Honda CB500X

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

  1. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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  2. mcmann

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    You have your choice of other 2013 colors . . . Get a 500F or 500R . . . Basically, they are the same bike (engine, transmission, brakes, swing arm sub-assy, upright riding position) etc.

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    I personally like Black (Stealth looking):
    You need to see it up close in person . . . Not on a website.

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  3. B02S4

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    ...except for the fairing, front fork travel, seat to peg, & general ergonomics...

    I like black also, just not that matte black.
  4. markjenn

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    The F and R are pretty close, but with respect to the X (which the OP was complaining about color choice) vs. the other two, this is not very true - the X has more front suspension travel, more relaxed steering geometry, longer wheelbase, taller seat, is heavier, has considerably more weather protection, and holds more fuel.

    - Mark
  5. B02S4

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    I've been on the bike...to me the matte black color looks exactly like it does on the website as it does on the showroom floor.:cob
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  7. B02S4

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    I forgot to mention the larger tank, & the wheelbase... :dunno
  8. 8lives

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    I stumbled on a 500x at my local dealer a while back and I can't seem to shake my attraction to this bike,I'm kinda in the market for a new bike and will probably end up with a Wee Strom but the 500x keeps calling.
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  10. mcmann

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    The NC700 would be a closer comparison to the Wee. However, if you are not riding two up or highway . . . The CB5X will surprise you . . . Especially, if you have curvy roads to ride. Hopefully, a heavy duty skid guard will be available soon . . .
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    If you're comfortable with the physical size of the 500x and 45-hp seems adequate, I'd go with the X. But if your a big person and/or do a lot of open-road touring, the Wee is a LOT more bike. The Wee is just an exceptional all-arounder.

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  12. Adelphos

    Adelphos Been here awhile

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    Seems to pretty much be the general consensus.

    Commuter plus highway jaunts - CB500X

    Long haul highway plus some commuting - V Strom

    Have the time and money - BOTH :D ( I wish )
  13. 8lives

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    Thanks for the responses to my post.I like the lower overall cost of a 650 and under bike,and I'm a small guy so small bores haul me around well,the Strom is nice because the aftermarket is on par with what I'm used to(KLR 650)and the used market is bursting with good farkeled Stroms,that said the 500x is a bit smaller and the price new almost makes me say "heck ya" to financing a bike,but I just stumbled on 2004 Strom with 17000 miles for 3200$ and I'm gonna go look at it.I use my KLR for most of my life's duties and find its good for all I do and it's quite good at keeping me away from the law in terms of speeding,but I'm wanting more comfort.
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    Tylenol Been here awhile

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    I know, by all measurable standards the wee strom seems like the better pick; better after market, more clearance, bigger engine more hp and I hear the suzuki 650 is a rock, but the Honda just has this allure. I just got a good look at a 500x and 700x today when I got some fuel line and filters and they looked... mmm... unintimidating compared to the pictures. I think with some more agressive tires any one will do what I ask of it, the 500x's price tag calls me. I feel like I could realistically get a new one in a year or 2. And the aftermarket will probably be on par with the strom in a few years.
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    I agree,went to the dealer today and marveled at the 500x again,I have a friend who owns a naked 500 and wants me to ride his he says"ride mine and you'll be sold"the bike just calls me!
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    I have got to go get a look at one of these. I have sat on a R and it felt good. I have road one of honda's CBR250Rs and was surprised at the usable power it had. it didn't struggle anywhere in the power curve. If this 500 feels as smooth as the 250 did but with more umph it has to be a great feeling bike to ride.
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    i agree with everything here except the aftermarket. i really do not see it being nearly as good as the Stroms has and will continue to be.
  18. Tylenol

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    I find it all depends on the popularity, if the bike is popular and there is money to be made in the aftermarket then there will be an aftermarket, if not then well no. Only time will tell, I really hope you will be wrong because if I end up with one of these when they start selling used I would like to know I can get some goodies...

    Edit: I should point out my thinking is based on cars and trucks, motorcycles might follow a different rule of thumb.
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    Them are all Honda after market items, but Givi and hepco becker already have after market for the X, and lots of windshield options are out there. About the only thing I don't see that you can find for the wee is a good skid plate, but the bike is more for carving up the twisties, not the trails.