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My son's 2014 CB500X
Sold for an R9.

I loved that Honda - comfy upright position - but not 'cool enough' for a youngster.
He added the exhaust, fender hugger, white front fender, adj. levers, Givi screen, refl. wheel stripes, TailBlazer modulated tail light.
Typical Honda craftsmanship throughout....
We were both very impressed with the build quality.
It was assembled in Thailand - if I remember correctly.

He had any number of interested when he put it in FB for $5,500 - no idea what her let it go for. Think he paid @$6K for it.

Tall saddle, very easy to ride - very tractable drive train - damn near impossible to stall it - though I tried a few times!

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Was the original screen any good at speed ?

How comfortable was the seat after a couple of hours plus ?

What's the maximum range of the tank ?

Is it boring ( In a Honda way ) to ride ?
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A few years back, I test rode a CB500X and NC750X at the same day.

I'm sorry to say that I did find CB500X a bit boring. Nothing wrong with it, the engine was just....well, Honda.

I liked the NC750X better. Nicer, clearly more gutsy engine, a bit more planted at speed (I rode the same ~1h trip with both).

Can't remember how the wind shield felt, but seat in the CB was definitely more normal than the piece of plank in NC750X.

CB500X is no doupt great value for the money, but I found it hard to fell love in with. Very subjective, I know.
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That's interesting.

I owned a NCX 750 DCT for about 3 months and it was so mind numbingly boring I had to sell it.

I think that the CB500X is a better looking bike but you say it's more comfortable than the NC ?

That's in it's favour.

Edit - From those pictures above you can see how good the quaility of Honda parts are.
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That's interesting.

I owned a NCX 750 DCT for about 3 months and it was so mind numbingly boring I had to sell it.

I think that the CB500X is a better looking bike but you say it's more comfortable than the NC ?

That's in it's favour.

Edit - From those pictures above you can see how good the quaility of Honda parts are.
The seat in CB was better. Neutral, upright riding position. Didn't ride long enough to say more.

I'll guess the bigger engine in NC was just nicer in comparison, hard to say.
I did not find the CB500X very interesting to ride, more like nondescript.
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The NCX for me is just boring. Brilliant in the way it functions but it's hard to say something nice about it.

That might be my issue with Japanese bikes - They are all so good it's difficult to feel passionate about them.

The BSA and the Burgman have both been scrubbed off the list for new machines to buy so I might return to Soichiro's name sake and contradict myself.
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I haven't owned a Honda CB 500 X. And for the record, I still don't own a BV350 either. 😂
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I have owned 2 CB500x's. One I took in trade years ago on a Suzuki SV650s. Getting off the 650 on onto the 500x was a letdown in power. I sold it a few weeks later. A few years later, I went from a troublesome Stella 150 to the 500x. I was in heaven and rode the bike for a few years before I needed the coin and sold. It was a very good all-arounder. I like the straight up seating - good on gravel roads and especially in traffic. It was comfortable enough for day trips and never lacking for power. A very smooth ride and only second to its brother, the CB500r, in the curves. Did Deal's gap on it and had a blast. I would love to find another one. A riding buddy had a Versys 650 at the time, and while it had more raw power, it was bit buzzy. I preferred the Honda with its more linear power curve. I also found the DL650 VStrom to be a bit top heavy and more bike than I needed.
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Bill, I don't think you would be happy with the Honda 500X.
I can't see you getting excited as you approach it in the morning.

Hey, we can't all be groovy....
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Yeah, I'll take those observations on board and thank you all for your input.

I'll agree that it doesn't excite but many Japanese bikes don't. Many of them seem to lack character.

It's a shame that the new Transalp and Hornet don't get my juices flowing either.
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Yamaha Tracer 7 ?

I've never ridden the thing, but my friend has the larger Tracer 9 and rides 10,000+ km every summer.
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It's an interesting suggestion but I've just had a good look at the larger capacity bikes in the Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki range and they all look alike to the point where there's very little to separate each brand, let alone each bike.

Kawasaki's are really bloody ugly these days aren't they ?

In a weird twist of irony Honda's range has the most noticeable differences but not enough to make any of them desirable with exception to the CB500X of course.

What kind of range were the previous posters getting ? 250 miles plus ?
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Is it specifically a new bike you are looking for? If not, have you had anything from the Ducati ST range?

Obviously theres a million reasons why not, but if its hard-luggage and a grin that you're after, they might be worth a look.
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Yup I feel that a new bike I feel is in order.
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I got 74 mpg when not fully loaded up for a day trip. Otherwise, around 69 mpg, with bags, loaded down, riding solo. I also did the triangle mod to lower it slightly.
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What kind of range per tank is obtainable ? Realistically.
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I was getting 160+ miles per tank on a 21 plate CB500F, I wasn't babying the bike at all.... same engine so....
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We're talking at least 250 plus then ?
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I'd say over 200 at least
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Yeah, I think that I'm going to opt for one to time with the new registrations in March next year.

I'll bet that they have a price increase by that time.
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Regarding boring motorcycles:
Years ago Honda sold a 500cc motorcycle they called the Silverwing (not a scooter.) About two years later they upgraded the model to 650cc and the dealers had to fire sale the 500s. I was entranced by it. It was beautiful, a transverse V twin (think Guzzi), shaft drive, and the smoothest bike in the world. I had to have one. I sold it before the riding season was over. I was just bored to tears with all the perfection. Out of all the bikes I've owned and ridden, it's the only one that bored me.


(About the same time I bought a Volvo station wagon to commute in. I put 25,000 mi on it in one year. It was the only boring car I've had. I just turned 80, bored isn't good for you.)
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I will drink to that Tor2ga, I am having a tough time with retirement. I have had what I like to think was a pretty exciting and challenging life by choice and the boredom is killing me.

I am seriously considering getting out on the racetrack again. I am not too far from California where they have some really good races and they recently had the west coast championships for supermoto right here in Reno Nevada so there is that.

Expensive hobby though. You know how to make a million dollars with racing? Start with three million...I gotta find some way to tempt fate that I can afford and that won't invalidate the life insurance policy for my dear wife. It's a definite no to take up base jumping with a flying squirrel suit the insurance specifically prohibits all the fun stuff.

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That's interesting. I retired close to 5 years ago and I'm really cool with it.

I walk 6 miles a day. I drink too much coffee and I ride motorcycles in the afternoon and read in the evening.

I socialise a lot more than I used to.

Sorted.
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I think that this is a very interesting conversation.

There comes a point when you crave for a bike that just works and doesn't fail on any level.

It doesn't pluck on the heart strings. It just works. All day and all night.

The KLV is almost 20 years old and apart from a fork oil seal and regular servicing it's been bullet proof.

The BMW is a total Shit Show.

I need another KLV.
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We're on the same page. I've owned so many bikes, most of which would be described as beautiful and full of character. Which is another way of saying exotic and unreliable. I've lost a few steps, bikes have become utterly ridiculous (as far as performance) and the last thing I want to deal with is another breakdown on the road. I'm looking at Honda and Yamaha.
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I get that.

Many of Kawasaki's bikes are totally uninspiring and Suzuki seem to keep their models going for a couple of years longer than they should.

Both mechanically sound but I can't tell many of them apart.

For me the CB500X just looks right and the facelift made it look even better.

Sure there's going to be nothing to talk about but the purchase may well be a metaphor for where we are in life.
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Aprilia Tuareg?

I have a Vesys 300. Good enough for me. 17l range is about 400+ kms.
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I had a 2015 with the Rally Raid kit. Great all around bike. If you're used to more displacement or dislike smooth, quiet bikes, it's probably not for you. The engine runs like a sewing machine.

My only real gripe was that I found the pegs to be completely in the wrong position (too far back). I was able to move them forward and down a bit and that worked out pretty well.

It's a bike that covers the dual sport and street riding ends of the spectrum *pretty well* but doesn't excel at either. The suspension upgrade was a must. Not sure what it ships with these days.

Did a lot of desert riding and commuting on it but ended up selling after I got my first Vespa. It was just too heavy to be picking up all the time in the dirt and wasn't nearly as agile in traffic as the GTS. I will pick up a CRF300 when and if I need a dual sport again.

Yeah. I dropped it. A *lot*. I was not kind to it and it never let me down. I did not find the bike to be boring at all. I guess it all depends on where you ride, eh?

Edit: The Palmer bracket allowed enough adjustability to create a bubble of calm around my face perfectly. It's been a high that I've been chasing on every subsequent bike since. Completely spoiled me as far as what I should expect from a windscreen!
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We got our daugther a CB500F when she achived her masters degree. Very nice bike!! It's been Honda reliable.
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If you are not going to do any trail riding, that is, if it's just going to be a road bike full time, I don't know if that would be the bike for you. It sits you up better that its brothers the CB500f and CB500r, but for pure road use, I would move to a Versys 650. Despite the sales pitch on the Versys from Kawasaki, this is a sport tourer and is more fun for road riding.
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Thank you all for your input.

I'll admit that I do have a concern that it's not going to cut it on the highway which is why I'll probably change the gearing from a 15 tooth to a 16 to drop the rpms a bit.

It won't be going off road either. I'll leave that to the more adventurous types.

I know that Kawasaki makes a solid bike but I just can't get into them. They all look a bit "samey".
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I'll admit that I do have a concern that it's not going to cut it on the highway which is why I'll probably change the gearing from a 15 tooth to a 16 to drop the rpms a bit.
I found the Cb500f wasn't that bad on the motorway tbh (for a naked bike), same motor etc but maybe geared a bit differently
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I'm curious that you found NCX boring and CBX not.

What's the main assumption behind this? How CBX is better?
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Thank you all for your input.

I'll admit that I do have a concern that it's not going to cut it on the highway which is why I'll probably change the gearing from a 15 tooth to a 16 to drop the rpms a bit.

It won't be going off road either. I'll leave that to the more adventurous types.

I know that Kawasaki makes a solid bike but I just can't get into them. They all look a bit "samey".
The Versys 650 is a lot more fun to ride because the punch comes in around 7K rpm and builds from there. The Honda is more of a linear climb which is actually nice on trails. On the street, not so much.
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The NCX I owned had the DCT gearbox, which is great but it tends to make you feel like a passenger as all you really have to do is brake and accelerate.

Sure you can override it but pressing buttons to change gear just feels weird.

I also believe that changing gear with your foot is faster than using your finger tips.

I'm not one for having the same bike twice so I don't think that I'd gain much by owning a manual NC.
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The NCX I owned had the DCT gearbox, which is great but it tends to make you feel like a passenger as all you really have to do is brake and accelerate.

Sure you can override it but pressing buttons to change gear just feels weird.

I also believe that changing gear with your foot is faster than using your finger tips.

I'm not one for having the same bike twice so I don't think that I'd gain much by owning a manual NC.
Oh yeah, I forgot about the DCT. Now I understand.
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