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American Honda Announces Updates to Popular Midsize Motorcycle Models

Three models receive updates for the 2024 model year.

American Honda revealed three of its 2024 model-year 500cc on-road motorcycles, all of which have received notable updates. The announcement includes the adventure-ready NX500 (formerly known as the CB500X) as well as the sporty CBR500R and the CB500F naked bike.

The versatile NX500 is the perfect gateway to adventure riding, and for 2024 it makes strides in performance while shedding weight. A number of improvements to the chassis, suspension, engine and electronics contribute to an improved on- and off-road package. For riders who prioritize performance on the pavement, the sport CBR500R and naked CB500F also benefit from numerous upgrades, most notably redesigned bodywork and a superior electronic interface. The three models have shared a focus on approachable, rider-friendly design; well-rounded performance; and solid reliability.

“Honda’s midsize lineup remains a core focus for the company, as these models suit a wide range of riders in terms of skill levels and preferred riding experience,” said Colin Miller, assistant manager of public relations at American Honda. “The advancements made with the NX500, CBR500R and CB500F are aimed at enhancing the experience for all riders, from casual commuters to lifelong enthusiasts. We’re confident that each of these bikes will remain at the forefront of its respective category and continue to deliver memorable rides for years to come.”

All three models are available in dealerships now.

NX500

The letters NX have a long history with Honda, thanks to the 1988-1989 NX650 adventure bike. NX means “New X-over,” which is a perfect description for the NX500 (previously called the CB500X). Fun on a winding road or a gravel trail and ready to go the distance, the machine’s all-around credentials are reinforced with an impressive update to its adventure styling. The wheels are lighter, and the suspension settings have been upgraded to improve ride quality. The slipper-clutch-equipped twin-cylinder engine also benefits from the addition of Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).

2024 Honda NX500
  • Color: Matte Black Metallic
  • MSRP: $7,399
  • Info

CBR500R

A longtime hit with customers who are looking for performance while also keeping an eye on enjoyment and approachability, Honda’s twin-cylinder midsize sport bike gets an important refresh for the 2024 model year. Among the improvements are sharp, Fireblade-inspired styling (including a new fairing with winglets that improves handling); new LED headlights that increase visibility; and a new 5-inch TFT display, offering Honda Selectable Torque Control and delivering peace of mind in slippery conditions. With an unmatched combination of style, performance and affordability, the CBR500R’s popularity among riders of all skill levels comes as no surprise.

2024 Honda CBR500R
  • Colors:
    • Grand Prix Red
    • Matte Black Metallic
  • MSRP: $7,399
  • Info

CB500F

The CB500F leads the way when it comes to versatility and rider-friendly performance in a naked package, and for 2024 it’s made even more capable. Aggressive new styling yields aerodynamic benefits, while the addition of a 5-inch TFT display and Honda Selectable Torque Control enhances the riding experience. Offering smooth power delivery and a narrow, lightweight chassis design, the CB500F is welcoming for new enthusiasts but maintains a nimble character that can be appreciated by riders of any skill level. Practical yet capable, the CB500F once again proves that sporty performance, eye-catching style and world-class reliability don’t need to come at a price that breaks the bank.

2024 Honda CB500F
  • Color: Matte Black Metallic
  • MSRP: $6,899
  • Info

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