Opinion Question for Experienced Dual-Model CBR500R Riders
I have a question for those of you who have ridden both the pre-2016 CBR500R and post-2016 update CBR500R.
From 2015 to 2017, I lived in Bangkok, Thailand. I bought a used 2013 CBR500R. The bike was perfect for Thailand, because the bike was extremely easy to weave in and out of traffic, lane split, etc., but also fast enough to be faster than most of the cars on the countryside highways. I got very used to the "feel" and balance of the bike, and could eventually do all sorts of complicated low-speed traffic maneuvers in my sleep.
When I visited Bangkok a month ago, I rented a 2014 CB500F, and it had exactly much the same feel and balance as the CBR, which really put a smile on my face.
Anyway, in July I'm moving back to Bangkok and will be immediately buying another used CBR500R. However, I'm thinking of buying a post-2016 model instead of an older one.
Here's my question:
For those of you who have ridden both bikes, does the post-2016 CBR500R actually *feel* or ride differently from the pre-2016?
Thank you for your thoughts!