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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by DOUBLE-O G, Sep 13, 2012.
Grainbelt, just for grins, what does an '81 CX-500 weigh? I need more perspective!
interwebs says 487 wet. So if the CBR500 is really 430 wet, the difference with me on it is only 667 vs. 610, roughly ten percent.
I'm sure the CBR will handle much better and have real brakes and whatnot, but I've been spoiled by 90ish hp and 440lbs for too long.
It's not a warmed over cx, the new 500 is going to roll around a lot better than that! They both have around 50 hp, the new 500 has 6 gears vs 5 and 17s vs 18, 19 inch wheels. It'll be relatively slow but fun, with good brakes and spot on fueling.
I daily ride a Ninja 650r - my friends Ninja 500 was still a hoot when I looked after it for a while.
Dude, even the CX is a ton of fun. Blast thru the gears WOT and shift into fifth at 65, feeling like you're going much faster. Sounds fantastic too. Perhaps Honda will give its dealers a decent demo program and I can flog one sometime.
I had the ninja 500 as well, but I agree with grainbelt - sweet bike, until I rode my bandit. After one day of torque I could never go back. The 500 was sold later that week
It is interesting that we each like different characteristics of our bikes. Going upward from an older 500cc, Grainbelt likes the higher HP of the FZ-6, which revs higher and pulls harder. Croc loves the huge increase in torque provided by the Bandit. I like both, but not enough to give up the very nimble feel of a smaller bike, and the ability to ride much higher to its (lower) limits without getting into too much trouble.
This is exactly what I have been looking for. Needed a bike my currently non-riding gf can ride and learn on while at the same time having something I can enjoy. Thank you Honda, thank you very much.
Excellent looking bike, far different from the VFR1200-"inspired" (read: Beaten heavily with two ugly sticks) direction Honda took the CBR250 in. This looks more like the 1000. I'll take a solid paint scheme, please. I wonder if those are removable decals - still not garish nonetheless.
Suggest you get the gf an old beater 250cc to learn on. When she drops it.... we'll you know!
Then, when she has some skills and experience she can decide what she wants to ride.
alright Honda it's time for a true ADV version of this bike
I give it about 30 days til someone with a lot of cash to burn has to be the first one to Dakar one of these.
I didn't expect to like it, but I do.
Cheap to buy, insure, and run. Looks less like a dildo than the 700X, and has a standard fuel-filler placement, so you can easily fit/attach hard luggage and still gas up.
Any power ratings yet other then the "47hp" mentioned before?
Would be nice if the CBR and F would have a couple more.
They're lighter then the 700X/S series so they'll go faster even
with 47hp.. but it sure would be fun if the CBR had at least 55.
Yeah, same here. I like it too. Seems to make a lot of sense as an light adventure bike and commuter. It's a real punch in the nuts for strom, versys, etc. segment.
I think Honda is getting their product dialed in for our market in a big way.
Just noticed the X has a 20-litre tank (4.5 USA gallons, 0.7 reserve). That could produce DL650-like range.
I think the key will be how well the torque is managed, if they get that right it could make a big difference. I owned a 1998 Honda CB500, a perfectly good 500cc streatbike but it was peaky and only had 34ftlb torque. Honda are claiming a 'wide powerband' with same bore and stroke as their 600RR bike.
Also noticed adjustable screen and halogen headlight as standard.
Luggage, centre-stand, touring screen as options.
I would likely enjoy bouncing this off the rev limiter all afternoon.
That CBR500 is pretty sweet looking! I actually like the red one a lot.
$5,999 ain't bad...