Hi folks! I just picked up this 2018 CB500FA yesterday. I also ride a Spyder RTLE. My previous bikes have been Yamaha TTR125L, Vstar 650, Roadstar, Goldwing, BMW F650GS, BMW K1200GT, and another Goldwing.
Wow! you do have lots of experience already! I'm a new rider, just started on December 2018 on a Honda Grom 125cc ABS 2018. I have put only 2,922 miles on it and got me a new CB500F ABS.
I moved to the Spyder since my hubby likes leading me down gravel and dirt roads while I’m pulling a trailer (he has an adv bike). While I’m more than capable of handling a big bike on pavement, you get me off of it with my short little legs and all bets are off
I'm a short guy just 5'5" 140 lbs and I was afraid of something bigger than the Grom 125 cc but I test drove the CB300R 2019, the CB500F ABS 2019, the CB650F 2017 and the CB650R ABS 2019 and I got in love with the CB500F ABS. It is only 30.9" high and the clutch is super soft, very easy to changing gears. The other ones were taller and their clutch was very hard.
I still love 2 wheels though and wanted to get something for commuting back and forth to work, as well as something small enough that we could roll onto a hitch rack on the back of our motorhome to use as a runabout. The CB seemed perfect and I got a great deal on a leftover 2018
I ride my Grom to go to the nearest store to get a couple of tomatoes and onions and the CB500F for commuting to work. I installed a GIVI top box on both to carrying some groceries and my lunch.
First impressions: I need a windscreen (looking at the V-stream sport touring), and gotta do something with that seat!
Congratulations on you new CB500F. I got a CB500F ABS 2019 in July and I'm very happy with this baby. I ride it just for commuting purposes every day to work. I have put 1,377 miles on it.
I loved the CB650R ABS 2019 except for the clutch that I felt it was very hard and the seat is 31.9" too high for me, but perhaps I may buy it too, or maybe even the CB1000R ABS once I graduate of my CB500F ha, ha, ha.