Honda CB500X

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by JimmieA, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. byron555

    byron555 Lame Duck Adventurer

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    I totally agree here. With the new 250's the NC700, and now the 500's that are affordable, fuel efficient, fun and practical, Honda is positioning themselves well for the future... The other MFG's better wake up. The days of chunky (often overpriced) V-Twin cruisers ruling the market are numbered.
  2. theloop

    theloop Been here awhile

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    I would hold off calling the new 500's fuel efficient. I read in a review that the rider managed 55 mpg, and I'm thinking that they are talking UK-mpg, which I think that would make it around 48-mpg U.S. not verygood when you take a look at what 650 v-stroms and such are getting.

    http://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocia...y/2013-honda-cbr500r-first-test/#.UTDbhGcgy70
  3. Ham

    Ham Been here awhile

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    You can't in anyway use any review as to what the mpg is going to be. They are there to ring the bike out. The world has changed and the reviewers have not. That is why they fail so bad with the hybrid cars or turbo pickups like my Ford Ecoboost...its a new fun way to drive and the reviewers are dinasaurs.
  4. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    I agree it's better wait and see.. but it would be a major failure by Honda, if the new 500 was not VERY economic. The NC700X is the most fuel-efficient model in the mid-class atm (DL650 newest version gets close, but wont match it).. but those bikes have 150-180cc more displacement, so I think the 500 should better the NC700 by 10-20%.
  5. SnickterP

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    I for one am super excited to see this bike in person. I missed my chance to see it at the NY motorcycle show, but I'm thinking this has just what I need for a good upgrade. I have a KLX250SF now for the last two and a half years, put about 17,000 miles on it as a daily commuter, and am looking for something that can do longer distances and do them more comfortably. I don't need crazy power, and 90% of my riding is on pavement. I thought about the NC700X, but I'm worried it would be too big and heavy, as I really enjoy having a smaller, lighter, nimble bike. This might just be the next bike for me, and for a while.
  6. CJ smith

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    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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    OMG thanks CJ!!! haahahaa. i want it!! except for it sounds like crap... but we can fix that.
  8. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Different pipe is available from the extras list, iirc.
  9. ironmorph

    ironmorph Adventurer

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    Does anyone know if the CB 500 is available for demo rides at daytona this week?
  10. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    Honda is not doing demo rides at Daytona this year as in past years.
  11. ironmorph

    ironmorph Adventurer

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    thanks, I was given bad information then , saved me a trip
  12. ex_MGB

    ex_MGB Been here awhile

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    Earlier in the thread, the question came up as to what is an "adventure" bike. Is an adventure bike the same as a dual sport, if not, how are they different? Of course, the beautiful thing about motorcycles (and here I am reminded of firearms) is they come in all different flavors and for the average person more than one is affordable.

    However, just as you can only shoot one firearm at a time, you can only be riding one bike at a time. For example, you wouldn't take a match .22 skeet shooting.

    To me, an adventure bike is the AR15 of motorcycles. Many firearms expert would choose an AR15 if given the choice of only owning one weapon. So, with your money saved up and unlimited time, what bike are you going to pull out of your driveway on for your endless journey?

    If you are by yourself are you really going to risk serious injury bashing about on goat trails as well as putting tremendous stress on your equipment? I am reminded of when I hiked 600 miles on the AT early one New England winter, there's a huge difference between a weekend hike and a 10 day hike followed after a night in town with another 7 days on the trail. And by the way, its not like you experience much "wildness" as opposed to hardship while watching where you place each foot on an ice and snow covered rock trail, one reason I much enjoy sea kayaking as you are seeing the view constantly.

    Or, are you going to be happy taking routes your average 15mpg SUV can negotiate, that is, the route the locals take?

    What's more fun, in a foreign land, bashing down a goat trail and camping out or busting along a winding paved mountain road on a bike that handles well and staying in cheap but nice digs for the night and grabbing a bite?

    I love my little CBR250R on the back roads. I love getting 75mpg on my day trips and here and there wringing it's neck (not that I'm anywhere near good). So I'm wondering, down in Central/South America, do I want a 250 dual sport, V-Strom or CB500X? Heck, maybe I'll just get rid of my Helix, Miata and CBR and just get a CB500X and fully outfit it.

    My little AR of transportation. Hmmm... maybe the CB500X is simply an update of the machine pictured in the top of the page?
  13. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Last fall I had the pleasure of riding in California and Oregon. Along the way, I bumped into a fellow Brit who was halfway through going RTW on a 250 dual-sport, as he'd been told this was perfect for the trip.

    'I could have done it all on my DL650' he said, 'and at least my arse wouldn't be aching' :D.

    As a commuter/1-up tourer I love the design of the 500X. In the UK I'd take the slightly longer travel due to our badly maintained roads, and then go camping on it at the weekend.
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    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Only if you ask Ray!
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  16. theloop

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    thanks! :thumb
  18. Papa Pete

    Papa Pete RIDES RED

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    I sat on bike at the show and felt this would be a great all around bike. The bike is heavy for its displacement, but not a deal breaker. Just can't believe Honda hasn't set price yet>
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    Pic taken at Daytona speedway by my girlfriend with her smartphone with me standing next to it. (sorry for the poor resolution). We both liked the 500x.

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