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Old 06-02-2013, 06:29 AM   #436
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There are a couple good knobby options in 17" now. Before, you had to use a "Rear Use Only" tire on the front. This tire development has made the option of taking a 17" front end bike into wet/loose conditions a lot more feasible - certainly not optimal, but feasible. Having said this, I'm with several of the other posters - there is a lot more to off-road suitability than just the size of the front wheel.

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Rider ability being number 1 on the list.

But little changes here and there will make this bike better for the dirt side of adventure riding, if one so desires. I bet at some point we will see pictures of this little bike with some off-pavement accessories. At some point, people did more than just accessories to a Ducati Monster, making it an interesting contraption. I think they called it Terra Mostro. I'm looking forward to see what people will do to this Honda. Of course, it will never be a full on off-road bike. And perhaps front wheel size is not the most important, but certainly it seems to be the one modification that people won't do to this bike, or it will be the least feasible to achieve.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:45 AM   #437
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...Felt like a stockier variant of a Versys, lower CoG and slimmer.
Please explain what you mean by "stocky" if it was also slimmer.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:29 AM   #438
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Please explain what you mean by "stocky" if it was also slimmer.
Just that the feel is similar to a Versys, but there is less bike in front of you. It's more compact. The reach to the ground is a little easier, the seat tapers a little more. I haven't checked overall length or wheelbase.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:14 AM   #439
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Saw all three colours of the X today.

I liked it, in person. Felt like a stockier variant of a Versys, lower CoG and slimmer.
all 3 colors? We get black
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:53 PM   #440
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all 3 colors? We get black
Are you picking up a CB500x when they come in? I have a ABS model ordered. I'm just a few miles from you in Waterford.

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Old 06-03-2013, 12:46 AM   #441
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What a funny topic is this, 30 pages of theoretical discussions .

I bought the X to replace my XT660Z Tenere 2009 with 160.000km on the clock for my everyday commuting. It is a light bike with enough HP for quick overtaking. The more twisties the better, this bike like to turn!

I have 800km on the clock right now. Both refills gave 23km/l. Gearbox is getting smoother, especially the low gears needed force to engage.

This week I will replace the oil and filter and it should be good to go to 12000km without maintenance.


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Old 06-03-2013, 01:44 AM   #442
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Rider ability being number 1 on the list.

But little changes here and there will make this bike better for the dirt side of adventure riding, if one so desires.
Thats very true. The rider is by far the most important part of the equations.

But more often than not it is people, who are in reality clueless how to even ride outside the tarmac, that want to start converting bikes meant for tarmac suitable for dirt use. The end result will most likely be quite far from perfect, but of course that may be acceptable, depending on your point of view, and your use of bike.

And I admit that Im clueless outside the tarmac, I just feel like Ive got better uses for my money, than try some expensive conversions (good quality wheels, tyres, suspension tend to cost some serious money, and CB500X has not probably lost much of its weight, when youve changed those) but if somebody wants to do that, and they have the money, then by all means do it.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:57 AM   #443
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Are you picking up a CB500x when they come in? I have a ABS model ordered. I'm just a few miles from you in Waterford.

Mike
Who did you order it from? I want to see one first,I can't decide between about 5 different bikes exactly what I want.My old Honda CB900F will probably get me through this summer at least.
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:19 PM   #444
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Who did you order it from? I want to see one first,I can't decide between about 5 different bikes exactly what I want.My old Honda CB900F will probably get me through this summer at least.
Toledo east Honda, no prep or freight, doc fee of about $129, Michigan sales tax about $383 I think, and price of the CB500x with ABS $6,299. The total price is $6,811 and some change. Honda had the X at the North America Motorcycle show, and it's the bike I keep going back to after sitting on others. I sold my 750 shadow shortly after the show.
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:24 PM   #445
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I like this guys reviews.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:03 PM   #446
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Make sure you watch part 2 of the review. This guy should be on tv.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:21 AM   #447
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Make sure you watch part 2 of the review. This guy should be on tv.
I watched most of both videos(it's late) and must say I am more than intrigued.

I really like the 500,even with the funky headlight.It really seems like an ideal sized machine for my use.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:54 AM   #448
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I like this guys reviews...
Just to counter-balance, I couldn't take more than about 30-secs of this clown. He's like chalk on a blackboard.

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Old 06-04-2013, 09:29 AM   #449
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I think he's pretty good.
... However, he sounds exactly like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:51 PM   #450
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Make sure you watch part 2 of the review. This guy should be on tv.
Just watched both parts and I'm still confused about which bike to buy. I really like how light and nimble it looks, but the lack of grunt reminds me a bit too much of my Ninja 250.

Yeah, it can be fun to wring it out, but there are those times when a car is near you and you twist the throttle and everything feels like slow motion because you are in the wrong gear. To be honest, even in the right gear, sometimes full throttle will be more noise than forward motion. I'm not saying it is slow, but I hope I don't get bored with it as fast as a 250...

On the other hand, is the NC700 worth $1000 more? What about the WeeStrom? I have a feeling (without riding either bike) that the NC700 has great COG but it is about as fun as a sewing machine, and the WeeStrom has the grunt and fun factor, but a bit tipsy around town. Also, the Wee is uglier in my opinion.

If I had to pull the trigger today, the 500x is very enticing based on price and how I would use it in a big city, but for all of those long distance adventures that I say I'm going to do but never do...I'd rather go with something else.

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