Brilliant ride great handling
The bike is a brilliant learner bike and I have been very happy with how it performs in all conditions. I had test drove the Harley Street 500 and found it under performed in power and only being a 5 speed it didn't offer what was needed for bigger riders. The Cmx 500 offers that cruiser style traditional to a Harley without the name tag attached. I had feedback from a Harley sales person even saying the Cmx 500 is one of the best Lams bike and Harley would have loved to badge it up with Harley on it.
Purchased in March 2019 for $8,300.00.
Good cruiser for a new learner
Bought this bike for my son (I have been riding for decades) as his first bike and it is easy to ride and good fun. This is his main transport to uni and part time job. The main complaint is the seat and on long rides this becomes an annoying problem, we are going to change the seat to a better version. I have ridden it as well and I agree with the seat problem. My bike has a gel seat which is way better. Spares for this bike are not expensive as it was dropped and dented the tank which was replaced for approx $300.
Good for a cruiser. Mediocre if you want a motorbike.
Is that too harsh? Maybe. I wouldn't call it a -bad- bike, and to be fair, it does make a great first impression. It sounds good for a paralell twin, and the 'circular aesthetic' they have going on with the styling is very pleasing and probably quite timeless. Ok, so I've been nice to it. How can I call it mediocre then?
Well, the handling, engine, and ergonomics package only works on roads that wouldn't challenge a cb125. So you ride it around town, maybe squirt it up to 80 km/h, and it feels pretty impressive. Flick the bars around side to...side and the bike responds well. So on a short test ride, perhaps around the back streets near your friendly honda dealer, it all feels fantastic. But the moment you take it off slow, smooth roads, the intrinsic limitations of this class of bike become apparent. There is limited suspension travel available, and the dampers feel pretty budget (bulk purchased with the cb125 perhaps?) so when you hit mid corner bumps the bike gets flustered and untidy. There is limited ground clearance, which means an early, hard limit on lean angle, which always sticks in the back of your mind if you enter an unfamiliar corner a bit too hot. Which is likely to happen given that this is a LAMS bike aimed at new riders. Not good. The tyres are of the rock hard high-miler type: standard fare for cruisers, but it's the type of rubber you'd reluctantly fit to a 50cc scooter because there isn't any other option available. Again, I didn't have any issues with them, but how much grip is really in reserve? For a new rider with perhaps sharper than normal braking and throttle inputs, is it really a good idea to have such limited grip available? The ergonomics, well, you either like cruiser ergonomics or you don't. You can probably guess by now that I don't. It's not a problem unique to this model of bike, but rather this class of bike. Having your legs splayed out in front of you is just crap for controlling a bike. You can't shift your body weight around, you can't lift your seat off the ground to absorb bumps from the crude suspension, and your whole crotch/torso catches the breeze like a parachute. So although you feel like the terminator when you quickly ride this bike around town, at higher speeds the ergonomics are an impediment. A similar theme carries through to the engine, although it's not so bad here. It's very punchy about to about 80-100, beyond that, it's merely providing adequate amounts of grunt. Engine access is pretty good, probably the best out of honda's 500cc family of bikes. And being a honda you won't need to do anything beyond routine maintenance on this machine. So that's it. As per the title of this review, if you have decided that a cruiser is for you, then this is probably one of the better ones on the market. But if you're just interested in motorbikes in general, well, this is basically a very flashy and expensive city scooter in drag. I would not recommend this bike if you are planning on riding any kind of country roads, or in the wet, or just in general really.
Better value than it's counterpart
I recently test rode one of these at a test day and was impressed by most of it's attributes.
To me it is in direct opposition to the Harley Street 500 and if I were a new rider, the Honda would be my choice hands down. It provides more assistance to a new rider in terms of dash information which let's face it, comes in handy when you're learning to ride. It took off better and it just felt better to ride.
The downfalls for me, being over 6 foot 3, the mid range pegs don't feel comfortable and I tested it on an extremely windy day and being...
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This is a great bike, i took the plunge and bought it on its release date in Australia, one of the first in NSW, and i can tell you now what a bike, it won't break any records, but it is a real head turner, everyone asks about it, at the lights, at the car park, it is comfortable and easy to ride, and the grip from the wide front and rear D404 tyres will give you confidence. It will beat most cars from take off at the lights and the fuel return is amazing 248km commuting on 11 lts, smooth gear changes and great brakes all make for a great bike ride and lots of fun.
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