If you're into reliability above all else, the 500 is the route to go. My dealer advised me that the 500 is the most reliable liquid cooled model he sells. Might be that people who buy them aren't rodding them as much as the bigger machines. I presently own a 500 auto and it's alright. It would be a better machine if you're using it in winter and have heavy boots on that would make shifting a little tight. The manual transmission is not susceptible to getting drowned, there's no maintenance other than normal oil changes and it offers more flexibility in riding options. If you want stealth and super slow capability, the manual is better than the auto. If you want more controllability in either climbing or descending hills, the manual is better. The only benefit of the auto, is not having to shift and that's not my cup of tea. I've had and used both. The '06 auto I presently have will be relegated to my wife and I have a 500 manual on order. My choice would be a 500 manual. Another thing to consider, is the availability of manuals. Very few 500 cc machines with independent suspension can be had in a manual trans. I think AC is the only one. Get one while you can.Hi.
I'm looking for any info on this bike.
I'm gonna get a new bike in the spring, and this bike is one of my possible selections.
Looking for Pros and Cons of this bike.
Ok, so the 500 is the most reliable bike in the Cat lineup.
How does it lineup against Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki. (I'm not talkin about speed neither.)
My old Big Bear ALLWAYS brought me home, no matter what I had put it thru all day. (that's what I'm talkin' about.)
I'm gonna buy a bike in the spring, it's gonna be a manual trans., and its gonna be one of these brands; Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki or Cat.
This is an honest inquiry, not a set up for a bash fest of any brand.
Thanks for your help,