2016 Honda CB500X ABS

Ever since its introduction, Honda’s CB500X has been a breakaway favorite with riders. That’s no surprise to anybody who’s ridden one: the CB500X is an adventure-style motorcycle that delivers comfort, versatility and a can-do attitude at a surprisingly affordable price. And to make a great choice even better, the 2016 CB500X features a bucketful of improvements this year.

You still get plenty of performance, and the capability to excel at everything from adventure rides to sport touring. The torquey 471cc parallel-twin DOHC engine delivers the broad-spectrum power that Honda twins are famous for, while the CB500X’s upright handlebar naturally accommodates a wide variety of riders. You can adjust the compact windscreen to varying heights (plus it’s 100 mm taller this year), and the larger-capacity fuel tank is carefully shaped to give the rider an unrestricted riding position. New for 2016: A restyled LED headlight and taillight, a hinged fuel-tank filler cap, front suspension that’s now adjustable for spring preload, and a front-brake lever that’s adjustable too.

The CB500X is an excellent choice for riders ready to move up a displacement class, or for anyone who appreciates a great middleweight motorcycle. And the bike’s sharp, new styling this year makes a great choice even better!

Standard Features

  • LED HEADLIGHT: With a clean new look for 2016, the CB500X’s LED headlight and multi-facet reflector give the front end a unique look and also project plenty of light on the road for visibility.
  • ADJUSTABLE WINDSCREEN: Another upgrade for 2016, the CB500X’s windscreen is 100 mm taller this year for better wind protection, and is still adjustable so you can fine-tune your cockpit environment.
  • DIGITAL INSTRUMENTATION: An amber-tinted full LCD screen features digital speedometer and tachometer and more, including a clock, odometer, trip meter, real-time and average fuel consumption meters and illuminated engine diagnostic indicators.
  • UNIQUE STYLE: Even sharper looking for 2016 with new two-piece sidecovers that complement the CB500X’s dynamic adventure-bike style. The CB500X has the posture of an adventure machine with a unique fuel tank design that offers the ability to freely move the body weight.
  • STEP SEAT: The CB500X’s 32-inch seat height and unrestricted riding position offer freedom of movement for usage in both touring and commuting. You’ll find that it’s perfect for around-town riding and also offers plenty of room for a passenger.
  • LONG-TRAVEL FRONT SUSPENSION: The long stroke 41 mm front fork yields a full 5.5 inches of travel, and a wide handlebar allows for easy steering inputs.
  • DISC BRAKES: The front 320 mm wave-style disc brake and 240 mm rear provides strong stopping power.
  • 12-SPOKE CAST WHEELS: Strong and stylish, the CB500X’s lightweight 12-spoke cast-aluminum wheels—120/70-17 in front and 160/60-17 rear—are easy to keep clean, look great, enhance handling and are another CB500X feature that just makes sense.
  • PROGRAMMED FUEL-INJECTION (PGM-FI): Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors several variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture is delivered for the existing riding and atmospheric conditions for crisp throttle response throughout a wide variety of riding conditions.
  • DOHC TWIN CYLINDER ENGINE: Honda twins are famous for their versatility, and the CB500X engine is one of our best ever. Using the same piston bore size as our CBR600RR sportbike, the parallel-twin engine offers accessible performance across all RPM ranges.
  • STEEL-TUBE FRAME: A motorcycle’s frame is the basis for its handling. A take on a classic construction, the CB500X’s diamond-shaped steel-tube mainframe ties to the engine with four mounts, offering a rock-solid foundation for superior ride and handling.
  • LOWER COWL: The CB500X is equipped with a lower cowl to help protect the exhaust pipe and engine from debris when riding on rough surfaces. Air intakes are incorporated into the design to provide effective cooling.
  • PRO-LINK® REAR SUSPENSION: A sophisticated chassis with Honda Pro-Link® rear suspension, with 9-stage preload and 4.7 inches of travel gives you a comfortable ride over small bumps, while capably absorbing bigger bumps to increase riding comfort and handling.
  • ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS): Available ABS on the CB500X helps you make smooth, controlled stops under less-than-ideal conditions.

General Information

Manufacturer Honda
Model Year 2016
Model CB500X ABS
Model Code CB500XA
Color Matte Brown Metallic



Front - Twin-piston caliper with single 320 mm wave disc; Combined ABS

Rear - Single caliper 240 mm wave disc; Combined ABS


Front - 120/70-17 radial

Rear - 160/60-17 radial


Wheelbase 55.9 in.
Seat Height 31.8 in.


Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive O-ring-sealed chain


Engine Parallel-twin, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Displacement 471cc
Bore x Stroke 67 x 66.8 mm
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Fuel System PGM-FI, 34 mm throttle bodies
Fuel Capacity 4.6 gal.
Ignition Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Cooling Liquid



Front - 41 mm fork; 5.5 in. travel

Rear - Pro-Link® single shock with 9-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 in. travel

Rake 26.5°
Trail 4.25 in. (108 mm)