Honda CB500X

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

  1. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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  2. RaY YreKa

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    ABS; the USA market won't tolerate it, that's what I read repeatedly. American consumers (perhaps a lot of them cruiser riders) believe they don't need ABS, or they are better than modern ABS.

    Fwiw, that view is at least 5 years out of date for 99% of riders, maybe 10 years.

    But the market is the market; the lack of ABS isn't a manufacturer choice, as such.
  3. fragile_this_side_up

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    Suzuki has ABS standard on a lot of there bikes now..
  4. theloop

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    No pictures yet, The panniers and rack should be here next week, and the bike is going to be here any day now according to the dealer. The panniers come in 30 or 40 liters, I'm getting the 30's like the ones pictured.

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    40 Liter – 15" height x 18.9" width x 11.4" depth
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  6. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    (Crossposting to a NC700X thread too)

    I just had a chance to "feel up" the CB500X and NC700X side by side
    at a dealership.

    I don't own either, my father is/was interested in buying the CB500X,
    and I had 3 rides (maybe 200-250 miles total) on the NC700X, but
    this is a showroom comparo.

    The CB feels considerably cheaper, and while I already felt that NC700X
    was somewhat built to a budget, after seeing, knocking on plastics &
    comparing finishing touches on both, I no longer consider the NC700X
    to be built to a budget, because, sadly, the CB500X feels A LOT worse.

    Moving them around and sitting on them you'd say the 700 was 50+ lbs
    lighter, and it's the other way around. I was already shocked with how light
    the NC feels when I rode it compared to any of my current or previous bikes.

    Being lighter the 500 should be a bit faster but I wouldn't expect miracles.
    The 700 should feel better on the road with it's low center of gravity.

    The point of this write-up and why I'm writing it.. is how bad the 500X
    felt/looked compared to the 700.. :cry I expected no difference to slight
    difference, but it's big and it's very apparent.

    To anyone considering both, get the 700.

    The low limiter is a non-issue after your second ride, and I know some
    people are considering the 500 just because of that. Just don't do it, IMHO.

    I have no doubts the 500 is a great bike too, but the 700.. is IMHO better.

    And if anyone is wondering, the 500X with ABS costs the same as 700X
    without ABS here in Croatia.
  7. TheJRM

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    Watchu talkin' bout Willis?!?! :eek1

    (Reference for all of you non-Americans:) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw9oX-kZ_9k

    Although the "X" isn't available here in New England quite yet, I spent time on one of the F models. The bike was MUCH more compact and nimble than the 700x. The X is a tad bit taller, but outside of that fact and a few cosmetic differences, it's the same bike.

    As for build quality: I have 100% faith that all of the important parts of this bike will be bullet proof; it's a Honda after all.
  8. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    You should compare it to the 700S.

    I also have no doubts that the 500 will work forever, but after seeing them side by side, there is NO way I'd get it over the 700.

    Not to mention I love torque.
  9. TheJRM

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    I felt that the 700 was just too big for what I'm looking for. I agree with you that the fit and finish is most certainly nicer/higher quality on the 700 though. It's just more bike than I want; do keep in mind that I'm stepping up from dual sports though; my current bike being a TW200! :D
  10. Cruz

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    We don't get the 700X here but get the scooter and naked version and all three versions of the CB500 range. The 700 felt and is a lot heavier moving it around by hand and on the road, while the 500 felt like a little 250.

    The 500 lacks the torque of the 700 but spins out smoothly all the way to the redline, it is a lot smoother motor than the 700. Both are very economical bikes.

    Side by side I couldn't tell any real difference in quality between the two bikes, they are both of good quality but lower spec than more expensive bikes.
  11. 71CB100

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    I just upgraded to the CB500X today. I took my CBR250R to the dealership for some maintenance and when I saw the X there I was floored. I was not expecting it in this dealership until October from previous conversations with folks there. I traded on the spot after a quick test set on it. It had been on the showroom floor less than a day.

    I can only say that this bike is everything I was hoping it would be for me. Comparing it to my CBR250R the CB500X is better in every way. It is more comfortable, more powerful, smoother, and yes the bike even feels more nimble at all speeds. I am a happy camper.

    :clap :freaky :D
  12. JackJack

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    Congrats! Now show us some pics of your new sweetheart on some back roads in AR. :wink:
  13. Rob Dirt

    Rob Dirt More or less in line

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    Yea! This thread needs pics
  14. 71CB100

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    Here you go... :wink:


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  15. Rob Dirt

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    Thanks! :freaky
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    Now we're talking! Great job! So how was it in the gravel?
  17. 71CB100

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    No issues here I thought it did outstanding. I find the bike really easy to stand up and ride on too. I don't think you would want to do anything to rough on it but gravel roads and mild stuff are no problem. You can tell its a street bike off road.
  18. Juanjo-X

    Juanjo-X X Adventurer

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    Thanks for the pics! Your new ride looks superb! :clap Cant wait to ride mine (in red :evil)... :tb
  19. TheJRM

    TheJRM Been here awhile

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    Well, at least it's been raining on-and-off for the past 5 or 6 days, because the wait is killing me!

    Still waiting for my ABS equipped X to show. Seems like they're showing up out in CA, the Pacific North West, the Mid West, down South, and as close as PA, but nothing yet up here in New England. :cry

    Come on Honda! Make it happen! Summers don't last too long up here!
  20. whipit1k

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    I could give a rats ass about abs, traction control, or any other type of electronic BS. I have been the one riding and controling the bike since the beginning, and that is how it is going to stay. I dislike the ugly, bulky clutter thet these systems require, too. whiz on it...If I am ever so old and decrepit that I am no longer able to control the bike myself, I guess I will consider some electronic BS to do the job for me. Of course I will also need one of those three wheeled electric scooters to get to the garage to mount my bike by then too.I hope it is a long time before that happens.