Probably the most significant change for 2022 is the long-travel upside-down fork on the CB500X. The inverted design makes the front end much more rigid, for more precise steering input and feedback. The fork itself is a 41mm Showa SFF-BP design—one of the best in its class.
New for 2022, the CB500X now features twin front disc brakes. The two 296mm discs are gripped by twin calipers. Together with the 240mm rear disc brake, you get strong, predictable stopping power. The front-brake lever is also adjustable for a perfect fit.
A sophisticated chassis with Honda Pro-Link® rear suspension features a shock with nine-stage adjustable spring preload and 5.3 inches of travel to give you a comfortable ride over small bumps, while capably absorbing bigger bumps to increase riding comfort and handling. The shock absorber features large-diameter internals for even better damping characteristics and a smoother ride.
For 2022, the CB500X gets a new swingarm that’s over two pounds lighter than the previous generation's, but just as strong. It’s one of the reasons the entire Honda 500 family handles so well.
Our engineers profiled the shift dogs in the transmission, to help you get smoother shifts every time. You’ll never see these parts, but you’ll feel their effects.
A motorcycle’s frame is the basis for its handling. The CB500X’s diamond-shaped steel-tube mainframe ties to the engine with four mounts, offering a rock-solid foundation for superior ride and handling. It also contributes to the CB500X’s generous 7.1-inch ground clearance.