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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by JimmieA, Nov 12, 2012.
I think it is a winner.
bbrz, are you keeping the x on the bike? I got lucky and got the ABS model.
Just finished 400 miles from Moab to Taos, through cold rain, hot desert, dirt roads, even hooliganed through Arches last night... This bike absolutely rocks. I keep telling myself that 500 isn't enough, then I find myself strafing curves fast than I do on my DR650 or 919, it's that flick able. Even flogging the bike, I'm getting high 60's, with my last tank getting 235 miles, showing one bar left. When I traded for the x, I was over halfway into my trip, so I shipped a lot of un necessary things home, traveling with the bare essentials, some clothes, rain gear, Hennessy hammock, sleeping bag, and electronics; this rig will get me through 3-4 camping nights... I have 950 miles to cover in the next two days...
Stupid question...I'm a slow conservative rider. Late 40s. I have about 10 years of riding about 10 years ago on a R80/7 and a Cb400f.
Everything about this motorcycle appeals to me with one hesitation. How will it do on dirt roads? I'm just talking logging roads at a conservative pace. That would only be say 20 percent of the riding I would do. I suspect I wouldn't ride anything a Subaru outback couldn't drive.
I've thought about a CRF250l, but I keep coming back to this. Would some different tires be desirable and available, or would it be just fine.
If I was going to ride it as you suggest, I would go with some Shinko 705's; inexpensive, very good on pavement and better than the Scorpions on gravel. I have went through 3 rears and 1 front on my DR, and will probably go that route as well when the time comes on the X. I ran some gravel roads today; the street oriented suspension and tires hindered it, but was still capable of 35-40 Mph
Thanks. I really have dug around online. I think this might just be what I'm after with the option of those tires. I wouldn't see myself any faster than that on the stuff I'm thinking of.
The CB500X will be perfectly fine for what you want to do. Shinkos or if you want to take it further the TKC80s will give you everything you need on gravel roads.
Having had the 2 bikes you mentioned I reckon you'll feel very much at home with the X. The CRF is a fine bike too, but a very different beast, not so good on the other 80%.
Finally, someone riding the bike
More info please, how does it crusie on the highway? Can you go 75 all day, seat comfort, wind buffeting etc?
The Versys has been out for what, five years?
More like 7 years!
I've spent some time on a versys and my own dirt ninja. Sat on the 500x the other day and it seems much smaller in stature to the kawi products. CG seems to be much lower as well.
I think the X could be modified to be very much lighter than the dirt ninja, anyone want to sell their used 500x
After riding both bikes I would agree with you about size and cg. The Versys feels quite top heavy in comparison, and has more vibes.
Would be interesting to see if the old 41mm Transalp fork and 21 inch wheel fitted without much trouble.
I imagine rather easily.
Anyone here had a chance to test fitment of kreiga bags on theirs yet? More specifically about US30 size? I don't know why but the pics I see just don't appear very spacious.
What did you trade-in?
My tall windshield arrived today. I wear a open face helmet, and noticed a Big improvement.
Hell, even the Wheel base is the same.
And has 6 gears.
When adjusted for fuel it is just a little heavier.
It has great sport touring abilities.
Thanks for keeping me honest.
thanks for the close up pick. Your rig is very stream line. My kind of style.
A little more that fits me. Top to bottom. moved the wind screen up to the higher setting. Tools required, but very simple to do even at a gas stop within minutes. Would like to tip the bars a degree or two more in alignment with the fork tubes without interfering with the wind screen. The seat is fine for me, and the slope towards the front and fuel tank away from your body works well. Mirror sight line works very well. No night rides yet, so no comment so far on the headlight range. The squishy foot pegs, and counter balanced motor take away any road vibes. Gearbox, and clutch action super smooth as you would expect. Passing on 2 lane roads is a non issue, so long as you are aware of the oncoming traffic bearing down on you. Interstate travel at +/- 80 is a non issue. With plugs in your ears, you only notice the tach and speedo. I am very happy, and will have more input after riding to INDY
Yes, all that for just $2000 over the 500 MSRP.
Just brought home a shiny red one for wifey. She's really stoked. I am too. Such a nice bike. Fuel injection, ABS, no vibes, decent height and a comfortable riding position were our milestones. The bike is a little taller than we wanted. It shall be lowered a couple inches.
It's replacing a 640SM and a ninja 250. Better comfort than the 250 and less vibes than either. It's incredible how smooth it is.
Riding it around the 'hood I noticed it doesn't shift as easy as my SMT. It does handle slow speed driving really nice. Tore down our rutted, grass alley without a problem. To me that means it will handle the rough stretches of road one might encounter with ease. It's no less of an 'off road' bike than many other ADV bikes. Sure it's got a 17" front wheel - it's also much lighter than many bikes.
Looking forward to posting some pics.
It looks like I'm going to have to wait until after Winter to buy my X. I hope supply is well enough to get one ordered this Spring with no issues.
Silly Midwest only has two street bikes, sport bikes or Harleys . . .
I really appreciate all the feedback. Keep the details coming :)