We love the Honda CB500X. In fact we’d go so far as to say that it’s one of the most underrated bikes released in the past few years. But while it might have been styled as one, an off-road capable bike it is not – at least until now. Rally-Raid Products has announced that they will be releasing their Honda CB500X Adventure kit. This is the same company well known for their KTM 690 Enduro kit.
“The Honda CB500X already satisfies many of the requirements considered essential by the adventure riding community” explains Rally-Raid Products’ proprietor John Mitchinson. “As standard it has a range of over 250 miles, and great fuel economy too together with good weather protection, comfortable ergonomics and a really smooth and willing EFI engine.”
“Certainly we consider it far more appropriate as an ‘every-day’ machine than a typical single-cylinder trail bike” he suggests. “Low maintenance and renowned Honda reliability are further benefits, and particularly impressive is the feeling of all-round competence at such an affordable price.”
There will be three levels of upgrades available which improves the CB500X’s off road capabilities but obviously does so in an increasingly expensive way.
The Level 1 kit upgrades the standard travel suspension with higher quality and adjustable components front and rear. This is the ideal option for those who do not wish to raise the seat height at all. These components are also suitable upgrades for the CB500F and CBR500R models. The Level 1 upgraded standard suspension package is £795.00 GBP / $995.00 USD.
The Level 2 kit is essentially the long-travel suspension kit, that incorporates exactly the same components as the full Adventure kit, less the spoked wheels and dedicated 19” front fender. Retaining the OEM cast aluminium wheels means this option is primarily for those riders who spend the majority of their time on-road, but would appreciate more ground clearance afforded by the longer travel and better quality suspension. It is also an option for those with budget constraints, as the Adventure spoked wheel-set and 19” front fender can always be purchased separately once the long-travel suspension has been fitted. The SRP of the Level 2 long-travel suspension kit is £1450.00 GBP / $1799.00 USD
The Level 3 kit is described as the ‘full’ adventure conversion to the CB500X – that is a fully integrated package of long-travel and uprated/adjustable suspension, together with a replacement heavy-duty spoked wheel-set offering a 17” rear and 19” diameter front wheel – improving suspension performance, increasing ground clearance and allowing a wider range of dual-sport and all-terrain tyres to be fitted. The SRP of the level 3 kit is £1999.00 GBP / $2499.00 USD.
The kits will be available for purchase from Rally-Raid’s website from this Friday.