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Very first thoughts on the 502C

Hi Rick,

Well I like its looks and it is nice to have a budget bike that at least to my old eyes, looks a little special. Certainly people keep looking at it. At first it seemed an intimidating and very heavy beast, but being so low it is actually ok to paddle or push around.

At 65, a little stiff in the joints and with a very short inside leg of around 29", I can flat foot both sides and the bike feels nicely balanced, not top heavy like a V-Strom or BMW GS. The seat is a little unyielding but holds you nicely and I very quickly got used to the slightly feet forward, arms up and wide riding position.


A couple of hours poking around and spraying ACF50 onto bright metal parts revealed a finish that seems no worse than budget Japanese (of which I have plenty of experience), but time will tell. The dash is ok, and I like the night setting. It doesn't have fuel consumption, but does have 2 trips, gear indicator and fuel gauge.

It sounds nice and is very easy to ride and I found the front brake to be excellent, the back much less so. You can feel vibrations through the pegs, at least at speeds below 45 mph and it is no speed machine but it has enough go for me. I have only ridden it for a couple of hours but started off cautiously in case I grounded it on corners. Now I feel very happy to tip it well over into corners and am very impressed with its handliingg, which is surprisingly sporty for a cruiser. The suspension is basic and on the hard side, but not uncomfortably so. Gearbox is smooth, no false neutrals although engaging 1st sometimes comes with a clunk.

The downsides? I haven't really found any, except that its too new for there to be any useful accessories such as a screen, though I have had an after market USB port fitted. Maybe I will find that seat a little unyielding on longer trips.

So that's it so far. In the final analysis, its a bargain basement bike and its strengths and weaknesses need to be seen in that light. Sure a Ducati Diablo is better in probably every way, but is it 拢10k better? Probably not.



Later this year I plan to take it on the ferry from England to Spain and do some warm distance riding, which should show up its strengths and weaknesses (I can see luggage might be an issue).

In the meantime I plan to enjoy it.

JMW



 

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Thanks for letting us have a insight into your first impressions of a bike that was top of the most popular bikes in it's category in Italy for a few months. let us know how you get on
 

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Welcome, had to look up to see what a 502C was. I can see fitting luggage may be an issue. Good luck with trip to Spain
 

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tA couple of years ago I tested a Leoncino and a 502trk and found the suspension had lot of adjustments. You might find the 502c has these adjustments, I Agee with you it鈥檚 a nice looking bike for the money. I only rode one round the field at the Benellimotobiclubgb meet at Mallory park last year but the engine felt good as did all the controls.
keep us updated, it鈥檚 better to hear from real riders than MCN bike testers who only want to know if you can get your knee down!
 
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Hi folks,

I took delivery of my 502C today. So far I am quite impressed.

I would be very interested in swapping notes with other 502C owners.

In the meantime, enjoy your riding!!

John Willis
Hi ....I've had mine 3-4 months now, love it.

The only issue I've had us some n*b clipped it outside my house, knocked it over and now have a broken rear hanger, and large dent in the tank .....this happened a few months ago and still waiting for the new tank and hanger to arrive from China ......there are no parts for this bike in the UK, took weeks just to get prices in the parts.

That said the dealership have been very helpful and the bike thankfully is still ridable.

So bar the parts issue ....it looks great, rides well, you can chuck in a corner unlike most cruisers, it's comfy, I've had a number of 3-4 hour rides ....and did I mention it looks great
 

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I've also added the Puig sport screen in black to match, doesn't offer a lot of wind cover but also looks cool, passenger back rest and now looking at exhausts ......any thoughts would be good, doesn't look like they will help performance much but I'd love a little more grunt from the sound
 

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Unlucky Poyner having it knocked over, hopefully get it sorted eventually. Post up some pics from the good side maybe
 
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