Honda CB500X

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

  1. fragile_this_side_up

    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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    i hope it's at the show today. would like to sit on it...
  2. fragile_this_side_up

    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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    it was there. i saw. i sat. i want..
  3. LostViking

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    I have to admit something about this bike trips my trigger, but I can't look at it without seeing the little chicken hawk from the old Fogg Horn Legg Horn cartoons. Not a bad thing just an observation.

    I hear myself saying "I'll be back later, me and the chicken hawk are going hunting"

    Wish it came in that red like the CB 1100 it looks sweet in the pictures.
  4. fragile_this_side_up

    fragile_this_side_up Long timer

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  5. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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  6. fragile_this_side_up

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  7. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    This CB500X has potential. I plan to check it out. it looks like it could be a fun runabout/carver. I wonder what volume the dealers have ordered - or will order, & what the showroom availability might actually be...
  8. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    My dealer can place orders next month for March delivery. Unless of course Honda delays things like they did with the NC700X. Still, what he told me about ordering and availability was true.
  9. fragile_this_side_up

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    thought these weren't going to be out till mid-summer?
  10. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    Media reports that I've seen said July 2013...
  11. sodapop

    sodapop Caffeinated

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    How do you guys think this compares to the Versys?
  12. fragile_this_side_up

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    versys is a 650..beyond that, i don't know. oh yeah, versys is also much more expensive. think around 9 grand?
  13. markjenn

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    MSRP is $8K.

    I've never ridden one, but the general stuff I read about the Versys is that it is a very good pavement bike...basically a simple, relatively cheap, more upright, small displacement no-fairing sportbike. A little less power and not as useful off pavement as the Wee.

    A comparison to the non-existent CB500X is tough. They're both more adventure-styled than really suited for off pavement, but fit something like TKC80's and either could be bashed about on gravel roads and forest service roads, although you won't be challenging KTMs for speed. It will probably be down on power a bit, perhaps 5-10 hp, about as you'd expect with the displacement difference. The CB looks to be 20-lbs lighter. The CB will have ABS available and at least in the US the Versys doesn't, so if you want this option, you're going to tend towards the CB.

    Unless the extra hp is important to you, I'd tend to the CB as it is a fresh package, lighter, probably a little more nimble, cheaper, has the ABS option, and has a more complete accessory catalog. But the Versys is probably a little faster. Again, this is coming from someone who has never ridden a Versys or (obviously) a CB500X.

    CW just had a comparison test between the Wee, NC700X, Versys, and BMW F700GS. They liked them all for various reasons (as magazines always do), but ended up liking the Wee the best overall.

    - Mark
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    i wouldn't compare the versys to a CB500x. i'd compare to an NC700, much like CW did. more comparitive in price and performance.
  15. muzungu62

    muzungu62 Adventurer

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    Honda missed the mark for me on this series of bikes. The old 80's vf 500 engine not that would get my attention!
  16. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    One problem of the CB500X for adventure riding and even touring, is the pegs/ foot controls. They are the same for the three 500 bikes, with a sports bike configuration. For people who like standing, it is a problem. And not very comfortable for touring. Other than that, it looks great and priced good for a suspension upgrade that would make it a reasonable adventurer for gravel roads.
  17. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    That's a great observation. When I viewed the CB500X marketing/promo pics I thought something wasn't quite right. That's it!
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    You're right, this is a closer comparison, but has been discussed in this and other threads, the 500X and 700X are really very close in overall spec, especially since it appears the 500 will probably make more power than the 700. I think this may be a problem for Honda that will hurt 700 sales, especially if they keep this daft US option bundling where you have to spend $2K and get the DCT to get ABS, compared to simply spending $500 for ABS on the 500.

    - Mark
  19. fragile_this_side_up

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    aftermarket to the rescue! hehehee. seemed comfortable for me, but i didn't try standing on it. wish i would have paid more attention rather than crapping myself that i got to sit on it anyways.
  20. fragile_this_side_up

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    stopped by honda.. put my name "on the list".