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Video: Soft Roaders - Honda CB500X v Rivals

Honda's new CB500X adventure bike faces stiff competition - but it's a tough contender. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Nov 03

Posts: 29

marval says:

correcting the facts

 First of all I agree that the Vstrom is the best but in the interests of fair play,  the NC700x is £5999, not £6899, (dct price),  yes the 500x is £5k but so many reports price the first service approaching £300!!! So the Vstrom is readily available for around £5700  with current £800 cashback , with about a £50 first service. No contest. Perhaps the newbies needed to do a bit of reaearch before commenting on the NC700 not revving beyond 7000rpm, or even the seasond testers did nothing to clarify its purpose and economy, I say that as a sister publication BIKE magazine gives it 5 stars. Regretably  since the sad demise of Kevin Ash, it is very hard to find a really meaningful review. 

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Oct 05

Posts: 3

dbwindhorst says:

if they're mini-venture bikes... do they compare on unimproved roads?

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Aug 13

Posts: 33

peld says:

Completely agree with what marval has said below - if they had read thier own magazine the NC700X/S is specifically designed to NOT rev high as it is effectively a car engine, and designed to be a fuel efficient commuter.

Also find it a bit silly they have tested the 500 against these other bikes - the 500 was brought out for the new licence regulations so putting against the much more powerful V-Strom is a bit silly - most buyers of the 500 series wont be considering a VStrom.

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Oct 10

Posts: 183

toadhancocks says:

nice Girdle Neevesy!!! Looking trim! :¬)

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Sep 13

Posts: 1

Fitchie1 says:

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

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Feb 11

Posts: 13

DLman123 says:

Rubbish Test

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)

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Oct 08

Posts: 6

cmj897 says:

whos the blondie

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Sep 12

Posts: 7

dukie says:

my thoughts

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

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Sep 13

Posts: 2

alaus says:

 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.

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