The Honda CBR500R, CB500F and CB500X have been updated for the model year 2022. The motorcycles now pack in uprated hardware and a new set of colour schemes.
Honda Motorcycles has unveiled its 2022 lineup of 500cc middle-weight motorcycles. The brand has updated its CB500F, CBR500R and CB500X for the international markets. Out of the three motorcycles, the one that concerns the Indian buyers is the 2022 Honda CB500X.
Honda two-wheelers India launched the CB500X in March this year. The motorcycle was priced at Rs 6.87 lakh (ex-showroom) which is relatively steep considering the overall performance, components and feature package.
The Japanese two-wheeler maker has now updated the adventure tourer with uprated suspension components and braking hardware. Honda has even added a new Pearl Organic Green colour scheme into the mix.
At the front, there are 41mm Showa Big Piston Forks as opposed to standard telescopic forks on the India spec model. The brakes up front are from the same Nissin brand as before, but now Honda utilises a twin 296mm disc setup in place of a single disc setup. The new Nissin callipers have been mounted radially which in turn will improve feedback and overall braking of the motorcycle.
Other than the cycle part upgrade and an addition of a new colour scheme, the 2022 Honda CB500X is identical to the pre-update India-spec model. The engine is the same parallel-twin 471cc liquid-cooled unit. The power figure is 47bhp at 8,500rpm and 43.2Nm at 6,500rpm of torque, which is the same as before. The six-speed gearbox is unchanged and so is the multi-link rear mono-shock. The only downside is that 2022 CB500X now weighs 2kg more and tips the scale at 199kg.
The 2022 CB500X will make it to India sometime next year. Honda will most likely continue to retail the middle-weight ADV via the CKD route. The uprated components will demand a premium – approximately Rs 50,000 – and increase the pricing of an already expensive motorcycle.