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Old 11-01-2012, 07:31 AM   #61
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I think the sweet spot is somewhere between the GS500 and the 650, but I'm not sure. This CB500, geared lower, with a bit more juice, could be pretty sweet!
Changed my mind. Can't do it. Rode the GF's '81 CX500 last night to blow the carbon out before winter, and 50hp just won't cut it. I hopped on my FZ6 afterward and about put it in a hedge. Then romped home on the freeway at an effortless 80mph.

Perspective, I haz it.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:07 PM   #62
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Grainbelt, just for grins, what does an '81 CX-500 weigh? I need more perspective!
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:49 PM   #63
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Grainbelt, just for grins, what does an '81 CX-500 weigh? I need more perspective!
interwebs says 487 wet. So if the CBR500 is really 430 wet, the difference with me on it is only 667 vs. 610, roughly ten percent.

I'm sure the CBR will handle much better and have real brakes and whatnot, but I've been spoiled by 90ish hp and 440lbs for too long.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:40 PM   #64
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It's not a warmed over cx, the new 500 is going to roll around a lot better than that! They both have around 50 hp, the new 500 has 6 gears vs 5 and 17s vs 18, 19 inch wheels. It'll be relatively slow but fun, with good brakes and spot on fueling.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:36 PM   #65
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I daily ride a Ninja 650r - my friends Ninja 500 was still a hoot when I looked after it for a while.
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:53 AM   #66
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It'll be relatively slow but fun, with good brakes and spot on fueling.
Dude, even the CX is a ton of fun. Blast thru the gears WOT and shift into fifth at 65, feeling like you're going much faster. Sounds fantastic too. Perhaps Honda will give its dealers a decent demo program and I can flog one sometime.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:14 PM   #67
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I daily ride a Ninja 650r - my friends Ninja 500 was still a hoot when I looked after it for a while.
I had the ninja 500 as well, but I agree with grainbelt - sweet bike, until I rode my bandit. After one day of torque I could never go back. The 500 was sold later that week
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:25 PM   #68
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It is interesting that we each like different characteristics of our bikes. Going upward from an older 500cc, Grainbelt likes the higher HP of the FZ-6, which revs higher and pulls harder. Croc loves the huge increase in torque provided by the Bandit. I like both, but not enough to give up the very nimble feel of a smaller bike, and the ability to ride much higher to its (lower) limits without getting into too much trouble.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:12 AM   #69
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This is exactly what I have been looking for. Needed a bike my currently non-riding gf can ride and learn on while at the same time having something I can enjoy. Thank you Honda, thank you very much.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:45 AM   #70
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Excellent looking bike, far different from the VFR1200-"inspired" (read: Beaten heavily with two ugly sticks) direction Honda took the CBR250 in. This looks more like the 1000. I'll take a solid paint scheme, please. I wonder if those are removable decals - still not garish nonetheless.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:46 AM   #71
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This is exactly what I have been looking for. Needed a bike my currently non-riding gf can ride and learn on while at the same time having something I can enjoy. Thank you Honda, thank you very much.
Suggest you get the gf an old beater 250cc to learn on. When she drops it.... we'll you know!

Then, when she has some skills and experience she can decide what she wants to ride.

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Old 11-10-2012, 09:24 PM   #72
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:40 AM   #73
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it's official
http://powersports.honda.com/nextgen.aspx
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:50 AM   #74
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http://powersports.honda.com/2013/cb500x.aspx

alright Honda it's time for a true ADV version of this bike
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:47 AM   #75
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http://powersports.honda.com/2013/cb500x.aspx

alright Honda it's time for a true ADV version of this bike
I give it about 30 days til someone with a lot of cash to burn has to be the first one to Dakar one of these.
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