2014 Suzuki Burgman vs the Competition – Page 8 – Suzuki Burgman Forum

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Suzuki AN 650 ABS

So I was surprised to read about the CB500X mentioned in this thread. given that this was a thread I’d thought would compare the 2014 AN650 with other maxi’s including the Aprillia.

For what it’s worth, I just returned from a 9 week holiday/vacation to Thailand and NZ. I spent 7 weeks riding a CB500X in NW Thailand, doing the Golden Triangle, Pai, Nan, Mae Hong Son loops and others. plenty of trail and ‘well’ off-road that would have shaken most other road bikes to bits, including my maxi’s, and much more.

Did 15000km on the CB500X and luv’d it.

What a bike, revy engine, lively, spirited, ABS as standard, light, economical, corners very well and so much bike for the money IMO. The transmission was so buttery smooth, I can see why it would be ideal for learner riders et al. While it has 6 gears, I often found myself searching for the next gear up in the box, the lack of a gear indicator would have helped in this regard.

The dash display though does have a lot of info, fuel consumption on the fly, average over distance, two trip meters, clock, LCD rev counter as a bar graph at the top and more. I liked that there are loads of accessories for the CB500X, from a great range of engine guards, heated grips, grip/handlebar protectors, and a full suite of luggage accessories, and one can fit a centre stand. The CB500X I rode had everything except for any LED/spots lamps though there was a mount and room for them on the front top crash bars, the bike had two sets of bars one pair mounted low for the crank cases and another pair mounted high for the top fairing etc.

In my mind the CB500X would make the perfect platform for a RTW rig one up. I also rode a Kawaski Versys KLE650 to compare with the CB500X, and I was happy to get back on the CB500X. But YMMV, as did a mates, he preferred the Verses over the CB500X, which he felt lacked the power.

I also rode a Honda PCX150 for a number of days while in Thailand, and that was a fun scoot.

No, can’t compare it to any of my maxi’s but I did like the auto cut out function for the engine. I forget the pneumonic that Honda named that feature. Suffice to say when the scoot rolls to a stop, there are a bunch of sensors connected to wheel movement and throttle inputs, that if the scoot or throttle isn’t moved, the engine shuts down, until the throttle is blipped, and the engine fires back into life.

Clever way to save fuel use when stopped/stationery. The only downside is that the headlight should be able to switch off but leaving a park and rear light on when using the feature which is activated by a toggle switch on the RHS cluster.

At the end of the trip, I almost bought a new CB500X with the intent to ride it back to mainland China where I’ve lived and worked for the last twelve years.

What stopped me?

Well I have five motorcycles (including two maxi’s) in the garage already, plus one little used Suzuki Swift, and there’s no more space. That and the fact that I was unsure how I’d get on trying to bring in a CB500X (made in Thailand though so the ASEAN setup is seemingly starting to pay dividends here for Thailand and India manufactured bikes imported into mainland China [read: decreased taxes and duties compared with bikes made elsewhere]).

Oh, then I flew to NZ for two weeks to catch up with some friends and family, ride my Burgman 650 Executive there, then found myself trading that for a new 2014 Burgman 650, then riding it back 400km to the Hawkes Bay from Auckland, only two days to enjoy it though before I flew back to China. That in itself was a 36 marathon, not worth repeating here though.

Loads of photos, which I won’t be posting here, as BUSA requires the photos to be hosted elsewhere rather than just uploaded like other motorcycle forums, so I’ll be posting my RR on the likes of mychinamoto, advrider, supertenere and others.

As for the comment about CB500X not being suitable for offroad. sure the 17 front end isn’t ideal, but we (mate and I) rode the CB500X’s on plenty of loose tracks, 4×4 only tracks and everything in between including some farmer access tracks into various fields, as we attempted to find some over land mountain passes not sign posted or otherwise easily found. Aside from a larger diameter front wheel, the only thing needing changing is the ex-factory tyres for a more offroad bias (in Thailand).

Came across some guys who’d done just that. One was riding a red CB500X with a great 80/20 offroad set of knobblies, and also the team that is riding CB500X’s that have had KTM 690 front and rear ends fitted for the Honda setup. The CB500X in red looks real sweet IMO. The white and matt black are the more common in Thailand.

Yep, got photos of all of that but they’ll be up on the other forums soon.

Again as I’ve written before, if only a manufacturer would make a large maxi scoot with ADV ability – I’d be in with a grin.

Shiny side up.

Last edited by bikerdoc; 03-16-2014 at 03:39 AM .


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