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Offline woody928

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CB500X - Value for money between years/revisions?
on: August 05, 2020, 01:15:00 AM
Hi All,

New here and considering purchasing a Honda CB500X to tour around Europe, having test ridden a 2016 model this afternoon the the bike itself seems to tick all of the boxes (albeit not the one I rode due to the high mileage and the fact that it had been dropped). I'll just be looking to get a slightly taller screen as even at 6ft I still noticed a fair bit of wind buffeting which disappeared when ducking down a bit.

I looking for some advice as I have two very different purchase options potentially available to me: 

2019 Model - 670 miles - Dealer Owned Bike - 14 months dealer warranty remaining - 5,000

2017 Model - Approx 3000 miles - Private Sale - Obviously beyond warranty - 3,700

I'm planning to use the bike to tour Europe and possibly use it over winter before selling it on next year. What I'd like to know is are the revisions to the 2019 such as the 19inch front rim, front suspension, exhaust, fuelling tweaks, display, clutch, raised ride-height and LED lights a big step up over the 2017 model and worth the extra money?

Or am I better offer saving the cash and buying the used 2017 model as it does everything it needs to and will likely retain a better resale value. I'll likely be adding 4-5000 miles to the bike during my ownership before moving it onto the next custodian.

I'm fairly new to the idea of buying and selling bikes so don't wish to spend the extra cash on the 2019 just to find I've lost a load of money for no real gain. Equally I'm happy to spend the bit extra if the new revisions make for a better riding experience and the bike will likely hold its value fairly well so I won't be making a huge loss...

Any input and advice would be gratefully received!  :002:

Cheers, Mark
Last Edit: August 05, 2020, 01:18:19 AM by woody928

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Re: CB500X - Value for money between years/revisions?
Reply #1 on: August 05, 2020, 06:18:24 AM
Hi Woody, woody here :152: :821:

I haven't ridden a 2019, but am more than happy with MY18 I have. I'd say go for MY17 the previous own has taken the hit for most of the depreciation. Everyone will have different view points on this but looking at the financial it would be my bet! If its mainly road riding you'll do the MY17 is more than capable for your tour, plus some of the upgrades can be added to the MY17 and sold afterwards too, like a gear indicator the MY19 got.

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Re: CB500X - Value for money between years/revisions?
Reply #2 on: August 05, 2020, 07:56:38 AM
Coming from a 2017 F to a 2020X I really rate the improvements. The engine in particular has more power lower down the rev range.

For your purposes though the financial stuff makes older bikes more sensible.

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Re: CB500X - Value for money between years/revisions?
Reply #3 on: August 05, 2020, 09:58:37 AM
I deliberately chose the improved 2019 model. In particular, the 19 inch front wheel, the anti-hopping clutch, the full LED lighting, the improved engine and chassis are definitely worth the extra charge.
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Re: CB500X - Value for money between years/revisions?
Reply #4 on: August 05, 2020, 11:01:17 AM
For only one year of use i take the old one...

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Re: CB500X - Value for money between years/revisions?
Reply #5 on: August 05, 2020, 01:27:04 PM
I have had 3 CB500X's. The first one (16) got totaled by a deer running INTO the bike. The second one (18) I sold to buy a 2020 CB500Xabs. By far the newest version is the best. The 19" front wheel, new gauge package, the slipper clutch make the bike more enjoyable, in my humble opinion. It does sit higher so I lowered it to the 2018 size and almost all the accessories from the 18 fit the 20 except the center stand. The shock is different also. With Honda, it's the little things that improve the bike cause they got it right the first time.   
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Re: CB500X - Value for money between years/revisions?
Reply #6 on: August 05, 2020, 04:34:38 PM
First reaction was go for the used one, my 2017 is the perfect road bike and who needs a 19" front wheel and a few technical tweaks (wooo, watch everyone react to that statement!!)......

But then I thought of the distances you will be travelling and the benefits of a virtually new bike with a warranty and thought the 2019 is probably the best buy!! 

Who knows, with a bit of bartering you might get the price down a bit and only be paying about 1000 more for a new bike. :034:
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Re: CB500X - Value for money between years/revisions?
Reply #7 on: August 05, 2020, 04:43:51 PM
if you're only considering keeping the bike for a year and using it through winter then you'll lose less on the earlier bike. Both are well capable of touring Europe. It will be around 10K mark when you come to re sell it so a 2017 in good nick with relatively low mileage/owners won't lose that much more. Try to buy touring gear that is universal, otherwise you can end up ploughing a good 500 into bike specific parts that you won't see a return on.

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Re: CB500X - Value for money between years/revisions?
Reply #8 on: August 09, 2020, 10:53:06 PM
Thank you all for taking the time to reply!  :028: and  apologies for my delayed response  :034:

Some really interesting and valid points and opinions been thrown around. I've been weighing up your thoughts. Normally I'd always see sense in investing in the older and slightly lower priced item as it stands to hold a better resale value however equally the warranty and added perks of the new bike have been a strong draw too. The 2019 model certainly appears to be a more polished item  from  everything I've seen.

Ironically both the bikes I originally mentioned sold in the interim. With that in mind and following a new listing I've found a middle ground and put down a deposit today on a bike. I should in the next few days be picking up a 2019 model with 1,900 miles on the clock. It's still got 8 months factory warranty for my trip and just been run in for me. It's got lots of nice little extras such as centre stand, 12v charger, crash bars, hand guards, front and rear hugger fenders and I've secured it for 4,200 so I'm hoping I won't be taking much of a loss when it comes to resale time. It seems to be the perfect compromise to me.

Next up with be Europe next month, I just need to find some universal soft luggage to fit up to it and I'll be ready to go!  :082:

Thanks you all for your input and time, its safe to say I'm very excited to get out on the road soon!

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Re: CB500X - Value for money between years/revisions?
Reply #9 on: August 10, 2020, 08:31:20 AM
Sounds like a great buy!!   :062:

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