CB beats BMW in long-distance commute!
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!