Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
A couple of notes from my experience:
It's often best to hold on with your legs/thighs instead of your arms. That will give you a lot more stability, and give you a lot more confidence. And when the road is rough like this you can really loosen your grip on the bars because you're already holding on with your legs. Your hands/arms are just for operating the controls and not for "holding on". It can feel a bit hard to hold on tight enough at first, particularly if you're not in gymrat shape (who is?!), but you do get used to it.
Aside from that, note that the engine prefers to rev 4000+ RPM. At less than 4000 you can expect some extra jerkiness because the engine isn't producing much power. If you look at the power and torque curves for this engine it starts out quite low and gradually climbs. It makes the most power in the high end shortly before red-line. At 3500 RPM, based on some random power/torque curve images on Google, the engine is only making about 15 hp. At 4000 RPM, it's closer to 22 hp. The really sweet spot is between 5000 and 8000 RPM. Note: it gets loud, and it vibrates a lot, at that range, but it's safe for the engine.
Some people are trying to maximize the fuel economy, or are just afraid of the bike because they're new to riding (as they should be!), and keep the revs really low. This can cause jerkiness when you apply the throttle. See if increasing the revs helps (balance it with the clutch so you remain in control, of course; practice in a safe environment if you're new to riding). This isn't a race bike so you don't need to be paranoid about applying some throttle. It has plenty to kill you, but you have to be trying pretty hard to do it. It's not like a race bike that could kill you with too much twist. The 500 will pretty much just grumble and move you fast if you grab a lot of throttle (avoid leaning way back I guess...).
I mean the best with what I say. It doesn't always sound that way.
2013 Honda CBR500R (Millennium Red) (Completely stock)
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