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Honda has filed trademarks for the name 'NX' and 'NX500' in the European Union. Also, a trademark has been filed in New Zealand for the name 'NX'.
The latest trademark by Honda hints that the Japanese automaker is working on a new adventure motorcycle as the 'NX' moniker is associated with the Dominator range of motorcycles in Honda's product portfolio.
Though the Dominator range of adventure motorcycles from Honda was famous in the 1980s and 1990s, Honda will not be using that moniker as Norton has already trademarked the name 'Dominator'. As a result, the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer will be looking forward to using the 'NX' name.
We expect the upcoming Honda NX500' motorcycle to use the same engine as the newly launched Honda CB500X motorcycle. This means the upcoming adventure motorcycle could come with a 471cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. This engine in the Honda CB500X puts out a respectable 47bhp of peak power at 8,500rpm and 43.2Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm.
However, this engine could be tuned slightly different to the Honda CB500X to suit the character of the upcoming Honda NX500. The motorcycle could also feature dual-purpose tyres and long-travel suspension to aid the off-roadability.
Recently, Honda revealed the updated iteration of the CB500X motorcycle in India and after analysing the specifications, it is clear that Honda has made some important changes to the new CB500X to improve its abilities.
The most prominent update on the new Honda CB500X is its new 41mm, non-adjustable, Showa SFF-BP USD fork at the front. Thanks to this upgrade, the motorcycle has not only become more compliant over bad patches of road, but the feedback to the rider has also improved.
In addition to that, the suspension system comes with 132mm of wheel travel, which is well-suited for mild off-road use and seems to strike the right balance between on-road and off-road setup.
Other changes include a new aluminium front wheel which is claimed to be 100 grams lighter than the wheel used in the previous iteration of the Honda CB500X motorcycle. Thanks to the new aluminium wheels, the motorcycle sports a lower unsprung mass, which will result in improved ride and handling characteristics of the new Honda CB500X.
Also, Honda claims to have trimmed 1kg of weight from the new Honda CB500X by using a new swingarm. Despite the reduced weight, Honda claims that the new swingarm is just as strong as the previous one.
Braking hardware on the new Honda CB500X has also been upgraded as the motorcycle now sports a twin 296mm disc brake at the front instead of just a single 310mm disc at the front.
Thoughts About The Honda NX500
The upcoming Honda NX500 motorcycle could gain a lot of traction in the global market and in the middle-weight adventure motorcycle segment if Honda could price the motorcycle competitively and also equip the motorcycle with decent hardware.