Perhaps in response to the new crop of entry-level adventure tourers, Honda has just updated its CB400X. The model, exclusive to Japan, gets some aesthetic improvements with a new livery and blacked out parts.

Honda updates CB400X for 2020 image

As the name suggests, the CB400X is powered by a 399cc parallel twin PGM-Fi engine. It produces 46 PS at 9,000 rpm and 38 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. It’s paired to a six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch.


Honda updates CB400X for 2020 image

To handle the rough stuff, it has a telescopic front fork and Prolink rear swingarm. It rides on 19 inch alloy wheels in front and 17 inch wheels in the rear. This gives it a ground clearance of 150 mm, while still returning an 800 mm seat height. It’s brought to a stop with discs on both ends governed by ABS and traction control.

It is offered in two colors: Matte Ballistic Black Metallic and Pearl Glare White.

Honda updates CB400X for 2020 image

Pinoy riders may be more familiar with the model offered here, the CB500X. It’s essentially the same model but with a larger 471cc engine. With most of the changes being purely aesthetic, we may expect to see these improvements carried over soon.

Honda updates CB400X for 2020 image

The CB400X / 500X used to be one of only a few offerings in this segment. However, the Royal Enfield Himalayan, and the arrival of the Benelli TRK 502 have made it a much more crowded segment lately. There's also a  KTM 390 Adventure coming soon. Honda will have to offer something a little more than just a new livery to keep it competitive.