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Honda CB500X Receives Performance Updates for 2022

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Published on 09.03.2021

Unlike the Africa Twin which was recently unveiled with only a few minor changes, Honda Europe has announced a new CB500X with a host of significant performance-focused updates for 2022. Big Red says the changes are aimed at increasing the versatility of the compact adventurer with improvements seen in the engine and throughout the chassis. Let’s look at what’s new.

2022 Honda CB500X adventure motorcycle
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One of the biggest changes for 2022 is the brand-new front end setup. To improve all-round handling performance, the 41mm traditional telescopic forks of the previous design have been replaced by spring preload-adjustable Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) USD forks, clamped by new top and bottom triple clamps. By dividing the functions – Big Piston pressure separation damper in one leg, spring mechanism in the other – reaction and ride quality are both improved. To complement the upgraded forks, the rear shock has received optimized spring rate and damping settings.

2022 Honda CB500X adventure motorcycle

The chassis also benefits from improvements in braking performance. Specifically, the previous single 310mm disc front brake system has been replaced with dual 296mm discs and radially mounted Nissin two-piston calipers. The introduction of the smaller discs not only keeps any additional weight gain to a minimum, but also reduces the required pressure on the lever when braking. Handling is further improved by a new swingarm, which Honda says is lighter, stiffer rotationally and has more lateral flex. 

2022 Honda CB500X adventure motorcycle
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For 2022, the CB500X also receives a lighter radiator and a redesigned 19-inch cast aluminum front wheel crowned by a larger mudguard. Honda says the wheels are now lighter “due to thinner spokes, reducing unsprung weight to aid turning ability.” Compared to the previous model, weight bias also moves fractionally forward for enhanced front tire grip and feel. 

2022 Honda CB500X adventure motorcycle

The engine also receives an update. Although the 471cc parallel-twin engine still delivers 47 peak horsepower, for 2022 it now features new fuel injection settings which according to Honda “further enhance both torque feel and overall character.”

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For the new year, the bike also gains more powerful LEDs as well as revised front indicator position lights. But that’s not the only thing the CB500X gains. Despite lightening several components, Honda is reporting a gain of about 8 pounds for the new year model.

Finally, along with Grand Prix Red and Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic, Honda is introducing new graphics and the Pearl Organic Green color for 2022.

2022 Honda CB500X adventure motorcycle

We are still waiting on Honda America to confirm exactly which changes and colors will come to this side of the pond for 2022 but we expect an announcement soon.

2022 Honda CB500X Specs

Engine Type Liquid-cooled, parallel twin
Displacement 471cc
Bore and stroke 67mm x 66.8mm
Compression Ratio 10.7: 1
Max. Power Output 35kW @ 8,600rpm
Max. Torque 43Nm @ 6,500rpm
Noise Level L-urban 74dB L-wot 76.7dB
Oil Capacity 3.2L
Carburation PGM FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 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
ACG Output 25A/2000rpm
Clutch Type Wet multiplate slipper assist clutch
Transmission Type 6 speed
Final Drive Chain
Type Steel diamond
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2155mm x 830mm x 1410mm (Low screen) 1445mm (High screen)
Wheelbase 1445mm
Caster Angle 27.5 degrees
Trail 108mm
Seat Height 830mm
Ground Clearance 180mm
Kerb Weight 199kg
suspension Front Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks, pre-load adjustable. 5.9 inches of travel
suspension Rear Prolink mono with 5 stage preload adjuster, steel hollow cross swingarm. 5.3 inches of travel
Type Front Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Type Rear Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 19 X MT2.5
Rim Size Rear 17 X MT4.5
Tires Front 110/80R19M/C (59H)
Tires Rear 160/60R17M/C (69H)
ABS System Type 2 channel
Type Front Dual 296mm x 4mm disc with Nissin radial-mount two piston calipers
Type Rear Single 240mm x 5mm disc with single piston caliper
Instruments LCD Meter with Speedometer, Bar Graph Tachometer, Dual Trip Meters, Fuel Level and Consumption Gauge, Clock, Water Temp, Gear position, Shift UP Indicator
Headlight LED
Taillight LED
Security System HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)

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