The Appeal of Mid-Capacity Bikes: The Hunter Maverick MV500 Experience

Posted On 17 Aug 2023
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This entry is part 35 of 44 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#1

When it comes to motorcycle enthusiasm, many riders are leaning towards mid-capacity bikes. Their appeal isn’t just about power or speed; it’s the blend of performance and manageability that makes them so attractive.

Having had the chance to test various models over the past year, a few standout names come to mind: the Aprilia 210660, Royal Enfield twins, and the Benelli Leoncino. However, recently, a new contender emerged that really caught my attention: the Hunter Maverick MVP500.

Discovering the Hunter Maverick MV500

I’ve been around the block when it comes to bikes, but stumbling upon the Hunter Maverick was a pleasant surprise. It’s intriguing to note that this particular model originates from an Aussie-owned company, yet it’s manufactured in Indonesia. The most striking aspect of this bike is its foundation on the Honda cb500x platform, renowned for its durability.

Being an Australian, it was an extraordinary experience to traverse the scenic landscapes of Bali on the Maverick. The back roads, the rice paddies, and the small villages between Chengu and Tijikula were nothing short of a visual treat. Credit goes to Intrepid Moto Tours and their representatives, James and Woody, for the unforgettable experience.

Hunter Maverick MV500: Specs at a Glance

  • Engine: A liquid-cooled 471 CC parallel twin, boasting 49 brake horsepower and a peak torque of 44 newton meters.
  • Fuel Efficiency: With a 20-litre fuel tank, it claims 4 litres per 100 kilometres.
  • Transmission: Features a six-speed gearbox and a wet multi-plate clutch.
  • Suspension and Brakes: Comes with 41 mil inverted forks, twin 300 mil discs in front, and an adjustable monoshock at the rear.
  • Dimensions: It’s 2,150 millimetres long and has a seat height of 820 mil.
  • Weight: A surprisingly light 178 kilos.
  • Additional Features: A USB charging socket, 12-volt port, centre stand, crash bars, and ample luggage options.

Riding the Maverick

What struck me first about the Hunter Maverick was its hefty presence, contrasted by its incredibly lightweight build. Maneuvering through the terrain was a breeze. With 49 brake horsepower, power was never a concern. Whether on sealed roads or gravel stretches, the Metzler tires proved reliable. Moreover, its rider ergonomics and seating position made it incredibly comfortable, ideal for those lengthy rides.

However, like every model, it had its quirks. The rear brake could use some improvements, and the engine, given its 500cc capacity, wasn’t overly torquey. Though it’s aesthetics are a subjective matter, its design does share a semblance with the BMW GS5. For those who value aesthetics, the Scrambler version might be more appealing.

Bali: An Adventure Awaits

Bali, with its enticing landscapes and unique culture, is a must-visit. Ditching the typical tourist traps for a more authentic experience with Intrepid made the trip memorable. From watching sunrises with dolphins to experiencing the beauty of the Twin Lakes and secluded waterfalls, every moment was a snapshot waiting to be captured.

It’s hard to disconnect the joy of the trip from the bike, and perhaps that’s the point. Riding the Hunter Maverick MV500 in such a picturesque setting undoubtedly contributed to the allure of the bike. For anyone considering a mid-capacity adventure bike, the Maverick is undoubtedly worth the attention.

Would you pick the Hunter Maverick over offerings from larger manufacturers? We’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you’d like to delve into more such reviews, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Safe travels and enjoy your rides!

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