2013 Honda CBR500R and CB500F

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by cabanza, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Unless you want a dualsport bike,than the KLR is the best bargain !!.


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  2. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    As long as the Terra doesn't go away I'd be looking to it for the best bargain. Never going to get that performance out of a KLR, especially not for the meager price difference.
  3. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Then. They are both great bargains within their obviously different classes, but I believe the X represents perhaps the best bargain in all of motorcycling.
  4. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Like my father always said
    " A bargain is getting what you want for the price you wanted to pay " !!!.


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  5. dduelin

    dduelin Prone To Wander, Lord, I Feel It

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    According to the new owner of Huskie the Terra is going away. They will return to their roots and focus on off road motorcycles and drop the street bikes. This was quoted in an interview with the owner that I read last month.
  6. markjenn

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    Well, I guess if you want as 260+ mph supercar, then a $2M Veyron is a bargain too.

    My point is that up until the CB500, the $6500 price point in a Japanese bike generally bought a very basic/simple ancient-design motorcycle - generally carb'ed singles with tubed tires, crap non-ABS brakes, rudimentary instrumentation, five-speed transmissions, little or no weather protection, etc. Cue the KLR. Suddenly this price point has a modern design, twin-cyl, fuel-injected, ABS, tubeless, six-speed bike with lots of nice features.

    It is a tremendous lot of bike for the money and to my mind, that defines what a bargain is.

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  7. strongbad

    strongbad Been here awhile

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    For what I want to do, the Husky TR650 Strada and CBR500X are my two top picks. The Husky is slightly lighter, but I'm leaning toward the Honda for reliability and economy. I'd probably have to ride each to see which one fits me better.
  8. JerryH

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    If you plan on riding off road/dirt roads, it seems the Suzuki DR650 is the best deal. Yes it has tube type tires, but you can get a factory made accessory centerstand for it that makes it possible to fix those tube type tires. Plus it has the simplicity of a single cylinder, carb, and air cooling. It will handle freeway speeds, and you can get aftermarket panniers for it that are cheaper and bigger than what Honda offers.
  9. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    Also only 5 speeds, and almost twenty year old tech. I was hoping the Terra would stick around a little longer and force the big 4 (or 3 in this case) to update their 650s to something this millennium. I'd love a CRF250L with a bigger engine.
  10. FlySniper

    FlySniper Bleh...

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    WTF? You don't need a centerstand just because you have tube type tires. I have ridden a DR650 for years, no centerstand, and have NEVER had an issue replacing/repairing tires or tubes! That's just a weird idea on your part.

    And comparing the DR to the CB? I don't see that either as they are totally different in focus. The DR will handle the freeway, but I have left mine parked in favor of my Ninja 500 when long stretches and higher speeds are involved. The DR will make you tired in a couple hundred miles while the Ninja will allow you do ride twice as long with less fatigue. I suspect the Honda will be similar/better than the Ninja in this respect.
  11. YJake

    YJake Wrenchin'

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    Has anybody here bought one of these yet and played with it? :ear

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  12. Gryphon12

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    By all means, buy the bike that fits you better.

    But, the Terra/Strada are dual sports with dual sport suspensions and ground clearance. The Honda 500's (all three of them) are street bikes, with street bike suspensions and ground clearance. Just make sure that the Honda will do what you want it to do. Honda never claimed that the CB500X was an Adventure bike or a dual sport. They claim that it is a street bike with "Adventure Look".
  13. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Saw and sat on the CBR500 for the first time today. Very slick looking little sporty standard bike and it fits me a LOT better than the Ninja 300. I like it a lot at first glance, but I'd have to try riding it first.
  14. mojave

    mojave Been here awhile

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    :clapI saw a red one today at Desert Motorsports in Ridgecrest CA - arrived yesterday. The dealer wants $7K OTD.

    I sat on it, liked it. Looks pretty well put together with a few pretty cheap looking parts in the undersides. I think Honda has a winner with this one. I think one of these will be my wifes next bike.
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    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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    Thank you for this. I had been trying to decide between the CBR500R/CB500F of the SL650A and the simple reason that these are pretty much the only (somewhat) beginner level bikes I can find in the US which have ABS. Wasn't sure of the Strom because of it's sheer size. Your review and comparison sealed the deal in favor Honda for me. Now if the dealers would only get the damn bikes....
  17. yooperbikemike

    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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    Has anybody heard when the X will available in the US?
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    I rode a CBR500R today but forgot my riding gear so I had to use a Demo helmet. I got way too much breeze from the bike, but liked the performance of the engine except at very low speed.
    Trying to ride in 1st gear at a minimum rolling speed, I found the throttle to act on/off as I applied at reduced throttle.
    I presume that to be a injection problem. But then the bike had 5 miles on the speedometer.

    But the ride left me wondering if I would be happier with a 500F and an aftermarket windshield like the MRA shields from http://www.twistedthrottle.com/shop...dir=desc&limit=96&order=price&product_fit=596

    where I would have more choices in windshields.