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Old 08-20-2013, 04:53 AM   #811
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My specs said the front has 125mm/4.9" of travel; so that's what I left between the seal and the lower triple.

I thought it handles a bit slower at low speeds. I never did get it out on highway to test it out. I imagine its a bit more stable.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:02 AM   #812
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@eakins: did not mean to imply the stock bike isn't up for an adventure...I just have enough inseam to give it more travel and would like enjoy the challenge of the project.

@cdc28p: dirtydeeds' bike *should* handle differently since the rear was lowered more than the front, increasing rake and slowing turn-in
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:34 AM   #813
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Anyone know the increments on the rear adjustment? If I were to lower it "I click" down in the rear does anyone know if that'd be a half inch, more, less etc?

I'll likely be just fine at stock seat height but am curious what my options are. I wouldn't bring it down more than one notch on the preload adjuster.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:41 PM   #814
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After putting some more miles on my bike, I'm thinking the CB500x could be moved over to the road warrior section, sure it would handle dirt roads and some mild fire trail and two tracks a lot better than my 2003 shadow ace, but it would also blow it away on the twisties. The more I ride this bike, the better it gets. It's going to make a great back road tourer.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:38 AM   #815
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Greetings.

Still like the potintial of this bike as a light sport touring vehicle.

I took a fairly conservative approach to the bike.
I'll be donig a good amount of winter riding.
http://powersports.honda.com/2013/cb500x/build.aspx

Heat grips kit: $60
Heat Grips: $230
Hand Guards: $120
Rear Tire hugger: $120
Tall Window Screen: $200.

Possible additions:

I thought the Air deflector would hurt fuel economy during the summer months of riding. It's $130.

Under Cowl: $55. Most likely has zero protection from objects below. The description says nothing of protection.

Rear Carrier: $200. This looks like it does not need a kit to go with it. Would be good for extra length and options to tie stuff down.

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Cargo: I'm not going down that route. Very expensive. I'll just strap bags and stuff I already have.

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Questions:

1. Like with a car, all those accessories that are put on in the garage add labor costs to the OTD price, correct?
I'd be paying with cash, so I can hopefully get some of these extra charges down.

2. Do you'all know of any better options to go with from what I listed?

3. Having these accessories put on at the garage will allow them to be covered in the 12 month warrenty, correct?

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Old 08-21-2013, 11:05 AM   #816
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No thrills off-road touring bike

Greetings once again.

5'-8" 162lbs. When I set on the 500X I'm completed flat footed, and have a good amount of bend in the leg.

When I seat on the dl650, I can almost touch the back of my heel flat.

I keep going back and forth on the 2012 V-Strom (base) and the 500X.

I'd need a touring vehicle that can do thousands of miles on the tarmac. Particularlly at less than 60mph, and avoiding the Interstate (65-80mph)

The off-road excursions would be just for finding a place to camp for the night. However, in Alaska/Canada and in parts of WY dirt like roads are frequent.

After puting a after market skid plate on the V-strom, I'd feel good about her 19" tire (stock tires) and 6.9" ground clearance. Plus, the 43mm front fork and better suspension are nice.

However,
the lower center of gravity (bike felt really light with no fuel in her),
lighter weight ( about 35lbs when adjusted for fuel vs the 5.3 gallons in the Suzuki)
and the 55" wheel base,

has me believing at SLOWER speeds the 500X would do just as well. I guess the bike would need to be crawling.

Knobby tires would be put on at Fairbanks to ride north. But, other than that, I'd like to go stock or 85% street tire.

Anyone with solid insight on riding off -road, if it is not too much trouble, could provide any quick thoughts? Thank you.

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I'm thinking it is about a wash. But, I'd have to error on the side of going with a tire that is closes to 21", and the more suspension the better.
So as a noob/poser potintial buyer, I'd say V-Strom.

Thanks again for reading.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:23 AM   #817
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This is the only real footage of the bike I have found on a trail, posted by a older gentlemen on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9wuXJFFmi4
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:45 AM   #818
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I'm thinking it is about a wash. But, I'd have to error on the side of going with a tire that is closes to 21", and the more suspension the better.
So as a noob/poser potintial buyer, I'd say V-Strom.
It sounds like you're thought this through pretty well. My take is that you'd be happier with the 500X because with your stature, you'd find it to be a lot more manageable. That's not to say you couldn't manage the Wee, but it has always been a relatively large/rangy bike, most suitable for bigger riders. And I don't see you have any overriding need for the Wee's slightly better off-road capability, nor have any desire for higher power. (Whether the Wee is actually a lot better off tarmac is somewhat debatable anyway - it has the 19" front end and perhaps a little more ground clearance.... OTOH, it is heavier and most casual dirt riders prefer a lower seat height so they can dog-paddle through rough sections. The big drawback on the X right now would seem to be whether you could get any kind of reasonable sump protection, but again, for casual off-tarmac, you could get by with nothing. The skid plates on the Wee aren't that great either.)

And $2K savings is nothing to sneeze at.

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Old 08-21-2013, 01:18 PM   #819
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I was going to buy a 500x originally, but couldn't wait any longer and picked up a used 2012 Wee at a steal of a price. the weight of the bike seems to go away once moving over 2 mph. i'm only 165lbs, 5-10 on a good day. i haven't had any trouble in 7200 miles. gravel, dirt, or slab. i haven't done anything serious but i have gone blasting down gravel at about 40-45mph and it is extremely comfortable. Wee's sell good for good reason.

that being said, i still have buyers remorse for not getting the 500x. i don't think i'd be as happy with the CB vs my Wee, but if i never would have ridden the Wee i wouldn't know what i'd be missing. (if anything at all).

good luck to you in your quest. One bike doesn't work for all, that's for sure, and everyone has opinions.
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:59 PM   #820
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Back from my little Indy trip, and kind of feel like I am at the wrong place here on "Beasts", but do have some input that may fit both the Dirt and Street crowds. The adj. windshield up high is for taller folks (Duh). The dash is always visible with the changes in lighting. The fuel cap not being hinged is kind of a drag at concrete islands with tall, modern pumps. Seat take off is easy, but re install requires fitting, easy to not get right. Enclosed rear under tail keeps things tidy out back. The Matte finish does not show dust, or dirt easily. Excellent fuel mileage @75+, and comfy,too. Longer travel at both ends makes crappy roads/streets easy to tolerate (my sport bikes beat me up). Inner city riding is a gas! Up high, narrow, 'tard like in neighborhoods. Not a do all or end all bike, but know your need vs. want and it pays back in spades. With minimal trails here, and rough roads, I am having a blast with this purchase. Agree with LOOP, we need space on "Road Warriors" to let the Dirt guys post more.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:53 PM   #821
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Greetings.

Still like the potintial of this bike as a light sport touring vehicle.

I took a fairly conservative approach to the bike.
I'll be donig a good amount of winter riding.
http://powersports.honda.com/2013/cb500x/build.aspx

Heat grips kit: $60
Heat Grips: $230
Hand Guards: $120
Rear Tire hugger: $120
Tall Window Screen: $200.

Possible additions:

I thought the Air deflector would hurt fuel economy during the summer months of riding. It's $130.

Under Cowl: $55. Most likely has zero protection from objects below. The description says nothing of protection.

Rear Carrier: $200. This looks like it does not need a kit to go with it. Would be good for extra length and options to tie stuff down.

_
Cargo: I'm not going down that route. Very expensive. I'll just strap bags and stuff I already have.

__

Questions:

1. Like with a car, all those accessories that are put on in the garage add labor costs to the OTD price, correct?
I'd be paying with cash, so I can hopefully get some of these extra charges down.

2. Do you'all know of any better options to go with from what I listed?

3. Having these accessories put on at the garage will allow them to be covered in the 12 month warrenty, correct?

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Thanks for reading.
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Most of that stuff you should put on yourself. Very little of it requires much skill. You'll save a lot of cash that way. And its fun. 3 beer limit while installing. Otherwise you might under/over tighten stuff.

Amazon can supply most of that stuff. At 1/2 the price Honda charges. Wait a few months for anything that you can't get a good deal on. If you're willing to pay Honda price, I would look at SWMototech for accessories.

I don't know about the warranty question. You'd have to ask the dealer.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:20 PM   #822
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Bought mine in Colorado, rode it fully loaded with camping gear home to Arkansas, across two lane twisties, extended interstate, dirt roads, avg 71 MPG, really learned to like the characteristics of the bike, but it wasn't until I got her home and unloaded that I could really appreciate how awesome this bike really is. I'm 5'6", and this bike feels as easy to flip around as a WR250X I used to ride, but much smoother. I have always compared every other bike to my 919 as a compact, do it all motorcycle, but I think the X is my new standard.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:43 PM   #823
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...avg 71 MPG, really learned to like the characteristics of the bike, but it wasn't until I got her home and unloaded that I could really appreciate how awesome this bike really is. I'm 5'6", and this bike feels as easy to flip around as a WR250X...
Wow, more 70 + miliage. That's the 300 mile range mark. Great touring potintial.

You know, when Cagger on Two Wheels gave a review of the bike on YT, he mintioned it feeling like a 250cc. I thought he was kindy of exagerating.
Your opinion matches his. Good to hear more riders saying the same thing.

Like I typed before, the bike felt really light on the show room floor.

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Great lesson in engineering. 430lbs can feel lighter.
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This is a lot like Subaru's Outback vs Forester...

The Outback is the 700X. Longer wheel base, more power, more cargo room, more cost.

Like the Forester, the 500X has better off-road abilities. Just looking at at spec sheet of course. Never riden.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:36 PM   #824
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Wow, more 70 + miliage. That's the 300 mile range mark. Great touring potintial.

You know, when Cagger on Two Wheels gave a review of the bike on YT, he mintioned it feeling like a 250cc. I thought he was kindy of exagerating.
Your opinion matches his. Good to hear more riders saying the same thing.

Like I typed before, the bike felt really light on the show room floor.

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Great lesson in engineering. 430lbs can feel lighter.
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This is a lot like Subaru's Outback vs Forester...

The Outback is the 700X. Longer wheel base, more power, more cargo room, more cost.

Like the Forester, the 500X has better off-road abilities. Just looking at at spec sheet of course. Never riden.
I've had both and kept the Forester.

I'll also be getting a 500X

Off road I have my 1993 toyota Pickup and 2006 XT225.
On road and light trail duty is the Forester and soon to be X :) set for life pretty much ha
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:08 PM   #825
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I had 250+ with a bar showing on the gauge; not sure how much she had left, but i didn't want to find out between Raton and Amarillo...
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