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i assume you checked before the ride / after you noticed it correct tire pressure, condition of the tires (if they are not too worn out) and if the steering is able to move reasonably okay and without noticeable "bumps" when stationary?

if not, then who knows ... these kind of questions are really hard to answer, because we were not there, we don't know how it felt and as a result no one can give you a real answer ... the only thing how you would find out, is test riding another one and compare
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check / ask the owner ;
- has the bike been dropped?
- rear suspension lowered?
- front /rear wheels alignment?
- steering head too tight?
- correct tire pressure?

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Sounds like low tire pressure. Steering should be easy.
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Like others said. Double check with the current owner see if anything has beed done or happened to the bike and see if any local shop has one to test ride so that you can compare the two.

I have a 2016 500r and haven't had any heavy turning even at low speeds but I haven't rode a 500x to compare.

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My (older) 500X turns at low speed just as well as my smaller bike and the NX250 that was my previous street bike. There isn't any "heaviness" in the steering. It sounds like the bike you rode had ~15 psi in the front tire.

You have to remember that the rake on the 500X is more than on the 500R because of the extra inch of front shock movement. For anyone used to riding enduros, the bike is fine.

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Low tire pressure will cause that sensation.
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5000KMs isn't very much but FWIW, I really, really notice the steering feel change when the tires wear; when the front "cups":



and rear flat-spots in the middle:



As has been mentioned by others, air pressure (specifically, too little) can make the steering feel heavy too.

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If you have to push then I'm in with the low pressure group.
I've also experienced this with worn out old tires but it was very obvious just by looking at them.
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I know a guy that left the house with low tire pressure, the first corner down the road he went off into a front lawn... because of the low pressure. Bike wanted to keep going straight. This was his first ride after the bike sat all winter.

I had a situation one time with low pressure, found myself unable to make a low speed u turn, bike wanted to go straight and I almost hit a curb.

Didn't really know what the heck was going on at the time. Checked the front tire and it only had about 8 lbs of pressure.

Chit happens.
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