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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-02-2019, 04:03 AM Thread Starter
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I am going to be the wet blanket of rational thought here. You have owned the 500 for a year & enjoy it. It is your first “real bike”. Keep it & ride it for another year or two at least. You may not like the way it sounds, but so what. How a bike sounds would be the last thing I would concern myself with. The 500 is nimble, plenty quick enough if you push it & super economical to run. You are going to leave money on table using it as a trade in. I assume it is paid for. So, log more miles on the 500 & at some point in the future you will not wonder if something bigger is too much bike. FYI, I am in my late 60s, having survived my youth on motorcycles. I have owned in-line 750 4s, single, twin & triple 500s & a bunch of smaller bikes in my 60 years of riding. The CB500f I have had since 2016 & still love it. Sure a KTM 1290 Super Duke would be nice, but for the real world actual riding environment I am happy with the 500. Going the other direction, my current other ride is a Yamaha TW 200 dual sport which is a total blast too.
PS, I am old school. A slipper clutch only is needed if you down shift a bunch of gears & lock the rear wheel. Something experience would not let you do in the first place. ABS, OK I understand, but not my thing (sorry ExTex). Traction control is called knowing your limits & keeping the rubber on the ground.
Good points. On the safety stuff, I realize what they are all for and I’ve never had any issues with downshifting too early (or too many gears). Never really broke traction braking. And I’m not sure the 500 has enough power to need traction control (I suppose on a slippery road).

But I’ve been trying to read as much as I can for the past year, and all of the magazines and “pros” make it seem downright irresponsible to not have those things in this day and age.

Either way, I appreciate all of the perspectives and input. Gives me a lot to think about.

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Sounds like you just need an aftermarket exhaust and/or ear plugs.

I haven't ridden the 650 but it might be a step down in versatility. I have had bikes where my primary struggle has been to keep under the speed limit. The 500 is great for city commuting with 40-50kmph zones.
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I was actually going to the dealer to buy a 650r but ended up getting the 500r after a test ride on both. the 500 was more comfortable (footpegs further forward and lower), had adequate power, and weighed less (also cost less). I was coming from a Ninja 650r.
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So, log more miles on the 500 & at some point in the future you will not wonder if something bigger is too much bike.
Wise words those are, Yoda would say.

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I am going to be the wet blanket of rational thought here. You have owned the 500 for a year & enjoy it. It is your first “real bike”. Keep it & ride it for another year or two at least. You may not like the way it sounds, but so what. How a bike sounds would be the last thing I would concern myself with. The 500 is nimble, plenty quick enough if you push it & super economical to run. You are going to leave money on table using it as a trade in. I assume it is paid for. So, log more miles on the 500 & at some point in the future you will not wonder if something bigger is too much bike. FYI, I am in my late 60s, having survived my youth on motorcycles. I have owned in-line 750 4s, single, twin & triple 500s & a bunch of smaller bikes in my 60 years of riding. The CB500f I have had since 2016 & still love it. Sure a KTM 1290 Super Duke would be nice, but for the real world actual riding environment I am happy with the 500. Going the other direction, my current other ride is a Yamaha TW 200 dual sport which is a total blast too.
PS, I am old school. A slipper clutch only is needed if you down shift a bunch of gears & lock the rear wheel. Something experience would not let you do in the first place. ABS, OK I understand, but not my thing (sorry ExTex). Traction control is called knowing your limits & keeping the rubber on the ground.







Very good post,10/10.


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I won't be popular for saying this but I say follow your heart. Motorcycling is a passion, not a job. If you are irked by a characteristic of the bike you have now (e.g. the sound) and can wing the insurance for a CBR650R and are comfortable on it, I say go for it.

Of course only you can judge whether you'd get into trouble on one. I4 engines tend to have relatively soft bottom end power delivery so you should be easily able to "work" up to its power peak up at 11,000rpm without much fear. The 2019s make about 80hp at the wheel, plenty for the street but without pulling your arms out of their sockets or risking a throttle-on loop. And the 650R is a **** fine looking bike.

I was in the same boat as you back in 2014. I really loved my 500 but the sound just didn't resonate (pun not intended) with me. I ended up trading it toward a Yamaha FZ8S and enjoyed that immensely.

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