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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.

Suspension / Re: 2019 Damper Rods In Pre-2018
« on: September 18, 2019, 12:13:37 PM »
*Originally Posted by Bradmeister [+]
Oils, You guys who think Fork Oils are regulated by some Racing agency or secret Government agency........WRONG.  Oil is for Final Tuning and it's very very important!

A 10 Wt oil from Honda (which is Actually Transmission Fluid) has a vescosity index of 35.2 cSt @ 40C. A 10 wt oil from White Power has a Viscosity of 48.1, and A 10 Wt oil from ohlins has a viscosity of 22. Does that mean anything to any of you? Probably not.  Go look it up!

Slightly OT, but I don't understand why fork oil is specified and sold by Wt figures, but the real measure of its performance is its viscosity, which varies wildly. There is also no consideration of its performance at different temperatures - the viscosity of my fork oil is going to be very different on a wet winter UK road (temperature under 5C, with spray cooling the outside of the fork) to a someone riding hard in southern europe during summer (dry and 40+C temps).

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Iridium Spark Plug Part Numbers
« on: August 19, 2019, 10:21:37 AM »
I'm running CR8EIX plugs in my '13 model. I've not noticed a major difference over standard plugs (which I have on some other bikes), but I don't think the current ones are as good as the first pair. I have read that quality can be a bit variable with NGK and Denso ones are better, so have a pair of IU24A plugs to go in at the next change.

*Originally Posted by ncroadtoad [+]
It looks like it was beautiful English weather  :001:

We had a week of baking temps, when it was getting too hot to ride in the afternoons, but we are now in our third week of (occasional) sunshine and showers!

*Originally Posted by ncroadtoad [+]
Congrats on 45k, I like to see it when people actually put miles on their bikes.

I'm coming up to 5 years of ownership (I bought the bike when it was a year old with 4k miles on it) and currently doing about 9k/year, mainly commuting. It's been totally reliable and other than servicing & chains/sprockets, has only needed front wheel bearings and rear suspension bushes/bearings, so far.

I don't take many photos of my bike, as I mainly use it for commuting, but I did stop on the way home yesterday to take a photo when it ticked over to 45k miles. It happened to be on a nice stretch of road over the tops at the edge of the Peak District, although I didn't manage to get any heather in the shot, which is just starting to flower at the moment.

Wow, that looks fantastic! Thanks for posting - it's always nice to see where other folks ride.

Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: Arranmore on the CB500X
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:26:46 PM »
Looks stunning - thanks for sharing.

Very glad to see your bike's fixed and you're out and about again :305:

CB500X - General Chat / Re: 100,000 miles/160,000 km
« on: August 02, 2019, 02:59:54 PM »
*Originally Posted by reavsie [+]
Why is 100,000 miles so impressive?

My Honda VT500E clocked up 100k (well, 99,600 before I sold it) in the eighties when despatched from new.

Had a (much maligned) Suzuki GS500 reach 84k before trading in for a CB500.

Any mid size or bigger bike from a major manufacturer has been capable of 100k for decades. The only requirement for this is to stick to the maintenance schedule and not ride it like it's on the race track.

My CB500X currently has 50k on the clock and I'm confident it is good for at least another 50k.

*Originally Posted by harryhendo [+]
It's impressive because most motorcycles barely reach 10K miles before being put in a barn or the back of a garage. I'm astounded by the number of motorcycles for sale on craigslist with less than 5K miles.

I think you are both right here, ironically - bikes, especially engines, are very capable of 100+k miles, but most riders do fewer and fewer miles on their bikes.

Personally, I'm not worried about the life of the engine, as that seems bullet-proof, but I'm a bit more concerned about the lifespan of other parts. There was a chap in Oz with over 100k on his bike that developed a crack in the frame and I'm finding bearings/bushes are starting to fail at 5 years/45k. The rear suspension linkages are very exposed to road salt, which I'm having to replace. My right front wheel bearing is going again, which I suspect is due to salty water getting past the seal when the bike's left on the side stand. Also, my gearchange pedal/bolt needs replacing as it is very sloppy. Although I've not had an issue, quite a few people have had to replace head bearings.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: UK Breakdown Cover Question
« on: July 29, 2019, 08:52:50 AM »
Start Recovery: from 26. I've not had to use them, but the reviews are good. Only issue I've had whilst out is a rear puncture that I fixed with a tubeless repair kit that I carry (it lasted another 2k miles!)

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