It is time to get a full size bike again. I was 100% dead set on the V Strom 650 since it fit my needs best (on paper) but wished it was just a hair lighter/smaller/better fuel economy, etc.
Then enters the 2013 Honda CB500X. It's not an adventure bike to clarify from the get go. But it is lighter, smaller, better FE, etc. than the Strom.
I need to test ride both but would like any input from riders here.
2012 Suzuki V Strom 650 ABS
Length - 90.2
Width - 32.9
Height - 55.3
Wheelbase - 61.4
Ground clearance - 6.9
Seat Height - 32.9
Weight - 472
Fuel capacity - 5.3
Fuel economy - about 55?
Hp & Tq - ? & ? @ ? & ?
2013 Honda CB500X ABS
L - 81.6
W - 32.4
H - ?
Wheelbase - 55.9 (1.5 less than strom)
GC - ?
Seat Height - 31.9 (1" less than strom and same as my XT225)
Weight - 430 (42 lbs less than Strom)
Fuel capacity - 4.5 (0.8 less)
FE - about 65 ish (10 better than Strom, off or real world not EPA)
Hp & Tq - 48 & 31.7 @ 8.5k & 7k.
I'm honestly leaning toward the Honda now, since I'm 5'8", 158lbs and don't really intend on going off road with either bike. That's what the dirt bikes are for, I just like to be able to hop a curb and go down a nasy back road or through a rough spot to get to where I want to if need be.
This will be a commuter and highway tourer. No more than 8 hours on the road most likely. That's the farthest I've gone on a bike anyway.
The Strom is the better bike, period. No debating it. The Honda is meant for the market of people bumping up from a 250 and is definitely NOT off road capable or an adventure bike in any way. But I'm not sure I need more than what the Honda is. My only worry is they didn't move the foot pegs forward on the "X" version and I HATE having my feet behind me like a sport bike.
Anyway, I've rambled enough. Please feel free to chime in and weigh in on the subject. I've called and called and no place nearby has either bike for a test ride so in the mean time I am just tumbling it around. For all I know I will ride them and hate one and love the other, love them both, or even dislike them both, but so far, on paper, I am definitely getting one of these bikes, and am actually leaning toward the Honda simply because it would make a good commuter, weekend warrior, and highway rider, all while being very economical.