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Hey all,

Found used 2015 cb500f with 2500 miles for $4200-negotiated down from $4800.

Going to look at it friday.

This will be my first bike, so I'm a bit nervous about finally buying one. Am I making a smart choice? Good first bike?

My main goal is to do some fun backroads take the long way travelling. This will fit the bill correct?

Anyways, any info is much appreciated. Just want to make sure I'm making a good choice.

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this is the exact bike I wanted for a first bike.

I’m so happy with my purchase. I’ve got new boots and Kevlar lined jeans coming in the mail. Tomorrow I get my license plate from the DMV.

The guy I bought the bike from was awesome. I told him I was a bit nervous so we went into the parking lot across the street so I could get acclimated to the bike. Then he took me for a ride around town on the 25mph roads. He took time to show me some basic maintenance like cleaning and lubing the chain, checking oil and breakfluid. He even wrote me an informational packet on the bike. He seemed to be very meticulous in the upkeep and care for his bikes.

I told him at the end of the transaction that he was the exact person I wanted to buy a bike from, he told me I was the exact person he wanted to sell a bike to lol!

I’ve been taking the bike through my neighborhood to a parking lot near my house to practice my slow speed maneuvers and to just get more comfortable on the bike before I start traveling with other traffic soon.

gotta say… I’m very happy!
 

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Good for you for buying used with low mileage. Yes it is a good first bike (although IMHO something even smaller would be my call). The 500 has enough power to keep it interesting without making it too easy to get in over your head. The engine has a wonderfully predictable power band, so no sudden surprises. Everything works pretty much as it should. Some will not like me saying this, but to me the 500 is like the Honda Civic of motos, practical, reliable, economical & fun if you push it. It has enough power for most real world riding situations. Perhaps the only fault is that with stock gearing, which I like, it is buzzy over 75mph. If you plan to spend a lot of time on freeways you will probably want to change the gearing a bit.
I have over 26,000 miles on my 2016 F with no issues. Just remember to change the oil about twice as often as Honda recommends. I change oil at 3-4000 mi intervals.
 

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A great bike. Don't forget to take the motorcycle Safety training course, buy & wear the safety gear.
It is not too hot to wear in summer, just find some low traffic roads with few (none) red lights.

Enjoy & Stay safe.
 
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My 2015 CB500F is the best motorcycle I have owned. I like it better than any of the 58 motorcycles I owned before it. Motohonace described it well. It has enough performance to get you in lots of trouble, but its manners offset that to make it very easy to ride. It feels like it weighs a hundred pounds less than it actually does. It seems to me to be at the upper end of the scale for a first bike, but then, again, there are a lot of riders out there whose first bike was a Harley.
 

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Hey all,

Found used 2015 cb500f with 2500 miles for $4200-negotiated down from $4800.

Going to look at it friday.

This will be my first bike, so I'm a bit nervous about finally buying one. Am I making a smart choice? Good first bike?

My main goal is to do some fun backroads take the long way travelling. This will fit the bill correct?

Anyways, any info is much appreciated. Just want to make sure I'm making a good choice.
So…..Friday came & went. Did you buy the bike?
 

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A great bike. Don't forget to take the motorcycle Safety training course, buy & wear the safety gear.
It is not too hot to wear in summer, just find some low traffic roads with few (none) red lights.

Enjoy & Stay safe.
Thank you! I took the course a couple weeks ago! I have a nice jacket with ce level 2 and helmet, I recently ordered some Kevlar jeans and motorcycle boots as well. Not sure if I’m going to keep the ones I got though. They are correct rr airs. Do you have any recommendations for boots or pants?
 

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Boots are the most difficult clothing item for me. Need to find a place where you can try them on.
Is Cyclegear near you ? I would look at the ones that are more shoe than boot for the summer.
 

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Congratulations! Have fun, be safe & always make it home intact.
I am a big believer in proper clothing, kind of like a seat belt you never need it until you do.
Cyclegear is a good store to check things out, fit etc. I have found Joe Rocket (horrible name, OK gear) to be well made, reasonably priced & their stuff fits me perfectly. I always wear textile armored pants & jacket or full riding suit when I venture out (almost everyday as I use the bike as my main mode of transportation). As to foot wear at minimum boots that cover the ankle. Better yet proper riding boots are best as they have armor in all the places that count. Never use steel toe boots. Check out the thread “Out of the Ashes” on this site for the why answer.
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Brown Wood Durango boot Flooring Floor

Toe sliders, armored heel cup, shin, calf protection
Workwear Sleeve Waist Headgear Thigh

I use this suit when I am out all day, touring, or in cold wet weather. Super comfy
Coat Sleeve T-shirt Collar Grey

This jacket is mesh for hot weather. It has a waterproof liner for cold mornings which gets removed when it heats up. Excuse the poor quality image!
 

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Congratulations! Have fun, be safe & always make it home intact.
I am a big believer in proper clothing, kind of like a seat belt you never need it until you do.
Cyclegear is a good store to check things out, fit etc. I have found Joe Rocket (horrible name, OK gear) to be well made, reasonably priced & their stuff fits me perfectly. I always wear textile armored pants & jacket or full riding suit when I venture out (almost everyday as I use the bike as my main mode of transportation). As to foot wear at minimum boots that cover the ankle. Better yet proper riding boots are best as they have armor in all the places that count. Never use steel toe boots. Check out the thread “Out of the Ashes” on this site for the why answer.
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Toe sliders, armored heel cup, shin, calf protection
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I use this suit when I am out all day, touring, or in cold wet weather. Super comfy
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This jacket is mesh for hot weather. It has a waterproof liner for cold mornings which gets removed when it heats up. Excuse the poor quality image!

Thank you! I plan to be a dedicated member of the ATGATT club. I'm starting with my jacket, some kevlar jeans with knee guards, a pair of compression armored shorts for hip and coccyx, and a pair of riding boots. I have two pairs ordered. One pair of Forma Hyper Shoes (CE rated "street boots") and a more traditional pair of street boots like you have.

I have a tendency to get wrapped up in the gear of things and try to get everything all at once. I think this time I'm going to try use my baseline until I have a need for something different. When it starts to get too cold I'll start looking for a new jacket etc.

You mentioned armored textile pants. Do you have any pictures of those? I was back and forth between the kevlar jeans and some textile type pants. I figured maybe I'll get a textile 2 piece suit when it gets a bit chillier for the warmth and water protection. But, again, I'm just trying to figure all this out now!
 

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The CB-500F is a very good first bike. It is also a very good 85th bike. I'll allow you to speculate how I can say that.

Its strong points include its typical Honda build quality. Some riders on this forum have put over 100K miles on theirs. Fuel consumption usually averages between 65 and 75 miles per gallon. I sometimes get 80 mpg. Oil changes are very easy. You can do them yourself. Learn how to check and adjust your rear chain slack. Very easy to do. You'll need a basic set of Metric tools; sockets, open end and box wrenches, ratchet wrenches of 3/8" and 1/2" drive with 3" and 6" extensions and a 3/8" drive torque wrench. Use good quality full synthetic oil 10-50 is fine but ensure that it is JASO-M2 certified for wet clutch motorcycles. Reduced friction automotive oils may cause your clutch to slip.

I found the OEM seat and shock absorber terrible and spent enough to get top shelf replacements. Some owners are very happy with the standard OEM units You may be one of those lucky owners.

Questions addressed to this forum will answer just about anything you ask.

Happy motoring!
Ralph
 
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