Has anyone bought a CB500x and regretted it?

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by vinsonrider, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. dmski

    dmski Adventurer

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    Hi all, I have been bitten by the CB500X bug. It has been great to read everything here about these little bikes. I'm a 6ft 170lb rider that currently owns a DRZ400 and have previously had a ninja, and a handful of SV650's and dirt bikes. I'm looking for a bike that is a do it all bike (wife only wants to see one bike in the garage) that is light and fun offroad but also great for chewing up highway miles to get to remote places and moto camp. Two up is a requirement for shorter rides only, so long highway runs with my wife aren't likely to happen.

    I've been eyeing a CB500X with the full Level 3 Rally Raid setup as I think its light enough to be enjoyable offroad in tighter spots compared to a BMW F800GS, but can still cruise comfortably on the highway and to work compared to my DRZ which gets buzzy at speed... I think the bike looks great and would love to test ride one before making any further decisions, but a few questions: will I fit the bike alright and not be too cramped for long rides and be comfortable standing offroad? Does anyone have experience between a DRZ/DR or BMW to this CB500X in rally raid form and can speak to its onroad/offroad capability?
  2. iceburg7

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    I have had a DR, F800GS, and CB500X RR3. The CB500X was better offroad than the Bmw f800gs. I would place it say closer to a DR in offroad handling. Has nice low end torque and low center of gravity. I've taken it places where I wouldn't have dared take the f800gs. I sold mine when I bought a tiger 800xcx , I regret that decision.n Love the tiger but miss the cb500x for the more gnarly trails and roads. The CB isn't bad on hwy but I wouldn't want to long distances on interstates.
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  3. ScorpionT16

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    I'm the same height and weight as you. Have a 2016 CB500X and adding lowered pegs+bar risers was a first thing and big improvement, a seat concepts tall seat would be better. If you can get a RR3 kit already done, used and for a good deal is worth it.

    For me, I just placed a T7 deposit and will be switching. The cost of the rally raid kit is high and not completely worth it imo, and for off-raod the bike still has a low ground clearance, add that you can't even use a center stand with the kit, add folding brake/clutch levers etc... and after all that it weighs similar to the T7 minus its power, clearance and off road details. I do find it cramped still, from the seat space, peg distance, ergos, could just be me as there's plenty of taller people happy with it. I would get a 2019 CBX over a RR kit personally. New one comes with a 19" wheel, and re-sale will be better.
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  4. HandCanonShootr

    HandCanonShootr Been here awhile

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    After 5 years & 40K miles with my S10, last year I noticed how well my friends CB500X RR3 did on our motocamping trips. He went everywhere I did on the S10, easier off the pavement for sure. After our 3rd trip together I mentioned "If you Are Ever Wanting To Sell". Boy, that Tractive suspension is so nice. The T7 is strongly in my sights, but the RR3 has spoiled me a bit. Not sure std Jap-suspension will ever be good enough any more, would be thinking of Rally Raids upgrades for the T7, even before purchase. Hope they have a full kit available sometimes. Boy the 790 Adv is Ugly! Would take me a while to convince myself that "form follows function".

    YMMV
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  5. B-Nads

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    I'll be following Scorpion's footsteps on this one. I bought one as my first road bike - I have a dirt-bike / off-road background, and only recently did my road permit. I bought the CB500X based on its price, reliability, fuel consumption, and slight off-road worthiness. I also wanted a bike that would forgive some of the beginner mistakes I will and have made. I have learned that the bike is plenty fast to lose you your license and your life if you don't respect it, and it has certainly lived up to the first three criteria. On the latter, not so much - you have to accept that it is what it is. I'd rather buy the T7 and have better ergos and power for my 6'3, 215 lb frame plus gear than put an extra $3000 into an upgrade that leaves me with the same motor that doesn't bring a smile to my face. I'll happily run and learn from the CB500X for the next season or two, but it remains a starter bike for me with a finite shelf-life.
  6. Garry H

    Garry H Been here awhile

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    I had a CB500x with a Rally Raid level 3 kit on it
    I have replaced it with a T7
    The T7 suspension is in a different class to the Rally Raid equipped Honda
    The forks on the Honda are the weak point combined with lack of travel
    You need to ride a T7 then you will realize just how much better it is than the Honda
    I for one don't regret buying the Honda .... But it has been made obsolete by the T7 over night
    The T7's fun factor is on another planet compared to the under powered Honda on and off road
  7. dmski

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    All good notes guys. I appreciate the honest feedback. Sounds like the T7 seems to be a fan favorite around here which is great to see. I always liked this bike since I saw it at launch. I always like the idea of modifying a bike to be better than its competitors in the same class, but alas maybe that isn't the smartest way to go in some situations. I think if I ever found a used CB500x RR i would absolutely buy it, but knowing full well there are others that would out perform it.
  8. Jeffo

    Jeffo Been here awhile

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    If you want more power than the CB500, then obviously you would buy a bigger engined bike. Also if you're more interested in going off road, then you would want the better suspension, spoked and tubed wheels with a 21" front that the T7 has.
    The CB500X is what it is, for my uses its great. I've no regrets in buying it whatsoever. Anyone who regrets buying one, bought the wrong bike in the first place.
  9. Mobiker

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    Thank you Captain Obvious :D
  10. MillennialFalcon

    MillennialFalcon Improvement starts with self

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    Ever dropped into the "anyone regret buying a WR250R" thread in Thumpers? Total shit-show.

    We should do the same with this thread :hide