Honda CB 500X accessories and upgrades

Honda CB 500X accessories and upgrades
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Honda CB 500x basic overview Review

The Honda CB 500x is a great motorbike for the money. In Vietnam, it can be bought for around $9000 or 200,000,000vnd. For this money, you are getting an unbelievably reliable and low maintenance machine. That will see you thousands of miles on the road without issues. You are getting a comfortable and practical motorbike on the road, combined with some minor offroad capabilities. It has quickly become one of the most popular adventure motorbikes in Vietnam.

For Tigit the CB 500x is commonly used for weekend getaways. But it also popular for the entire length of the country where people drive for one month or more.

The Tires we use on a Honda CB 500x

The first upgrade we do is the tires. They come stock with Dunlop trail max tires. These tires only last around 6,000km and may as well be called road tires. The value and cost of OEM Dunlop tires in Vietnam aren’t great. We switch them out with Heidenau Scout Tires for offroad-focused riders. And Metzeler Karroo Street 3 tires for people wanting a 50/50 balance. Both these tires will last around 20,000km and provide far better performance than the OEM’s that come with the bike.

Tires on the Honda CB 500x

Boxes and panniers for the Honda CB 500x

At Tigit we install 37 litre Givi aluminum side boxes on all our CB 500x motorbikes. They hold up well when clients crash and drop the motorbike! These aluminum boxes cost around $1200 all in.  However, if you own your own CB 500X, you should probably invest in soft panniers to save on weight. Here we have two choices. The Kriega US series if you have no mounts. Or the Enduristan Monsoon if you already have metal mounts on the bike. 

Honda CB 500 Givi Trekker boxes
Enduristan Monsoon

Top box

As for the top box, we don’t recommend them because the high centre of gravity creates a wobbly bike. However, if you must roll with one, then Tigit has plastic top boxes from Givi. Ultimately any Givi top box of various shapes and sizes will do the job.

Top Box CB 500x

Tank bag

The CB 500x will fit any tank bag, but for upmarket ones, we recommend Enduristan. Alternatively, if on a budget, get one of these $15 cheap tank bags!

Enduristan Tank bags are amazing

The Chain and sprocket combination

OEM chain and sprockets from big bike Honda Vietnam are ludicrously expensive and are basically “unbranded”. Tigit imports JT sprockets from the UK and then we use DID 520V chains which are real and not fake. For a full category of Chain and sprockets Tigit uses.

This set comes is cheaper than any OEM that can be found in Vietnam, and will last more than double the distance. With a fleet of 11 CB 500x motorbikes going in circles, we look for the best value over time.

Getting the right chain set is a huge money saver

Skid plate for the Honda CB 500x

The exhausts hanging from the bottom of the bike on an ADV bike will need a skid plate. So we go ahead and install one! Brand I can’t remember, but if you are interested, we can find them again! Message Tigit.

An ADV motorbike with no skid plate hmm

Crash bars for the Honda CB 500x

To provide some protection to the motorbike, we have tested the SW-Motech Crash bar system and an unbranded version. We found the unbranded bars provide better all-around protection, and we have started installing them on all our CB 500x motorbikes.

Crash bars Honda CB 500X

Handlebars for the Honda CB 500x

OEM Honda CB 500x handlebars are not bad, and it does take a sizable crash to make them bend. Nonetheless, they do bend. We upgrade to RFX motocross bars that have a similar fitting to the OEM’s. The nice thing about quality motocross bars is that they are impossible to destroy.

OEM are ok, but RFX motocross are bulletproof

Handguards for the Honda CB 500x

The CB 500x does not come with handguards, and unfortunately, handguards installed will touch the windshield. A design floor in the bike itself and for this reason, we don’t install handguards. It is also difficult to find handguards that don’t just break when the 200kg adventure bike is dropped. Only recently have we settled on the Race Tech aluminum handguards. These don’t break but cost a pretty penny!

ADV handguards don’t cut it, even from known brands. Once again, we need to look to the motocross world

Mirrors for the Honda CB 500x

Nothing more annoying than dropping a motorbike and having the mirrors snap. So we have started using the Double-Take Adventure mirrors, full video on that here.

Overlooked are the dangers of driving with broken mirrors. OEM’s are not good enough

Phone mount

We use the simple motowolf phone mount, which mounts up to all motorbikes and provides a great platform for any mobile phone.

We are lucky in Vietnam to have this basically perfect phonemount for tiny money. No need to look elsewhere

Footpegs

Yep, how many of you push this bike into jumps, I don’t know. But if you do, the footpegs will snap. Tigit installs some aftermarket steel footpegs made in Hong Kong of all places. While we don’t provide these on our rental motorbikes, these are a sound choice for people who own the bike.

Unlike Royal Enfield, Honda managed to escape breaking footpegs in their promotional videos. But these footpegs do break!

Conclusion

For casual ADV riding, the CB 500x more or less comes ready to rock and roll. Hopefully, you find the upgrades mentioned useful!

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