Just putting forward my thoughts in the form of a table which listed all aspects I evaluated the three bikes on, and it is quite evident on how the CB500X scores on almost every parameter that the other two falter on.
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I am the latest one to bite the bullet and opt for this lovely product from Honda after a couple of test rides convinced me about the product matching all my needs, and the price correction convinced me it was okay to go ahead with the decision financially. Although I wouldn’t have minded another lac of price correction, I don’t believe that will happen given Honda’s ways of pricing .
My needs for this bike were somewhat different from the start – I was not upgrading from anything nor was this my first big bike. I already had a fast bike in the Ninja 1000 and wasn’t looking for any thrills or power figures. I just wanted something which could sustain decent cruise speeds of 3 digits on our flat out expressways, yet be comfortable and rugged enough for our off-beat 2-up weekend trips which the Himalayan was doing. In other words, it had to match the versatility and grunt of the Interceptor 650’s powertrain and offer the ergonomics, ruggedness and tour-anywhere nature of the Himalayan. I ended up finding that the CB500X could tick almost every box of these 2 bikes’ strengths and still build on some weaknesses of both these bikes to present a very well-rounded, flawless and fuss-free bike from almost every aspect I wanted in a basic adventure tourer.
Honda Bigwing Topline, Lavelle road handled the entire purchase from enquiry to test rides to purchase, and Ayush and his team were a delight to work with!
Just putting forward my thoughts in the form of a table which listed all aspects I evaluated the three bikes on, and it is quite evident on how the CB500X scores on almost every parameter that the other two falter on. Of course, it costs twice as much, but I sold both the RE bikes and traded the Interceptor and the Himalayan for one CB500X, so the delta amount didn’t pinch all that much financially.
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