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Trying to talk my cousin into a cx/gl also. I can read the different specs. I was just wondering from you guys that have ridden both what the differences are in every day driving, performance and handling. The engine looks the same. Is it a different set up? -carter
 

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Lots of differences, biggest for ride/handling will be rear suspension, GL has an air assist monoshock, which the CX has coilover dual shocks.
 

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They're both awesome. The GL is better used as a tourer and the CX as a day tripper. The CX is closer to the ground and feels like a smaller bike but with a ton of acceleration probably due to the lesser weight. A small windshield on the cx is the way to go.
 

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Same 650? What about the trans? Are the gear ratios the same throughout the 5 gears? Same top end?
 

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Same 650? What about the trans? Are the gear ratios the same throughout the 5 gears? Same top end?




Same everything I think except for output shafts and the cx has a 15 inch tire I think.
 

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the cx650c has a dual shock rear swing arm, and a 4 bolt to final drive



the gl650 has a monoshock rear swing arm, and a 3 bolt to final drive

... (there's quite a bit similar to the silverwing GL500 that the GL650 has too, many parts are used to upgrade the gl500)
 
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