Honda CB500X

Accessories, Mods, Products, and Clothing => Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance => Topic started by: adman on September 10, 2019, 08:36:03 PM

Title: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on September 10, 2019, 08:36:03 PM
Hello CB500X friends,

As already written in my introduction, I have been the proud owner of a black 2019er for several weeks. Although I already like the machine as a standard, I would like to change some things and adapt the CBX to my requirements.

Part 1:
First, I darked the standard windshield from the inside.

After dismantle the windshield, it must be cleaned. Then I sanded the inside with a fine fleece and water. Thereafter, the shield must be carefully cleaned again and taped with tape and newspaper or foil. In order to make the substrate paintable, I first used Plastic Primer and then applied the translucent Dupli-Color varnish in several thin layers in the cloister. This must be done very carefully, otherwise there will get clouds in the paint. Before the paint has dried through, I carefully removed the tape on the edge and then after drying the next day the paint finish still sealed with clear paint. After curing, remove the remaining tape and newspaper and carefully reassemble the glass.

I think the result is impressive. For my taste, the dark disc fits better with the motorcycle.
To be continue...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on September 10, 2019, 08:38:01 PM
...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: ewryly on September 10, 2019, 10:41:02 PM
Looks good. Do you have a picture of the whole bikes with the dark screen?
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: woody on September 11, 2019, 10:01:04 AM
Looks very good  :152:
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on September 11, 2019, 10:25:24 AM
Thanks. I am still rearranging some other things at the moment, so there are photos of the whole bike later.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: Rocker66 on September 12, 2019, 11:47:04 AM
Meanwhile here is a picture of my bike with the Honda tinted screen
Or not as it appears that the picture hasnt uploaded Sorry!!!!
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: Jonathan on September 12, 2019, 04:19:44 PM
*Originally Posted by Rocker66 [+]
Meanwhile here is a picture of my bike with the Honda tinted screen
Or not as it appears that the picture hasnt uploaded Sorry!!!!

that's the nicest tinted screen I've not seen... :001:
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: Jonathan on September 12, 2019, 04:21:16 PM
*Originally Posted by adman [+]
Hello CB500X friends,

As already written in my introduction, I have been the proud owner of a black 2019er for several weeks. Although I already like the machine as a standard, I would like to change some things and adapt the CBX to my requirements.

Part 1:
First, I darked the standard windshield from the inside.

After dismantle the windshield, it must be cleaned. Then I sanded the inside with a fine fleece and water. Thereafter, the shield must be carefully cleaned again and taped with tape and newspaper or foil. In order to make the substrate paintable, I first used Plastic Primer and then applied the translucent Dupli-Color varnish in several thin layers in the cloister. This must be done very carefully, otherwise there will get clouds in the paint. Before the paint has dried through, I carefully removed the tape on the edge and then after drying the next day the paint finish still sealed with clear paint. After curing, remove the remaining tape and newspaper and carefully reassemble the glass.

I think the result is impressive. For my taste, the dark disc fits better with the motorcycle.
To be continue...

Gut gemacht!  :028:
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on September 12, 2019, 08:44:43 PM
Danke sehr, thanks. the next report is in progress, it goes on ...
Sitting at the Mac and working on the design ...
... difficult decision, I have too many ideas ...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: gregjet on September 12, 2019, 10:51:31 PM
"  difficult decision, I have too many ideas ..."
My approach when that happens, is go with the idea that excites you the most. The other ideas usually fall into place as the executed ideas narrow what can then be done.
Or have an overall philosophy of what you want and make sure that ideas fit into that paradigm . Mine was to reduce the weight as much as possible ( fantastic motor pushing a lump in the CB500X's case).


If you get tired of that direction return it to std and start a new direction.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: Antwon412 on September 13, 2019, 02:00:04 AM
Even easier - use a can of Duplicolor. Almost no prep needed. It will look the same from the outside like this. And removable if you change your mind later.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on September 15, 2019, 06:15:25 PM
Part 2:
So, it continues with a small, but very useful accessory. Since the CBX has a very open radiator, this is also exposed to the risk of damage. A few small whirled stones can damage the radiator as a projectile and then the journey is over sooner than desired.
There are a number of different grids for the CB series, I have chosen a version with small holes, good against small stones and objects and still enough cooling power. Some other manufacturers also have very nice grids in the program, but sometimes with very large slots or grid spacing, which do not provide much protection against smaller stones.
In Germany, such a grid costs between 60 and 80 euros. A proud price for a small piece of tin. So I looked experimentally once for a visually identical product from China by Ali Express for about 14 euros including shipping. After about 3 weeks the package was there and after unpacking I was very disappointed about the quality of the grid. Everywhere was a sharp metal grade by the punching, that did not look nice and you could hurt you too. Also on the grid were everywhere metal picks, which were simply painted over. That's very bad China quality.
I then completely deburred the grid with a file, cleaned and repainted it. On the lower piece of small sheet metal was also a wrong, ugly CB500X logo printed, which was removed directly with.
Installation: at the top the radiator the grille is hung with two brackets. The two lower screws of the side panels must be loosened, then the grille is pushed sideways under the panel and fixed with the two screws together with the panel. To avoid rattling noises, I stuck a thin strip of foam between the grille and the radiator. I also bent the two upper brackets a bit, now it fits well.
So if you want to lend a hand, you can buy the China quality, otherwise prefer the expensive brand quality.
There are also versions that are attached to the upper side with a screw on a bracket, but in my opinion is not absolutely necessary.
To be continue...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: Lancs-lad on September 15, 2019, 08:31:55 PM
I opted for the Bruudt version nice piece of kit, not cheap but when you've paid 5000+ for a bike I'm not keen on cutting corners to save  a few quid.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on September 15, 2019, 08:56:34 PM
I had also looked at the Bruudt grid, but I wanted something less conspicuous for it.
The price was not decisive, I wanted to test in general, if the stuff from China is good.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on September 23, 2019, 09:49:46 PM
Part 3:
As a next step, I have a USB socket installed. The 2019 CBX on the left in the cockpit has already prepared a position for this purpose. There is already a plug nearby in the wiring harness for the connection. In order to install the socket, the panel on the left side must be removed. The steps I save myself now, I have seen here in the forum already a detailed guide.

As a socket I have chosen a combination of USB and voltmeter with switch. Monitoring the on-board voltage makes sense, should the alternator or voltage regulator fail. But there are other versions for the socket, 2x USB, cigarette lighter, aso.

First, I built myself a correspondingly long cable with the supplied plugs and provided with Heat Shrink Tube Sleeve. Since I did not have a matching counterpart to the Honda built-in connector, I've disconnected the plug and replaced it with a complete new male / female connector from the car accessories. I then slightly widened the opening for the socket with a semicircular file, now the socket fits optimally and can be screwed tight with the gasket. The cable is plugged in and can now be controlled via the ignition. The socket has its own 10A fuse and has a water-repellent rubber cover.

Total about 1 hour of work.
To be continue...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on October 21, 2019, 05:53:50 PM
Part 4:

One of the few negative things that I noticed on the test drive with the CBX, that the mirror arms are much too short. If you are slightly wider in the cross, you only see your elbows with the protectors in the rear-view mirrors. Of course that can not be the purpose of rearview mirrors. Since I really liked the size and shape of the mirrors, I had to somehow extend the arms. To assemble other good mirrors is not so easy in Germany, as they have to have a permit and an "E-number". Since the selection is not so big.

There are many ways to extend the arms, I wanted a good and easy solution. For this I have searched for a piece of round steel, which has exactly the same diameter (12mm) as the Honda arms. For this I have found a stainless steel extensions that are normally used for stair railings. These are available in different lengths. I decided to use an extension of 50mm (about 2 ") per side, which has an M8 male thread on one side an female M6 (metric thread) on the other side. Then saw through the original arm and the corresponding ones In addition to the screwing together, I also glued the threads together with a screw locking device. To achieve a nice look of the work, I have a black shrink tube pulled over and heated.

Now I have a good look behind me.

To be continued...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on October 21, 2019, 05:57:09 PM
Still some photos with the extended mirrors and the varnished Windschield.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on November 04, 2019, 05:26:00 PM
Part: 5.1

As a next step I have exchanged the not very attractive series handles of the CBX against others from the accessories. The handles are available in different colors, I have decided for a silver version, suitable for my black CBX. It is probably a Rizoma replica from the Far East. The handles consist of different lathe parts made of aluminum. The workmanship is not very good, I have deburred and reworked all parts. The fit is quite good, as it turned out in the later assembly. I stuck the rubbers with spray glue. With these handles, the end pieces are already there, but these are hollow inside and have little weight. The original weights have about 100 grams, so I've cut lead discs and pressed them with a wrench nut in the end part. So they weigh 100 grams again. For this, however, the screw had to be shortened to 10 mm in length.

Finally, I have the weight still covered with colored foil, matching other parts of my CBX. Now all parts are prepared and it can be mounted.
tbc
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on November 04, 2019, 05:28:03 PM
...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on November 05, 2019, 04:29:48 PM
Part 5.2:
Dismantling of the glued handle on the left side happened in the known way. Carefully drive between rubber and handlebar with a screwdriver, spray WD40 into the gap, carefully pull off the rubber by turning. Then clean the handlebars of the remaining glue and wash. The new handle has 2 small threaded drills at the end, so you can fix the handle with 2 small screws on the handlebars. In order to secure the handle against twisting, I have drilled 2 small depressions in the handlebar with a small drill bit, just so deep that the small grub screws can hold it in place. The radial play is very low, the grip holds very tight, even without glueing it. Can be done, does not have to be.
tbc
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on November 06, 2019, 07:15:42 PM
Part 5.3:
The right side is a bit more complicated because of the throttle cable, but not really difficult either. First, the handlebar weight is unscrewed and removed. The combination fitting is screwed with 2 screws from the bottom. Once you have solved this, you can open the casing and fold it away. Now you still have to remove the throttle cable and the provision. To do this, turn the adjusting screw all the way in and loosen the upper throttle cable. Now you can solve this carefully with a pair of needle nose pliers from the holder. Then you turn the whole handle a little in the opposite direction and relaxed so the rear throttle cable, which can now hang out very easily. Then you can pull the whole handle from the handlebars. Here nothing is glued, as the gas sleeve goes over the gasamte length of the handle. After cleaning, the handlebar and the new handle are sprayed from the inside with silicone spray to ensure smooth running. Then hang the trains in reverse order in the handle and grease the end a bit.
The combi fitting is now screwed back together with the two screws and returned to their original position. Now the handlebar weight is screwed onto the handle and the play of the throttle cable is corrected again. Finished!
tbc
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 03, 2019, 07:39:39 PM
First steps to make my X even prettier.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: ewryly on December 04, 2019, 03:10:11 AM
Nice!
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: Superplasma on December 04, 2019, 10:02:10 AM
Top class work 10/10.

Superplasma.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 05, 2019, 09:49:21 AM
Thank you guys. A bit has already happened in the front. But everything is not finished yet ...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: choyashi on December 05, 2019, 05:05:21 PM
*Originally Posted by adman [+]
First steps to make my X even prettier.

Yikes!! I said something like that to a Harley guy,
and almost got my ass whooped..... :183:

He had a really wild paint job on his bike, and I said
"That really looks pretty". Right after those words came
out of my mouth I knew they weren't................

 "Bad Ass Biker Lingo"!! :430:

But, to stay on topic, "YOUR bike is really Pretty"!  Ja!!! :152:
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 05, 2019, 09:09:22 PM
Thank you Choyashi for the anecdote from your life. But thank God the tastes are different and that's a good thing. I like individual bikes better than the standard boredom.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: choyashi on December 06, 2019, 01:52:11 AM
 :431:
There is no "But" about it Adman.
I'm in total agreement.
But, 'prettier" must just be a translation thing.
No guy is going to say anything on his bike is pretty!  :188:
At least if English is his first language.
Your work on the grips alone was outstanding.
Craig
 :430: I guess you could have a girl on back?

P.S. That reminds me of an old Confucius joke....Girl on back like???
I forgot the rest, sorry.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 06, 2019, 11:20:39 AM
No problem, choyashi. Sometimes it is not easy to describe certain facts in another language. There are also idioms, sayings and jokes that make no sense in another language.
As I said in my greeting, my school English is not very good, I was more a specialist in mathematics, physics and science. Sorry!
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: JonF on December 07, 2019, 11:03:45 AM
Nicely done!
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: Swanny on December 07, 2019, 11:34:38 AM
You have to be very careful talking to Harley owners, they are very insecure people and are trying their best to impress you with what they think is a cool looking bike   :305:

I often make the mistake of nodding at them when I pass, of course they never nod back as they are far too cool to do so  :008:
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 08, 2019, 12:42:03 PM
The next little steps ...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 08, 2019, 12:44:45 PM
*Originally Posted by Swanny [+]
I often make the mistake of nodding at them when I pass, of course they never nod back as they are far too cool to do so  :008:

For Harley drivers there is no life below 1200ccm.  :008:
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: timur on December 08, 2019, 01:41:48 PM
*Originally Posted by adman [+]
For Harley drivers there is no life below 1200ccm.  :008:
For me the worst type of riders is those one that doesn't allow you to overtake them on straights and then can't mantain the fast pace on corners  :013: Found a lot of them - on all types of bikes. Last one was BMW K1600GT - thanks God I have good suspensions - managed to overtake him midcorner  :124:
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: Swanny on December 08, 2019, 02:06:21 PM
*Originally Posted by adman [+]
For Harley drivers there is no life below 1200ccm.  :008:

I ride a 1300 but they still don't nod  :008:
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 10, 2019, 09:45:25 AM
...next steps...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: JoeD on December 10, 2019, 03:53:37 PM
Very nice work!
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: ewryly on December 10, 2019, 04:21:16 PM
*Originally Posted by JoeD [+]
Very nice work!

Agreed!
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: foamy on December 10, 2019, 06:56:40 PM
Sweet! This looks like a real fun project.

What type of paint are you using for the body work?
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 10, 2019, 07:21:45 PM
Thanks for your words, guys.  :158:
Yes, it's a "fun project", it's also a funbike. But by disassembling I learn to know the new bike better. At my VFR I knew every screw personally.  :169:
I use a high-performance foil from Mactac for my "beautification", so that I also have very good professional experience. The designs and lettering was created in Adobe Illustrator on my Mac and then plotted at my business partner. The color does not come across so well in the photos, it's a very crisp orange, like blood orange. That looks really sharp in the original on the bike.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 13, 2019, 02:36:24 PM
...next little step...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: ewryly on December 13, 2019, 07:27:08 PM
*Originally Posted by adman [+]
...next little step...

Can't wait to see the finished product!  As you do pieces like this, do you put it back together?  If so, any interim pics to share?
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 14, 2019, 01:39:49 PM
I am currently processing the individual parts that I have already dismantled. I will then reassemble the bike and then see what the overall picture looks like. Then I will decide whether I will take some away or do something new.
But I still have time until next season and a lot of ideas ...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: UnmzldOx on December 14, 2019, 04:17:13 PM
Can you describe the process a bit more? Are you masking and then painting large areas or using a 3D plotter of some kind to scan over the part and apply paint in discrete dots?
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 14, 2019, 08:40:04 PM
No, nothing has been painted on my motorcycle so far. All color changes in orange, white and silver are made with foil. As already written, I created the lettering and designs on the computer as vector paths and then had them plotted. However, the radii, curvatures and developments must be taken into account beforehand, otherwise it will not fit afterwards. In order to adapt the film to the shape of the individual parts, the film must be heated and stretched with a hair dryer when gluing. This is sometimes very complex and sometimes difficult to do with two hands.
Some designs are also cut freehand with the scalpel and glued.
Foil has the advantage over painted surfaces that I can remove it again without leaving any residue if I no longer like it.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: motorboy on December 15, 2019, 04:21:12 AM
I'm sure you have a picture in your mind what the finished bike will look like---I'll wait-so far looking good
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 16, 2019, 09:46:36 AM
Yes, I have a rough idea of what it should look like later. I only make the final decision when all the individual parts have been reassembled and form an overall picture. Then I decide whether I take something away or do something new.
So a little surprise for me, too, but that's great fun ...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 18, 2019, 07:23:49 PM
...next mosaic-stone.
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 20, 2019, 09:05:36 PM
The CBX has been the first bike without a center stand since my Dominator, so I faced the question: what to do?
A main stand is certainly useful for chain maintenance and other work, but it also has disadvantages, additional weight, possible inclination restrictions, and also optical reasons.
So I opted for an assembly stand that also costs significantly less than a main stand. The assembly stand has two rubberized and adjustable receptacles that can be precisely adapted to the box swing arm. In addition, there is also a V holder for racing adapters (bobbins).
Due to the stable design and the 4 wheels, the stand is easy to use, even by one person. So far I have not regretted the purchase.

Manufacturer: Protech
Construction: Delivery in individual parts, ready for assembly
Material: black powder-coated stainless steel
Dimensions: 40 x 54 x 72/33 cm (height x width x depth) / jack-up height
Price: about 66 euros
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on December 20, 2019, 09:07:11 PM
...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on January 20, 2020, 04:49:23 PM
The next small step to make my X more individual.
Please excuse the non-standard drawing, which I made quickly with my idea.
What could that be ...?
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: vackor on January 20, 2020, 05:15:13 PM
*Originally Posted by adman [+]
The next small step to make my X more individual.
Please excuse the non-standard drawing, which I made quickly with my idea.
What could that be ...?
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: Swanny on January 20, 2020, 05:25:08 PM
Was going to say rad guard but it's too small  :040:
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: motorboy on January 21, 2020, 04:24:14 AM
*Originally Posted by adman [+]
The next small step to make my X more individual.
Please excuse the non-standard drawing, which I made quickly with my idea.
What could that be ...?
I bought one from E bay looks just like your drawing with the X in it to see brake fluid level-looks good on bike
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on January 22, 2020, 04:14:48 PM
Vackor- 10 Points  :152:
at Motorboy: you mean this one...?

I also saw this protection in the bay. I didn't like it so much, so I thought about building something like that myself.
After measuring, I created the drawing and then built a cardboard model to see if it really fits. Then I buyed a piece of sheet metal made of 1.5 mm aluminum, drawed it, sawed it, drilled it and filed it. Unfortunately I don't have a professional folding bench, so I had to improvise quite a bit with my small vice.
It worked quite well for a first try, but I will make another, somewhat improved version in the course of the summer. Until then, it will remain on the X.

(The first picture shows the professional ebay version)
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: adman on January 22, 2020, 04:16:51 PM
...
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: timur on January 22, 2020, 04:44:55 PM
*Originally Posted by adman [+]
...
I take my hat off  :005: You have really good skills with metal working!
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: Swanny on January 22, 2020, 05:56:59 PM
Bloody marvelous  :062:
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: JoeD on January 23, 2020, 12:31:35 AM
Wow, really nice work!
Title: Re: Report on the conversion of my CBX 2019
Post by: motorboy on January 23, 2020, 04:14:31 AM
*Originally Posted by adman [+]
Vackor- 10 Points  :152:
at Motorboy: you mean this one...?

I also saw this protection in the bay. I didn't like it so much, so I thought about building something like that myself.
After measuring, I created the drawing and then built a cardboard model to see if it really fits. Then I buyed a piece of sheet metal made of 1.5 mm aluminum, drawed it, sawed it, drilled it and filed it. Unfortunately I don't have a professional folding bench, so I had to improvise quite a bit with my small vice.
It worked quite well for a first try, but I will make another, somewhat improved version in the course of the summer. Until then, it will remain on the X.

(The first picture shows the professional ebay version)
that's the one-I paid $17 US being black it looks cool mounted with the white coming through the X- seems like a lot of work for so little money to buy one unless you just like to make things yourself