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Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by GsVs, May 2, 2014.
Ignore my XRL and Super Tenere.
First post is a pic.
Good job minkakristofer......
Great pictures everyone ...
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From the weekend trip.
Here is mine as it currently stands.
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The Ride for Trevor:
Klay ,as an owner of a DL650 ,what are your thoughts of the two. My main concern is would the 500 fit the bill as the 650 does now ? Would I be disappointed if I traded for the 500?[ speed/ride/weight ] This all comes down to personal likes /dislikes I realize, but you have both and that's a real plus and a true comparison, especially from you. You must realize you really do rule. Your reports rock!! CMS
They're quite a bit different machines. The DL650 is kind of like a big heavy adventure-touring bike compared to the CB500X. The CB500X is a light, nimble streetbike, almost like a supermotard. The DL650 actually feels heavy compared to the CB-X.
Just posted this in the daughters thread, but deserves a re-post here.
My youngest (13 -- not actually driving), after a late night drive around Chiang Mai, Thailand looking for soldiers (we just had a coup d'etat). Not many soldiers and too dark for a selfie with military police, so this was for FB.
I should add that on my first little trip on the 500, I didn't feel it was lacking power or short of speed in any way. It's actually too fast at times...I found myself going 81 in a 55 once. It steps out smartly without downshifting to pass just by rolling on the throttle in 6th gear. I don't think it would do as well riding two-up, however.
It's so mirror-smooth that you can't really feel the engine at all through the bars at 70-80.
It's surprising that I don't feel the need to downshift when I slow down to 30 going through little towns. I just roll the throttle back on in 6th gear and it smoothly accelerates.