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04 September 2013 10:58
Honda's new CB500X adventure bike faces stiff competition - but it's a tough contender.
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All these bikes are too heavy IMO. I have driven bikes for 25 years, I am 184cm (6') tall and I have never owned a bike over 150kg (330lbs). I just hate heavy bikes.
17 September 2013 07:07
yes the first service is £250 quid on the honda but its got an 8000mile service interval and returns 79MPG and 240m tank range. the taller screen is fantastic and the P-twin engine is super smooth.
The cb500x is the perfect commuter/touring bike for me. it's my 8th bike and i will be keeping it long term.
Re: cheap indicators and mirrors...
indicators are really bright allowing other road users to see you well and the mirros are superb. infact the entire visability is superb on this bike. only down side is perfectly adequate cheaper suspension
dont write it off as something for beginners only or a "first big bike". it's an all round quality motorcyle
13 September 2013 11:56
whos the blondie
13 September 2013 10:17
What a load of waffle, could the "testers" not get their facts right about the bikes in question before they proceeded to make fools of themselves. These are all good bikes in their own categories but to compare the cheapest with the most expensive and the least powerful with the most powerful is just beyond me. I owned a v-strom for a number of years and yes it was an excellent bike, I now have the NC700s and I find it an enjoyable bike to ride with the added bonus of 80-90 MPG. I have had to adapt my riding style to the lower revs required, but it works wonderfully well, the standard ABS is a bonus. Testers---CDB (Could Do Better)
11 September 2013 10:46
Get your most basic info right !
The NC700X gets a slating here mainly on the grounds that its too expensive, that is only because MCN have quoted the WRONG price of £6895 which is actually for the DCT auto version !!!
The manual version of the bike on test here is £5999 which is less than a grand more than the CB500X. For that you get a physically larger and much more relaxed bike that is easier to ride because peak torque is delivered at just over 4000rpm.
This is the major feature of the bike, the engine is specifically designed to deliver all its power without the need to rev the nuts off it thus giving good MPG. This is a fact that has obviously escaped all the experienced road testers here as they all seem to insist the only way to ride bikes is by wringing the necks of them
Shame this review completely misses the point of the NC
07 September 2013 21:17
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