Launch CB500X in India
Launch CB500X in India
I have been behind you since many years asking one question “When are you going to launch CB500X in India?”. I always receive the following response from whoever maintains the Twitter Social Media handle.
Honda’s response: Thanks for your interest in Honda 2 Wheelers. We shall keep you posted whenever we have an update about new launches.
Although I appreciate your kind gesture. It still annoys me because I have been hearing the same thing since 5 years. It is not just me and I am sure there are many riders that are still waiting for an adventure tourer from Honda since a long time and they would have probably contacted you and you might have given the same response. Some moved on… and some like me still hoping that this wait should be worth it.
Competition: If you had launched CB500X like 5 years ago, you would have faced only a handful of competition. However, the Indian market is already filled with a lot of adventure tourer such as RE Himalayan, BMW 310 GS, Kawasaki Versys 300, Kawasaki Versys 650, Suzuki V-Storm 650, Ducati Scrambler (Desert Sled), SWM Superdual, etc… There are more to fill the roads such as Hero Impulse, Benelli TRK502, CFMoto MT650, KTM 390 Adventure, KTM 790 Adventure, RE 650 Himalayan, etc…
Power of Dreams: We (Riders) had dreamt about a Honda that that take both the roads and go off-road at the same time. And you did provide that motorcycle that could make this magic. The Africa Twin… But not everyone can afford it… We needed something that is less in power and still do the same thing(almost). The answer to this ask is already there in your current international lineup… YES… It is the CB500X.
The Ask: There are still riders out there who are still in high hopes that one day Honda will launch CB500X on Indian roads. This interest has been a burning fire once upon a time and it has gone into smoke after seeing multiple launches from different manufacturers. But recently this fire got re-ignited due to the fact that you were able to laugh the CB300R, which is the current International offering and available in India over CKD.
If you could get CB300R, why not CB500X?
You definitely have more riders in India who are ready to pay for this machine. This is because Honda is Reliable, Sturdy & Most of all its a Honda.
A wanderer who still have high hopes on a Honda in India (aka) motowanderer