Re: making fun of my 500??
When I first got the ex500 I hated it and made a comment on another site about it, it was under powered clunky, couldn't buy bolt on accessories, and no one agreed, but later realized it was a simple machine and with a little creativity it can be a wow moment to a lot of people never ever had anyone talk any smack about the ex500 with the exception of my self which I took back 4 fold after owning 4 of these (2)1st gens (current 1989 & my first ex500 a 1993 that I trashed but bought it on fleabay for 200.00 so cant complain) and (2)2nd gens both 2008 that most the older folks have seen on here and the work I have done to the one and the other was left stock. Only people that worry about the ex500 is the rider coveting other bikes I think or ignorance.
I owned 1 2008 R1 loved it, it was a rush, but a major danger @13,000 RPM in first gear front wheel coming off the ground whether you wanted it to or not, insurance 3 times higher, fuel consumption was about 10 mils to the gallon higher, and it what I paid on it could have bought and paid for 3 nice ex500's. I also owed a v-star 2009 and rode it in the mountains (when I lived in Colorado) and there was no kind of speed in those corners otherwise you begine to drag hard part underside of the bike, very scary when looking over a cliff at the same time.
In short I love the EX500 and the EX500R Ninja, just sad they have not replaced it with a true comparison, closets I seen is the Ninja 300.