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Old 04-07-2014, 07:08 PM   #1
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Cb500x owners.. Tell me about your bike! It's that or versys

I'm really interested in a 500 x or a 08-09 versys. I sat on a 500f model and it fit perfect
Does the 500 have enough power even for a bigger rider n gear?
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:40 PM   #2
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i got to ride a versys over the weekend the only thing i likes more then my X was the extra power. But I have a FZ-1 and I'm going to sell in because I like the X more. if i was only after more power I'd keep the FZ. Go read the CB500X thread. it will answer all your questions.
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:45 AM   #3
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I have an '09 Versys and a '13 CB500X in the current stable. Both are great bikes. The V has more room, is more settled and stable, and has more power everywhere. It also has more vibration, a stiffer shifter, more weight (Particularly up top, as compared to the X), and a looser/cheaper price-point feel. The X is crazy light and nimble, very smooth, gets great gas mileage, and feels like a higher quality piece than the price would suggest. It also has less power everywhere, feels a little "floaty", and is a little cramped if you're over 5'9"-ish (I'd guess. It's a litte tight at 6'1", anyway.). Bottom line: for sport, performance, and/or comfort for a larger rider, I'd go V; for a more refined, economical, slicker package, I'd go X.

That's oversimplified, but pretty fair, I think.

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Old 04-08-2014, 07:03 AM   #4
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Nice reply thank you! That what I wanted to know
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Old 04-08-2014, 07:08 AM   #5
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What's it like not having the neutral indicator?
Why did they do that?? I really like having one
Get used to it pretty quick?
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:41 AM   #6
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What's it like not having the neutral indicator?
Why did they do that?? I really like having one
Get used to it pretty quick?
Real riders don't need no stinking neutral light.

Seriously, I'm pretty sure they both have neutral indicators.
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:35 AM   #7
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The cb500x does not have a gear indicator I wish it did
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:33 AM   #8
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Nice reply thank you! That what I wanted to know
Glad to help...I've ridden a long time and I'm used to no gear indicator, so it's not a problem. Having said that, I do like the addition when/if it's available.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:49 AM   #9
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Glad to help...I've ridden a long time and I'm used to no gear indicator, so it's not a problem. Having said that, I do like the addition when/if it's available.
You can add a gear indicator yourself.
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Old 04-08-2014, 11:56 AM   #10
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The cb500x does not have a gear indicator I wish it did
Ah, ok you meant gear indicator not neutral indicator.
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You can add a gear indicator yourself.
Yes, you can. Not nearly worth it for me. But, if it comes w/the price of the bike, I'm all in. Nice, but not needed. For me.
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Old 04-08-2014, 01:07 PM   #12
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You can add a gear indicator yourself.
My gear indicator: If I try to accelerate and it doesn't.... I downshift
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:11 PM   #13
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After 1500+ miles now, I still find myself searching for 7th gear. I've gotten used to it and just play like it's there and complete the "shift" anyway. Fifth and sixth are so close you don't really notice a change in RPM's, so seventh sounds kinda right.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:07 PM   #14
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My gear indicator: If I try to accelerate and it doesn't.... I downshift

Yes it is an automatic thing to change gears. I've been doing that for many, many years, and I never had to realize the bike was not accelerating to then downshift. That's, uh, a sign you need a gear indicator. No, you need an automatic... :)

But since gear indicators started showing up on bikes, I realize I like to have them. If I ever get a CB500X I will certainly add one.
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Old 04-08-2014, 10:34 PM   #15
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I owned a 09 Versys that I bought new and now have a CB500X. The Honda is the winner for me. Much smoother engine and gearbox with a nice low center of gravity and perfect seat height. I'm 6' 1" and even for me the Versys was tall. The lack of a center stand mounting point isn't fun on the V either. The X feels very much like riding a supermotard. It is light and really fun to throw around.

The acceleration and horsepower of the V is missed, but that's about it. Oh yeah the Versys has an attached gas cap which is way better than the crappy Honda cap that I have to set on top of the pump. Every time I fill up I miss that old Kawi gas cap. Both are great, but I am really enjoying my CB500X. The stock seat on the X is by far the best stock seat on any motorcycle I've owned. The V seat is horrible and really poor for 2 up riding as the pillion sits higher.

On a side note, most people that bought a 2009 model Kawasaki new probably got a pretty good deal. There were a ton out there and it was in the middle of the recession. Keep that in mind if you buy used when negotiating.
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