Ok, thank you for your input!What is your inseam ??
I bought a new CB500x in 2018 to downsize from my CBF1000..lower weight, longer range, better fuel mileage....no thrills. Took it cross country last year - I'm 72 and riding forever.
The Vstrom will be livelier, ...I've had 3 of them ....but they were all a bit too tall for me and a bit heavier than I wanted. Really a do-all bike than can be a hoot in the twists and unloaded is quite quick but you can load them up like a mule.
Lot' depends on your use and I'm sure the late model 650 is a step up from my 2010.
I've been riding for 10 years. I'm a true 50/50 rider. I like to be on paved roads as much as I like to be on forest roads. I don't like too technical stuff, but wish to have a bike capable of doing some tighter trails on some rare occasions. Each year I go on a multi days wild camping trip with my friends. We load all we need on our bikes and ride for 300 to 400 miles a day. At the moment I have a CRF250 Rally (had it since 2018). Previously I owned a TW200, a KLX250, a KLR650 and a DRZ400. I'm looking for something more road oriented to do more long distance trips. The two "minuses" I see for the CB500X over the Strom are the alloy wheels and the 20hp difference. On the other hand, I'm afraid that the Strom would be too heavy and not enough offroad worthy. I don't and wont carry a passenger with me. I'm 5'10", and weight between 175-180 pounds.Perhaps you can get better advice if you describe what type of riding you've been planning to do. Your riding experience and expectations. Local riding or long trips as well? On road only or on and off road? Solo or with passenger? Maybe your weight and size...
Kind of a loaded question on Vstrom specific site? Maybe asking on a KTM or Yamaha sit may get you more unbiased opinion.
Maybe I asked here to have a biased opinion. I asked the same question on a CB500X forum. I want to know why people have chosen a bike over another.
I think while these bikes are in neighboring categories, they are in different categories.I came here because I'm on the market for a new bike and I can't decide between two, one being the CB500x 2020 and the other the V-Strom 650xt 2018, both new.
Why would you buy the Suzuki over the Honda?
I haven't ridden that Honda but one of my inner circle recently got one. I can tell that he struggles a little on long uphill sections and even on the flat you can hear that his engine is pretty wound up and certainly not loafing along at 70mph. He says the Honda is okay but I've never heard him rave about it or point out something excellent about it.... I'm looking for something more road oriented to do more long distance trips. The two "minuses" I see for the CB500X over the Strom are the alloy wheels and the 20hp difference. On the other hand, I'm afraid that the Strom would be too heavy and not enough offroad worthy. ...
. for the 2019 CB500x[/quote]Indicated RPM at 60 MPH: 4,750.