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3 good, 3 bad - things about the cb500

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Post by trevor machine on Thu 05 Sep 2019, 5:31 pm

Quick fire round - three good things about the cb500 and three bad...GO!

good:

1. reliable
2. small i.e. manageable / manoeuvrable
3. good all-rounder


bad:

1. not much presence on the road (can look more like a 125 than a 500 iygwim)
2. limited range of replacement rear shocks
3. makes okay power in the mid range but struggles thereafter
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Post by hh_12345 on Fri 06 Sep 2019, 9:22 am

good:

1.reliable and cheap to maintain 
2.easy and pleasant to ride
3.does not draw attention

bad:

1.engine not smooth and consistent as bigger/modern bikes
2.not attractive (contradicts one of my personal good points)
3.getting old now



I have found that there are rear shocks available from TEC, Hagon, Koni/IKON, YSS, Bitubo, Hyperpro and Wilbers. 

Some are priced 800 euro or more, which does limit the choice for a bike that also costs that much.
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Post by trevor machine on Fri 06 Sep 2019, 1:05 pm

When I looked it seemed like the only reasonable option was YSS - which I duly purchased. But they were a fair bit softer than stock (which is actually fine for my own preferences, although it obviously wasn't as settled when trying to make progress on trickier lanes). Also, they were too long so rear wheel wouldn't rotate on mainstand (although someone here said turn front wheel full lock and that will sort it - which it did).
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Post by hh_12345 on Fri 06 Sep 2019, 8:42 pm

I agree they are maybe the only reasonable option - both the yss bravo and eco models.

If anything more sophisticated is to be  installed probably the forks must be upgraded too, and why would anyone go that far with the cb.
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Post by trevor machine on Sat 07 Sep 2019, 1:49 am

You are right though - I think Hagon do still supply some for the CB500. Iirc they're only about £150 - but some here say they're a bit hard.
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Post by ANDYC on Sat 07 Sep 2019, 10:06 am

@hh_12345 wrote:I agree they are maybe the only reasonable option - both the yss bravo and eco models.

If anything more sophisticated is to be  installed probably the forks must be upgraded too, and why would anyone go that far with the cb.







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I found it much easier to upgrade the front end to that of a cbr600f2/vfr750 and a wider rear wheel than to get another bike to be as good (for my purposes anyway) as the cb500. As I'm sure most people will agree that the suspension is the main let down closely followed by the tyre choice in my opinion.
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Post by trevor machine on Sun 08 Sep 2019, 6:23 am

good

1. has its own race series and achieves mad stuff like low one forties around Cadwell (that tends to shut people up when they slag the bike off)

2. great around town

3. has a centre stand


bad

1. headstock bearings trickier than they should be

2, shit front mudguard

3. not overly blessed in the looks dept.
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Post by smokingsig on Tue 10 Sep 2019, 10:25 am

1 Its Honda
2 Reliable
3 Flexible

1 To small for me
2 It stopped working yesterday
3 To small for me
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Post by trevor machine on Thu 12 Sep 2019, 8:14 am

of course, some are both - e.g.:

1. helps keep you legal (modest power)
2. cheap to buy (because old now)
3. manageable for smaller peeps (because relatively compact dimensions)


1. lacks excitement (modest power)
2. dated and lacking technological refinement (because old now)
3. cramped for bigger than average riders (because relatively compact blah blah)
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Post by muttley1 on Sat 14 Sep 2019, 12:16 am

Good
1) it does what you ask and more
2) it costs very little to keep going, and 60+ mpg
3) when it goes wrong is usually pretty obvious what

Bad
1) less decent parts available (and some dodgy ebayers selling 'em)
2) finish goes off and stays so
3) (or good) looks dated now

Btw, ref the post about replacement shocks, try TEC ones, £55 I think and are ok.

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Post by trevor machine Yesterday at 5:46 pm

will have a dekko at the TEC ones - that's a good price!

Bike got complemented today ("it's a credit to yer!"). I was on a group ride w/ a Hull club. I mean, my CB is in good nick for sure (46k P reg) - but as I said to the guy, it has easy winters and doesn't see much rain at any time of year.

Other bikes in group - two 800 Tigers, a v-strom thou, a pan, a '16 1200GS, an '11 GS and one or two others. I nearly took the cbr600 but for no good reason, plumped for the 500.

I rode third behind the leader on 800 tiger, and after the newer GS. Route was Londesborough, Nunburnholme, Pocklington, Meltonby, Bishop Wilton, Bugthorpe, Skirpenbeck, Buttercrambe Rd, then off right to Langton, North Grimston, Duggleby, Sledmere, and down to the cafe at Fimber. Not a particularly long ride, but loads of obscure back lanes, but many of which are fast (at least if you know 'em, which thankfully I do). The 500 was nipping at their heels and the pace was...brisk! I think there was an expectation that on this bike I'd be struggling. Not a bit of it. It was in its element and although working hard at times, it was really happy when shown some corners. Roads were bone dry, traffic was relatively quiet - so it was a great day to cane fuck out of the bike.
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Post by hh_12345 Yesterday at 7:51 pm

@ANDYC wrote:



@hh_12345 wrote:I agree they are maybe the only reasonable option - both the yss bravo and eco models.

If anything more sophisticated is to be  installed probably the forks must be upgraded too, and why would anyone go that far with the cb.




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In fact I'll probably upgrade mine too, because I can only afford this bike  cheers

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