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      09.01.2010 19:46
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      I bought (and still own) one of these after passing my test. I had previously ridden a Honda H100 while on 'L' plates - the CB5 was a great improvement!

      The CB5000 was a designed as a mile-munching commuter and courier machine, essentially a motorcycle for people makeing journes they need to make rather than a bit of weekend fun.

      Happily for you and I Mr Honda got some of this a little wrong, while the CB500 is a excellent machine for commuting and a legend on the courier circuit, it has virtues that are often overlooked due to its somewhat workmanlike appearance.

      The handling is excellent for a right-way-up forked and twin-shock machine, helped in part by its low weight, which also makes it attractive to smaller people and those not wanting the hassle of a heavier bike for everyone else it just increases the performance.

      It's somewhat boring image ensured that it is not overly complicated hence it is easy to maintain and its consumables are reasonably priced.

      The Honda CB500 - one of the '90s best all-rounders - a geniune UJM (Universal Japanese Motorcycle).

      I found a lot of usefull information and advice from http://www.cb500club.co.uk

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      09.05.2007 22:30
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      Fun, economical all rounder/first 'big' bike

      After enduring a 'sabatical' from biking for the last three years, I decided I couldn't resist temptation any longer and indulged my passion.
      However, after such a break from two wheels, I was a little careful about my choice of bike (not to sound like a safety-crat here). The CB500 seemed like the perfect bike for me as I felt like a beginner again, sad, I know.... I saw a black '99 CB500 at the auction, very reasonably priced, and thought 'why not?'

      My previous bike was the ubiquitous Honda CBR600F, so jumping on the smaller machine would be a hell of a come down, or so I thought. I actually enjoyed the experience! Very much! I discovered there's plenty of strength in the motor through the low rpm's and it'll rev to 10,000 rpm with little hesistation, albeit to a linear power curve. Fuel economy is as you would expect, a fantastic 50+mpg even thrashing it! and I've seen 115mph on the clock. It's predictable in term's of it's handling, it's lightweight and ability to manoeuvre nimbly make it ideal for beating the traffic and carrying a pillion is a pleasure too....the list goes on!

      The only bone of contention is the sad fact that it is difficult to fine one that's been looked after. They've been used as winter hack's while the Blackbird sleeps, and idle commuting to and from work in all weather's, with little in the way of care and maintenance expended. I've found severe pitting on the rear shocks, nasty oxidation on most of the ali including corrosion on both crankcases, and a badly corroded exhaust system, all of which obviously affect the overall appearance.

      But seriously, I encourage you to ride one. Lay your opinions to rest, ignore your finance-paying sportsbike mates laughing at you, and have a go, it'll make you a better rider for it!

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      08.02.2001 03:53
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      all those in favour of a honda cbr500 raise your left hand and stick it up your nose! the cbr500 is the slowest piece of junk on the road. i dont know why people spend so much money on the piece of junk. it is quite uncomfortable to ride.latley it has been giving me pains in my back.because i travel from staines in london all the way to lowerstoft every day to get to work and i wish i had a car!!!. plaese contribute to my opinion by rating it on your own opinoin thanx!

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        06.10.2000 02:32
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        I learnt to ride a bike two and a half years ago on an Kawasaki ER5. The CB500 was my first bike, but a very good choice. The CB is fantastic in the wet as it would take a lot to loose grip round corners. It is a really stable and what some people might call a boring bike. The reason it can be called boring is because it hasn't got a loud exhaust pipe, and it might not turn as many heads down the high street as an R6, but it competes with most mid range bikes away from the lights. The handling is good but it has quite a small turning circle, it turns into a bit of a turkey with a pillion. The comfort for passengers is better than most with a lot of leg room and a good sturdy handle to grab hold of. The CB is a really good comuter bike and is quite managable through traffic. I have found it to be really good on tyres and on the chain and sprocket. For new bikes the warranty period is quite managable and not too expensive if you go to a garage who knows what they are doing. The only drawback that I have found with it is it's a bugger to clean!! It has all sorts of nooks and crannies to get your brush into. Basically a good allrounder and a good recommendation to first time riders. Have fun!!

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          21.07.2000 23:40
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          The Honda CB500 is a familiar bike to learner schools, chances are that if you took your test recently, you’d have either ridden a CB500 or a Suzuki GS500. The Honda has a charismatic twin cylinder engine that produces a satisfying note; so it’s not a Ducati, but you’ll rev it none the same. The brakes are good and the clutch is fairly light. Controls are typically placed and easy to operate. The bike handles well enough and being a Honda, the build quality is the best in the bike-world. So any problems. Yes, the main one is that you’ll probably get bored of it. Although it’s certainly no slouch in performance, bikers as a breed always want something faster or that handles better; the step up from 500cc territory takes in some awesome machines such as Yamaha’s R6 or the Kawasaki ZX6R. Of course, these machines cost a lot more and your insurance company will add a lots of digits to your premium but they’ll keep you entertained for a lot longer. In an age of Gatsos, speed traps and congestion, these bikes offer all the real world performance you’ll need. Yet I still have soft spot for the CB500, as a commuter bike it’s unlikely to ever let you down. It will start on cold winter mornings, survive the rain a lot longer than most other machines and still provide a grin when you gun it. On top of that you can pick them up for little money on the second hand market. As a bike around town or one that will see an unloved life the Honda takes some beating.

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