Motorcycle Poll: Which 500cc twin would you buy?


| 10/27/2010 12:21:59 PM


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 Remember the mid-1970s, when twins were still hot and a 500cc bike was big enough for the road? Three of our favorites were Honda’s CB500T, Suzuki’s 500 Titan and Yamaha’s XS500. Cool bikes then, we think they’re even cooler today. So if you were going to buy one today, which would it be? Click the link and vote now!

 



AlexM
12/27/2014 5:51:41 PM

Although I agree with the sentiment that CX's are great bikes, (I've owned a CX650E for nearly 30 years), I'd really like my '73 Triumph Daytona back. With updated electronic ignition and modern lubricants it might even be reasonably reliable!


D. Baker
11/1/2010 6:34:33 PM

I want/need reliable easy to maintain vehicles because I'm the mechanic who drops stuff. For me that means Honda. A much better model is the CX500 (only a few years later). I'd take one of those over most modern cycles.


Pepper
10/31/2010 5:04:01 AM

Maybe a little off-topic, but they made some great 500 twins in Europe during the seventies ass well. Brits, Germans, Italians all knew how to do it. My personal favorite of the era is the beautiful small block Moto Guzzi V50. It was a leap forward for the Mandello factory with which it seriuously re-entered into the 500cc arena after the big single Falcone became outdated. The small 90-degree V-twin is an evergreen, with many of them still running. Build quality was not a bigger issue than it was with the mentioned Yam, Honda and Suzuki. Even Nato had them in service for many years, and a large number of these Nato V50's survived, even now providing a reliable day-to-day ride. My personal favorite is the Monza version. Quick, gorgeous looks, great sound and a feast to ride. I have one with 70k miles on it and still going strong.








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