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Offline kurth83

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New here, but not new to 500x, garage queen story
« on: September 11, 2017, 10:04:56 PM »
So I'm new to this forum, thought you guys might like this story.

I commute to work using various methods, get bored with one and switch to another every year or so.

Two years ago I quit riding to work, and my shiny new CB500X, fully tricked out into a commuter bike (so many mods, TPMS, gearing, lights, exhaust, hard bags) became a garage queen.

I didn't touch it, left it there, yes I know, terrible thing to do to a good bike.  I couldn't bring myself to sell it either.

Now, two years later, I am ready to ride again, so I bought a new battery and put it in.

Can you guess what happened?

It started right up like nothing had changed.  Not even a hard start, just boom, like always.

It needs some minor maintenance work to be road ready, but I wonder how much Honda quality contributed to it running perfectly.

At any rate, commuting on a $6k bike that gets a consistent 70+ mpg (US) will be welcome for a while.

Unlike many people, I don't see this bike as a starter bike or a stepping stone, it is a perfect fit for my commuting needs.  Carpool lane here I come, again. :-)

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Re: New here, but not new to 500x, garage queen story
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2017, 12:37:56 AM »
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Unlike many people, I don't see this bike as a starter bike or a stepping stone, it is a perfect fit for my commuting needs.  Carpool lane here I come, again. :-)

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Re: New here, but not new to 500x, garage queen story
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2017, 08:57:23 AM »
Welcome aboard.
I'm coming up to 3 years with my 2014 bike and must admit there are times when I look at a bigger bike....
After a few minutes I look at what I have, what I would get with a bigger bike and what I actually need for my usage.
I probably still have my 2014 CB500XA in another 3 years... and still be very happy with it.

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Re: New here, but not new to 500x, garage queen story
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2017, 10:08:07 AM »
I'm with you - this isn't a 'make do' bike or a starter bike, it's the bike I have chosen to ride, and it's perfect!!  :017:
The Story So Far.........

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Re: New here, but not new to 500x, garage queen story
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2017, 03:52:06 PM »
Welcome to the forum. I have to agree great do it all motorcycle.
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Re: New here, but not new to 500x, garage queen story
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2017, 04:54:15 PM »
I have been a "serial bike changer" all my motorcycling life but the more I ride this bike the more I believe that it is the motorcycling sweet spot for me. I am having a huge amount of fun on it and I don't see any of its features as being compromises or shortcomings but only a perfect balance (weight, size, performance, comfort, nimbleness, running costs etc.) of atributes. To alter any one or more of these features would impact on other features and tip the balance that Honda, quite brilliantly, have achieved with this bike. I have never lost my "thirst" for motorcycling but this little gem has reignited a sparked which had been dulled over the years. Truly amazing.

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Re: New here, but not new to 500x, garage queen story
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2017, 03:33:25 PM »
I have to admit I toy with the idea of "upgrading" to a bigger bike with more "character" someday (I'm particularly attracted to the Ducati Multistrada 950 and the Triumph Tiger 800).  But it's hard to imagine being more comfortable on such big heavy machines, and they're so much more expensive.

I could put top-of-the-line suspension, luggage, heated grips, seats, crash protectors, hand protectors, GPS, tire huggers, new wheels, exhaust system, etc. etc. etc. on my CB500X for far less than it would cost to buy a bare-bones Ducati, and have a bike that would be more reliable, and generally more capable (with the possible exception of passing uphill at highway speeds).

If money were no object, sure, I'd like to have a stable full of different bikes for different purposes.  But realistically, the CB500X does everything well enough, and most things very well indeed.
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Re: New here, but not new to 500x, garage queen story
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2017, 05:53:18 PM »
Had four of the tiger range 955i, 800, 1050, blah blah all in the past 6 years and you all know what I'm riding now! Every time I get on the Cbx and go for a long or short, I get back home and say to my other half, " God I love that bike!!" Over 40 years and 100 bikes later.. enough said eh?

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Re: New here, but not new to 500x, garage queen story
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2017, 06:27:12 PM »
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I'm with you - this isn't a 'make do' bike or a starter bike, it's the bike I have chosen to ride, and it's nearly perfect!!  :017:

Fixed it for you.  The suspension needs a bit of help to make it perfect.
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Re: New here, but not new to 500x, garage queen story
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2017, 10:23:49 AM »
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Had four of the tiger range 955i, 800, 1050, blah blah all in the past 6 years and you all know what I'm riding now! Every time I get on the Cbx and go for a long or short, I get back home and say to my other half, " God I love that bike!!" Over 40 years and 100 bikes later.. enough said eh?

50+ bikes, 49 years of riding, same conclusion.

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