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Saw one at a dealer today in Chiang mai .What a beautiful practical looking bike .Anyone here have one .RDP on the Honda site is B209,000 .The dealer where i saw it though had no price on it .

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The official price of the Honda CB500X is 215,000 THB

Could be ,the site i googled brought up my figure .The place i saw it was at the new Big Wing showrooms in Central CM .The bike had a straight sit up ,touring like sitting position for the driver.Great for an old fart like me . .

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Took a mate over last Sat to pick up the first 500X sold in CM at Big Wig Honda, took a spin up to Mai Rim and had a ride on it.

Very impressed with the performance, I have both a Versy and a CRF250 and this bike would probably do the job of both bikes. Would have preferred to see USD forks though. Apart from that I think this bike will be awesome in the mountains up north. Very nimble and felt light.

Only time will tell but first impressions were good on a short spin.

The Australian models have USD forks I'm told.......

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i rode one too.

It is a very comfy bike and super light.

Handles well like a small bike but has a lot of power from 1500 rpm to up.

I was liking cb500f and but after i drive cb500x, i prefer to ride cb500x.

matte black looks cool too.

can recommend it everyone up north especially.

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I think Honda was smart to bring out the CB500s which have actually only 471cc. The 650 Kawasakis may be too powerful (and a bit too heavy) for many Thais, and Thais will be the main buyers. In typical Honda style they sat back and watched Kawasaki introduced the three versions, then calculated what to do better and then developed three models that are quite similar to the 650 Kawasakis - a naked one, a sporty one and an "adventure" style. Same with the 250s - the CBR is supposed to attract the Ninja buyers, the CRF the Tracker fans. Around 45 horses should be quite sufficient for riders moving up from the 250s and you save a lot of money. You could buy a CB500X and a Wave 110 for the price of the Versys!

But the CB500X is not much different from the naked and faired 500s. About half an inch of longer fork travel doesn't make much of a difference so don't think it's off-road worthy! It's a tiny bit softer than the CBR500R sports bike. It doesn't compare to the CRF250M! Even though it looks "adventurous" doesn't mean it is dirt capable.

But - to me the X is the most interesting version, I like the seating position, should be good for doing distance, maybe the bars are a bit too high, I haven't sat on one yet.

Fitting the bars from the F may an option.

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I got one a few days ago in Chiang Mai. I went for the black. Not run in yet as haven't had time, but I do like the ergonomics and the torque from low-ish revs. Also love the standard tyres - Pirelli Scorpions. I had them before on a KLR650, and they were great road tyres. I don't know about the claimed use off road - the tread is not designed for it. Maybe the 90/10 that Pirelli claim is 10 for rough roads. If so, perfect for Thailand. And I would like to get some frame sliders for it - anyone know where I can get some? And fit to where exactly - the guy at BigWing wouldn't offer a suggestion. The front engine mounting bolts look like the best option. (I know they don't really help with a big slide, but are great for a driveway drop with all of that plastic to worry about).

man, write your impression sometime, i am also pretty much impressed with cb500x, easy, light, hassle free ride, a great urban and inter province tourer and it looks good to.

I talked with Thai owners at Bigwing and all praised the bike like how comfy, light and easy to drive it is and has enough power to go anywhere in Thailand they say some even did some mild trails without any problems.

And they say more suspension travel makes a big difference on bumps etc.

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hi there! i would like to inform you that i have test riden the 2013 cbr500r and also cbr500x at the honda big wing dealer in bkk ram intra district. while riding it gentle i felt it was a pretty good bike for the money. i then took both the bikes for a 2nd ride and this time i revved as much as i could on the short little test track they offered me to ride it.

//////and this is the important part!

way long time before the redline the ecu shuts the engine to idle! like if u revved up and then hold in the clutch.

i found this out by accelerating fast as i could and then swith to 2nd gear and the bike was stuttering like i kept the clutch in for atleast 1 full second.

the salesman first told me that it might be that its not enough gas in the tank and its gonna be allright when i ride it with more gas.

ofcourse i was very suspicious about this and after all we are in thailand and you cant really trust any salesman down here.

so i went straight to check how much gas was in the tank and it was indeed on low blinking and i also checked the cbr500r gas indicator. this test i found it out during testing the cbr500x (touring off road version) . the cbr500r seemed to had a little bit more gas in it.

how ever i managed to talked the info out of the salesman and he told me hondas cbr500 series bikes are programmed to shut off engine response at 9000 rpm!! .

he said that honda decieded to do this cause of costumers driving the shit out of the engines and claiming it within the 1st engine warranty year.

please keep this in mind if you consider buying the 2013 cbr500 series.

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hi there! i would like to inform you that i have test riden the 2013 cbr500r and also cbr500x at the honda big wing dealer in bkk ram intra district. while riding it gentle i felt it was a pretty good bike for the money. i then took both the bikes for a 2nd ride and this time i revved as much as i could on the short little test track they offered me to ride it.

//////and this is the important part!

way long time before the redline the ecu shuts the engine to idle! like if u revved up and then hold in the clutch.

i found this out by accelerating fast as i could and then swith to 2nd gear and the bike was stuttering like i kept the clutch in for atleast 1 full second.

the salesman first told me that it might be that its not enough gas in the tank and its gonna be allright when i ride it with more gas.

ofcourse i was very suspicious about this and after all we are in thailand and you cant really trust any salesman down here.

so i went straight to check how much gas was in the tank and it was indeed on low blinking and i also checked the cbr500r gas indicator. this test i found it out during testing the cbr500x (touring off road version) . the cbr500r seemed to had a little bit more gas in it.

how ever i managed to talked the info out of the salesman and he told me hondas cbr500 series bikes are programmed to shut off engine response at 9000 rpm!! .

he said that honda decieded to do this cause of costumers driving the shit out of the engines and claiming it within the 1st engine warranty year.

please keep this in mind if you consider buying the 2013 cbr500 series.

Umm I think your find that's called a rev limiter and yes every bike has one the bike wouldn't last long without one,good honest answer from the dealer imo

P.s you may also find that cars have these things fitted aswell.

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I got one a few days ago in Chiang Mai. I went for the black. Not run in yet as haven't had time, but I do like the ergonomics and the torque from low-ish revs. Also love the standard tyres - Pirelli Scorpions. I had them before on a KLR650, and they were great road tyres. I don't know about the claimed use off road - the tread is not designed for it. Maybe the 90/10 that Pirelli claim is 10 for rough roads. If so, perfect for Thailand. And I would like to get some frame sliders for it - anyone know where I can get some? And fit to where exactly - the guy at BigWing wouldn't offer a suggestion. The front engine mounting bolts look like the best option. (I know they don't really help with a big slide, but are great for a driveway drop with all of that plastic to worry about).

Congrats on the new bike!

On the sliders check with RSV Racing or Moth Racing

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