Does this justify the price tag of Rs 6.87 Lakh?

Adventure motorcycles are arguably one of the most popular motorcycle formats not only in India but around the world. As a result, almost every automaker wants a piece of the pie and Honda is the latest automaker to enter the middleweight adventure motorcycle space in India with the Honda CB500X.


Let’s start with the design and right away the first thing you’ll notice is how compact this bike is. Everything seems to be done for a purpose and with the intention of keeping it to a minimum. As a result, the bike looks friendly and welcoming and not at all intimidating, which riders who are about to use this bike from a smaller bike will appreciate.

Honda CB500X. (Photo: Manav Sinha /

It comes with a negative display LCD dashboard that shows all the information you would need and although it looks tiny the first time you look at it, it doesn’t lack visibility and does the job well. In addition, all the lights on the bike are LEDs.

Honda CB500X. (Photo: Manav Sinha /

Now let’s talk about ergonomics and the Honda CB500X hits the sweet spot. It might seem a bit high at first but I could plant both of my feet decently well on the ground and for reference I’m 5’10.

The riding position is really natural because everything is within your reach and you don’t have to reach for the handlebars. The big question – can you ride this motorcycle all day? Well you sure can.

The seat is also comfortable and the wind deflector works really well. It can also be adjusted to different heights if needed. Speaking of tuning, the front and rear suspension can be adjusted for preload which is a very important addition as it allows you to configure the bike to your taste and requirements.

Now that we are done talking about the design we need to talk about the riding experience and in this department, as is usually the case with high end Honda motorcycles, what sets the CB500X apart is the engine.

Honda CB500X. (Photo: Manav Sinha /

And oh, what a sweet engine it is. It is a liquid-cooled 471 cc parallel twin engine that develops 47 hp and 43.2 Nm of torque. Yes, it’s not a very powerful engine, I agree with you, but it’s the refinement and the linear way of delivering power that makes you enjoy it so much. You can go to the red line or lug the engine around in sixth and roll, the CB500X won’t complain.

Honda says they worked hard to pack everything tightly for better mass centralization, and as a result, they mounted the engine near the swingarm pivot point. The result is that the CB500X is a very likeable motorcycle that invites you to push it and yourself harder no matter the terrain. Other things work great in tandem too, like the single 310mm disc brake is a pleasure to use with great feedback and great bite. The brake lever is adjustable in span but unfortunately, and surprisingly, not the clutch lever. Speaking of the clutch, it’s light and flexible and again a pleasure to use, as is the gearbox.

Honda CB500X. (Photo: Manav Sinha /

So you get the idea, the CB500X is likable, works like a hot knife in butter, and is also very capable. If there’s one thing I would change, it’s the footrests that aren’t comfortable when you stand and roll. And that you have to change the tires if you want to do good off-roading. Other than that, the bike is impressive on all fronts.


So, in the end, the Honda CB500X is a classic example of why you shouldn’t judge a motorcycle by its spec sheet, because it is an experience you need to have to understand the motorcycle better. But to sum it all up, you have to talk about the price and to be honest, yes, this is an expensive bike. But listen to me. The case with high-end Honda motorcycles is that they give you value over time and this will also be the case with the CB500X. First of all, this is a Honda so it won’t be a problem. And secondly, the cost of servicing and maintaining a Honda motorcycle is one of the best in the business, so keep that in mind when checking out the motorcycle and thinking about its price. Overall, I love the CB500X and recommend it if you are looking for a mid-weight adventure bike.