Finally Off Road with the Honda CB500X

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Be Gone For Good, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. Be Gone For Good

    Be Gone For Good Adventurer

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    It has been just a little over a month since I first got the bike with the notion of being an adventure rider but today I finally got to ride on something other than asphalt. It was hard packed gravel and just as well manicured as any reasonable road. It did feel really good though to be expanding just a little bit.

    As you can see in the video the environment was just gorgeous too which gave me a taste of what a real off road journey could feel like when the time comes. I cannot wait to start taking some longer trips into more landscapes like this.

    Please let me know if you see anything I could improve with my riding or camera work as I would like to continue doing vids like this to document all of my rides.
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  2. MBlue

    MBlue Been here awhile

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    The video looks OK. What kind of tires do you have on it (the tread)?
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  3. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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  4. Burning_Dino_Juice

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    Hola! Fellow CB500X owner here!

    I liked your video, and kudos to you for getting out and exploring new terrain! One of the things I love about the CB500X is that the bike will go wherever you want to go. The only limit is your desire and willingness.

    Did you make any changes or add any gear that you found particularly useful?

    Re. Video: A good video will tell a story. Consider the angle and length of your shots and how it contributes to telling your story. Keep it up! Practice makes perfect! :)
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  5. Be Gone For Good

    Be Gone For Good Adventurer

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    For right now I am still on the stock tires which I believe are Pirelli "dual" tires. I was looking at some others for when I get more ambitious with off road riding. Any suggestions?
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  6. Be Gone For Good

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    That is hilarious. I never even really thought of how ridiculous that would sound "off roading" with a Bug. Maybe she had the Jeep Conversion Package on it? :-)

    I was really excited to see how much more fun it was to feel like I was seeing all new terrain. I know it sounds ridiculous but I felt like an explorer of sorts. I was here to see unique and amazing things! Honestly at the pace I was riding I wouldn't have been surprised if some of the walkers wanted to overtake me along the path. I haven't had my first fall yet and I am pretty nervous about it.
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  7. Be Gone For Good

    Be Gone For Good Adventurer

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    Thank you very much for the advice. Maybe the problem I am having with my videos is I don't really feel like I have a story to tell. I will get there as I work towards trips but honestly, this ride was really just about seeing something new in the forest. Now that I say it, that does sound like a dull video... :-)

    I heard about the CB500X being a really great all-rounder and I am looking forward to getting more comfortable taking the road less travelled when I can. It is so awesome to see others trips and the potential this bike offers me. You must get tons of really great riding in Montreal. I wish I had a bike when I visited there in 2011.

    I made a few additions to the bike with hand guards, skid plate and crash bars but I obviously haven't been riding anywhere yet to test any of that high speed gear gear. I bought cases on these forums as I use the bike for a lot of commuting and they have been awesome. I also have a tank bag which I am just really trying out along with a iPhone holder. They are incredible for quick storage while I am heading out for a easy ride. I love them.
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  8. cide1

    cide1 Been here awhile

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    So I own a CB500X and a '66 Beetle...so getting a kick out of this video. Bugs can be made to be pretty good offroad...but thats not what we all came here to discuss. Right after I bought my cb500x, I did a group "adventure" ride of about 150 miles with stock tires on mine and did OK, but between skill and tires, I was in the back of the pack. I then replaced them with Shinko 705s, which are a great compromise for the amount of off-road riding I do, while still being well behaved on the street. I can now run with the guys in the middle of the rides if I'm working at it. The Shinko's are also pretty easy on the wallet. The other thing I did on mine was replace the rear shock with one from a GSXR 750...which gave a bit more travel, a bit cushier ride, and the ability to really tweak the suspension. I think it was like $30 on eBay.
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    Be Gone For Good Adventurer

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    I was looking at the Shinko 705s and 805s to determine if one of them would work for the type of riding I am looking at. I have heard really good things about the Shinkos especially the value for the price. I was going to get a new pair of tires after a couple of thousand miles and before our first real trip in June. The Shinkos are probably going to be my first pair just so I can try a more aggressive off road tire than my stock tires. I will let you know how everything goes and if my experience is any different from yours.

    I was considering going for the Rally Raid kit eventually but it seems like the GSXR would be a nice add on until that time. Thank you very much for the heads up on that because I hadn't heard of it before.
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  10. 0p2_ADV

    0p2_ADV Mother Earth is a source of life, not a resource

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    HelL yeAh ! get some! Glad your enjoying th CB, I look forward to seeing more adventures w/ the tires from you, don't forget to air down time to time. :clap
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  11. Be Gone For Good

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    Thanks for the encouragement. I just finally buckled and ordered my Rally Raid kit. Now I have no excuse to avoid the backcountry anymore. It is going to be a few months before everything arrives so I need to get my skills in order. Very shortly here I will have a bike that supersedes my capabilities in a pretty dramatic fashion. I will keep you all updated as I fit some new tires as well.
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  12. ActionHeroJes

    ActionHeroJes "I do all my own stunts"

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    Enjoy, I have the tkc-80's on my stock 500x and I've take it up (and down) some trails that I could barley walk. I too am saving up to get the RR kit.

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  13. Be Gone For Good

    Be Gone For Good Adventurer

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    That is an awesome picture. I can't wait to get out to some really nice open areas. Right now I've been all city roads really, except the one state park where I rode "off-road". Those tires are one of the ones I'm considering but I'm not sure how aggressive I should go. I want to believe I am going to become a dirt demon but truth is I'll primarily be riding on the road 90/10 at best. Do think the tkc-80s would be too aggressive? I was going to go with the Shinko 705s or 805s just to see if I use an off-road tire at all.

    Seems a shame to have this beautiful adventure bike and never test it in the weeds.

    I finally put down my deposit on the next level three kits. I am so excited to make that changeover. I'll post some pics so you can see the work ahead of you.
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  14. PNW Buttercup

    PNW Buttercup Dancing with dirt roads.. prowling on pavement...

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    Definitely needs suspension upgrade! I ride the Conti Attaks all summer. Mud (bad news), gravel (doable), hard packed dirt ( pretty good, unless it's a deep rut). Moving into more dirt worthy tires this year... Some of my favorites...
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    PNW Buttercup Dancing with dirt roads.. prowling on pavement...

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    I took this motorcycle places sane people wouldn't....
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  16. Be Gone For Good

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    Those are some spectacular pics. I am definitely going to grab some more off road tires but it is going to be interesting to test a few different kinds. I have to practice my tire changes anyway, right?

    Thanks for the ideas.
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    The key to "falls" is don't. That may sound stupid, but with a bike that is more than double your body weight, when you screw up off road and the bike wants to go down, don't try to save the bike. Instead try to save your body. If you've got decent riding gear, and aren't going to fast, and don't slide into large or sharp immovable objects, you'll be able to fix your bike later. Some dirt riding on a smaller bike (250 or under) is a great way to learn how to crash. In the dirt, if you ain't crashing you ain't riding. With "adventure" riding crashing usually breaks stuff, and sometimes breaks you.
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  18. Be Gone For Good

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    This is a really great point and one I've been wondering about for awhile now. When going down do you stay with the bike and basically just hold on or do you ditch and try to separate yourself as much as possible? I'm sure there are different schools of thought but I'd be curious if anyone has any ideas about the best way to go down.
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    don't stock vw beetles run (can't really say 'race') the baja 1000, class 11 I believe.
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  20. Kd70qc

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    Sorry for the delay in responding. There a lot of very experienced riders on this forum, so I would love to hear their response to your question. On the road, I've never put one down (I only have 18,000 miles of road experience.) in the dirt, which has been at relatively low speed, I've crashed a lot, and been hurt a little. I was taught to get off as soon as things start going south. I've been hurt least, and personally seen fewer injuries with my buddies using that approach. The most severe injuries I've seen (<35 mph in the dirt) have involved rider and bike getting tangled up together. As I said, I'm sure more experienced riders could tell many stories.

    I'm excited for you! Riding is a blast, and you have a great bike. I'll look forward to hearing about your next adventure. :D
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