Honda CB500X

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

  1. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Most of that stuff you should put on yourself. Very little of it requires much skill. You'll save a lot of cash that way. And its fun. 3 beer limit while installing. Otherwise you might under/over tighten stuff.

    Amazon can supply most of that stuff. At 1/2 the price Honda charges. Wait a few months for anything that you can't get a good deal on. If you're willing to pay Honda price, I would look at SWMototech for accessories.

    I don't know about the warranty question. You'd have to ask the dealer.
  2. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Bought mine in Colorado, rode it fully loaded with camping gear home to Arkansas, across two lane twisties, extended interstate, dirt roads, avg 71 MPG, really learned to like the characteristics of the bike, but it wasn't until I got her home and unloaded that I could really appreciate how awesome this bike really is. I'm 5'6", and this bike feels as easy to flip around as a WR250X I used to ride, but much smoother. I have always compared every other bike to my 919 as a compact, do it all motorcycle, but I think the X is my new standard.
  3. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice In Garrison.

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    Wow, more 70 + miliage. That's the 300 mile range mark. Great touring potintial.

    You know, when Cagger on Two Wheels gave a review of the bike on YT, he mintioned it feeling like a 250cc. I thought he was kindy of exagerating.
    Your opinion matches his. Good to hear more riders saying the same thing.

    Like I typed before, the bike felt really light on the show room floor.

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    Great lesson in engineering. 430lbs can feel lighter.
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    This is a lot like Subaru's Outback vs Forester...

    The Outback is the 700X. Longer wheel base, more power, more cargo room, more cost.

    Like the Forester, the 500X has better off-road abilities. Just looking at at spec sheet of course. Never riden.
  4. Adelphos

    Adelphos Been here awhile

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    I've had both and kept the Forester. :D

    I'll also be getting a 500X

    Off road I have my 1993 toyota Pickup and 2006 XT225.
    On road and light trail duty is the Forester and soon to be X :) set for life pretty much ha
  5. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    I had 250+ with a bar showing on the gauge; not sure how much she had left, but i didn't want to find out between Raton and Amarillo...
  6. opticalmace

    opticalmace Been here awhile

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    Anyone ridden this and a Ninja 250 (2008+)? If so, how would you compare the two?

    Thinking about this for my next bike. :evil
  7. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    There has been a few reviews out there that compare the Ninja 300 and
    the CBR500 or F, and Honda usually wins those.

    ...and the Ninja 300 is miles ahead of the 250 so...
  8. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    i dunno what price the leftover v-strom, but hereabouts, there's 2500 diff between them.
    nobody faults the weestrom [i can't bring myself to call it glee....] for doing what its intended to do: its an excellent "bad roads" bike. it has a long track record of low maintenance. I would hope the same for the honda.

    the nc700x in the 'pro' reviews [paid?] I've read comes out pretty much on bottom against the perceived competition versys, weestrom, beemer f700gs.
    i'm hard pressed to imagine the cb500x doing BETTEr than its sibling but I'm open to persuasion. no dog in the fight and I'm shopping for futures. i want to see the new '14 dl1000 or whatever moniker they decide... and the Tenere is on the list - whole other category

  9. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    The 500 handles remarkably well at slow speeds. It would be easy to handle in an unexpected situation.

    I took my SMT down a few (about 25) kms of (dry) quad trails in the mountains. (It was really 12 or 13 kms, but then I realized I was lost, so I turned back.) The 500X would have done it too. Just don't ride it like CR250 through the whoops, be mindful of big rocks and you'll be fine.

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    Gravel roads would also be an easy task. Just put decent tires on. As with any street bike, mud and deep sand will be your nemesis. And wet grass - should you find yourself in a modified game of polo/motorized golf. :huh
  10. PAPACHUCK

    PAPACHUCK Adventurer

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    So, I was out just browsing last Saturday at my local Honda dealer and asked the salesman when would he be getting some CB500XA bikes in. It's the same question I've been asking him for the past few months, every other weekend or so. Always had been the same answer, "We don't really know",... then came "pretty soon, we hope",.. but this time he said, "I can have you one here mid week".

    This was in a box this morning;
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    Now it has a happy home with some four-legged friends;
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    It has a total of 4 miles now. I need some time off to break it in, wait....I think I might be coming down with something!:evil
  11. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    Sharp bike! Join Fuelly, log some miles and report back!
  12. DonQx

    DonQx Peripathetic @ Heart

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    Tank & engine guards installed today.

    Hepco & Becker. Very good quality, perfect fit (in my experience that is not always the case with accessories). A bit fiddly, but easy enough to install ... I managed to do it with my fairly meagre mechnical skills and patience. Fiddliness more coz of the bike layout than the bars.

    Had made an attempt to buy the Thai bars, but wasn't getting any response from their online shop. So I went for H&B since they're a known brand for me. SW Motech also has a tank guard out, slightly cheaper than the H&B.

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  13. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Can you take some pics of where all those bars mount to on the bike?

    Greatly appreciated. :1drink

    Does anyone know where the speedo drive comes from on the 500's?
  14. Happy Snapper

    Happy Snapper GOMOB.

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    if theyy have ABS.. then probably electronic!
  15. theloop

    theloop Been here awhile

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    Just did a mpg check, and it worked out to 71 mpg, and that was with the side cases on, and the tall windshield. No freeway mile, mostly paved roads with 40 to 45 mph speed limits.
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  16. DonQx

    DonQx Peripathetic @ Heart

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    UK or US? ...

    UK 71 mpg =~ 4.0 L/100k or 25kpl
    US 71 mpg =~ 3.3 L/100k or 30kpl
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    DonQx Peripathetic @ Heart

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  19. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    My guess is 3.3/100.
    In the limited bit of miles that we've put on the CB5X it has sat around 2.5l/100k. Accelerating had it jump to 4.1l/100k. No luggage, small & conservative rider.

    edit: 2O5'd
  20. dogjaw

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    If I had any doubts about the off road ability of the X, I don't after today; I did approximately 30 miles of moderate to rough gravel roads on the stock set up, averaged 25-30 mph... The only obvious limitation was the tires; first gear was too short to be of much good, but second was perfect for descending hills using engine braking and steady climbing. The suspension travel was more than adequate for this type of riding; I'm starting to realize the potential for this bike as the perfect all arounder; some Shinko 705 or 244's, some engine protection and away you go.