HONDA CB500

THIS MONTH I HAVE MOSTLY BEEN…

Fast Bikes - - LONGTERMERS -

So I fi­nally have a road bike! Okay it’s not a Panigale, but due to be­ing a baby in the eyes of in­sur­ers, I can’t get aboard any­thing over A2. Bas­tards! So, my steed? A bright orange Honda CB500F. I lit­er­ally had no idea what was com­ing so it was a bit of a shock; but nev­er­the­less hav­ing a bike on the road is ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble – es­pe­cially when you live in the traf­fic-in­fested out­skirts of Lon­don town. It could be just the ticket. So what’s it like? In all hon­esty I think it’s great. It turned up with 18 miles on the clock and (sorry Honda) it’s prob­a­bly had the worst run­ning in pe­riod imag­in­able.

I’m slowly get­ting closer to get­ting the thing to wheelie prop­erly, and those Dun­lops seem to han­dle burnouts pretty well. It’s a blast to ride on some­thing that’s fairly slow as well, ev­ery sin­gle time I’ve been out has re­sulted in a mas­sive smile, from a bike I never re­ally thought I’d en­joy. True, it does need some more power, bet­ter brakes, sus­pen­sion and far stick­ier tyres be­fore I un­leash it on track, but at least there’s a solid start­ing point. I’m think­ing it’d ben­e­fit from in­vest­ing in some new brake pads, pos­si­bly a new ex­haust and remap, plus some sporty tour­ing tyres (per­haps a set of Dun­lop Sports­mart 2 Max’s). And then, if there’s time, to sneak in some dif­fer­ent fork in­ter­nals – that’d trans­form the mighty mid­dleweight into a right weapon!

But un­til then I’m go­ing to be do­ing a few long rides to see how the thing goes over dis­tance. It may look like a com­muter bike but it sure as hell won’t be treated as one! I’ve only done a few hun­dred miles so far but ev­ery ride has been a lit­tle splash and dash, mean­ing that I’ve only re­ally had a taster so far. But no mat­ter what, I can’t wait to take the old girl on track, round some­where like Brands Indy to see how she copes in the in­ters group. The gen­eral rule is that ev­ery bike is a race bike if you push it hard enough!

Hope­fully one day I can up­grade to some­thing a bit meatier, but un­til then I’m hav­ing heaps of fun with the lit­tle 500. Okay, it prob­a­bly won’t be very long till she be­comes a lit­tle dull, so I’m go­ing to throw ev­ery­thing I can to make it awe­some. Or as awe­some as a bright orange com­muter bike can be at any rate. Who­ever said A2 would be bor­ing? I’ll prove themwrong!

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