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one word to describe the CB500

Post by trevor machine on Wed 28 May 2014, 8:53 pm

Give me one word you would use to describe the CB500 - it can be positive or negative, good or bad, complimentary or critical.

I'll go first :

modest
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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by teamster1975 on Wed 28 May 2014, 9:38 pm

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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by Beresford on Wed 28 May 2014, 9:49 pm

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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by Toutsuite on Wed 28 May 2014, 10:51 pm

Zippy!
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Post by badseeds on Thu 29 May 2014, 12:16 am

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Post by badseeds on Thu 29 May 2014, 12:16 am

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Post by badseeds on Thu 29 May 2014, 12:16 am

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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by badseeds on Thu 29 May 2014, 12:17 am

I'll stop now and post more mags.

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Post by sullivj on Thu 29 May 2014, 6:46 am

Agricultural
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Post by eternally_troubled on Thu 29 May 2014, 12:47 pm

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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by trevor machine on Thu 29 May 2014, 9:29 pm

badseeds wrote:I'll stop now and post more mags.

Funnily enough I had those words too but plumped for modest, for some reason. Anyway yeah - some mags would be sweet!  Smile
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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by trevor machine on Thu 29 May 2014, 9:30 pm

teamster1975 wrote:Dependable

I also had that one ready to go. ; - )
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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by trevor machine on Thu 29 May 2014, 9:39 pm

sullivj wrote:Agricultural

Is this something that's said about all (non-Italian) twins? In any case, and in all honesty, my 500 is really smooth - and even the gear box (often described as notchy) is very decent.

It's not AS smooth as e.g. a CBF600 - but ironically what it gains in smoothness it loses in the 'feel' department.

I don't think of the 500 as unrefined, like say the equivalent of a two wheeled land rover or something.
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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by badseeds on Thu 29 May 2014, 10:22 pm

trevor machine wrote:

sullivj wrote:Agricultural



Is this something that's said about all (non-Italian) twins? In any case, and in all honesty, my 500 is really smooth - and even the gear box (often described as notchy) is very decent.

It's not AS smooth as e.g. a CBF600 - but ironically what it gains in smoothness it loses in the 'feel' department.

I don't think of the 500 as unrefined, like say the equivalent of a two wheeled land rover or something.

I think the word you're all looking for is, utilitarian.
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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by trevor machine on Fri 30 May 2014, 5:12 am

That's a good word, and one I've used in relation to the cb5 before. However, utilitarian vehicles have traditionally been renowned for terrible ergonomics - and, even though the cb is a little low (thus slightly cramped), it usually feels comfortable to me. For the first couple of hours at least. 

Digressing for a second - one of the least comfortable / most utilitarian vehicles I ever travelled in was a Guy Big J4. Such was the general balance and suspension of the thing that the back of the seat kept twatting driver and passenger in the back. Really battering them. After half an hour in that bastard you felt genuinely ill, and as though you'd been mugged. It was a frighteningly bad experience - I thought it was because it had no trailer, i.e. ballast, but apparently they're almost as bad even when they're properly hooked up. Quite how blokes drove them all day every day is something I'll never grasp. The whole fucking lot of 'em should've been give OBEs.
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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by eternally_troubled on Fri 30 May 2014, 12:51 pm

trevor machine wrote: one of the least comfortable / most utilitarian vehicles I ever travelled in was a Guy Big J4. Such was the general balance and suspension of the thing that the back of the seat kept twatting driver and passenger in the back. Really battering them. After half an hour in that bastard you felt genuinely ill, and as though you'd been mugged. It was a frighteningly bad experience - I thought it was because it had no trailer, i.e. ballast, but apparently they're almost as bad even when they're properly hooked up. Quite how blokes drove them all day every day is something I'll never grasp. The whole fucking lot of 'em should've been give OBEs.

For those in the dark as to what one of those is, look here:

http://www.historywebsite.co.uk/Museum/Transport/commercial/Guy/BigJ4.htm
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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by eternally_troubled on Fri 30 May 2014, 12:55 pm

Also a definition (from google):

utilitarian - designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive

which you *could* say of the CB5, except it doesn't look *that bad*.


I have another word to describe the CB500: underestimated
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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by ashcroc on Fri 30 May 2014, 2:27 pm

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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by HomeBrew on Fri 30 May 2014, 5:08 pm

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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by teamster1975 on Fri 30 May 2014, 5:31 pm

Mine!
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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by jonny10 on Sat 31 May 2014, 12:57 am

eternally_troubled wrote:I have another word to describe the CB500:    underestimated  


When I was thinkin of buying mine, an old bloke I know who's been ridin bikes since 1970 or so, commuting, touring, done a bit of racing, all his own spannering etc used this very word to describe the CB500 to me. IIRC he'd owned 2 of them, in the 90's...maybe more.
I agree.
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Re: one word to describe the CB500

Post by trevor machine on Sat 31 May 2014, 7:25 pm

Similarly:

Underrated.
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Post by GlenAnderson on Sat 31 May 2014, 10:46 pm

Nice.
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Post by GlenAnderson on Sat 31 May 2014, 10:46 pm

Forgiving.
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Post by GlenAnderson on Sat 31 May 2014, 10:47 pm

Comfortable.

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