Saturday, March 29, 2014

Honda 500X First Ride


A Honda 500X on a ford.

On Friday I picked up my new Honda 500X from Cyclespot in Barry's Point Rd in Takapuna, and so one day later seemed enough of a wait before taking it on a bit of an adventure. Also had the idea of getting some km's on to reach the 1000km first service.


I managed to do around 325km including some gravel up the Kauaeranga Valley.

Kauaeranga Valley Road

The Honda 500X

Well I was very impressed with the Honda. I thought maybe 500cc was going to be a trial-by-gear-change but no... that motor pulls very nicely and runs super smooth. As I am in the first 1000km I was taking it easy, keeping revs under 6K, but it was a great ride! The ride=ing position is upright, but the little screen does a good job of keeping the wind off, and the seat was OK once I figured out how to sit on it. I started out sitting too far back and that made gear changes very difficult. As soon as I relaxed a bit, and came forward it all fell into place. I am looking forward to getting more Ks on it soon.



Thanks Motorcycle Trader magazine and Honda for the great bike.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

And the winner is...

Well someone has to win these things and I guess it was my turn... The Motorcycle Trader magazine was running a subscription draw for a new Honda motorcycle, with three options and all the gear to go with it.



You will no doubt notice that I am actually the one on the left - but that's show business. Can't wait to pick up the prize.