Honda CB500X: Expected Price In India
This could be the adventure tourer India needs, provided it’s priced right
Honda has big plans for India and part of it involves introducing its range of 500cc motorcycles on our shore. We could not be more happier as we will finally be able to witness the likes of the CBR500R and the Rebel 500 roaming our streets. But the one that should pique your interest is Honda’s middleweight adventure tourer, the CB500X. If you want to know what the whole deal is about the adventure tourer, you should check out this report. It could just be the adventure tourer India needs, provided it’s priced right. Here’s what we think the CB500X is likely to cost.
Unlike the Rebel 500, which shares just the 471cc parallel-twin motor with the rest of the bikes, the CB500X and the CBR500R share a little more with each other. For starters, the engine is offered in the same state of tune - 47.5PS and 43Nm - on both bikes. They even share the same diamond-type frame as well as the swingarm design. And since this is more of a road-biased adventure tourer, the 17-inch rear wheel used on the CB500X is the same as the one on the CBR500R. While the ADV uses a smaller front disc, the rest of braking setup is identical. Hence, there is a lot of commonality in parts, which should help Honda keep costs in check.
Where the adventure tourer differs from the CBR500R is the long travel suspension, larger 19-inch front wheel, subframe, and ergonomics. The fairing design is radically different as well. So expect these parts to warrant a little premium over the sportsbike.
Now, we estimated that Honda could price the CBR500R at Rs 5 lakh (ex-showroom), if not lower. Applying the same price differentials as we did with the Ceeber, we think that the CB500X could retail at Rs 5.50 lakh. This will make it pricier than the KTM 390 Adventure and the Kawasaki Versys-X 300. However, this Honda aims to target buyers who are looking to step into the world of bigger motorcycles.
We think it would be perfect for those who wanted to buy the Benelli TRK502 but were intimidated by its size. And at Rs 5.50 lakh, the extra asking price over the TRK502 isn’t too much.