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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-29-2016, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by sonicboom View Post
When I first got this bike a couple times I had trouble passing cars going up hills in the foothills here in Northern California.

Now I'm not noticing that as much, since I'm in the habit of keeping the RPM's up above 4,000 these days on these hills.

Most of my back road riding I seldom get out of 4th gear, when I first got the bike I would be in 5th and 6th all the time and feeling like the bike lacked power sometimes.
Agreed, this is exactly how this bike should be ridden.

Most new CBR500 riders fall into the same trap of getting up into 5th and 6th way to early and then wonder why they are lacking acceleration to overtake.

The only downside to this engine is that above 5000k, it does sound like you are stressing the engine when in fact you are not.

One thing that I have noticed about the GSXR that I am currently riding is the inline 4 sounds like it is singing through out the rev range and the induction noise is absolutely fantastic.

Not taking anything away from the CBR500 because for what it is, I still belive it is the perfect bike to not only learn your motorcycle craft on but is a great bike in general for most applications.

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post #32 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-29-2016, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by iliodi View Post
The only downside to this engine is that above 5000k, it does sound like you are stressing the engine when in fact you are not.
This is why i want an aftermarket exhaust because anything over 5k sounds fcuking horrible!

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post #33 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-30-2016, 02:24 PM
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There is a personal sweatspot in the 2-dimensional space of rider skills and motorcyle capabilities. Within this sweetspot, riding is pure pleasure. That's where you need to go.

My current ride (80-85 HP, 155kg), although my smallest on power for quite some years, is still too much to fully cover that sweetspot. A pimped* CBR500R might be the right next step on my way to enlightment - Oooommmm....

*after a longer test ride I think that the CBR could benefit from some improvements: suspension, brakes, tires, max. lean angle etc.
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post #34 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-31-2016, 12:15 AM
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Agreed with the above sentiments. As a new rider I am not accustomed to how bikes sound / feel and reving past 4k didn't feel nice.

With an exhaust, it sounds better all round (I use the db Killer, still good) and 5-6k now has a nice little crack to it on full throttle, rather than just the buzzy engine noise.
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post #35 of 35 (permalink) Old 12-31-2016, 10:09 AM
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I read this somewhere.

'Extra horsepower will not make up for lack of skills'.
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