Author Topic: 2017 or 2020 model for new rider wanting to eventually go off road  (Read 480 times)

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Offline ghini

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Hi, all, first post here. Did a search, but couldn't find anything so I try my hand at a new one.

My girlfriend is in the process of getting her license, and has her eyes set on the 500 X. She'll only have it around spring next year, but we're looking into what model year to get.

The ultimate goal will be to do longer adventure trips over trails and terrain beyond just gravel roads, but for the first season or two, the most likely uses will be road and some gravel.

The 2019/2020 model, with larger front wheel and longer suspension seems like it would do better than the 2017 off road, but for trails it still seems like you'd need to at least get the spoked wheels from Rally Raid to make it rugged enough compared to the cast wheels. On the other hand, the 2017 would need both the spoked wheels and the suspension upgrade kit to do more serious off-roading, meaning more expensive upgrades.

In all fairness, I have the 2017 myself, and I'm looking to move to a larger bike (I'm a bit on the tall side for the 500, and ergonomics aren't ideal). I'm not worried about finding a buyer for mine, though. I'd much rather have a living girlfriend on a more capable motorcycle than the money from selling it to her.

We're in Norway, and for the most part, the 2019/2020 isn't available used, and would likely have to be bought new, which is quite a bit more expensive than a used 2017. In NOK a new 2020 will be about 100k (about 10k EUR), while the used 2017 will be about 70% of that, which roughly equals the cost of suspension and spoked wheels from Rally Raid.

So, what do you folks think? Is the 2019/2020 sufficiently much better than the 2017 model for eventual off road use that it's better to go for the newer model?

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Re: 2017 or 2020 model for new rider wanting to eventually go off road
Reply #1 on: September 24, 2020, 08:55:53 AM
Let her use yours for a while and see how she gets on with it.  :261:
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Re: 2017 or 2020 model for new rider wanting to eventually go off road
Reply #2 on: September 24, 2020, 09:10:42 AM
Yes, the 2019 onwards is worth the extra, especially with what you have in mind.

I had a 2013 and used it a little off road but didnít want to spend a lot of money on the RR Level 2 and also didnít want the extra height.

So when the 2019 was released it was the perfect swap. I could have the 19Ē front but without too much height gain. It also means you can just get the spoked wheels and not bother with any suspension upgrades. In the end I also upgraded to Level 1 suspension and fitted the RR engine guard.

On top of that there are also other advantages such as better display, nicer bars, lighter clutch, better screen and in my opinion better looks.

From the kind of use you describe Iíd recommend (if you decide on the 2019 on) just getting the wheels and not upgrading the suspension straight away. Then you can decide later if itís necessary and whether you want level 1 or 2.

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Re: 2017 or 2020 model for new rider wanting to eventually go off road
Reply #3 on: September 24, 2020, 03:18:40 PM
If you give or sell her yours and do the upgrades little by little-and for you look into a Yamaha 700 tenere-everybody wins
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Re: 2017 or 2020 model for new rider wanting to eventually go off road
Reply #4 on: September 26, 2020, 11:03:36 PM
Unless you're doing big jumps or slamming into rocks I wouldn't worry about that big wheel investment. Just by the newer bike and you'll be set.

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Re: 2017 or 2020 model for new rider wanting to eventually go off road
Reply #5 on: September 27, 2020, 02:11:28 AM
I purchased a 2019 in May, and have been very pleased with it.  The 2019+ has many improved features, including 19" front wheel, slipper clutch, improved suspension, more ground clearance, vastly improved display, and slightly more power.  My opinion is that it's worth the extra cost, with the additional benefit that you get a new bike with warranty.
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