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Old 03-21-2013, 04:38 PM   #481
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A bloke that posts on the NC700 forum got to demo an R model today (in the UK) and posted a little bit about it. He said the engine was quite smooth and had plenty left cruising at 75 mph.

Link to help those that don't want to dig for it.

http://nc700-forum.com/forum/bar/215...nda-500-a.html
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:34 PM   #482
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Ride review of the CB500X from one of the guys at the rideasia.net forum:

http://www.rideasia.net/motorcycle-f...de-review.html
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:15 PM   #483
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Ride review of the CB500X from one of the guys at the rideasia.net forum:

http://www.rideasia.net/motorcycle-f...de-review.html

No torque? This is puzzling to me. Also 2 very different reviews from 2 people.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:08 PM   #484
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Remember the CB450S in 1988? At least in Canada, Honda made it available here. In the US, they send the VTR250. Here, the CB450S didn't sell. It offers 43 hp for a wet weight of 414 lbs (188 kg). Torque was 27.5 lb-ft. It was the same old air cooled twin from the Nighthawk 450. And again with a drum brake at the rear. The Kawi EX500 was just 200$ more. For the same price, we, canadians could get the 2 stroke RZ350. So this new trio of 500 is about the same performance wise i guess. 47,5 hp and 30 lb-ft for 194 kg wet. I had plenty of fun with a GS400S a long time ago. So, for sure, i'll try the CB500F this spring. And maybe, it will be my first Honda.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:22 PM   #485
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Apologies if this was posted already, but I found a nice write up from Honda that explains many of the design decisions they made with the new cb500 series of bikes.

The link takes you to the engine section.
http://world.honda.com/CBR500R-CB500...nit/index.html

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Old 03-26-2013, 02:17 PM   #486
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Apologies if this was posted already, but I found a nice write up from Honda that explains many of the design decisions they made with the new cb500 series of bikes.
Thanks for that. I really want to see an F and an X in person. I like light, flickable bikes.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:24 PM   #487
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Apologies if this was posted already, but I found a nice write up from Honda that explains many of the design decisions they made with the new cb500 series of bikes.

The link takes you to the engine section.
http://world.honda.com/CBR500R-CB500...nit/index.html

Here are some of the images from the site:




Thanks for posting that.

I don't understand all the engineering, but what that seems to say is:

: the bike is intended for a wide range of markets; as suspected, it's a cheap commuter in the first world, and a premium bike in emerging markets.

: it's eco-friendly, and quiet; looks like it's meant to be both fun and frugal.

: the internals are designed to last a while; hence the long service intervals.

: light where it needs to be, driveable where it needs to be; this might make it boring to ride, but it looks like you can ride it hard if that's your style.

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Old 03-29-2013, 07:51 AM   #488
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the X still looks perfect for me!

edit: also looks like Honda is stating about 64mpg, in those specs at least.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:08 PM   #489
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edit: also looks like Honda is stating about 64mpg, in those specs at least.
The WMTC spec for the NC700X is about 66 mpg, so this is a good indicator that the 500's should get mileage in the same ballpark as the 700's, perhaps a little lower. I expect most riders of the 500 are going to have push the engine a bit harder so I'm expecting 60 mpg might be an overall average figure for touring usage where you're not thrashing it too hard. Which means 200 or so miles should be a comfortable cruising range with a reasonable reserve, a bit more with the X which has a slightly bigger fuel tank.

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Old 03-29-2013, 12:49 PM   #490
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My 700x is improving ( mpg') every tank.Started out at 54mpg,all commuting miles,same route and time everyday.now 6 tanks later I'm at 60mpg..


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Old 04-01-2013, 07:09 PM   #491
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Come on Honda,

The riding season is too short up here! Roll 'em out already!
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:18 PM   #492
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my local dealer says the R and the F should be here by the end of the week - but I think he said late May for the X.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:56 PM   #493
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Local dealer has open house / honda demos this saturday. Ima call and see if they will have the R and F. Mikey likes it. Mikey will ride anything.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:05 PM   #494
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I had the opportunity to test-sit all the 500's at Daytona. I'm old, tall and fat. Most comfy was the 500x, followed by (BION) the 500r and the 500f. I really like the x, it just feels and looks right from the saddle. I can see a used one in my future in the next couple years. The R had a better seating position than the f, which surprised me.



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Old 04-05-2013, 03:56 PM   #495
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My dealer got an R in!!! Going to poke it tomorrow.

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