The more I think about it –– in price terms especially –– the more I feel it’s likely I’ll end up getting a 250cc bike. But I could be easily dissuaded. I am always applying for higher-paying jobs and if one of those Chinese lanterns (1) should happen to result in a greater income stream then a whole raft of models will come into the picture.
The faces appealing to me most are the F and X versions. I’m not a huge fan of racer-styled bikes, especially when they don’t really possess racer-styled engines. That feels just a little too much like the kid who shows up at a baseball game wearing his team’s uniform. It’s cute if a kid does it, but a grown man doing it is retarded. I am not a sport racer, nor do I have any ambition to be, so I don’t see why I should be riding around on something that makes me look otherwise. I wouldn’t drive a car that’s been all decorated up to look like a NASCAR vehicle.
So, my heart gravitates toward the other models. A Honda CB500F, it seems, would be almost the perfect bike for me to start out on. Gentle enough that I can get over my jitters but with enough power that I can keep it around for a fair amount of time without getting bored. As one story I read noted: it is hard to get bored on a machine capable of 135 mph.
Indeed, all the reviews I’ve seen have been relatively positive. The only criticism I’ve spotted has been a tendency for it to not excite sport journalists who have wet dreams about gigantic sport bikes. Which is not really a criticism in my eyes. I think about the cars (2) I would prefer to drive –– a Honda Accord or a Volkswagen Golf –– and it seems to be the glory and power of a huge machine would be lost on me. I like utilitarian things. Reliable things. Durable things. Safe things.
And because of that I am also intrigued by the X model. See above what I said about playing dress-up; I can’t imagine the CB500X would be a legitimate adventure bike, but it might possess a tad more ruggedness and the riding position I prefer. If it is anything on the consistently praised NC700X I’d be very happy.
All I need now is £5,000 (US $7,522). Anyone want to give that to me?
(2) Note that I said cars. When I lived in the United States, however, I always drove a pick-up truck. I went through two Fords and a GMC but always wished to have the money for a new Toyota Tundra, because they are built in San Antonio, Texas.