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Offline kiddo

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Newbie!
on: July 12, 2020, 12:09:16 PM
Hi All,

I am getting my new CB500X next week, never even sat on one so getting it blind lol! I have traded in my trusted CRF250L  for it so hope it meets my expectations. Most of my riding over the last 5 years has been off road, where the CRF is great, the down side is its not much fun on the road and quite painful on a dual carriageway flat out at 70MPH. Hence the change, I looked at a New Tenere 700 and GS both far too heavy, big and powerful for off road trail ridding, my thoughts! The CB550X should be a lot more on road enjoyable and let me get to tracks, lanes and hill roads further afield than the CRF250L.

I have had bikes all my life, started with a Triumph 250 scooter 2 stroke field bike, lets you know, I'm a senior rider. Before the CRF I had two GSX1400's, before that a GT750 kettle and an H1 500 Kawasaki, CB750F1, XS1100, and on and on. I have ridden off road always and used to compete in Trials and have always ridden country trails. I don't miss the road bikes as there is too much traffic and drivers who should not be on the road etc.

My reason for joining the forum is to get info on the CB500X and also converse with people in the know about the bike, I've ordered Puig upper bars and a bash plate, hand guards and radiator protector as well as some luggage so good to go when the bike arrives. I have read with interest the comments about all the above on the forum, particularly was interested in the beware about engine damage from Bars and Plates etc.

Thanks for letting me join, stay safe people!  :001: :763:

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Re: Newbie!
Reply #1 on: July 12, 2020, 12:20:23 PM
Hello Mate  :401:
My 500 was a replacement for my CRF250L. Good choice, you won't regret it  :152:
Life... It's Just a Ride  :305:

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Re: Newbie!
Reply #2 on: July 12, 2020, 03:15:17 PM
 :400: and I hope the CB500X doesn't feel too heavy after the CRF  :152:

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Re: Newbie!
Reply #3 on: July 12, 2020, 05:39:17 PM
*Originally Posted by Swanny [+]
Hello Mate  :401:
My 500 was a replacement for my CRF250L. Good choice, you won't regret it  :152:

Thanks, i think you are spot on, looking forward to a wee bit more power and comfort lol :763:

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Re: Newbie!
Reply #4 on: July 12, 2020, 05:40:51 PM
*Originally Posted by catstevecam [+]
:400: and I hope the CB500X doesn't feel too heavy after the CRF  :152:

Not so bad, was used to the GSX1400, on road of course.
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Re: Newbie!
Reply #5 on: July 12, 2020, 06:06:15 PM
I took almost exactly the same path to the CB5X as you. And also purchased without riding it, but am keeping my KLX250 to deal with the more technical bits.

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Re: Newbie!
Reply #6 on: July 12, 2020, 09:36:04 PM
Thats a good idea, i have to many toys so the CRF if having to go to keep the peace, if you get what i mean lol. How are you enjoying the CB500X?

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Re: Newbie!
Reply #7 on: July 13, 2020, 01:06:38 AM
Still running it in, and waiting on a bash plate before I take it off road.
It is a bit slow, but I hope it gets better once I start reving it out a bit. What’s up with that 8.5K redline? My little Versys would scream up to 13K!!
Last Edit: July 13, 2020, 01:07:36 AM by Mikey66

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Re: Newbie!
Reply #8 on: July 13, 2020, 04:11:56 PM
Running in properly is important and a much needed pain, I'm sure it will buz along when you can give it a handful. Not got mine yet, parts have started arriving though, cant wait to get a shot and see how good it is compared to all the rave reviews the CB500X gets. :152:

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Re: Newbie!
Reply #9 on: July 13, 2020, 05:47:24 PM
First of all welcome to the forum, having owned my CBX for 5 months I would say it is a 90% road 10% off road bike in the past couple of days I have done some motorway riding  :087: and it is a fairly competent at 70 mph it also has enough power to go from 70-80 for safe overtaking on roads that permit these speeds.
Started out in the early 70s on Triumph motorcycles after a long gap decided to return to motorcycling with the CB500X

 



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