Qianjiang-Produced Harley-Davidson X 500 is expected to be available in USA from 2024.
US-specific owners manual has been published by Harley-Daivdson. The X 500 was announced for the Chinese market in April, and later for Australia and New Zealand, but the newly published owner’s manual assures a U.S. launch.
There are distinct changes compared to the 2023 owner’s manual, adding information specific to the American market such as a U.S. vehicle identification number (VIN). The manual’s VIN breakdown specifically details the codes for models manufactured by Qianjiang in China for export to the United States.
Warranty information and a clause marked as “Other Limitations” included six items in 2023 manual but for year 2024 manual there is an addition of a seventh item. This addition states United States customers are not allowed particular modifications that are not approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board. A definition of tampering with noise control or exhaust emissions control systems is mentioned. These were absent for the manual meant for Chinese market.
X 500 is the second model to be produced under the partnership between Harley-Davidson and Qianjiang, following the X 350. The smaller engine model was not intended for US market as per Q1 2023 report, though X350RA variant to be used by Harley-Davidson’s Riding Academy.
It is expected the people and dealerships (and media) will react fast & furiously to a Made-in-China Harley-Davidson being sold in USA.
We can expect the same liquid-cooled 500cc Parallel-Twin engine, claiming 47 hp at 8,500 rpm and 33 lb-ft. at 5,000 rpm. The claimed wet weight remains 456 pounds, and the fuel economy is unchanged, still claiming 49 mpg. Valve inspections are scheduled for every 15,500 miles.
|2024 Harley-Davidson X 500 Specifications|
|Engine||Liquid-Cooled, Parallel-Twin Cylinder, 500cc|
|Bore x Stroke||69.0 mm x 66.8 mm|
|Horsepower||46.9 hp at 8,500 rpm (claimed)|
|Torque||33.9 lb-ft. at 6,000 rpm (claimed)|
|Fuel System||Electronic Air Intake Fuel Injection (ESPFI)|
|Exhaust||2 into 1 short order, 3 catalysts|
|Main Drive||Chain, 74/38|
|Maximum Lean Angle||46.9° left, 49.5° right|
|Front Suspension||50mm inverted rebound adjustable|
|Rear Suspension||Oil-air separation, rebound damping adjustable, preload adjustable shock absorber|
|Front Brake||Dual four-piston fixed calipers|
|Rear Brake||Single-piston floating caliper|
|Rear Wheel||Cast Aluminum|
|Front Tire||Maxxis Supermaxx ST 120/70-ZR17/58W|
|Rear Tire||Maxxis Supermaxx ST 160/60-ZR17/69W|
|Seat Height||32.3 inches|
|Ground Clearance||6.0 inches|
|Rake / Trail||24.5° / 4.0 inches|
|Fuel Capacity||3.4 gallons|
|Oil Capacity (With Filter)||0.8 gallons|
|Curb Weight||456 pounds (claimed)|
|Fuel Economy||49 mpg (claimed)|
|Lighting||Front Lights: All LED, low beam, high beam and position lights; Tail Lights: All LED Lights; Front Signal Lights: All LED Lights; Rear Turn Signal Lights: All LED|
|Instrumentation||Combined electronic instrument Stepper motor indicates vehicle speed, digital indicates speed, hour, total travel, two-way (A+B), km/mile indication|