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*Originally Posted by Topo [+]
What color? How much does it weigh? Have you tested it yet?

Went for a 3 1/2 hour ride yesterday to burn away all of the Sta-Bil that was in the tank over the winter. First impressions of the RF1200 — why did I ever spend money on less expensive helmets. Very quiet compared to my EXO AT950. Wind noise was muted in comparison. You will never eliminate wind noise but the way this helmet fits, noise is well managed.

The venting in this unit is phenomenal. Temperature was at 15C so there was really no need for venting but I had to try it out. I opened the brow vent and felt like I had stuck my head in a refrigerator.

I ride with my CB500X windscreen in the high position. The wind flowing over and around the helmet did not affect my head position at all. My Scorpion, even with the peak removed, gets pushed around by the air flowing by and over my head.

Overall, a fantastic piece of gear. Once it is on my head, it fits great. It’s a bit tight going on. I think with a bit of breaking in (and maybe better technique on my part), it will become easier to fit over my ears.

And a correction to my post right after purchasing this lid — it has a 5 year from date of purchase manufacturer warranty.

*Originally Posted by TenganToppa [+]
I use these when I want tunes and just plug into my phone.

They are marketed as for sleeping and extremely low profile, as in they fit in the helmet.

They also act as earplugs, they seem to drop background noise around 15-20db.

Disadvantage is they are a fiddly solution and you have to clean the earwax out of them.

They were 10 bucks though and don't compromise music quality at all compared to helmet speakers.

I did something like this back in the day. I had a Zumo 450 GPS unit which could play MP3 files. Worked well. This GPS unit finally died on me a few  years back and I haven't replaced it. The downside to this setup was that the noise attenuation was too great when listening to music. I missed an ambulance with siren wailing one day. That's when I turned the volume down.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: gear box
« on: February 04, 2021, 01:55:19 AM »
Over the course of 38 years of riding and 9 motorcycles, I've never blipped. However, YMMV. :001:

On Two Wheels / Re: The Long Way Up
« on: January 27, 2021, 11:23:04 AM »
*Originally Posted by catstevecam [+]
I feel there should have been 'spoiler alert' before the previous post  :005:


On Two Wheels / Re: The Long Way Up
« on: January 26, 2021, 09:05:56 AM »
I definitely enjoyed the first two series way more than Long Way Up. It took them 4 episodes before they quit worrying about how far they could go and where were they going to find someplace to recharge. That and their support vehicles are Rivian electric pick up trucks. All the featured vehicles were electric prototypes. This series sounded more like a commercial for the technology than anything else. What's worse, they don't even ride the entire distance. Ewan's bike breaks down so they air lift it to Panama City where HD engineers fix it. Then, they get to Mexico where it's decided that it would be too dangerous for them to ride so they purchase a school bus and modify to carry them and the bikes through most of the country.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: big foot she no fit
« on: January 26, 2021, 08:55:08 AM »
I sacrificed a dead computer hard drive. Took the thing apart and am using the top of the drive as my puck. I have a string attached so that I can retrieve it easily when I get back on the bike.

For giggles, I also removed the rare earth magnets from inside to use elsewhere.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: side stand foot
« on: January 16, 2021, 12:29:55 AM »
I used to work in IT and had access to many fried hard drives. Rather than spending money on a foot expander, I crafted a parking puck out of a dead hard drive and a 1 meter length of string. I took apart the hard drive and took the top home, tied the string through one of the screw holes. I made a loop on the other end of the string. When I come to a stop, I extend the side stand, toss the puck onto the ground, position it under the side stand and ease the bike down. Loop the other end over the left side grips and done. Retrieval is the reverse of deployment. Wrap the string around the puck and toss it in my tank bag.

I don't have a centre stand of any sort but I have gone to way too many places where the side stand would sink into the ground. A screw onto the end of the side stand foot enlarger may be more convenient but I find that I like the bigger footprint of my solution.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Speedometer niggle
« on: January 05, 2021, 10:42:48 AM »
*Originally Posted by zoomnad [+]
Never thought about it! I guess I like better than analog gauges cause I don't have to calculate with other numbers. It is big so I can see it quickly. Also, neat when I see triple digits on it! (of course that is downhill with the wind to my back). It takes longer to get MPH in triple digits.....

I'm into the triple digits regularly. However, here in Canada our speeds are metric and most highway speed limits are 100 kph  :001:

CB500X - General Chat / Re: 500x short comings
« on: January 04, 2021, 09:33:00 AM »
My issue with the rear brakes is how much I have to bend my foot forward for them to feel like they have engaged. I like to ride really slow by slipping the clutch. To do this, the rear brake is a must and I find I need to put my foot into an uncomfortable bend to feel engaged.  If I lift my foot off the peg and then press down, the rear brakes perform very well. Not really practical for a maneuver that requires finess. FWIW, I've had this problem with most bikes I have owned. The only two bikes I have not had this problem with were a BMW R1200CL and a Suzuki VL800, both of which had forward mounted brake pedals and floor boards.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Speedometer niggle
« on: January 04, 2021, 09:06:56 AM »
The only time I see the speedo on my 500X is when I actively look at it. I'm looking so far down the road that it is actually not in my line of site. Hence, I cannot be distracted by it. YMMV

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