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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-27-2019, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Been on a dual sport, now to a cbr500r

Hello forum, well I am 44 year old guy who has been riding a Crf 250l for a few years now. I started riding in 2004 when I moved to Ohio from San Diego. (No surfing in good ol Columbus hehe) Been through a handful of bikes, Honda xl185, Suzuki gladius, Suzuki m50, victory cross country, cbr250, Yamaha fz07, and now the Crf250l is my only ride.
I havenít been on a sport bike since the cbr 250 in 2010. Iíve been researching the cbr500r and the cbr650r. Iím kind of torn between the two. But the price on the 500 makes it more appealing. Has anyone had an opportunity to ride both bikes?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-30-2019, 07:27 PM
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I guess the site still hasn't been fixed... Just lost my post.

I test drove a CBR650F a few years ago. I GoPro'd it. (There is also a VFR800 in there...)

The gist is that the 500 is a cheap bike, and you get what you pay for. The 650 should hopefully have better suspension and be generally higher quality. It definitely sounds nicer. Neither bike is particularly comfortable. I found the extra girth between my thighs was comfortable, but on the short test drive I found it more uncomfortable than my 500 (but that could just be because I was used to riding my 500 and had bad posture). I suggest test riding before you buy. Everybody is different. You won't know what fits best without trying it, and buying it to try it is a pretty expensive way to try. If money is an issue then you can make a 500 work for you, as many of us have. Some even claim money not to be an issue, but they still prefer the 500. After 5 years riding one I'd say it's economical, but it lacks a lot of polish, comfort, and bite.
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I test rode both, but it was back in 2015, and I think the 650 has had some major changes since then. I actually went to the dealer planning on buying the 650, but wasn't too impressed. It seemed pretty heavy, I didn't like the 4 cylinder power band, and the footpegs were pretty far back. I then tested the cbr500r just because I had already signed the waiver and they had one available for a test ride. It immediately felt better and seemed to have adequate power, so I bought that instead of the 650. Sort of surprised the dealer salesman.
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Keep your dual sport & buy the 500!
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Check if your dealer has any remaining Interceptors. There have been some great prices to move them. You might be able to pick up a deluxe for less than the 650. Test drive one on the expressway. I love mine.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-17-2019, 03:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input. I intend on riding both bikes to see which fits me best. I do intend on doing some weekend rides in the 400-500 mile range so the bike with the most comfortable feel in that category is going to go home with me. My dual sport has zero wind protection and at 250cc itís got a bit of vibration to deal with. It will be nice to ride a sporty tourer type of bike.
Btw motohonace, donít worry my dual sport is staying no matter which bike I add to the quiver
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