If imitation is the sincerest type of flattery, then Honda ought to take into account itself flattered within the excessive by one of many newest choices from Xiang Shuai. This is the Cangyun XS500—and it’s simply one of many two headline fashions launched by Xiang Shuai at its “Heavy Cruising 2022 New Product Conference” in April, 2022.
You see, when a Honda Rebel 500 and a Harley-Davidson Sportster Nightster love one another very a lot … wait, no, that’s not truly the way it works. Ahem. Where we we? Ah, sure.
The Cangyun XS500 is powered by the stalwart Loncin KE500 engine, which it’s also possible to discover in Voge, Colove, and even Loncin-branded machines of the identical displacement. It makes a claimed 48 horsepower, alongside 43 newton-meters (or simply beneath 32 pound-feet of torque). Curb weight is about 195 kilograms, or about 430 kilos.
While the visible similarities are undeniably putting, there’s proof that some extraordinarily minor tweaks have been made. For instance, the XS500 has floor clearance of 180mm, whereas the Rebel 500’s is 125mm. The gasoline tank on the XS500 can maintain a claimed 14 liters of gasoline, or about 3.7 gallons. Meanwhile, the Rebel 500’s tank holds a smaller quantity of two.9 gallons per full tank.
The Cangyun XS500 went on sale in China on May 1, 2022, at a set worth of 28,800 Chinese yuan. At conversion charges as of July 14, 2022, that’s simply over $4,256. It’s unclear whether or not there’s any intention for this bike to ever be bought exterior its house market—but it surely’s additionally simply as clearly a part of Xiang Shuai’s broader heavy cruiser technique inside that market.
On the opposite facet of the stage from the Cangyun XS500, Xiang Shuai additionally launched its latest flagship cruiser, the Traveler 800. This bike appears to take styling parts from a number of Harley-Davidson touring bikes and stick them in a salad shaker to see what pops out. While not as blatantly a replica of a single current mannequin because the Cangyun XS500, it wears its influences on its sleeve—though, after all, you’re by no means going to seek out an 800cc grand American-style tourer from the Motor Company. You’re additionally not going to seek out one with an MSRP of 61,800 yuan, which works out to about $9,133.