Harley-Davidson X 500 Unveiled
The X 500, the second creation of the partnership between Harley-Davidson and QJMotor, has revealed itself. The X 350, the smaller of the two options, debuted last month.
A 500cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine with 47.5hp and 46Nm of torque and a 6-speed gearbox power the HD X 500. The only two bikes in the lineup of the renowned American bikemaker without a V-twin engine are this and the smaller X 350. It’s interesting to note that these measurements, along with the Benelli Leoncino 500’s bore and stroke measurements of 69mm and 66.8mm, respectively, are the same. The Leoncino’s primary frame and swingarm appear to be pretty similar to those seen on the X 500.
A 50mm USD fork and monoshock, both of which have preload and rebound adjustments, are responsible for the X 500’s suspension. The remote preload adjuster for the rear monoshock is a really useful feature in this. The front and rear 120/70-ZR17 and 160/60-ZR17 cast alloy wheels of the X 500 are covered in Maxxis Supermaxx ST tires. The X 500 weighs 208 kg when the 13-liter petrol tank is fully stocked, making it significantly heavier than a vehicle in a higher class like the Kawasaki Z650RS.
Although the Harley has its own flair, the X 500’s silhouette vaguely resembles that of the Benelli Leoncino 500. Both the ‘chopped’ shape of the rear fender and the taillight incorporated into the rear indicators are distinctive Harley touches. With its clear, minimalist lines and neo-retro design aesthetic, this machine is undoubtedly rather attractive to look at.
Despite having all-LED lighting, the Harley-Davidson X 500 is a fairly basic machine without any other riding aids than dual-channel ABS. A straightforward Digi-analogue cluster, similar to the smaller X 350, is responsible for the instrumentation.
The Harley-Davidson X 500 is currently only available in China; however, we in India will soon be able to purchase the motorcycle co-created by Harley-Davidson and Hero MotoCorp. It may also eventually be released in other foreign markets.
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