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CB500X - General Chat / Thank you and Goodbye after 5 years & 44k miles
« on: January 17, 2020, 02:09:15 PM »
Well I've sold my bike and bought a car - the cold and wet of winter commuting have got too much for me. I was also beginning to feel that it was only a matter of time before I got knocked off by someone who wasn't looking, so I've quit whilst I'm ahead.

The X has been the best bike I've had and it never let me down. The only time it stopped on-route was when the side stand pivot got corroded, sticking part way up and then cutting the ignition - at least it was an easy fix! Other than routine maintenance, it has required:
    2 sets of rear pads and a disk (old one warped)
    2 sets of front pads
    2 sets of front wheel bearings (I think due to water ingress when parked on the sidestand)
    1 rear spocket carrier bearing
    rear dog bone with bearings (old bearings were shot)
    swingarm with bearings (central suspension bearing was shot and cheaper to fit a s/h swingarm, than a new bearing!)

I also got through:
    7x Front tyres (lots of corners wore out the edges!)
    5x Rear tyres
    3x Chain/sprocket sets
    3x Left heated grips (R&G) - the original right one never failed!

Other random observations:
    I checked the valves 3 times and they only needed adjusting on the first occasion (16k)
    Fitting Hagon suspension transformed the ride (2013 bike), the revised front springs and thiner fork oil made a massive difference
    I feel that Iridium spark plugs smoothed out the engine a bit - not a massive difference, but worth it for a few quid extra
    Centre stands are great - why aren't they standard?!
    The bearing seals (suspension pivot, wheel bearing, gear pedal) aren't up to keeping out UK winters
    The rear suspension pivots are very exposed to the elements
    The X is a great, fun bike, as well as being relatively cheap and very economical

I shall miss the bike on nice days, but not at this time of the year! Thank you all for making this forum the great place it is - I have enjoyed being a part of it. Safe riding :305:

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Wheel bearings - any problems?
« on: January 15, 2020, 08:47:07 AM »
If it's just the rear carrier bearing that's gone, it's not bad to replace. I think I drove the old one out with a hammer/punch and put the new one in with the help of a large socket. The problem with mine was that the seal on the outside had gone, allowing water/dirt in. The wheel bearings themselves were fine.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Valve Clearance - How To
« on: January 13, 2020, 08:41:34 AM »
*Originally Posted by trollbiker [+]
Great job doing this and very useful. Thank you very much !

Glad you found it useful!

No, I dropped it a couple of years ago at the top of my road on a cold morning with a new rear tyre on. I should have been taking it more gently, but that's the benefit of hindsight!

It's been a rubbish autumn, weatherwise, in the UK and I've got fed up of getting cold and wet. Most of my riding is commuting now, so I don't get to just go out when the weather's nice. I'm also not getting any younger and the risks of riding all the time play on my mind more now.

It's been a great bike and I've really enjoyed this forum too - thank you all!

I've decided to stop commuting on 2 wheels and sell my bike. I thought I would put it on here first to see if there is any interest, before putting it on ebay. The bike has covered just over 48k miles, but is still in use, so this will increase slightly.

I am the second owner of the bike and have owned it for the last 5 years and 44k miles, using it primarily as a year-round commuter. The bike is in good mechanical order, having been regularly maintained and has never let me down, but is less good cosmetically, having suffered from use through 5 winters and has been dropped at low speed on the right-hand side. It does, however, live in a garage overnight.

I'm looking for 1,550, which I think is a fair price given its mileage and condition. Please PM me if interested.

The bike is located in Chesterfield.

The good bits:

Regularly serviced and maintained (full records available on request)
Very reliable (never let me down)
New Bridgestone T30 Evo front tyre and nearly new T30 Evo rear
Fitted with Hagon front springs and rear shock
Fitted with Givi top box (panniers and frames also available)
Fitted with raised Givi screen
Fitted with Honda centre stand
Fitted with Honda hand guards
Fitted with R&G heated grips
Fitted with front Fenda Extender
Front wheel bearings, rear sprocket carrier bearing and rear suspension linkage bearings replaced in past 3k miles
MoT until July 2020

The bad bits:

Damage from being dropped on right-hand side a couple of years ago (scraped and cracked side panel, scrapes on exhaust/mirror/hand guard/indicator, rust on handlebar where bent/straightened) - see photos
Paint on side panels seems to be missing top lacquer (first owner removed side stickers), giving a matt appearance (see photos)
Paint starting to come off front forks (see photos)
Gear change lever/pivot sloppy and could do with replacement
Rear disk is warped
Chain has a stiff link and is getting ready for replacement
Top case mounting rails, centre stand and some fastenings are rusted

General photos:

Accident damage:

Paint peeling on front fork (similar on other side):

Poor paint finish on side panel:

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: More water pump blues
« on: December 11, 2019, 10:00:14 AM »
*Originally Posted by timur [+]
Maybe there is a bigger manufacturing problem behind this fails  :084: Definitely something happens with this pumps.

See bigbobby's reply #11 here: A number of the pumps in stock at his dealer had bent shafts. It may be that there are bad batches around. :003:

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Best tyres for cornering and handling
« on: November 29, 2019, 08:37:32 AM »
*Originally Posted by Swanny [+]
Another massive Bridgestone fan here,  :037: I have total confidence in them. I use T31's on my 13 and love them.
I tried a set of Michelin RP4's once, never again, twice I had them step out on me

*Originally Posted by denislordm [+]
Im with you Swanny - T31s are the best........................... (In My Opinion)  :152: :152: :152:

I'm interested you both like the T31. I had one on the front and found it very good for the first half of its live, but that grip and predicability deteriorated as it wore out. I've gone back to the T30Evo, which is still great even now it's approaching the wear bars.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Three Full Days on a CBX
« on: November 05, 2019, 11:06:04 AM »
*Originally Posted by ncroadtoad [+]
Every metric bike I've owned (own) hates cold weather and punishes you with bad fuel mileage.

I find a significant increase in fuel consumption when the outside temp drops below around 10C (50F). I go from getting 90+mpg(Imp) to low 80s (i.e. at least 10% worse). Initially I thought it was just the cold starts, but the fuel consumption during my rides, once the engine is warm, is also higher.

I've also noticed if the brakes start to drag (for me, caused by dirty pistons not sliding easily in the calipers) this is noticible in fuel consumption, so I expect knobblies and large panniers will also have an impact.

On Two Wheels / Re: What bike is this being reviewed?
« on: October 08, 2019, 02:26:06 PM »
I don't think BMWs are "solid" like they used to be. I think they started making them leaner and more "responsive" around 10-15 years ago and this has impacted on their longevity, which is now showing in the secondhand market.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: mileage
« on: September 23, 2019, 09:02:11 AM »
*Originally Posted by Oldhamer [+]
Just done my 162000km service. Bike running smooth as new. Not bad for a little 471cc twin.

Wow! 100k miles is very impressive, especially as it sounds like it's still running so well. Well done!

I'm coming up to half that mileage (46k miles/74k km at the moment) and starting to find things suffering from the effects of the British winters. I've just replaced the swingarm (cheaper to get a low mileage s/h swingarm than the suspension bearing!) and noticed the spocket carrier bearing on its way out. I did the front wheel bearings for the second time last month and the a s/h dogbone as those bearings were shot too. The rest of the bike is running great, it's just the bits which catch the road salt that are giving up.

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