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Cycle News 2019 Issue 33 August 20

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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2019 HONDA CB500X R I D E R E V I E W P92 FLOAT L I K E A B U T T E R F L Y YOU DON'T NEED A BIG-BORE BIKE TO GO REAL ADVENTURE RIDING, AS HONDA AMPLY PROVES WITH THE CB500X T he older I get, the better I was. So, it doesn't surprise me as my age creeps up, more and more I'm enjoying the benefits of sub-600cc motor- cycles. And the adventure market is waking up to their benefits, too. Bikes like the Honda CB500X, Ka- wasaki's Versys-X 300 and BMW's 310 GS (and if you're up for some- thing different, the Royal Enfield Himalayan) are signaling a new era for off-road travel, one that doesn't require big cubes to go big places. Thus, the Big H has revamped the CB500X for 2019, having started its life in 2013 with no updates since. For this year, however, there is a plethora of new goodies thrown at the 500X rider in a four percent more powerful 471cc parallel-twin motor via a new intake, cam timing, a new exhaust and a revised fuel injection map; there's a new slipper clutch for a 45 percent lighter lever pull; new ergonomics with the seat jacked up from 31.9 inches to 32.7 inches and a new handlebar bend; a bigger 19-inch front wheel matched to new suspension that's 0.4 inches and 1.2 inches front and rear more than last year, respectively; and more relaxed steering geometry with the rake now set at 27.5 degrees, up one degree over last year. BY RENNIE SCAYSBROOK I PHOTOGRAPHY BY DREW RUIZ

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