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5th and 6th years are so close together that I often cannot tell the difference unless I look at the tachometer. It would be nice if 6th were a true overdrive.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Higher speed touring suggestions
« on: September 12, 2019, 08:26:51 PM »
Last year I rode mine 6700+ miles on a trip from Rochester NY to Washington and Oregon and back. Despite a spinal fusion and fully torn rotator cuff, the stock seat was perfectly comfortable, including one 600 mile day. Trip included many hundreds of interstate miles, often at 80 MPH or more, with a full load including camping gear. While I could feel the turbulence from 18 wheelers it was never a problem (although that may be attributable to my experience as a bicycle road racer in windy conditions).

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Too much stuff for a long distance ride?
« on: June 22, 2019, 12:00:18 AM »
My bike loaded for a cross country trip last summer, including a 4 person tent, camp chair, CPAP and CPAP battery.


CB500X - General Chat / Re: 2019 CB500X
« on: June 13, 2019, 12:04:18 AM »
I have to laugh when someone claims the CB500X is not suitable for long distances on interstate highways. I will be 75 next Monday and my limitations include a spinal fusion and a fully torn non-stop repairable rotator cuff. Last summer on a 6700 mile from Rochester NY to Bellingham WA I rode thousands of miles on Interstate 90, including hundreds of miles in Wyoming and Montana where the bike had no problem maintaining in excess of the 80 MPH speed limit. On one 600 mile day I felt better at the end of the day than at the beginning which shows the comfort level of the OEM saddle.

Just for fun, I took a Rebel 500 for a test ride at Americade on Tuesday. The suspension was better than I expected. I suspect the relatively fat front wheel somewhat compensated for the lack of suspension travel, but also made it somewhat less nimble than my 2014 X. Even though I am not particularly fall (5' 9" ) the ergos felt slightly cramped.

First road trip of the year after what seemed like a winter that would never end. At an overlook on Skyline Drive in Virginia, en route to Horizons Unlimited Virginia.


CB500X - General Chat / Re: New guy...looking at CB500X
« on: April 16, 2019, 10:01:14 PM »
I bought my 2014 based primarily on comfort. Due to a spinal fusion in 2009 most of the bikes I took for test rides gave me back pain almost instantly. After a long test ride I knew the CB500X would work for me so bought one even though I thought it was ugly compared to something like a V7 or Bonneville, both of which were among those giving me back pain. That I made the right choice was demonstrated last summer on a 6715 mile cross country trip which included one 600 mile day. I did a test ride on a Rebel 300 in 2017 and thought it was designed as a torture device.


No ride today. Western NY winter strikes again. :190:

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Raising the Handle bars on a 2018 500x
« on: March 12, 2019, 01:56:58 PM »
Thanks for the responses. Any recommendations regarding which 1 inch risers to use?

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Raising the Handle bars on a 2018 500x
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:08:50 PM »
Did the 1 inch riser require cables to be rerouted?

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