Honda CB500 twins updated for 2019 - new CB500X, CB500F, CBR500R

Engine updates, chassis and bodywork overhauls for Honda's light-middlweight class champs.

2019 Honda CB500X

THE BIG H has given its 500 parallel twin range a bit of an update for 2019, with the naked CB500F, CB500X adventure-styled commuter and faired CBR500 all getting new bodywork and engine tweaks, while mostly sticking with the current general chassis setups. There’s also new LED lighting, LCD dash and updated riding positions across the range.

The CB500F remains as a stalwart light middleweight commuter, with updated styling, and minor engine tweaks, which give an extra four per cent of power and torque between 5,000 and 8.750rpm – peak power is now 47bhp. There’s a new LCD dash with a gear indicator setup, revised rear shock unit, and a new assist/slipper clutch. Kerb weight is 189kg.

For the CB500X, we get the same engine updates, plus a bodywork revamp aimed at improving touring comfort and protection. The big changes are in the chassis though – a new 19 inch front wheel, and longer travel suspension, both of which will give much better offroad performance, and new offroad-pattern rubber. It now weighs in at 197kg ready to ride.

Finally, the CBR500R sticks to the fully-faired mini-sportster recipe, but with new bodywork and riding position. The engine is the same revised unit as on the F and X, with the slipper clutch and extra power. Meanwhile, the full sports fairing is sharper and more aggressive, with full LED lighting and new LCD dash.

The riding position is also more sporty, with the clip-on bars mounted below the top yoke, putting more weight over the front of the bike and improving aerodynamics. Kerb weight is 192kg.