Suzuki V-Strom 650 Adventure vs Honda CB500X Comparison Test

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2013 Suzuki V-Strom 650 vs 2013 Honda CB500X Test

The 2013 Honda and 2013 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS are both small to medium affordable, road-oriented ADV bikes punch way above their and price tags. They’re not rivals, but looking at them may help us understand their appeal.

What’s Different

The is a little larger than the two bikes in Honda’s new 500 range, but its stable mates, targets new looking for an accessible, fun bike or riders looking to downsize something more economical and At 471cc, it’s much than the class norm, but its low slim dimensions and the astounding with which you can ride it the CB500X uniquely appealing.

the Honda arrived on the ADV scene, the 650 was considered the smallest bike in the “Small” fails to define the to anyone who’s ridden one its torquey motor combines the relatively light weight to performance on-par with the 1,000cc+ adventure bikes. The ergonomics, too, are anything but providing all-day comfort for and passenger alike. It’s the most practical motorcycle today.

Together, these are two of RideApart’s motorcycles of 2013.

Suzuki’s liquid-cooled V-twin classifies it as a to mid-capacity Adventure bike. motor makes a humble-sounding 62 bhp at rpm and 41 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,400 It has a 5.3-gallon fuel tank, a seat height and weighs 472 lbs

ABS is standard on the V-Strom, as is a comprehensive dash that includes for fuel, two trip meters their own average MPG readouts, a position indicator, external gauge and even a clock.

Suzuki equips the V-Strom preload-adjustable 43mm forks 5.9 inches of travel and a preload/rebound-adjustable, monoshock with 6.3 inches of

The tested model you see here is the 650 Adventure, which adds a adjustable windscreen, engine bars and the widest-set lockable you’ve ever seen. It a $1,500 premium over the V-Strom, but no mechanical differentiation.

The CB500X is considered a small bike by virtue of its 471cc, parallel-twin. The same motor in the 2013 Honda CB500F and Honda CBR500R. Designed to Europe’s new A2 license tier for new which specifies that power level and even that motor develops 47 bhp at rpm and 32 lb.-ft. of torque.

The CB500X 430 lbs (wet).

The CB500X uses 41mm forks with 5.5 of travel and a linkage monoshock (difficulty) adjustable for preload and has 4.7 inches of travel. Different to the other two 500 models, but the same

Tested here is the 2013 CB500X ABS, which a $500 premium for its superior setup.

Headed to the launch of the Yamaha FZ-09 in San Francisco, we up from LA on the 5 freeway, then the fun way home, coming back Pacific Coast Highway.

also spent the last few riding both bikes Los Angeles, in everything from urban traffic to some of the mountain roads in the country.

town, you’d be hard to find two better motorcycles. shorn of its panniers, the V-Strom nimble, light and well-balanced. steering makes low-speed a cinch.

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The clutch is light that it doesn’t punish left hand in heavy The seat, while higher that of a … or sport doesn’t prohibit a solid even on uneven terrain.

In fact, the V-Strom feels the perfect city bike, you try the Honda…

Riding them the CB500X suddenly makes the feel sluggish. While not all light on paper, the Honda incredibly light. That with relatively narrow and slim hips to make through traffic almost

Both motorcycles also at touring. We expected the larger to have a huge advantage of the but neither is bothered by an 80-85 mph We used the Suzuki’s panniers to our computers, camera, repair kit and riding gear, then a couple North Face to the back of it to hold our street

The extra weight of the panniers and leveled the performance gap between the two

Due to that heavy load and wind conditions, fuel on the Suzuki fell from a mpg average to 40 mpg during the trip. the little Honda (without any weight, aside from one bag to the seat) was able to maintain 50 despite working harder at revs to keep up.

The V-Strom was able to accelerate from speeds to make a pass, but down, it was also subject to wobbles above 85 mph.

bikes are great for carrying but the Suzuki is obviously more two-up thanks to its larger and additional torque. We’d two-up trips on the Honda to town or short freeway

Up Angeles Crest Highway or down PCH, it’s the Honda that surprises a greater turn of speed the course of real road Riding it while RideApart Wes Siler was on the V-Strom was one of the only I’ve ever been It’s simply light, communicative and confidence-inspiring to a more degree than the Suzuki, already excels at all those

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