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Offline lesmeister

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Re: 2019 Suspension Upgrade
Reply #20 on: January 22, 2021, 03:40:09 PM
*Originally Posted by zoomnad [+]
Can I ask, bold of me, how much? I had Ohlins front and rear on my 16 CB500X and the rear shock was $650.

A long answer to a short question!

WELL....that reminds me of the old saying' If you have to ask, you can't afford it!' :005:

My quest for a APAR {All Purpose All Roads} bike has been a long and expensive journey over many years.  It has not been a static goal, but one that evolved as time, money and age changed.  Not the least of which has been the suspension upgrades for my current version, the 2019 CB500X.

The cost for the fork cartridge upgrade was a bit over $900 US plus my labor to remove and install, same for the shock,  about 10% less than the retail price as FBI gives discount for doing both.  It included the fabrication of the components for my weight/riding style, and adjustments after you get the products installed.

Yes, a great deal of money!  BUT…it is done by someone who has the knowledge, tools and facilities to provide the service.  AND are there to help if/when I need it.  Added to the cost of my bike it is still less than one of the other name brand bikes of a similar displacement, and probably a lot more reliable.  Actually, if you think about it, there isn’t anything available to compare with the base model CB500X.  AND.. there are a lot more Honda dealers close by.

As stated previously, the fork seals were leaking, so the fork tubes needed to be removed, and the seals replaced, and I would have added the fork boots either way.

In my over 60 years of riding, I’ve never been able to get the suspension ‘JUST RIGHT’ on any of my many bikes, close sometimes, but never as good as I wanted.  Watching the change in technology over the years has amazing.  What is now available is far beyond the capabilities of my ‘shadetree’ shop.

What I would really like to see is for the OEMs to offer suspension upgrade options, that could be ordered at time of purchase for their smaller displacement offerings.  This would be much more economical for an individual that did not want/need a larger/heavier displacement bike.

Only want to deal with the upkeep and insurance/tax costs for one bike.  Prefer to put the money into ONE bike that allows me to spend more time RIDING!  At my age there ain’t that much time left, so want to put it where it counts.  . . . hpdl

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Re: 2019 Suspension Upgrade
Reply #21 on: January 22, 2021, 03:44:17 PM

I decided to fit some gaiters when I rebuilt my forks and found these on eBay.

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Re: 2019 Suspension Upgrade
Reply #22 on: January 22, 2021, 04:19:33 PM
*Originally Posted by lesmeister [+]
Prefer to put the money into ONE bike that allows me to spend more time RIDING!  At my age there ain’t that much time left, so want to put it where it counts.  . . . hpdl

You and I are in the same place... after a lifetime of riding BMW G/S (the original all purpose, all roads bike) and GS, they have become too heavy... and awfully expensive to own. With some real legs, the CB500X is perfect.  :169:

Although, my 86 R80G/SPD+ will soon be coming out of refurbishment....
Last Edit: January 22, 2021, 04:20:28 PM by Visian
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Re: 2019 Suspension Upgrade
Reply #23 on: January 22, 2021, 07:10:02 PM
Has anyone already installed this YSS shock absorber on their 2019/2020 X and can pass on their experiences compared to the standard shock absorber?
95% of the time I drive quickly on asphalt and only very little off-road (gravel).

https://www.wrs.it/en/shock-absorbers/298255-adjustable-yss-shock-absorber-honda-cb-500-x-2019-2020-mz456-315trl-78.html
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Re: 2019 Suspension Upgrade
Reply #24 on: January 22, 2021, 07:56:27 PM
*Originally Posted by phattanglo [+]
I decided to fit some gaiters when I rebuilt my forks and found these on eBay.

Do you have link to those fork gaiters?

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Re: 2019 Suspension Upgrade
Reply #25 on: January 22, 2021, 08:07:20 PM
I'm waiting for delivery of the version of this model which has a separate oil reservoir.
From what I've read, it's a decent replacement for the money.
It's not a Nitron or Ohlins but it's still rebuildable and of far better quality than the OEM shock.
It will give you more adjustability and also the ability to change the spring rate if your weight indicates you need a lighter or heavier spring.
I used the Racetech calculator which was very useful.

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Re: 2019 Suspension Upgrade
Reply #26 on: January 22, 2021, 08:16:03 PM
I'll try spadger2, I'm not very techy but if not I'll get someone to give me assistance :001:

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Re: 2019 Suspension Upgrade
Reply #27 on: January 22, 2021, 08:21:50 PM
Short FORK GAITERS 42 x 60 x 80 - 200mm. NEW Universal for BMW 'K'  BSA  Project
Sorry it's only a description but I couldn't create a link.
It's on eBay UK.

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Re: 2019 Suspension Upgrade
Reply #28 on: January 22, 2021, 08:32:05 PM
*Originally Posted by phattanglo [+]
Short FORK GAITERS 42 x 60 x 80 - 200mm. NEW Universal for BMW 'K'  BSA  Project
Sorry it's only a description but I couldn't create a link.
It's on eBay UK.
Thanks I should be able to find them of that description :763:

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Re: 2019 Suspension Upgrade
Reply #29 on: January 22, 2021, 08:38:20 PM
I pasted the description on eBay and it found the item.