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Old 08-22-2013, 09:06 AM   #826
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Anyone ridden this and a Ninja 250 (2008+)? If so, how would you compare the two?

Thinking about this for my next bike.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:10 AM   #827
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Anyone ridden this and a Ninja 250 (2008+)? If so, how would you compare the two?

Thinking about this for my next bike.
There has been a few reviews out there that compare the Ninja 300 and
the CBR500 or F, and Honda usually wins those.

...and the Ninja 300 is miles ahead of the 250 so...
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:56 PM   #828
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i dunno what price the leftover v-strom, but hereabouts, there's 2500 diff between them.
nobody faults the weestrom [i can't bring myself to call it glee....] for doing what its intended to do: its an excellent "bad roads" bike. it has a long track record of low maintenance. I would hope the same for the honda.

the nc700x in the 'pro' reviews [paid?] I've read comes out pretty much on bottom against the perceived competition versys, weestrom, beemer f700gs.
i'm hard pressed to imagine the cb500x doing BETTEr than its sibling but I'm open to persuasion. no dog in the fight and I'm shopping for futures. i want to see the new '14 dl1000 or whatever moniker they decide... and the Tenere is on the list - whole other category

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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 08-22-2013, 05:50 PM   #829
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has me believing at SLOWER speeds the 500X would do just as well. I guess the bike would need to be crawling.

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

The 500 handles remarkably well at slow speeds. It would be easy to handle in an unexpected situation.

I took my SMT down a few (about 25) kms of (dry) quad trails in the mountains. (It was really 12 or 13 kms, but then I realized I was lost, so I turned back.) The 500X would have done it too. Just don't ride it like CR250 through the whoops, be mindful of big rocks and you'll be fine.






Gravel roads would also be an easy task. Just put decent tires on. As with any street bike, mud and deep sand will be your nemesis. And wet grass - should you find yourself in a modified game of polo/motorized golf.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:37 PM   #830
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So, I was out just browsing last Saturday at my local Honda dealer and asked the salesman when would he be getting some CB500XA bikes in. It's the same question I've been asking him for the past few months, every other weekend or so. Always had been the same answer, "We don't really know",... then came "pretty soon, we hope",.. but this time he said, "I can have you one here mid week".

This was in a box this morning;


Now it has a happy home with some four-legged friends;



It has a total of 4 miles now. I need some time off to break it in, wait....I think I might be coming down with something!
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:50 PM   #831
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So, I was out just browsing last Saturday at my local Honda dealer and asked the salesman when would he be getting some CB500XA bikes in. It's the same question I've been asking him for the past few months, every other weekend or so. Always had been the same answer, "We don't really know",... then came "pretty soon, we hope",.. but this time he said, "I can have you one here mid week".



Now it has a happy home with some four-legged friends;


It has a total of 4 miles now. I need some time off to break it in, wait....I think I might be coming down with something!
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:28 AM   #832
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Tank & engine guards installed today.

Hepco & Becker. Very good quality, perfect fit (in my experience that is not always the case with accessories). A bit fiddly, but easy enough to install ... I managed to do it with my fairly meagre mechnical skills and patience. Fiddliness more coz of the bike layout than the bars.

Had made an attempt to buy the Thai bars, but wasn't getting any response from their online shop. So I went for H&B since they're a known brand for me. SW Motech also has a tank guard out, slightly cheaper than the H&B.





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Old 08-24-2013, 12:59 AM   #833
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Can you take some pics of where all those bars mount to on the bike?

Greatly appreciated.

Does anyone know where the speedo drive comes from on the 500's?
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:54 AM   #834
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Can you take some pics of where all those bars mount to on the bike?

Greatly appreciated.

Does anyone know where the speedo drive comes from on the 500's?
if theyy have ABS.. then probably electronic!
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:10 AM   #835
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Just did a mpg check, and it worked out to 71 mpg, and that was with the side cases on, and the tall windshield. No freeway mile, mostly paved roads with 40 to 45 mph speed limits.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:43 PM   #836
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Just did a mpg check, and it worked out to 71 mpg,
UK or US? ...

UK 71 mpg =~ 4.0 L/100k or 25kpl
US 71 mpg =~ 3.3 L/100k or 30kpl
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:47 PM   #837
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Can you take some pics of where all those bars mount to on the bike?
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Old 08-24-2013, 04:36 PM   #838
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uk or us? ...

Uk 71 mpg =~ 4.0 l/100k or 25kpl
us 71 mpg =~ 3.3 l/100k or 30kpl
u.s.
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Old 08-24-2013, 04:42 PM   #839
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UK or US? ...

UK 71 mpg =~ 4.0 L/100k or 25kpl
US 71 mpg =~ 3.3 L/100k or 30kpl
My guess is 3.3/100.
In the limited bit of miles that we've put on the CB5X it has sat around 2.5l/100k. Accelerating had it jump to 4.1l/100k. No luggage, small & conservative rider.

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Old 08-24-2013, 04:47 PM   #840
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If I had any doubts about the off road ability of the X, I don't after today; I did approximately 30 miles of moderate to rough gravel roads on the stock set up, averaged 25-30 mph... The only obvious limitation was the tires; first gear was too short to be of much good, but second was perfect for descending hills using engine braking and steady climbing. The suspension travel was more than adequate for this type of riding; I'm starting to realize the potential for this bike as the perfect all arounder; some Shinko 705 or 244's, some engine protection and away you go.
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