Honda has had a brilliant all-rounder and lite adventurer on its hands with the CB500X.
With one of the most enjoyable engines on the market, a sensible seat height, supreme comfort and a low price (from $11,227 AUS) it has become a favourite for those looking to commute during the week and explore dirt roads on the weekend.
Often looked upon as an entry-level bike, we’ve loved any time spent on the CB500X which presents as an alternative to the aggressive soil churners, while still providing good times via that amazing powerplant.
Sadly, Honda has declared that the CB500X is no more.
The new NX500 is to take its place from 2024 onwards. But wipe those tears, because while the name is different the bike is largely the same as the CB-X.
And there is precedent to the NX monicker, with the long-extinct NX650 Dominator taking the name till its run ended back in 2003. It’ll be interesting to see if that name returns to join its resurrected Africa Twin and Transalp stablemates at some point down the road.
Honda didn’t stop at the name change but it did maintain much of what made the CB-X great. It’s kept the peppy 471cc parallel-twin engine but given it a little EFI tune to improve pick-up off the bottom. It retains the same chassis and suspension, comfortable seat and good wind protection. The seat height is a sensible 830mm and the fuelled weight is a claimed 196kg.
The cast aluminium wheelset remains 19/17-inch, but they have been made lighter.
For 2024 the styling has been revised for a sharper look. The NX also receives a new more powerful LED headlight and a fully connected 5-inch TFT screen that looks much better than the old CB-X’s unit which offered no smartphone connectivity.
The menu buttons on the switch blocks are now backlit. Through the use of the Honda RoadSync app, you can access on-screen turn-by-turn navigation, make and receive calls or listen to music while you ride.
The NX500 will be available in three colours and across a range of accessory packs from Adventure to Travel, Urban and Comfort.
Pricing and availability in Australia are yet to be confirmed.
The updates are refinements, not a rebuild, but the bike doesn’t need it. It may have a different name now, but the NX500 still represents an excellent value-for-money proposition for a lot of riders out there.