Small/mid Adventure bikes have promise

DirtFlier

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670 cc: "I assumed the 400X is just a displacement reduced 500X made to align with rider licensing classifications in those countries where it is marketed. I think Japan jumps to a different license class at 400cc, so I saw specs that say the 400X is 399cc...."

Yes, anything at 400 and larger is the biggest class of licenses in Japan and the most difficult to obtain. Although we never saw any of that here, the domestic market Honda motorcycles had all sorts of trick stuff in their 250 (249) and 400 (399) offerings. I remember they even had a 50 cc, 2-stroke scooter with a foot-operated, exhaust port valve! :)
 

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Hey Janus, here's one of two CB500X guys I met riding, this one up on the Blackfeet Nation coming down from Canada. The other was from Tennessee and camping in Glacier NP. We swapped bikes one day, he was as interested in the NC as I was in the 500, sorry I didn't have the camera with me then.

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I really like the 500. I came real close to buying one of those tan colored CB500Xs. I love that color scheme. In the end I decided it was too similar to the NC to own them side by side, so I bought a dual sport instead.
 

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How did you like the CB?
Didn't have The Frunk ; }

A lot of similarity in power delivery, smooth, quiet, better seat than the NC. Seems like the forks felt nicer but that may be memory's deceit since this was several years ago. Now that the CB500X has a 19" up front I bet I'd like it even better. If anything, riding one at that time made me jump instantly to considering Rally Raid.

EDIT: In retrospect though, it's inevitable that any bike that gets ridden much off the pavement will need to be picked up. I'd rather have dirt bike-type plastics which can take a lot more abuse, as well as lower weight.
 
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I really like the 500. I came real close to buying one of those tan colored CB500Xs. I love that color scheme. In the end I decided it was too similar to the NC to own them side by side, so I bought a dual sport instead.
I only want two bikes around, so yeah, it's nice to have more spread between them. I really liked that tan color scheme too.
 

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I only want two bikes around, so yeah, it's nice to have more spread between them. I really liked that tan color scheme too.
Right. I've settled on four diverse bikes. No point in having overlap in their purpose.

49cc Ruckus, scooter
249cc CRF, dual sport
670cc NC, solo, all purpose road bike
1832cc Gold Wing, two up and touring

I had added diversity with a 144cc dirt bike, but sold it last week as it overlapped somewhat with the dual sport.
 
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