- Same seating position as the CB500F.
- Way better braking. (dual calipers in the front makes all the difference)
- Better acceleration (it's got more power, which is a given)
- Rides smoother throughout any gear, which makes over taking a breeze.
- The gears engage easier. (did not expect that!)
- It's the easiest oil change! Everything is on the left side of the bike. (Drain bolt, oil filter, oil level indicator and the oil top up)
- It can wheelie rather easily without even pinning it all the way. (For those that want to start stunting)
- Fancier cluster (tells you outside temp and engine temp, both of which is not available on the Honda).
- Comes with straps so that you can tie down stuff on the rear seat. That's standard as opposed to Honda, which it is an option.
Cons for the FZ-07:
- The CB500F has the LED head light (Put a projector on the FZ-07 and this con will be gone)
- The blinker switch is much more convenient on the CB500F (I'm sure it just takes some getting used to on the FZ-07) since it is super small on the FZ-07.
- The trunk space is MUCH bigger on the CB500F, not so important to me, but to others it may be.
- The start/kill switch takes some getting used to.
- The CB500F has a better key.
- The CB500F has adjustable front forks.
- The CB500F has solid turn signals, unlike the FZ-07 that are flapping around with the wind.
Both bikes have high attention to detail, therefore the looks is neither in the pros or cons, since that is totally up to the buyer. The color scheme on the Yamaha is larger than the Honda, but again, that's personal taste.
The price for both bikes is the same here (Montreal). I'll try the FZ-09 before buying one, since I have a feeling that's a keeper!
And to sum it up, the Honda 500 has what the Honda 300 is missing but the FZ-07 has what the Honda 500 is missing.
Strange. I thought I've seen not one, but two classified ads from you, selling the CBR.
Ha ha, you got me there!
Yes, I am trying to sell my CBR500R, I am also trying to sell my CRF250M.
As soon as they are sold, I'll get me a new '16 CBR500F - if my work contract gets extended for another year.
So in a way I'm sticking with the 500!
Jamco, do you have/had a ZRX?
I considered briefly an FZ 07 but, without seeing one in the flesh, after making a few phone calls to dealers, they weren't making any deals with them because they sell all they can get their hands on. So it was MSRP or nothing.
Plus I was selling my Versys 650 which had similar power. I was looking for lightweight and even though the FZ 07 is lighter, I just don't like Yamahas. And I especially don't like the look of the FZ 07.
If I had to sew a sticker onto my riding jacket it would be the logo with the three tuning forks.
I'm a fan of the SR500, the newer SRX600, the XS650, the 750/850 triples, even thought they had their problems.
I like Yamaha because they take risks by building bikes which are a bit individual and have some character
Honda seems to play it safe and sells more mainstream bikes for the masses.
But that's just my opinion from what I've seen in the last decades. Yours may differ.
Just yesterday I was riding my CBR500R again and said to myself: "This is a fine bike."
That kind of sums it up.
It's not a rocket, it's not a beauty, it's not a great bike, not a super bike and it's not a bike to impress other riders with at MC meets, but it's a fine bike as it is.
I disagree, I find my CBR500r to be a fine looking bike. To me, he is a handsome little guy, all sleek silver and black. Maybe that's just a girl thing, though.