Honda is unveiling the 2016 NC700X and CB500X (pictured above) this week at the Tokyo Motor Show. Both bikes were upgraded for the new model year with aesthetic and technical improvements. The NC700X and CB500X join the VFR1200X and CRF1000L Africa Twin debuting in the U.S. at the November 20-22 International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California.
For 2016, Honda’s smallest-displacement adventure-touring model benefits from sharper, tougher styling, plus a taller windscreen, LED lighting front and rear, and a new muffler design. Other upgrades include externally adjustable fork preload, an adjustable front-brake lever, improved gear-change feel, a hinged fuel cap, a “wave”-style key and an improved shock setting. An array of Honda Genuine Accessories make it possible for customers to adapt the CB500X to suit their individual tastes.
- CB500X: Matte Black Metallic
- CB500X ABS: Matte Brown Metallic
- CB500X: $6,499
- CB500X ABS: $6,799
Availability: February 2016
The NC700X is offered in versions with a standard gearbox and a fully automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), the latter now with three different sport-mode settings. A 5.8-gallon utility compartment—enlarged by .25 gallons for 2016 and big enough for a full-face helmet—make long-distance trips a pleasure. Other updates for the new model year include a revised windscreen and meter, as well as an LED taillight, a utility rail to simplify fitting a tank bag, a new pentagon-shaped muffler with an improved exhaust sound. Also new are the “L”-shaped air valves on the wheels for added clearance, and a smoother-functioning “wave”-style key.
Color: Silver Metallic
- NC700X: TBD
- NC700X ABS: TBD
Availability: April 2016