CB beats BMW in long-dis­tance com­mute!

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garag50e -

If you had the choice be­tween the CB500F and BMW’S R1200RT for a hefty dual car­riage­way com­mute you’d be daft not to choose the RT.

A seat re­sem­bling an arm­chair, plenty of wind pro­tec­tion and even a stereo to keep you en­ter­tained on a mo­not­o­nous stroll down the A1 each morn­ing. I won’t lie, when­ever I saw Se­nior Road Tester Adam Child cruise past me on his RT while I clung to the bars I was cer­tainly en­vi­ous.

How­ever, aside from all its com­fort and lux­ury, the RT has one ma­jor flaw com­pared to the CB. We dis­cov­ered this on an in­nocu­ous trip to work last month. There had been a mul­ti­ple-ve­hi­cle crash on the A1, about 11 miles from our Peter­bor­ough of­fice. The road had closed for a bit be­fore one lane was opened shortly af­ter, but a lengthy tail­back had al­ready formed.

I smiled as I slowed down, slipped be­tween the ve­hi­cles and fil­tered through on the CB500F. While I slid through with rel­a­tive ease, Chad had a prob­lem. At nearly a me­tre wide, there was no way the RT was go­ing to fit through a lot of these tight gaps. The re­sult – I ar­rived at the of­fice hav­ing been de­layed by just 10 min­utes, while Chad rocked up some 45 min­utes later. Some­times small wins!

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