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Old 01-20-2014, 02:43 AM   #1
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:48 AM   #2
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You're the moto journalist, get one to test, then tell us all about it. Maybe they're a dark horse, or pony, in this case.



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Old 01-20-2014, 02:54 AM   #3
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A very smart looking mid size bike and the 'R' looks lke a Blade so that has to be good .
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:57 AM   #4
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wouldn't mind, but triumph are the only people silly enough to trust me with a bike
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:09 AM   #5
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Three models.
Cb500f, naked/bikini faired version.
Cbr500r, full fairing sports bike lookalike.
Cb500x, cross tourer.

The f and the r are the same bike with different fairings. The x has a longer travel setup. All use the same motor and frame.
Decent little motor that rides quite well. Nothing to set the world alight, but it's LAMS approved and pretty nippy for what it is. The x actually feels pretty good for me. Kind of like a baby weestrom.
All in all a great little range of beginner bikes. We've been selling them pretty solidly for months and not had a single warranty claim on any of them.
You can get them pretty competitively priced and for most people they won't feel like they have to upgrade in 6 months.
The X would be the pick for most of us here and I've set up some quite nice ones for dirt road touring. Throw some decent Tyres on and check your bar position and they do pretty well on the open road. Not a bike for single track or desert work, but not bad at all on dirt/gravel roads and the very occasional good fire trail.

*Yes, I work for a Honda dealer. Yes, I sell and work on them. No, I don't get anything for praising them. I ride a DR for christs sake. They already hate me...
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:37 PM   #6
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My brother in law bought the f version late last year, it's a good thing. He's got ducks disease so it suits him well. Pretty nippy, good brakes. Honda.
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:37 PM   #7
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I bought a new CB500 X about three months ago, they are a brilliant bike, but not an adventure bike.
The biggest problem is the lack of ground clearance ... for anything up to and including a dirt road, it's magic, but with 150mm (6") of clearance unloaded, it soon find its limits in the bush.
other than that, it handles and goes better than my BMW F650 GS, and way mor comfortable as well.

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Old 01-20-2014, 08:02 PM   #8
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:44 PM   #9
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:54 PM   #10
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Tyres for gravel roads

Just bought one before christmas; love it.

What tyres would you recommend for gravel roads, particularly a 17"front?
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:00 PM   #11
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Just bought one before christmas; love it.

What tyres would you recommend for gravel roads, particularly a 17"front?
I have a pirelli MT60R front just let the pressure down and its excellent, rear is a heidinau 150/70
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:57 PM   #12
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Thanks dodgy,

i will look into it.

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Old 01-21-2014, 12:39 AM   #13
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I did a few laps around Newcastle Kart track on a 500X.

Like mentioned above, a smaller v strom is a good description, probably a little more road oriented than a v srtom tho.

Motobikin' dong an in depth test of the soft roader type adv bike's - I'd watch that

This U.S. website did similar to a 700x- http://rideapart.com/2013/02/rideapa...-honda-nc700x/



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I have a pirelli MT60R front just let the pressure down and its excellent, rear is a heidinau 150/70
I run mt60 on the front of my scrambler, and used to stick them on my old Husky Super Moto. In 17 inch you can get the normal (the one I'd recommend) or the corsa. The corsa is essentially a super moto race tyre which will grip better on bitumen but get woeful mileage.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:55 AM   #14
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The tyre shop is saying the Corsa is a two stage rubber compound now with hard in the middle and softer on the sides and lasts a lot longer now. Guy in the USA reckons he just got over 10,000 KLM out of the rear and the front has a bit more left in it.
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:09 AM   #15
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Here is some pics of my old one, '72 model upgraded in my old shed with new suspension, monocoque frame, brakes, 600 cc, cr gearbox etc etc.



'Twas a real adventure building it, but not a dirt/adv bike.
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