Honda CB500X

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

  1. Bugz

    Bugz Been here awhile

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    In Europe KTM sells a 690 enduro next to the duke 690. CB500's are a completly different bike, and why would you want to compare it with the CBR600F oO?
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  2. Pecha72

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    If talking about new parts, probably cost you a few thousand dollars altogether.

    And do you mean, that by doing only this, the bike would convert itself into an off-road machine? No it wouldn´t.

    Plus it ain´t so simple, that you just go out to buy some forks and wheels different to original, fit them, and achieve the desired result. While it may be technically possible to do such modifications, you really need to know, what you´re doing, when messing around with things like wheel sizes. For example, changing 17 inch -> 19 inch will alter the bike´s steering geometry.
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  3. bluesman

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    Gryphon12,
    In Europe by far most popular 690 is 690 Supermoto/SMC/SMC-R.
    Duke 690 - seen few in Germany and Italy, not sure about other countries but not so much as 690 supermotards...
    We have (mostly) different type of roads and conditions. Twisties, narrow, densely built towns etc. dictates.
    In my honest personal opinion over here suspension and brakes matter more than motor sheer power. Tractability, flexibility of engine is important - but not just size and bhp.On latest trip we made with many friends in 1 group we had lot of bikes of totally different types. From top of my had it was...Caponord, SMT990, Futura, BMW R100R, Tuareg 600, my Tiger 800, FJR1300, VFR800, Bandit 600, Tenere 660 (new), R1200GS - all were separated "automatically" into subgroups only by riders ability or desire to ride fast, very fast, regularly, slow, very slow and bikes had no place in this division and we always met alltogether few times a day and arrived to accomodations in the evening at approximately same time. Because it was all twisties and narow roads.
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  4. Gryphon12

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    Bluesman - thanks. It really is about finding a bike that you love, and then just riding it.

    Bugz - Some discussion from Australia suggested that the Duke 690 made a reasonable, relatively fast & light, short-to-middle distance day-touring bike. Not a supersport, not a beginner bike, not a sport-tourer, but occupying a section of the middle ground. In Europe, the SM690 would probably be a better choice. Neither bike is available currently in the US - we get the 690 Enduro, and we hear alot about the problems of the 690 series. On the other hand, the internet always discusses the troubles more than the successes.

    I like to understand the spectrum of bikes offered, especially those with a higher quality components, so that I understand the compromises I'm making. Unlike many riders in the US who have been riding 40+ years, I've owned very few bikes - I keep them a long time, so I try to research thoroughly. Bottom line - I'm trying to learn from those who actually ride a wide variety of bikes.
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  5. Bugz

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    Ah, I see.

    I never rode with the KTM 690ies. Though when I'm thinking about a bike which would fit your specifications the duke 690 wouln't be close to it. Obv you can make it work, but there are a lot bikes more practical, economical and more relieable. I think these new 500's would fit your bill really well.

    The KTM 690 is a relative hardcore streetbike (not as hardcore as true supermoto's) but really it's meant for spirited backroad riding. KTM released the Duke 690 to offer a bike a 'littke ' less hardcore compared to the SMC's. Duke 690 would be best for the street and city riding. Doesn't mean there arn't better alternatives IMO.

    Another bike which I think you would really like is the tiger 800 or a street triple? A lot more expensive compared to these new 500's but more high-end. Could upgrade suspension as well for it.

    Just my .02 GL with the search!
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  6. amk

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    I have checked global web sites for all 4 jap manufacturers, the conclusion is the european "true adventure" bike market is not much different from amerika. Currently, only Yamaha has there something unavailable in amerika: TDM and Tenere 660. All other "what we all like to have" are available only as used, no matter what condition they are. And there is no a slightest hint this would change in near future. Seems like marketing totally inappropriate for off pavement riding nc700 and cb500 as "adventure" becomes a tendency. And adventure riding transforms into in town hooliganism of teen school students. Choices still exist, but not from japan.
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  7. Kennon

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    its all aimed at new riders and the european market the CBR500R will be more powerful in non-european countries as they won't have the same restictive license rules which i've managed to by-pass by doing my license last june thank goodness for that. so i believe the CB500X and CB500F will probably be more powerful aswell i'm guessing just ECU management to make the differences for different markets.

    Kennon
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  8. Pecha72

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    Africa Twin was discontinued almost 10 years ago, can't remember about KLE500, but I think it's history, too. I've owned 5 AT's in the past, great bikes in their own time, and in a way they still are, but these days they're old, most are quite high mileage, and IMO overpriced.
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  9. TeepS

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    I saw this bike the other day, in the lobby, at Honda Headquarters in Torrance.
    (static display, sitting on the bike was forbidden)

    First glance; IMO, this bike is about as much adventure, as a Honda CRv.

    I'm guessing after a couple grand of suspension, and wheel upgrades, it might be as capable as my Ulysses. Which is still not much.
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  10. Gryphon12

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    This discussion has wandered a bit off of the original topic - sorry. Thanks for the background on the KTM's. It's always good to know how the home market is using them. And I love the Triumph triples - both are on my list.
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  11. RaY YreKa

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    Yamaha recently showed their 750cc-900cc triple engine, which will power a range of bikes. They'll target the Tiger 800s, I'm sure.
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    For older bikers on a tight budget (me), I do hope the 500X can get the 54bhp USA version. MCN are estimating £5000 or thereabouts, which is £2000 less than a decently equipped DL650 or Versys.

    Tempting, for many, on price alone; especially when Honda are claiming 76mpg, 260-miles to reserve.
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  13. Maxacceleration

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    Honda missed this. Just slightly longer forks & a 19", just a slightly longer shock for increased travel on the X, and ba dah boom, winner!
    The X still looks good, and should perform well, but it could be better.
    I'm sure the 17" wheels transition well though through the curves.
    I would like to see how the motor compares to a Ninja 500 (EX), a gem of a motor IMO.
    I would like to wring the shit out of the new X. :evil

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    IMO the new F700GS from Germany is the current middleweight bike to compare with, weight, power etc.
    I don't think Honda can compete with it or sell enough to even try...

    And I don't think a transverse four is a viable option for an adv style bike.
    The parallel to me is the most compact :D design...
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  14. RaY YreKa

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    Honestly, most euro riders think this bike is a dog, and it has a terrible rep for build quality. I wouldn't touch one with a 10-foot pole.
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  15. DiabloADV

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    A $2k difference is a lot of money to some people.
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  16. Gryphon12

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    If I understand the development history, the KLE500 was originally designed for the Asian markets, then exported to the EU, Australia and maybe even South America (?). It didn't do well against the XT Yamahas or the Africa Twin Hondas, but it was cheap and easy to modify (as noted above).

    The F700GS is a great attempt from BMW, but it is too expensive to compete even in its own market, and with crimped cartridges, actively discourages the one improvement it really needs to the front suspension (and which should be included from the factory for free, given the very high asking price).

    IF Honda would really (really) try to update and replace the Africa Twin, nothing could touch them. It will never happed, however, as the BMW GS1200 sells too well, making the remaining market too small with too few buyers willing to spend what a new AT would cost. The same arguement probably applies for my dream of a new XTZ750, too.

    The new Yamaha triples will be awesome, and I'm waiting with baited breath - for street bikes, especially a SPORT-tourer. Like the Tiger 800, with width and torque curves aren't as good as a P2 or V2 design for a real AT replacement. A smaller XTZ1200 would leverage Yamaha's investment in this design (motor and chassis). I'm still puzzled as to why Yamaha hasn't put the 1200 motor in another chassis to spread the smiles and their development costs. I saw a photoshop TRX concept that was just plain cool. The new triples probably make that idea obsolete, however.
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  17. eakins

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    That may be true but Honda could take this new motor (same concept as KLE, 500 twin) and build a bike similar in concept. Weber used that same 500 motor in their rally twins http://www.rallytwin.com/
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  18. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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    IMHO, If you can't find adventure in places accessible to a Honda CRV it speaks more to a lack of imagination in trip planning than it does to vehicle limitation...
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  19. Süsser Tod

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    I think his point is loud and clear, don't try to pretend you didn't understand what he meant.

    This is just a streetbike with an upright riding position, nothing more. Everything on it is "wrong" for a bike that is meant to go off road, because, it isn't meant to. That was his point, there is nothing "ADV" about this bike. Sure, you can have an adventure on any motorcycle, just like you can drive a nail with a stone, that doesn't mean the CX500 is an Adventure bike or that a stone is a hammer.
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  20. Motard_Menace

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    The bottom line is that this bike was built for a specific market segment and its intended purpose will most likely hit the spot intended, which isn't racing it in the Dakar rally. Although it would be really cool for Honda or someone to build a bike out of the crate ready for Dakar at $5K, it's not going to happen no matter how much people on forums bitch about it, just missing the mark. It is a $5K bike that will most likely pack more of a punch for the money then has ever been sold before. For those who haven't noticed SUV's have sold really well and the moto manufactures are trying to capitalize on a similar concept that is currently happening with motorcycles which is a wanna be adventure bike. The cool thing is that with some time and a bit of money you can turn an SUV into an actual off-road machine just like you can do with these quasi-adventure bikes with some creativity and a little cash. I've said it before and I'll say it again we live in a great time for motorcycles, tons of choices and at affordable prices too......enjoy this bike for what it's worth folks!
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