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Old 08-10-2013, 09:38 PM   #21
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I'm still keeping the eyes out for a XS650 project but that's more dreaming than realistic while I'm in school/work/tiny apartment.
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:43 PM   #22
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maybe you should post your question over on Adventure Rider.

might get some more better input on there than from a bunch of knucklehead truck guys. but be warned, it's a damn cool place and you can waste hours on there.... kinda like here.
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:46 PM   #23
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maybe you should post your question over on Adventure Rider.

might get some more better input on there than from a bunch of knucklehead truck guys. but be warned, it's a damn cool place and you can waste hours on there.... kinda like here.
I'm on ADV already ha definitely a high caliber place I like to snoop around.

I'm pretty set in my mind now. I'm going to get the Honda and Mod as I go Just a matter of finding one in the Midwest to test ride. Winter is a coming too, so do I buy in Fall or Spring . . . it'll add up eventually. Maybe someone will hate theirs and be selling it in the fall for cheap.
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Is a Kawasaki Versys out of the question? I love mine, smaller and more nimble than the V-Strom, though not as off-road worthy, without being wimpy like the CB500X.

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Old 09-01-2013, 10:35 AM   #25
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It kind of is. CBX is more nimble and better in the twisters and the Strom is better on highway and off road. It kind of gets cut out. Great bike, just not for me. Thanks for the input though.
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It kind of is. CBX is more nimble and better in the twisters and the Strom is better on highway and off road. It kind of gets cut out. Great bike, just not for me. Thanks for the input though.
Seemed like a good compromise since you're torn between the CBX and the V-Strom. Have you sat on those bikes? I was pretty sure I wanted a V-Strom until I sat on it, it's heavy enough and long enough, even though it's supposed to be more off road worthy than the Versys, I wouldn't want to ride it off road anyway. The CBX feels more like a 250, kinda reminded me of the GS500 I rode, which is fine if that's what you are going for. Simply going by it's weight, I'd think it would do as well off road as the V-Strom, you just wouldn't have the long distance capability of the Strom.
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:26 PM   #27
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Yeah, I've sat on all three and ridden the Versys. I'm not torn anymore. The X is the perfect fit for what I was looking for. And I'll mod anything that I feel needs changing. I don't keep vehicles stock long. I have a family acquaintance who rode mode of South America and back on a Versys. I just didn't feel it was right for me. The Strom would be great if I was two up and/or on the highway a lot but I will be primarily commuting with occasional highway trips of about 500 miles. Finding a fitting bike is a very personal thing and for my personal needs the X is about as close as it gets to being just right.
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Cool. I look forward to a review. I am kinda looking at those for my wife. I've been riding for 30 years, married for 21, and she just last year got her endorsement. She currently has a 2007 Virago 250, and I think something like the CBX 500 might be a good step for her, maybe I wouldn't have to go so slow for her to be able to keep up.
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:20 PM   #29
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Here's some owner experience and reviews:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...840842&page=63

and an article:

http://rideapart.com/2013/08/rideapa...-honda-cb500x/


Follow that thread. Seems to be great reviews and a guy on there lowered one a ton for his wife. Something like 1.5" in the rear and 2+ in the front so should could reach.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:15 PM   #30
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Not bad for a street bike:

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