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mafakin

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mafakin says:

CBF 500

Does anybody have any experience of restricting this bike? The weight and reliability of the Honda appeals, but I'm not sure what impact a restriction will have.

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Andy949494

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Andy949494 says:

Wouldn't have thought it would be too bad.

On the basis that the bike is basically a more modern CB500 and that was one of the classic beginner bikes - restricted many many times I wouldn't think it will be too bad. Generally bikes that don't generate a huge amount of power restrict quite well down to 33BHP....
Andy

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bbstrikesagain

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Restricts really well

Makes constant power from low revs to high so change gear whenever you like.  Quite a heavy and solid bike but handles tidily and even with 33bhp accelerates faster than most tin boxes (faster than your sane pillion wants you to).  Even copes well with two average to chunky blokes aboard.  Would eventually indicate a ton (where legal...), about 15-20mph less than when unrestricted.

Engine not as sweet as a SV650, but cheaper to insure and sweeter than any 500cc parallel twin has a right to be.

Very simple install, no disamantling of carbs etc as the restictor just bolts on the outside, restricting throttle cable and twist grip travel.  £135 (or £220 fitted) seems a bit rich for a tiny piece of metal and two little bolts, but it's much harder to copy than the old (CB500) style big washers, and alpha Technik spent time calibrating them for each model, so I reckon it's not unreasonable.

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mafakin

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mafakin says:

CBF500

Many thanks - I think you have made my mind up to go with the Honda rather than the querky mt -03

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mafakin

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mafakin says:

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Thank you - all seems very good advice

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bbstrikesagain

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if you're short or nervous

you'll appreciate the CBF500's low seat, if you're not you'll be glad it still has ground clearance and doesn't feel small on the move...

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