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Offline CaptainCranky

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Re: CB500X offroad capability
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2014, 11:05:58 PM »
*Originally Posted by Kamotion [+]
Hey everyone, I recently took my CBX down the roughest road I could find, I pasted the link below. Let me know if ya footage or pics of worse terrain navigated by the CB500x. I wanna push the limit!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBw4j04dmqs

Really good vid mate, I think the X is capable of much more than people think. It just needs some extra protection to do the real tough stuff.

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Re: CB500X offroad capability
« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2014, 02:24:34 PM »
*Originally Posted by Defender [+]
Only my opinion , but I'd say not. Get a more suitable traily. I am sure you'll get loads of opinions on this, but the X is adventure styled road bike. There that's my 2penniesworth

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Re: CB500X offroad capability
« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2014, 07:03:27 PM »
I'm not doing Dakar or knarly single track, but....

if I add some 50/50 knobbies, a crash bar, and skid plate, it could easily handle the numerous fire roads and small creeks here in the N. GA mountains.  I'll also be comfortable riding up to them 1.5 hrs from Atlanta.  Numerous gravel/dirt side roads I pass also become a lot more interesting for exploring.  Consider it a jack of all trades, but master of none. Fits my intended purpose.

 
« Last Edit: July 09, 2014, 07:11:26 PM by hoppy »

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Re: CB500X offroad capability
« Reply #23 on: July 11, 2014, 04:55:07 AM »
I used to own a dual sport, a ninja 250, and now I have this.
Obviously, the dual sport felt better off road, but I'm taking my 500X places where I would NEVER even consider taking my old ninja. The 500X is far more capable off road than a regular street bike in my opinion. Going over bumps on my friend's cruiser is far rougher, and I'd never take it through the paces that I take my 500X.

Have you seen any videos of people going off road online? That should give you a grasp of what the bike is capable of. Here is an example of one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRdosNccrl8

I accidentally took my bike through mud the other day while I was out exploring. I thought I was gonna die for sure, but I still haven't dropped the bike  :008: 

Of course, better tires wouldn't hurt.

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Re: CB500X offroad capability
« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2014, 07:26:17 PM »
*Originally Posted by Xaero [+]
The CB500x is an adventure bike with a few minor add-ons (protector mainly, same stuff a KLR650 would need).  In some ways its much better than the KLR650.

I'm in the States for a few weeks and was looking at the KLR650.  In what ways do you think it is better than the KLR650?  Just curious as the KLR650 isn't available (at least not easily) in Thailand...

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Re: CB500X offroad capability
« Reply #25 on: July 14, 2014, 02:54:23 AM »
The CB500X is in the same class as the Versys & Vstrom 650 bikes. It works for mild off-road when you need it, but it's mainly about on-road, distance riding. As such, it's the perfect bike for my needs.  :080:

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Re: CB500X offroad capability
« Reply #26 on: July 14, 2014, 02:55:49 AM »
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Of course, better tires wouldn't hurt.

Yes!! But I'd invest in suspension first if it came down to it for off-road requirements.  :001:

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Re: CB500X offroad capability
« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2014, 03:42:53 AM »
The 500x is not a dirt bike its an adventure bike an sold as that and it is a very good adventure bike if you want to go off roading buy a dirt bike thats made for it. why spend a lot of money changing it in to a dirt bike makes more sense to buy one in the first place

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Re: CB500X offroad capability
« Reply #28 on: July 14, 2014, 03:23:32 PM »
^ +3

That's why I have a second bike.
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Re: CB500X offroad capability
« Reply #29 on: July 14, 2014, 03:39:23 PM »
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why spend a lot of money changing it in to a dirt bike makes more sense to buy one in the first place

Because in a country where I pay out the a$$ for insurance, it's cheaper to modify 1 bike than to own 2. 

Besides, there ARE bikes that fit both niches quite well, are there not (e.g., KLR, F650GS, etc..)? There's no reason the X can't be nudged a bit more in the direction of off-road.

« Last Edit: July 14, 2014, 03:45:37 PM by billyedtimmy »

 


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