2024 Honda NX500 – First Look

Dennis Chung
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New name, new styling, the New X-over

2024 honda nx500 first look


Honda revamped its 500 series models, including a restyled adventure model with a new retro-inspired name. Along with a CB500 Hornet and a CBR500R comes the new 2024 NX500, which replaces the CB500X.



The NX500 name is new, though its roots race back to the Honda NX650 Dominator, a single-cylinder dual-sport produced from 1988 to 2003. I'm not sure if this was the original meaning, but Honda says the "NX" stands for "New X-over." Along with the new name comes updated suspension, lighter wheels, traction control, and new bodywork.

The new fairings draw some inspiration from the new Transalp, with a similar-looking silhouette, enough to wonder why Honda went with the NX branding instead of tying it to the larger adventure bike.



The five-inch TFT display is also inherited directly from the Transalp, but with a new optical bonding to improve visibility in bright environments. The NX500 also receives new backlit switchgear on the left handlebar and smartphone connectivity via Honda’s RoadSync app.

2024 honda nx500 first look

Apart from the updated bodywork, the most obvious visual change is to the wheels. In replacing the previous 7-spoke wheels with the new 5-spoke design, Honda was able to reduce the weight of the front wheel by 1.8 pounds, and the rear wheel by 1.5 pounds. That’s a combined 3.3-pound reduction in unsprung weight.


The suspension remains the same Showa 41mm Separate Function Fork Big Piston (SFF-BP) and preload-adjustable rear shock, but the NX500 receives updated spring rate and damping settings designed to improve feel for both on- and off-road riding.

2024 honda nx500 first look


The brakes are the same as on the CB500X, with dual 296mm front discs with axial-mount two-piston calipers, and one 240mm rear disc with a single-piston caliper.


The 471cc Parallel-Twin engine returns unchanged from the CB500X, with a claimed peak output of 46.9 hp at 8,600 rpm, and 31.8 lb-ft. at 6,500 rpm. The fuel injection settings have been updated to improve low-rpm acceleration and overall power delivery, and Honda added a switchable traction control system. As with its predecessor, the NX500 offers an assist/slipper clutch and six-speed transmission.

2024 honda nx500 first look

The 2024 Honda NX500 comes in three color options: Grand Prix Red, Matt Gunpowder Black Metallic, and Pearl Horizon White. U.S. pricing and availability have not been announced, but we expect that to be rectified in short order.


2024 Honda NX500 Specifications

Engine Type

Liquid-cooled 4 stroke, DOHC parallel twin

Displacement

471cc

No of Valves per Cylinder

4

Bore & Stroke

67mm x 66.8mm

Compression Ratio

10.7: 1

Horsepower

46.9 hp at 8,600 rpm (claimed)

Torque

31.8 lb-ft. at 6,500 rpm (claimed)

Oil Capacity

3.2L

Carburation

PGM FI electronic fuel injection

Fuel Tank Capacity

4.6 gallons

Fuel Consumption (WMTC)

65.4 mpg (claimed)

Battery Capacity

12V 7.4AH

Clutch Type

Wet multiplate, Assisted slipper clutch

Transmission Type

6 speed

Final Drive

Chain

Frame

Steel diamond

Front Suspension

Showa 41mm SFF-BP USD forks,

Rear Suspension

Prolink mono with 5 stage pre-load adjuster, Steel hollow cross swingarm

WHEELS

Front Wheel

Multi-spoke cast aluminum, 19MC x MT2.5

Rear Wheel

Multi-spoke cast aluminum, 17MC x MT4.5

Front Tire

110/80R19M/C59H

Rear Tire

160/60R17M/C69H

ABS System Type

2-channel

Type Front

Dual 296mm x 4mm disc with Nissin radial-mount four-piston calipers

Type Rear

Single 240mm x 5mm disc with single piston caliper

Instruments

5in TFT Meter with customizable layout, including but not limited to Speedometer, Tachometer, Clock, Gear position, Shift UP Indicator

Headlight

LED

Taillight

LED

Connectivity

Yes (Honda RoadSync)

12V Socket

Optional

Length

85.2 inches

Width

32.7 inches

Height

55.7 inches

Wheelbase

56.8 inches

Rake/Trail

27.5°/4.3 inches

Seat Height

32.7 inches

Ground Clearance

7.1 inches

Curb Weight

432 pounds (claimed)

Security System

HISS (Honda Intelligent Security System)

Additional Features

ESS


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  • GMan38 GMan38 on Nov 14, 2023

    If Honda would put tubeless spoked wheels on either the NX500 or new Transalp, they'd have my business.

  • Nic Solberg Nic Solberg on Nov 15, 2023

    Like the styling way more the Transalp. I agree with GMan38... I want some spoked wheels.

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