As my 10 days "old" CB500F had his first 770 km done it was time to hit the Honda Big Wing shop in Udon Thani. It is a 130 km ride to Udon so that would be almost at 1000 km when in Udon. And I must say I was very impressed by the service of HBW Udon, not only by the staff but also by the management. When I bought the bike I paid 1.900 Thai baht too much and when I walked in the knew who I was, knew my name and they had a envelope with 1.900 Thai baht ready for me. The mechanic took care of the bike and he really did all the checks that are in the book. He did really check the chain, did clean the chain and did lube the chain. As my bike is the "new" model of the CB500 series valve-check does not have to be done anymore at the first 1000 km check. Costs of service check 1650 Thai baht (full syntactic oil). Chain needed adjustment (DID 520 VO chain). At the service area is a board with letters from Honda about the extra points of attention for new Honda bikes. Very straight forward! I had a center-stand installed from the CB500X (2100 Thai baht) and for that your need to weld a small piece of steel on your exhaust. Mechanic took care for that (250 Thai baht). And love to have a center stand now (Versys does not have that). I was told that in a few months there will be an accessories shop upstairs at HBW Udon. So 2 hours later I was on my way for a 3 day tour of about 900 km with highways, mountains and dusty & heavy put-holed roads. 1. CB500F really needs a wind-screen (ERMAX makes a nice screen) 2. Suspension is really a bit rough (but softening the tire pressure a little bit makes a big different, standard recommended is 36/42 psi) 3. Average gasoline usage was 24.2 km/l 4. At cruising speed of 100km/h the gasoline usage = 28.4km/l 5. Bike does feel much lighter as 192kg 6. Bike can do Phu Hin Rong Khla but needs more shifting and more throttle as the Versys (but rides easier). 7. Bike can accelerate good enough on the highway (but needs more shifting and throttle as the Versys). 8. I think the design of the fairing moves wind straight under my helmet (Helmet makes much more noise, more wind in my helmet) 9. Mounting a bag on the tail is a bit shitty 10. Happy I changed the standard clutch & brake lever (for adjustable ones) 11. When the ODO meter tells 100km/h I am really doing 96km/h (according to my GPS) 12. Bike feels to come alive at 6500/7000 rpm 13. Due to wind I ride lower top-speeds 14. Max. top-speed today at 140km/h 15. I am not sure when I will change the standard Dunlop tires. They feel weird on gravel.