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Anyone had one and whats your thoughts. I am wanting something for a day out on, cheap and easy to look after. I also looking at CB500 prices but they all seem to have thousands of miles on them
 

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Sounds like something along the lines of a TransAlp would be just the job.

I hated the GS500 I rode. Bland. Very bland. Very very bland.

The CB500's hold their value well and last well if looked after. Given the choice between a GS500 and a CB500 it would be a GPZ500 any day :D
 

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The gs500 are mostly ex bike school hacks, tried tested and abused so cheap and chearfull.

Honda are very relaiable but well BLAND:rolleyes: for the same money you could get a whole lot better bike, all depends on what you want to do -on/off road etc.

Before buying anything test a few diff erent style bikes for comfort etc then see whats on fleabay, if lucky you could buy one and run it for a year without lossing much money then change for something else the next year.
 

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\gs500's have crap build quality that's why they're cheaper then CB500's. Given a choice go for the CB much better buy.

Ask Sharri she had one.
 

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They had a race series in the mid to late 90's based on the Honda CB500s

Surprisingly quick in the right hands and upset many sportsbike riders
 

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Sounds like something along the lines of a TransAlp would be just the job.

I hated the GS500 I rode. Bland. Very bland. Very very bland.

The CB500's hold their value well and last well if looked after. Given the choice between a GS500 and a CB500 it would be a GPZ500 any day :D
and water-colour paintwork.......total crap.;)
 

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i kinow of a bloke that raced cb500,s as you say surprisingly quick when tuned correctly
 

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They had a race series in the mid to late 90's based on the Honda CB500s

Surprisingly quick in the right hands and upset many sportsbike riders
If you go to the Ron Haslam race school the first level/ course is done on CB500's before you go on the CBR600
 

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Phil,

if you buy a road bike you'll be pining from the moment you pass the first trail.

Keep the XR, it does everything you want plus you've done all the engine work.

If not get a DR350, I'll suss you a goodun if you want :thumb:
 

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Phil,

if you buy a road bike you'll be pining from the moment you pass the first trail.

Keep the XR, it does everything you want plus you've done all the engine work.

If not get a DR350, I'll suss you a goodun if you want :thumb:
You must be readin the mind Bob:D Basically Im not sure if the XR will go or not, if it did a DR would probably be the replacement with E start of course. But a little road hack is perfectly acceptable for a day on my own enjoyin the sun. The idea of Transalps just doesnt do it for me as I keep trail riding them and not enjoyin it, so a KLE will be a definate no no:rolleyes:
 

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They had a race series in the mid to late 90's based on the Honda CB500s

Surprisingly quick in the right hands and upset many sportsbike riders
That's how Mr. Toseland started, saw him at Brands ages ago now and they had two classes 'Cup' and 'Novice'. Guess who was upgraded after his first race. The CB 500 is probably the best of the 500 twins and as with most Hondas you can put it away for a week or 10, get it out and off you go.
 

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I used to ride GS500s and CB500s when I was instructing. They were both quite nice to ride, the CB the nicest though. I rode lots of different GS500s and some started just on the button, others you could only start with the clutch pulled in, even in neutral.

We also used Kawasaki 500 twins (can't remember what the model is called)which were okay but the clutches used to need replacing all the time.
 

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Can I suggest a ZZR600... They come (fairly) cheap these days, and they're huuuuge fun to ride.

Still miss mine some days. Will do loads of miles without complaining and lots of fun in the twisties!

JB
 

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Can I suggest a ZZR600... They come (fairly) cheap these days, and they're huuuuge fun to ride.

Still miss mine some days. Will do loads of miles without complaining and lots of fun in the twisties!

JB

and very, very fast 160 mph out of a good one:rolleyes:
 
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