I'm 5ft 10" and don't find my CB500X cramped at all - not like I was on my NTV650.Wuyang wrote: ↑Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:21 am
Thanks for that very useful info. I'm in the middle of considering maybe getting a different bike. I love my innova, in fact I like riding it more than any other bike I've owned, but I'm hoping something with better suspension may help me stuffer less after riding the bike. Interested in the crf250l and the cb500x. My friend nearly bought a cb500x, I like my knees to be fairly dropped and the cb500x allowed this nicely compared to a lot of bikes.
I owned a few of the older style cb500's, but found them too cramped, however when you got the revs up they went from standard commuter bike to a real fun little pocket rocket, it was almost as if they had a power band type delivery once they got to a certain revs.....great engine, is the new version anything like that?
I know what you mean re the '94-03 CB500's and the new one hasn't quite got that amount of grunt - however I've ridden a NC700 and, because it doesn't rev very high it didn't 'feel' as fast even though it possibly is - I kept hitting the rev-limiter on it. The CB500X revs to 10,000 and, being a twin, has the characteristic vibes that go with it - it ain't a pocket-rocket but plenty fast enough for me.
Makes sense for you to have a test ride on one, see if you can get an extended one as you need a ciouple of hours (and use it on the roads that you use regulary) -if you were nearer I would be happy to lend you mine for an afternoon.
Also the Honda CB500 riders forum (http://www.cbr500riders.com) is very helpful (as I find they all are) with tips to further improve an already good bike.
Sorry I can't fathom how to add previous quotes onto the thread