Harley-Davidson recently launched the X 500 in the Chinese market. It is the second most affordable motorcycle after the X 350, which was launched before the X 500. These two motorcycles are only sold in the Chinese market. The Harley-Davidson X 500 is a very fitting competitor to the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, and here are five things you should know about it.
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Harley-Davidson X 500: Exterior
The X 500 looks like a bigger version of the X 350. However, the X 350 is designed as a flat tracker, while the X 500 looks more like the XR1200X. There’s a muscular fuel tank, a cruiser-like one-piece seat, a cutaway rear fender and rounded elements.
Harley-Davidson X 500: The Hardware
The frame of the X 500 is shared with the Benelli Leoncino 500. It’s suspended by a 50mm front fork with adjustable rebound, while the rear is an offset monoshock with adjustable rebound and preload. Braking duties are performed by twin discs at the front and a single disc at the rear. The front calipers have four pistons, while the rear calipers have only one piston.
Harley-Davidson X 500: The Engine
Powering the X 500 was a 500 cc parallel-twin engine, liquid-cooled, borrowed from the Benelli Leoncino 500. It puts out 47 bhp and 46 Nm at 6,000 rpm. It is paired with a 6-speed gearbox.
Harley-Davidson X 500: Features
In terms of functionality, the Harley-Davidson X 500 is equipped with LED lighting and a digital instrument cluster. Dual-channel ABS is also available.
Harley-Davidson X 500: India launch
Harley-Davidson is unlikely to bring the X 500 to the Indian market. That’s because the brand is already working on a 4XX. Expect the Harley-Davidson 4XX to launch around the holiday season.
First published date: April 22, 2023 at 12:48pm CST