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Old 07-20-2013, 08:19 AM   #616
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I always rode larger bikes, but am now looking for a more sane road machine. Does the 500 have enough power to get me up to highways speeds (80 mph)?
I think it should have - but if your used to big engines, expect it to take a bit longer from standstill, until you reach 80mph. And there´s not a whole lot of acceleration left at that speed either.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:44 AM   #617
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What is the general opinion of the CB500 as a mile muncher? I have a DR650 and a Bonneville, both capable of doing 500 mile days, just not their specialty...
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:05 PM   #618
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mile crunching?

better than a DR650. Haven't ridden a Bonneville, can't compare.

feels a quite similar to a DL650, only that it is overall a smaller bike. (I like it because of that)

depends on the speed you want to do too, feels cruisy to me @ 120kph.

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Old 07-22-2013, 09:01 AM   #619
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I did 250miles yesterday, could easily done 500..
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:12 AM   #620
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mile crunching?

better than a DR650. Haven't ridden a Bonneville, can't compare.

feels a quite similar to a DL650, only that it is overall a smaller bike. (I like it because of that)

depends on the speed you want to do too, feels cruisy to me @ 120kph.

:-) dq.

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Old 07-22-2013, 09:40 AM   #621
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I did 250miles yesterday, could easily done 500..
If you've ever ridden a naked bike, how would you say the windscreen compares for noise? Just so you know where I'm coming from, I've generally found naked bikes to be the quietest. I like the longer legs and bigger tank on the X,but if folks find the screen noisy (ala first gen Strom) I'll opt for the F If I go the 500 route.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:18 AM   #622
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If you've ever ridden a naked bike, how would you say the windscreen compares for noise? Just so you know where I'm coming from, I've generally found naked bikes to be the quietest. I like the longer legs and bigger tank on the X,but if folks find the screen noisy (ala first gen Strom) I'll opt for the F If I go the 500 route.
I've ridden the 700X, and it's noisy compared to my naked FZ6, but not
even half-way to the V-strom buffeting fest.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:47 AM   #623
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I've ridden the 700X, and it's noisy compared to my naked FZ6, but not
even half-way to the V-strom buffeting fest.
thanks. I rode a 700x also and it was noisier than my naked BMW, but not as bad as the FZ1 I had. There was a steady 20 mph wind with stronger gusts the day I demoed the 700 though, so I'm not sure it was a valid test for wind noise.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:49 AM   #624
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thanks. I rode a 700x also and it was noisier than my naked BMW, but not as bad as the FZ1 I had. There was a steady 20 mph wind with stronger gusts the day I demoed the 700 though, so I'm not sure it was a valid test for wind noise.
I'm sure I would have liked the X better without the screen, at least it's easy
to remove and doesn't look too bad without it.

I considered adding a small screen to the FZ6 before trying the 700X, but
now I know it can go either way so I'll leave it as it is.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:24 PM   #625
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Just rode the 500X; while it doesn't have the grunt of my dr650 or Bonnie, it is immeasurably smoother, and has more than enough torque around 5k to overtake just about any cage. Cruises very nicely at freeway speeds, but is almost uncanny how easily it performs slow speed maneuvers. The throttle is a little snatchier than I am used to after riding carbed bikes, but usable. Wind noise was no better or worse than on my 919 with a givi fly screen. I may be buying me one; this is a very nice bike.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:22 PM   #626
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x windscreen ..

I.have always ridden dual sports... first bike with a windscreen so it seems quiet to me.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:42 PM   #627
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Just rode the 500X; while it doesn't have the grunt of my dr650 or Bonnie, it is immeasurably smoother, and has more than enough torque around 5k to overtake just about any cage. Cruises very nicely at freeway speeds, but is almost uncanny how easily it performs slow speed maneuvers. The throttle is a little snatchier than I am used to after riding carbed bikes, but usable. Wind noise was no better or worse than on my 919 with a givi fly screen. I may be buying me one; this is a very nice bike.
Man, that's great to hear.

I'm waiting for mine to show. Should be here tomorrow and built up by Thursday. I took the plunge and put a $500 deposit down on this bike back in May without ever throwing a leg over it. I've been impatiently awaiting its arrival ever since.

I'm coming from a line of dual sports. I too once had a DR650, but tried to make it something it was not (a road bike). Currently putting around on a T-Dub, which I'll never sell, but looking forward to finally having a true road bike of my own, complete with ABS, screen and a seat that doesn't kill my lower back and badonka-donk butt after an hour of riding
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:18 PM   #628
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Valve clearance shock....
Just saw this, apologies if it has already been posted, but something to consider as it could add to the initial cost of the bike. It says the bike doesnt need the check again for 16k miles, but in order to meet the "even out" as he mentions, you have to keep the bike a long time...
Having said that, i dont know how the overall costs stack up against other bikes. Have a read of the comments posted to the story....

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...earance-shock/

Also saw a good review on youtube by cager on two wheels. Its in two parts, but he's quite good in comparing the bike to the NC700.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:31 AM   #629
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I checked with the local Honda dealer concerning the 600 mile check; 220.00 including the oil change, could probably knock a bit off of that as I rebel at the thought of anyone else changing the oil on any o my bikes, seems like the least I can do.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:34 AM   #630
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This sounds cynical, but I doubt there is anything about the Honda's valve system which makes it need a 600-mile check anymore than any other bike. (And they're not a terrible idea on practically every bike - if a valve is going to migrate out of tolerance, it is much more likely to do it in the first 600 miles than in the next 16K.) I bet, instead, that Honda did this to throw a bone to dealers to allow them to make some money in the service department that they can't make on the sale of such a low-priced/low-margin bike.

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