I have been looking into the Honda CB500X and in almost everyone talk about how comfortable it is to ride and it get great fuel mileage.I love my Rebel and it’s been great to learn on, and I wonder about this too. There are rides out of the city and across various states I’d like to take. The Rebel doesn’t feel the best size for me for rides out into the far country. After two hours on the Rebel I’m feeling pretty beat up in the ways others describe.
I wonder about the mid-size ADV / GT models—900 or less ccs, a rider mode for mild dirt roads, a bit of windscreen for the highway, a less hunched up (for me) rider position in general.
It’s not engine size for me that’s the issue but comfort and riding position. Jim Bronsen’s fictional HD Sportster he rode on NBC across the states back in 1969 had, I think, a really similar weight to power ratio as the current 500 (and only 5 gears). One could ride the Rebel obviously to anyplace.