2016 Honda NC700X & CB500X Motorcycles
The big news for Honda in 2016 is the release of 2016 VFR1200X, a more touring-oriented partner to the all-new Africa Twin CRF1000L. But Honda didn’t forget about its midweight sport tourers; for 2016, both the NC700X and CB500X have received a slight overhaul for better performance and looks.
“As was made clear with today’s unveiling in Japan, the NC700X and CB500X benefit from significant upgrades for 2016,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda.
“Both of these models have been popular with American customers since their respective introductions, and with exciting new looks plus performance-oriented changes, they’re better than ever. The NC700X and CB500X join our two larger-displacement adventure machines—the VFR1200X and CRF1000L Africa Twin—in Honda’s comprehensive adventure lineup, which we look forward to debuting in the U.S. at the November 20-22 International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California.”
2016 Honda NC700X Preview
The 2016 Honda NC700X – also available with ABS – arrives with more aggressive styling, the proven 670cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine, and either a six-speed transmission or a fully automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), the latter now with three different sport-mode settings.
Honda has enlarged front luggage compartment (where the gas tank usually resides) by 0.25 gallons to 5.8 gallons; it will now swallow a full-face helmet. 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.
2016 Honda NC700X Details:
- Color: Silver Metallic
- NC700X: TBD
- NC700X ABS: TBD
- Availability: April 2016
2016 Honda CB500X Preview
Honda’s smallest adventure tourer – the CB500X – arrives with a 471cc liquid-cooled parallel twin, the same engine offered in the CB500F.
Honda reports that for 2016, the nimble CB500X – also available with ABS – benefits from sharper, tougher styling, plus a taller windscreen, LED lighting front and rear, and a stylish 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.
2016 Honda CB500X Details:
- CB500X: Matte Black Metallic
- CB500X ABS: Matte Brown Metallic
- CB500X: $6,499
- CB500X ABS: $6,799
- Availability: February 2016