Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India has launched the all-new entry-level adventure motorcycle. The popular parallel-twin adventure motorcycle that is popular around the world will be sold through Honda’s Big Wing dealerships across India. The price is Rs 6.87 lakh, ex-showroom.
This comes as a surprise launch as Honda did not announce anything related to the CB500X in the market. The motorcycle is sold in India as a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) product, which is why such a hefty price tag on it.
Mr Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Director – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., said,
“Driven by the passion of fun riders in India and further strengthening our offerings in the mid-size premium motorcycle segment, CB500X will entice adventure enthusiasts who believe in exploring unconventional trails. This machine serves as a companion for city rides and is beast on unraveled paths. The parallel twin-cylinder engine offers easy-to-access power and plenty of torque. Together with tough adventure styling, long-travel suspension, a tall windscreen and more, CB500X invites you to Live Unlike the Others.”
The CB500X draws inspiration from the bigger Africa Twin adventure bike. It also gets an aggressive design and is built around a diamond-shaped mainframe. The power comes from a 471cc, parallel-twin cylinder engine. This launch is a part of Honda’s strategy to bring a range of motorcycles for enthusiasts in India.
With the engine generating maximum power of 49 PS @ 8,500 rpm and peak torque of 43.2 Nm at 6,500 rpm, the entry-level adventure bike is perfect for beginners who may want to upgrade to Africa Twin in the future. The engine sends power through a six-speed transmission. It also gets a slipper clutch system for easy up and downshifts.
The bike will take on the likes of Benelli TRK 502 in the Indian market. However, since Benelli is built in India, it costs around Rs 1 lakh lower than the Honda. Nonetheless, the Benelli TRK 502 remains a low-selling product in the Indian market. Entry-level bikes like the Royal Enfield Himalayan, KTM 390 Adventure and the BMW GS 310R are much more popular but all these motorcycles are powered by a single-cylinder engine.
The CB500X offers long travel 41mm suspension in the front. The rear gets a Honda Pro-Link suspension system with a 9-stage spring pre-load adjustment system. Other features include Emergency Stop Signal or ESS, Honda Ignition Security System (HISS), Dual channel ABS and LCD display on the instrument cluster. The bike offers a 19-inch alloy wheel in the front and 17-inch in the rear. The wheels are cast-aluminium wheels that mean it is dual-purpose with a bias towards tarmac and not off-roading. Honda has announced that the new motorcycle will be available in two colours – Grand Prix Red and Matter Gunpowder Black Metallic. The bookings are open from today at the premium Honda dealerships – BigWing Topline and BigWing across India. There is no information on when the deliveries will start.