Honda CB500X

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

  1. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Here is one pic where you can see they used two different handlebars (both taller). Taller on the first bike, and you can see how the forks are about an inch up on the triple tree. Which could discount some of the shorter head tube. And also discount some of the increased rake (or was it trail?) from taller wheel and longer forks.

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    and this other bike where the handlebars are not as tall.

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    So, if they were having problems with hitting the tank, that would have solved it. I still don't know whether the different triple tree hit the tank or not.
  2. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Another photo of the bike with the lower bars. You can see the triple trees and the forks are flush with it.

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  3. John Ashman

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    Keep in mind that the Thais aren't using the CRF250L parts. They are only saying it will work. They are using more exotic after market parts. The rear end swap won't work due to the differences in metal vs aluminum parts.
  4. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    I don't want to do what they have. I'm not thinking of a 450 front end.
    I'm thinking of the CRF250L. Which will require a different triple tree.
    Rear end work would only be the shock.
    (it will require different chain, and different sprockets).
    Finally, I'm not committing to anything until I know it will work.
  5. mcmann

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    I am thinking I would be better off with two sets of stock wheels to swap as needed. Especially, since I have the ABS rings.

    I have heard from several riders the 500X does very well in the dirt . . . Just need more aggressive tires etc:

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  6. Lion BR

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    Yes, I believe it will do well on dirt in its stock form. In your case, you could take it one notch or two better with small changes. Besides tires, you could work on the internals of the forks, keeping the same travel (see what DogJaw is thinking about with Cogent Dynamics). You could also get a different shock. Make it do well on washboards and you will be done without changing the original dynamics of the bike. And you would have a nice bike, that will be more than enough to enjoy gravel roads at a leisurely pace or a step above. You could actually install tires less aggressive than the TKC80's on the photo above and still have it good for dirt. Good to go to Alaska and back.

    I want something different, I want it to perform well on dirt. And I don't like the current alternatives available, but which would offer a significant head start in making what I have in mind perform the way I envision in terms of suspension. These alternatives are either half the cylinders or double the price of the CB500X. And when they are double the price, they also come with 50-70lbs of extra lard.

    Also, it is about working with motorcycles. And finally, it is about having a little underdog... the sleeper dirt bike. I do not plan on adding stickers to it and make it a moving billboard of the after market industry. My fear is that I buy this motorcycle and like it so much "stock" that would consider keeping it as is for in-town and close to town trips, as it was intended by Honda development in the first place.
  7. 2old2Bbold

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    You could get two of em for about what some of those others cost. :evil
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    Looks good, and the price is great; I would sure have to hear one before I took the plunge, I'll bet it's a raspy little critter. The LeoVince is 169.00, sounds pretty dang good; it's hard to beat a two brothers, just couldn't make myself drop the coin.


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    Liking those Yoshi Sliders, Dogjaw.

    Thanks for the link.
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    Motosport.com; I kept listening to YouTube clips, and kept going going back to the GP Corsa, regardless of price. I liked the regular aluminum, the carbon just seemed a little over the top.

    Still couldn't resist adding some carbon tape to the strap...


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  20. Lonebiker

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    Hi,

    Last summer, i rode the CB500F at two occasions. The x wasn't available yet. I was amazed by the lack of vibration (excellent point) and the lack of sound by the muffler (bad point, as it seems to me as a lack of caracter). I'm looking for an all-purpose bike. I owned the following:

    V-Strom 1000 2006
    Good for gravel road but too heavy and not enough travel suspension for small rough fire road.

    KLR 650 2008 (aka the great oil burner)
    Too vibey for my taste. Much better on gravel roads than the Strom. But, for single trails, the vibey oil burner is too heavy. After reading reviews of the 2008 model, i was convinced that it was the perfect bike for me. It wasn't. Remove the vibes, replace the tweety bird sound of the muffler and oil burner motor and maybe i'll returned to the KLR.

    WR205X 2010
    Since 2008, i demo ride the X and the R several times. The idea to get a 250 cc was a turn-off. But after a couple of demo ride with the DRZ-400 (S and SM), the Yamaga get my seal of approval. So i trade in the great vibey oil burner for this little bike. And for those who thinks that a 17 incher isn't good enough for gravel roads, just go trying it. I was quite surprised as long that i kept in mind that i ride a street bike. Same goes for an adventure bike.

    With time, i learned that i don't need a pricey and heavy adventure bike. I tried a couple of them. I seen them as sport tourer capable of soft off-roading.

    Because i remembered that i did a couple of trips with a GS400S (41 hp) and went riding fire road with a Yamaha Seca II (60 hp and 441 wet weight). I guess that the CB500X will be a great choice for my next bike. But of course, the limited travel suspension is a negative point. The Husky TR650 didn't survive. Sad thing. I wish for a bike with a bit more off road spirit that the CB500X.