Already popular in Europe, the Honda VFR1200X receives important updates for 2016 and will now be available to American customers, joining the previously announced 2016 CRF1000L Africa Twin. Honda also announced that the NC700X and CB500X receive aggressive new styling for 2016, and that the U.S. debut for all four 2016 Honda adventure models will be at the November 2022 International Motorcycle Shows stop in Long Beach, California.

“We’re very excited to offer such a well-rounded offering of adventure-touring models in the U.S. for 2016,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. “The introduction of the VFR1200X to North America follows on the incredible reception of the Africa Twin. With the NC700X and CB500X also set to get important updates for 2016, Honda has a model to suit the needs of any adventure-touring enthusiast.”

The VFR1200X is powered by a 1,237cc V4 engine and is available with a standard gearbox or Honda’s six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT); both versions feature Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), combined ABS brakes and shaft drive. The bike rolls on 19- and 17-inch wheels front/rear, respectively, suspended by an inverted 43mm fork and single-sided swingarm. Other features include a one-hand-adjustable windscreen, handguards and an accessory socket to charge smart phones or power heated vests. Price has yet to be determined, but the VFR1200X is available only in Pearl Black and will be available May, 2016.

2016 Honda NC700X


The NC700X receives aggressive, new styling for 2016, making for adventure-ready look. Honda released a couple of teaser images but we’ve increased the brightness to show a bit more detail:


A 70mm higher windscreen reduces fatigue when riding at high speeds, and the new, smaller muffler has an improved sound and is lighter in weight. Luggage capacity has been increased more than .25 gallons to 5.8, and the taillight is now LED. The NC700X is offered with standard and automatic DCT transmissions, and for 2016, the DCT version now has three different sport-mode settings in addition to the standard mode, enabling riders to select shift points that suit riding style of preference. Unfortunately, it looks like American customers will continue to get the 670cc parallel-Twin engine instead of the 745cc engine introduced in other markets in 2013, making it the NC750X.

The 2016 Honda NC700X/NC750X will make its world debut during the Tokyo Motor Show at month’s end.

2016 Honda CB500X


For 2016, the CB500X receives a new LED headlight and taillight like its CBR500R sibling, as well as a taller windscreen and a hinged fuel cap. The fork now has external preload adjusters, while the front brake lever can be adjusted to fit different hand-sizes. Finally, changes to the transmission make for smoother-feeling gear changes. Like the NC700X, the updated CB500X will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show (where it will be shown as the CB400X to fit into Japan’s sub-400cc licensing category.)

As with the NC700X, Honda released a fairly dark teaser image for the CB500X. We’ve brightened the image up as well:


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  • afm528

    Unquestionably cool, but it’s PAINFUL to watch racing without engine sound. I’ve been to electric motorcycle racing and heard bikes OUTSIDE the track over the sound of the race bikes. I have complete respect for e-bikes and I’d like to design one, but somehow, some way, we need to figure out how to trigger that SOUND gene, too…

  • 12er

    Ok, Honda now has one bike that Im slightly interested in.

    • Bruce Steever

      Check the weight first.

      • 12er

        Interest is very slight 😉 I have a multi

  • Bruce Steever


    You might need to check that definition.

  • Montana dave

    Bruce is right. Honda models tend to be porky. Why is the world getting the updated 750 while the U.S. is just now getting the NX700 3 years later? Something wrong there. Honda use to be class leaders. Now their cars & motorcycles seem dull. Maybe too busy with all their recalls?

  • Mark Wagila

    Still no crossrunner for us?

    • Larry

      I have more interest in that model as well. Reviews from others have said that it’s a pretty nice package for a middleweight sports-tourer. The beaks are pointless, but nothing a hacksaw couldn’t fix.

  • BLN

    I keep getting told from the dealer that the US market just isn’t strong enough to garner much attention. I am shocked the Africa Twin made it.

  • Steve

    Honda must be hoping that “better late than never” applies here

    • Kenneth

      Or, maybe not late at all. It seems to me, Honda considers the U.S. a secondary market for motorcycles, anymore. Their main focus is on Europe and Asia.

  • Uncommon Sense

    I like that Honda has DCT options. However, my god, could they please design a bike that isn’t more boring than watching paint dry?

  • JMDonald

    Does anyone know who won the Arai helmet?

  • panthalassa

    i acknowledge the conventional wisdom that this bike is bland, but i find it refreshingly free of the visual distractions that plague many other big adv tourers like asymetric lamps, intake nostrils, an excess of orange, etc.
    i’ll be interested to see where they try to price this; as a direct competitor to the road-biased versions from ktm/triumph/ducati? a price-conscious alternative staking out territory below those bikes, yet above the versys and strom (and africa twin)? most seemed to agree that the ask for the afro was at least sane. if they don’t trim some price, not to mention weight, from the other vfr1200, i’ll lose interest in a hurry.

    • denchung

      In the UK, the 2015 VFR1200X (aka Crosstourer) is priced at £12,399 and £13,199 with DCT. The Triumph Explorer XC is £12,599. Things may change for the US market but this should give us an idea where the VFR1200X may fit in.

      • panthalassa

        doesn’t bode well, then, but i’ll hold out hope in the fact that most of the tooling and r&d should’ve long ago been covered by europe.
        yet, when i’m looking to upgrade after the holidays from a wee, it sounds like i’m more likely to end up with (last year’s) versys 1k, v-strom, or fj-09. i probably can’t “get the shaft”.

        • Kenneth

          I wouldn’t “hold out hope;” V-Fours and shaft drive are very nice – and inherently expensive. Over-and-again, I see people expressing interest in certain things, but when it comes to actually paying for them…

    • Ian Parkes

      But what an engine. If your touring is mostly on road but includes some dirt or metal road which might chip a VFR1200’s paint, that brilliant V4 mill is a good option and, as others have said, not everyone likes the usual ADV Mad Max styling.

      • E-Nonymouse A

        That is the bulk of my riding, not swamping or going through mud bogs but just lots of road with some mixed terrain of gravel or poorly paved roads.

  • Craig Hoffman

    Just curious why Honda can’t find a way to put inverted forks on their smaller bikes. Yamaha has shown us we can have affordable bikes with inverted forks with crappy cost cutting internals. An affordable inverted fork with crap internals is preferable to a conventional fork with crap internals you know.

    The exhaust can on the 500 does look a bit like an Akrapovich though. I appreciate that!

    • SRMark

      They found a way to put it on the inexpensive CRF250L. I love the little bike but it needs a bigger brother. And not that xr650l. CRF450ADV could be a very nice bike for people who really want to get dirty.

      • Craig Hoffman

        True. And a 450 sized version of the little CRF would be a great bike. Same for the WR250R. Dual sports are what built Japan, Inc. They need to get back to their roots.

  • TheMarvelous1310 .

    I heard bad things about this one-comfort of a sport bike, handling of a cruiser, off road incompetent.

    Sounds like a challenge to me!

  • jose

    Another 1200 cc adv touring alternative?

    Based on the resale value of the TEX and the S10 it seems there are too many options in the US market already. BMW, KTM have two, Triumph, Yamaha, then you have the 1L alternatives, Versys, VStrom, Hondas own A twin. That’s eight. Makes me wonder when the next new, new thing will be. This is starting to look like the SUV craze of the 90’s and the first five years of 2000. Everyone needed to own an off road capable vehicle that could tow 10K pounds and carry seven passengers. Yeah, like people are willing to take shiny toys to play in the dirt or ever tow anything, or needed seating for seven. I think the same will go for the adv. touring market.

    • dinoSnake

      “Think the same” will happen the ADV market?! It already has!! Phony “ADV” bikes with street-only tires and close to no ability go off-road, yet the industry and the publishing / marketing system that supports them still keeps the ruse. How about that new “supersport adventure touring” class, hmm?

      RideApart called out the SUV bike class last year and everyone got their knickers in a knot. As long as the vast majority of these SUV riders admit that they are kidding themselves, and pretending, what harm is there, eh?

      • TonyCarlos

        When someone calls for all sportbike buyers to admit that they aren’t Valantino Rossi, and that they won’t be racing their new race-replica bike, you’ll have a valid complaint.

  • Fred Meier

    what important updates? one-hand adjustable windscreen and a cigarette lighter?
    needs cruise control and ESA, looks like a 2015 to me.

  • dinoSnake

    “Luggage capacity has been increased…” Don’t you mean fuel capacity?

    • Goose

      No, I don’t think they mean fuel. The NC fuel tank is 3.7 gallons. My guess is they are saying the storage in front of the rider (Da Frunk) has increased by a couple of liters. Makes sense, it is a great feature and there was room to make it bigger.

  • Is there a reason Honda keeps the NC750 at 700 for the US market? Some sort of regulations emissions something or other? I can’t understand why it wouldn’t offer the (slight) power boost that’s available in Europe.

  • Randy Pancetalk

    I can’t be excited about a 628lb adv-wannabe that has gotten mediocre reviews in Europe.

    Also, why did the 500x get LED headlights, but the US nc700x did not (and the european one does)?

  • Thank you Honda for bringing to the US the exact motorcycle that I want from the manufacturer I like the best.

  • BlueAlgon

    I agree that this is a marketing ploy that has nothing to do with real world practicality.
    250 kg adventure bikes?….please… Have you watched Long Way Round? They rode the big BMW “adventure” bikes and had tough times pushing them…pulling them out of the bogs, rivers, and mud.
    I find it amusing that on a continent with speed limits of (mostly) 60 mph (100 km/h) or so, the marketers successfully push big-engine bikes. I can understand it in Germany, where in places the speed limit is unlimited. I guess some people find it worthy to spend big bucks for a heavy bike, plus much more for insurance and gas, to get to the next red light (or a speed ticket) 10 seconds faster.
    One thing I like about these big engines, though: they have more cylinders and seem to be wonderfully smooth and quiet (but that can be in a lighter and cheaper 900cc package). My single cylinder engine can get buzzy sometimes…
    When I go for a ride out in the country, following unpaved roads, I wonder how
    would a 1200cc adventure bike improve the riding experience. 80 (or more) extra HP
    when one cannot go fast anyway? And when I park my 160 kg bike on a “parking lot” by a forest that resembles more a battlefield, I wonder how I would manipulate a heavy bike to turn around there and get out. Oh well…

  • Treeman

    I’m still waiting for the Silverwing replacement. If it doesn’t happen soon, then a Burgman 650 it will be!