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Offline ThudSlamrod

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Test rode a CB500X, and well...
« on: August 01, 2017, 01:34:59 PM »
I found the bike to be kind of boring compared to my air cooled 250 enduro.  I really wanted to love it, but in the end it was just very adequate.  What am I missing? 

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Re: Test rode a CB500X, and well...
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2017, 02:03:20 PM »
Hello, your not missing anything! its just that old saying different strokes, you know the one!!  :152: 

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Re: Test rode a CB500X, and well...
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2017, 02:16:04 PM »
This bike is a budget commuter and if you are expecting a spirited sport bike, then yes, it is boring.  Viewed from the standpoint of someone just getting into riding or getting back into it after a long time it is much more than adequate.  The nice thing about being "boring" is it keeps you out of trouble.  I know if it was more of a sport bike I would be driving it faster than I should.  My needs are for a low cost to acquire and low cost of operation for a daily commuter but with a little pep to make the commute fun and the ability to go for long touring rides just for the hell of it.  This bike is exactly that.
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Re: Test rode a CB500X, and well...
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2017, 03:38:38 PM »
There is no such thing as a universal best bike/worst bike only the best bike that you want or conversely the bike that you definitely don't want. Some people drool after a bike that I would not have at any price and visa versa. Your choice of bike is a very personal thing so embrace and enjoy the individuality that this affords you under the large umbrella of "Motorcycling".

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Re: Test rode a CB500X, and well...
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2017, 04:35:13 PM »
*Originally Posted by SnowOwl [+]
This bike is a budget commuter and if you are expecting a spirited sport bike, then yes, it is boring.  Viewed from the standpoint of someone just getting into riding or getting back into it after a long time it is much more than adequate.  The nice thing about being "boring" is it keeps you out of trouble.  I know if it was more of a sport bike I would be driving it faster than I should.  My needs are for a low cost to acquire and low cost of operation for a daily commuter but with a little pep to make the commute fun and the ability to go for long touring rides just for the hell of it.  This bike is exactly that.
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Re: Test rode a CB500X, and well...
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2017, 05:06:31 PM »
I literally have nothing bad to say about the CB, it just didn't stir any emotions for me.

Also after tooling around for 15 miles or so according to the display I was only getting 35mpg.  Is that about what you get in the city?  Even with riding the 250 like a complete toolbag to keep up with traffic I still get 75 mpg out of it.

At least the nice thing is that I'm fired up to do more stuff with the enduro again.

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Re: Test rode a CB500X, and well...
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2017, 06:04:09 PM »
*Originally Posted by ThudSlamrod [+]
I found the bike to be kind of boring compared to my air cooled 250 enduro.  I really wanted to love it, but in the end it was just very adequate.  What am I missing?

you are right. its kind of boring. its a bit down on power because of the 47bhp euro laws. other than that it is a complete all-round bike that for the money i find unbeatable
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Re: Test rode a CB500X, and well...
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2017, 06:30:01 PM »
*Originally Posted by ThudSlamrod [+]
Also after tooling around for 15 miles or so according to the display I was only getting 35mpg.  Is that about what you get in the city?  Even with riding the 250 like a complete toolbag to keep up with traffic I still get 75 mpg out of it.
I'm currently averaging 67.3 mpg-us in my daily commute of about 42 miles round trip.  About 6 miles is 70 mph interstate that is poor mileage around 50 mpg-us, 15 miles is city roads that is fair mileage and the rest, 21 miles, is 2 lane country roads where mileage is excellent around 75-80 mpg-us.
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Re: Test rode a CB500X, and well...
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2017, 06:53:25 PM »
*Originally Posted by ThudSlamrod [+]

Also after tooling around for 15 miles or so according to the display I was only getting 35mpg. 
I wonder if you reset the av.mpg trip A ? Worst real mpg US I've ever. Gotten has been 55 and best ever has been 75.

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Re: Test rode a CB500X, and well...
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2017, 07:19:10 PM »
I reset it before I left the dealership.  The bike only had 15 miles on it, still tight perhaps?

 


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