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Old 01-08-2013, 08:06 PM   #151
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How do you guys think this compares to the Versys?
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:28 AM   #152
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versys is a 650..beyond that, i don't know. oh yeah, versys is also much more expensive. think around 9 grand?
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:06 AM   #153
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versys is a 650..beyond that, i don't know. oh yeah, versys is also much more expensive. think around 9 grand?
MSRP is $8K.

I've never ridden one, but the general stuff I read about the Versys is that it is a very good pavement bike...basically a simple, relatively cheap, more upright, small displacement no-fairing sportbike. A little less power and not as useful off pavement as the Wee.

A comparison to the non-existent CB500X is tough. They're both more adventure-styled than really suited for off pavement, but fit something like TKC80's and either could be bashed about on gravel roads and forest service roads, although you won't be challenging KTMs for speed. It will probably be down on power a bit, perhaps 5-10 hp, about as you'd expect with the displacement difference. The CB looks to be 20-lbs lighter. The CB will have ABS available and at least in the US the Versys doesn't, so if you want this option, you're going to tend towards the CB.

Unless the extra hp is important to you, I'd tend to the CB as it is a fresh package, lighter, probably a little more nimble, cheaper, has the ABS option, and has a more complete accessory catalog. But the Versys is probably a little faster. Again, this is coming from someone who has never ridden a Versys or (obviously) a CB500X.

CW just had a comparison test between the Wee, NC700X, Versys, and BMW F700GS. They liked them all for various reasons (as magazines always do), but ended up liking the Wee the best overall.

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Old 01-09-2013, 06:00 PM   #154
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i wouldn't compare the versys to a CB500x. i'd compare to an NC700, much like CW did. more comparitive in price and performance.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:26 PM   #155
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Honda missed the mark for me on this series of bikes. The old 80's vf 500 engine not that would get my attention!
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:40 PM   #156
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One problem of the CB500X for adventure riding and even touring, is the pegs/ foot controls. They are the same for the three 500 bikes, with a sports bike configuration. For people who like standing, it is a problem. And not very comfortable for touring. Other than that, it looks great and priced good for a suspension upgrade that would make it a reasonable adventurer for gravel roads.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:22 PM   #157
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...pegs/ foot controls. They are the same for the three 500 bikes, with a sports bike configuration...
That's a great observation. When I viewed the CB500X marketing/promo pics I thought something wasn't quite right. That's it!
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:05 PM   #158
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i wouldn't compare the versys to a CB500x. i'd compare to an NC700, much like CW did. more comparitive in price and performance.
You're right, this is a closer comparison, but has been discussed in this and other threads, the 500X and 700X are really very close in overall spec, especially since it appears the 500 will probably make more power than the 700. I think this may be a problem for Honda that will hurt 700 sales, especially if they keep this daft US option bundling where you have to spend $2K and get the DCT to get ABS, compared to simply spending $500 for ABS on the 500.

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:40 AM   #159
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One problem of the CB500X for adventure riding and even touring, is the pegs/ foot controls. They are the same for the three 500 bikes, with a sports bike configuration. For people who like standing, it is a problem. And not very comfortable for touring. Other than that, it looks great and priced good for a suspension upgrade that would make it a reasonable adventurer for gravel roads.
aftermarket to the rescue! hehehee. seemed comfortable for me, but i didn't try standing on it. wish i would have paid more attention rather than crapping myself that i got to sit on it anyways.
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:30 PM   #160
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stopped by honda.. put my name "on the list".
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:04 PM   #161
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:21 PM   #162
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There is something I like about this bike.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:45 AM   #163
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How do you guys think this compares to the Versys?
As a versys owner, here are what I see as the primary differences in favor of the 500X. Economy and thusly range. Available ABS. Price. A more compliant suspension.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:43 AM   #164
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As a versys owner, here are what I see as the primary differences in favor of the 500X. Economy and thusly range. Available ABS. Price. A more compliant suspension.
Agreed. Also, I suspect the Versys engine has a lot more character. You'd have to off-set that against the lower running costs of the X.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:22 PM   #165
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I have been looking long and hard for a comfortable, light go anywhere like exploring back roads bike for a long time. I just sold my Ulysses, had a KLR, looked at a Versys, a Vstrom, had a BMW. Looked at a Triumph Scrambler, Ninja 250, 500, 650, XT 250.
My bike had to be under 32 inch seat height due to injury I can't lift my leg very high. Upright position, a fairing and light or middle weight and not get run over on the freeway. Pretty much light the Old Honda 360 Scrambler I had except new and reliable. Yesterday I saw a CB 500X at a bike show and it is prefect.
I also looked at the new BMW 700. Close but the Honda fit better and seems just right. I don't care about posing like I just came off the Daker rally or impressing every kid with pimples.
The CB 500 is an exact fit for how most of us actually ride, not what we pretend.
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