated 2016 Honda CB500X Unveiled in Tokyo

  1. That’s a badass little bike, very underestimated!

    As much as I like a KLR 650 this little bike with a stage 3 Rally Raid kit makes the KLR look like it was built in the 50’s!

    • The difference is the KLR is actually meant to go off-road. It has a 21″ front wheel, a lot more ground clearance, and a lot more suspension travel. I’ve never been a fan of the KLR (too heavy), but it’s a much better off-road bike than the CB500X ever will be.

    • Why would any one want to spend $3k on an aftermarket kit, + labor to install, on a mundane machine such as this? Like putting earrings on a pig!

      • Hi TurbineWinder.

        I think the main reason someone would do this are:

        – Fuel-injected twin-cylinder engine
        – Fairly light and compact
        – Honda reliability
        – Fuel efficiency
        – Good off-road capability and durability (with the kit)
        – Adequate power and comfort for highway use
        – Still cheaper than buying an F800GS

  2. Wait a minute. Last year, it was a bike for commuting, with a tame engine, supposed to get great fuel mileage. Now suddenly, it’s an “adventure” bike! Sounds a little fishy.

  3. The suspension travel for the 2015 and 2016 CB 500 X models on the Honda Canada website are listed as different for the stock bikes.

    2015 front = 5.5 and rear = 4.7

    2016 front = 4.9 and rear = 4.6

    Does anybody know if this is correct? Seems odd that Honda would reduce the travel on their “adventure” bike. No matter how small the reduction, it’s wrong to reduce travel on an “adventure” bike that already does not have large amounts of travel.

      • It’s hard to know what is correct and what is the mistake. The link you showed does describe the suspension travel as the same for 2016 as in 2015…but, you’ll notice there is no mention of the fork preload. They added preload to the fork for 2016, at least that is what I have read, so it’s not hard to imagine that the info could simply be a copy of the specs for 2015. I got a reply from Honda Canada saying that the 2016 CB 500X info is not released in Canada yet so I don’t understand.

        Here are the Honda Canada website links:

        Front Suspension 41 mm telescopic fork; 140 mm (5.5 in.) travel
        Rear Suspension Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustment; 119 mm (4.7 in.) travel

        Front Suspension 41 mm telescopic fork with spring preload adjustment; 125 mm (4.9 in.) travel
        Rear Suspension Pro-Link single shock with spring preload adjustment; 118 mm (4.6 in.) travel

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