QUICK LOOK: 2016 Honda NC700X & CB500X

Nice updates for Honda’s friendly everyday adventure-tourers.

2016 Honda NC700X DCT ABS studio side view

At the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda has taken the wraps off the 2016 NC700X and the 2016 CB500X, the company's middleweight adventure-tourers. Honda says these motorcycles have been "significantly upgraded" for 2016, both technically and aesthetically. Let's take a look:

2016 HONDA NC700X

The NC700X, which has a large storage compartment where a conventional fuel tank would reside, shines as a practical everyday machine, and it continues to be available with Honda’s fully automatic dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Although the 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin is unchanged, the styling of the bike has been made more aggressive for 2016. What’s more, the DCT now three different sport-mode settings, and the aforementioned storage compartment has been enlarged to 5.8 gallons. That’s an increase of a quarter gallon, large enough to store a full-face helmet.

Other changes to this comfortably upright 2016 NC700X tourer include a revised windscreen and gauge cluster, plus an LED taillight, a new muffler (for improved sound) and a utility rail that makes it easy to fit a tank bag. Another handy update: The valves on the wheels are now L-shaped, to aid access when checking tire pressures or adding air. Look for the 2016 Honda NC700X to arrive in April. Prices have not been announced.

2016 Honda CB500X ABS studio side view

2016 HONDA CB500X

With its wide handlebar and upright seating position, the CB500X is a great around-town bike, propelled by a sewing-machine-smooth 471cc parallel-twin that’s remarkably fuel efficient. What’s new for 2016? Well, the enhancements start with what Honda calls “sharper, tougher styling,” as well as a taller windscreen, LED lighting front and rear, and a new muffler. Other improvements include adjustable fork preload, an “improved” shock setting, a hinged fuel cap, and an adjustable front-brake lever. Honda also says the 2016 CB500X has improved shift feel and a wave-style key.

Look for the new 2016 Honda CB500X to arrive in February. The standard CB500X, available in Matte Black Metallic, is priced at $6,499. The CB500X ABS, available in Matte Brown Metallic, is $6,799. At only $300, ABS isa wise choice for street riders.

In other Honda news, the new VFR1200X and CRF1000L Africa Twin adventure-tourers will be on display November 20-22 at the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, California.

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2016 Honda NC700X DCT ABS (Silver Metallic).America Honda

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2016 Honda CB500X ABS (Matte Brown Metallic).America Honda

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2016 Honda CB500X (Matte Black Metallic).America Honda