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Old 05-02-2013, 04:05 PM   #556
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:09 AM   #557
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Due to an idiot friend I got to put around 100k's on a 500R today.

Brand new bike, new tires, pissing down with rain, and since he got his bike before his license - someone had to ride it home. And since he'll be puttering for the first few months, I was asked to put some k's on it so the engine would get a chance to break in properly.

Did I say it was raining ? - you know the sort of rain where you can't see very far because there's so much water in the air - that sort of rain. I think the guys at the Honda shop were running a sweep to be honest

Very nice bike, I don't normally get on with road bike ergo's but it was comfortable within a couple of minutes. Tyres were a bit edgy for about the first few k's, after that they stopped stepping out - more likely the smooth tar in the urban areas than the tires.

Gearbox was good, engine was good. Less power than my DL 650, but really good power delivery. The only time I really noticed the power difference was opening it up on very steep hills. I did have to change gears more than on the DL, but not to an insane extent, and I was making a point of working the gearbox to vary the rev's.

Big pluses on the DL - quiet. Only the whoosh of wind past the helmet. A lot easier to manouvre in tight spots, lighter, lower. Either feet up or paddling, really easy. (I got lost finding it's home O.K. and had to back out of some dead end streets). Seat is probably better than the DL's.

Not so good.
Mirrors - well, I could see my elbows. Fitting mirrors that are further forward and further out will be a common mod.

Put contact on the back and sides of the tank, the riding position for me was well forward so scuffs on the tank will be inevitable otherwise.

Rear suspension - O.K. I may be being unfair here, my DL is set up to handle dirt roads at speed. Front suspension was on a par with the stock 2012 DL 650 - damper rod, but at least well set up from the get go. The rear was no where near as good, got totally overwhelmed on a few bumpy corners. (And note, not my bike, new bike, heavy rain, I was NOT pushing). I havn't ridden many 'average road bikes' recently and on the DL I can pretty much ignore lumps. It was a bit better towards the end of the ride so may have just been 'stiff' and needing time. Not a killer, but you will need to dodge the lumps rather than ignore them.

Overall impressions, comfortable bike, enough power that power would't be an issue riding within legal limits. A bike I could live with if for some reason there was one in the garage.

While I think my friend *is* an idiot for not getting his license first, I think it's a good choice. It'll be really nice to commute on, and he won't be deparate to upgrade as soon as he gets his open license. It has enough get up and go to pass and keep up on trips at 'mostly legal' speeds and would be comfortable enough to do long k's.

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Thank you for this. I had been trying to decide between the CBR500R/CB500F of the SL650A and the simple reason that these are pretty much the only (somewhat) beginner level bikes I can find in the US which have ABS. Wasn't sure of the Strom because of it's sheer size. Your review and comparison sealed the deal in favor Honda for me. Now if the dealers would only get the damn bikes....
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:30 AM   #558
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Has anybody heard when the X will available in the US?
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:09 PM   #559
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:38 PM   #560
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Has anybody heard when the X will available in the US?
Yes, it is in this thread: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=840842
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:30 PM   #561
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Cbr500r

I rode a CBR500R today but forgot my riding gear so I had to use a Demo helmet. I got way too much breeze from the bike, but liked the performance of the engine except at very low speed.
Trying to ride in 1st gear at a minimum rolling speed, I found the throttle to act on/off as I applied at reduced throttle.
I presume that to be a injection problem. But then the bike had 5 miles on the speedometer.

But the ride left me wondering if I would be happier with a 500F and an aftermarket windshield like the MRA shields from http://www.twistedthrottle.com/shop-...roduct_fit=596

where I would have more choices in windshields.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:37 PM   #562
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Funny, others love the wind protection of the 500R.

All new bikes have that problem at part throttle. It is due to EPA emissions requirments, and results in poor FI throttle at just off idle. Lots of other bikes have this issue. Remapping with a little more fuel fixes it on most bikes. Hopefully on the 500's too!
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:18 AM   #563
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But the ride left me wondering if I would be happier with a 500F and an aftermarket windshield like the MRA shields from http://www.twistedthrottle.com/shop-...roduct_fit=596

where I would have more choices in windshields.
Other then: "There are no products matching the selection.",
that's the wrong CBF500.
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:09 PM   #564
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Kinda boring bike according to this. Good for some, not so good for others.

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/co...0/viewall.html
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Other then: "There are no products matching the selection.",
that's the wrong CBF500.
Thanks... It looks a lot like the new model, but the headlight is different.

Think I will go back and ride the CBR500R again with proper gear.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:03 PM   #566
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I rode a CBR500R today but forgot my riding gear so I had to use a Demo helmet. I got way too much breeze from the bike, but liked the performance of the engine except at very low speed.
Trying to ride in 1st gear at a minimum rolling speed, I found the throttle to act on/off as I applied at reduced throttle.
I presume that to be a injection problem. But then the bike had 5 miles on the speedometer.

But the ride left me wondering if I would be happier with a 500F and an aftermarket windshield like the MRA shields from http://www.twistedthrottle.com/shop-...roduct_fit=596

where I would have more choices in windshields.
Go ride a DL1000 !!!!.
The throttle on the Honda will fell like the smothest thing you've ever felt !!.
My 700x is REALLY smooth at low revs BUT not as smooth as my carb'ed 82 GS850..


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Old 05-16-2013, 07:44 PM   #567
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Kinda boring bike according to this. Good for some, not so good for others.

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/co...0/viewall.html
Thanks for sharing the link. I have to say I'm bummed out by what I read. I was hoping for more enthusiasm for the Honda. It sounds... plodding.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:37 PM   #568
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First post on ADV rider. Just bought a new toy last week. I can say that for a first bike the CB500F is a pretty good choice. I has enough power to move my fat butt around but not enough that I feel that I am out of control.

On windy days I get blown around quite a bit. But I have a feeling that I would have the same issue no matter what I ride.

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Old 05-17-2013, 12:48 AM   #569
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(Might wanna resize those pics, tho.)
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