With respect to horsepower: according to a published non-Honda report, the CB500x has 47 HP. According to a non-Suzuki published report, the 2019 V-Strom 650 has 69 HP, which is 46% greater than the Honda 500x. I'd like that, but not always does the reality equal the published spec. Could someone who ridden the CB500x and a V-strom 650 comment on the perceived difference in power?
With regard to seat height, the Motorcycle Ergonomics report says the CB500x is 32.2, and the V-Strom (2015) is 32.3. A Suzuki spec listing for 2019 says the seat height of a 650 is 33.1. I put an aftermarket seat on the CB, which raised it up 1.5 inches over OEM, so it seems like the seat height would not be an issue for me. However, I obviously need to sit on one to at least test that out.
With regard to budget: I can probably get what I want, but what I want usually includes not spending more than I need to. IE, it depends.
Now riding a Honda CB500x; thinking about buying a 650 Vstrom.