Maybe becuase it's the 500 he wanted? Just a guess.
No offense intended -- question caught me as kind of funny.
Good guess Karl.
Expand on that a bit: I wanted a bit of an off road (adventure), but not extreme like V-Strom or KLR (seem taller yet). I just ride some gravel forest roads and not difficult trails, some roads do get a bit rough.
All those bikes are a bit tall for me (27 or 28 inch seam).
Had a couple cruisers which really fit me better (seat height), but I find a boring ride now (sort of Been There Done That).
Had a couple Scooters (Burgman 650 and a 400 - still have the 400). They are my favorite rides. I used and use them on gravel roads also.
Just got rid of a NINJA 500 (fun little bike I put 73K miles on) and used it on some gravel also. Not what one would call a comfortable ride (CB500X is a bit bettter). The NINJA was a bit lower and not too leaned over. Pretty upright (I did add 1 inch risers), but it is not great for an old 77YR Old rascal.
NINJA 500 and some other sport like models without the lower bars are not extreme leaned over riding position, but most all those have very little ground clearance for any off pavement. I bottomed the NINJA out a couple times (exhaust cross over goes under the frame -- no serious damage, but bent it).
Anyway, I am trying the CB500X 2014 bought with 15K miles and have 23K on it now. I like the ride, but not the height (if I am happier with lowering it - it will be ideal).
Hope I am not making a mistake using only the 1/1/4 inch kit. I barely flat foot now (ball of feet position solid on ground might be a better description).