2016 CBR500R vs CBR650F - Honda CBR500R Forum : CB500F and CB500X Forums
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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-19-2016, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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2016 CBR500R vs CBR650F

I'm having difficult time deciding between CBR500R and CBR 650F. In favour of 500cc is its weight (I'm 5'7" with 29" inseam,154lbs). It has sufficient performance for my need. While budget is not is not restricted, I don't need t over spend. What the CBR650F wins my heart is it's performance (not needed, but nice to have), smooth power delivery of four cylinders, and its beautiful swing arms. I'd be much obliged if you guys will enlighten me.

Retail prices in Thailand are:
CBR 500R $6013.65 USD
CBR 650F $8471.65 US Dollars

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If you have rode bikes before i would recomend going with the 650, that way you want be getting the upgrade bug within the first year for more power. I made it 7 months with my 500 before i decided to upgrade. And went with the ninja 1000, i was going to get the 650 honda but insurance was cheaper on the ninja 1000 so thats the route i took and no longer feel the urge to upgrade because i like the bike and has more power than i can use.
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With any mid-size bike you can divide the owners into two groups. One group considers the mid-size bikes a budget or skill set stepping stone to larger bikes. The other group rides a mid-size for the advantages they offer, not as a compromise. Bikes are not really a necessity and are for enjoyment, so buy the one you like best, just don't think bigger always means more fun.
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Jump on over to the honda cbr 650f forum and read all the good and bad.The only negative thing i read about this bike was the bad vibrations or buzz at certain rpm causing SOME riders numb hands and feet on longer rides.Not ALL riders experienced this on there bikes though.

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Go with the bike that you'll enjoy looking at even when you're not able to ride it, the one you feel more connected to. As mentioned above, a bigger bike doesn't necessarily mean more fun. In many ways I enjoyed my old 250r over my 500x and the fun factor is one of those ways.
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My Dad always told me, if you can get off your bike and walk away without looking back at it, you have the wrong bike.
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My Dad always told me, if you can get off your bike and walk away without looking back at it, you have the wrong bike.
but ... i like looking at it ...

anyway ... it will be your bike, in the end, you have to decide on your own, so if the money is no concern between these two, you must ask yourself what you really want and what you will be using it for the 500 can handle anything what you throw at it, the 650 can probably do the same, but faster ... i know this is not really helpful, but it's really up to you and what you decide in the end
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Check the insurance rates before buying anything. For some odd reason the 650 was rediculously high for me.


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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-26-2016, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all recommendations. As said budget is not is not restricted, so I wason the verge of making deposit for a Street Triple Rx. But when I went to a local Motor Show, I took the lure. A CBR650F it is. Free first class insurance for the first year+two track days with extensive coaching from Honda staff, and H2C(Honda 2Wheels Customized) gave me 50% discount on their full exhuast system and rear sets. I don't need t over spend. Same promotion was available for CB500 bikes.
While I'll be visiting this board less, I'll never forget kindness from members of this board.
BTW The local retail prices for
Street Triple Rx is 13,603 US Dollar
CBR 650F is 8,587 US Dollar
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