1996 Honda CB500 from United Kingdom
I love it so much... I've even given it a name!
Nothing - zip - zilch... oops, no, forgot - an instrument bulb blew... not quite end of the world stuff, eh!!!
This is my first big bike since passing my test - although it was getting on for 15 years old when I bought it, the finish was still superb and it has been ultra reliable.
Very cheap to own - I get 60 - 70 mpg from the bike, and servicing costs from a local shop have been reasonable (read cheap!) The bike handles really predictably and is confidence building. I ran it all through last winter and got caught out on snow arriving unexpectedly twice - frightened myself, but not the bike's fault - it kept me shiny side up and got me home.
Are there any faults - well obviously it's only a 500 twin, so isn't going to set the world on fire for its performance, but will cruise all day at 80-85 with little or no vibrations etc.
Buy one now before all the collector types catch on, and they all get mothballed.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd July, 2010
11th Mar 2010, 08:07
Having owned a 94 rear drum brake model, I can only reiterate the previous comments, it's a superb bike, end of! But dismiss claims of 120mph! This bike's good for 90 on the flat quite easy, but more than that is a bit of a struggle, similar to the old CX, but the extra nimbleness is what makes it special.
If you can summon the will-power to keep to 70 on the m/way, you'll get 240 miles to reserve (15 litres), if you get bored (which you will) and tank along at 90, "only" 180. Impressive!