Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Maroochydore Sunshine Coast Qld Australia
Last Monday I went bike shopping with a budget of up to 20k, for the right bike.
I want comfort above all and fun to ride.
I rode a vfr8oox a 650 versys an xtz660 and was on my way to looking for a BMW 800gs, when I spotted a black 500x demo at a dealership.
After a test ride I was hooked with the smoothness of the 500.
At first I was concerned that a 500 would be too slow to be fun, but it has heaps of power & torque, right where you want it.
I have a B.M.W. F650 gs and the Honda 500 feels about the same power/torque but soo smooth, the gears and engine are silky smooth.
I have had over 90 bikes in the last 41 years of riding, and I prefer the upright riding position for long days in the saddle.
The only thing I will change is the rear brake pads because I feel the rear brake is too week.
Apart from that I have ordered a centre stand, even the screen is fine for my 185cm frame, all I did was lean the top forward 10mm with some spacers.
The main reason I was bike shopping is my BMW 1150 RT is too hot to ride in the Aussie heat, due to no air to cool the rider down, so I was looking for a Summer bike.
I did my first 1,000km in the first week, and so far I am stoked.
The Honda won over the other bikes, for me because it ticks every box.
The suspension is smooth and it corners like it's on rails, I haven't hit the pegs on the ground yet, but have used all of the tread right to the side wall without any sign of sliding.
The other bikes ... KTM 1190 was too big, the vfr 800x foot pegs are rear set, and too high, the versys 650 vibrated and had stiff gear box, the xtz600 was too slow and vibrated, so the sub $9000. Honda won out.
CB500X + KTM 450 ecx + B.M.W. R1150RT + Peougeot Geopolis 250.
Last edited by Javelin; 10-31-2013 at 09:55 PM.