1476 miles in 40 days

Naked Honda tack­les 70-mile com­mute

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garag50e -

Ioli.rushby@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

had mixed feel­ings when Honda told me my NC750X long-term test bike would­nõt be ready un­til Au­gust but said could have a 2016 CB500F for a cou­ple of months while wait­ing for the new-for-2016 NC.

Hav­ing rid­den a CB on the launch in Spain ear­lier this year, I knew it was an easy-to-ride, sweet-han­dling, sen­si­ble but ca­pa­ble, fun-sized sporty naked bike that would be great for a Satur­day morn­ing blast.

How­ever, I have a 70-mile com­mute to our Peter­bor­ough of­fices from my home in Lin­coln Ð mostly long, mo­not­o­nous A1 miles, so I was­nõt sure how the revvy CB with no weather pro­tec­tion would hold up to a job itõs not built for.

Now Iõve just handed the CB back in re­turn for the NC750X and, while IÕM en­joy­ing the NC, I canõt pre­tend IÕM not pin­ing for the 500.

The CB might not be a high-pow­ered, all-singing, all-danc­ing sports naked but it left me grin­ning af­ter ev­ery ride. Its light and nim­ble na­ture meant chang­ing di­rec­tion was al­most ef­fort­less, al­though the front end did

YAMAHA MT-10 £9999 ground­in­cou­ple­ofclick­sofre­bound­upfront­morepreload­tostoppegsg ‘Come in No186, you’re hav­ing too much fun’ Small but per­fectly formed. And the bike is prett y good too HONDA CB500F £5099

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