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Random Banter / Re: TV Soundbar
« on: January 13, 2019, 10:39:08 PM »
Radio linked (wireless) headphones are a good start. Bluetooth headphones might have a delay, thus poor lip synch and an echo effect if the TV speakers are on simultaneously. Otherwise, a basic stereo, even a boom box, with an Aux input would be a vast improvement in your hearing the soft details of conversation. One with a 10 band EQ makes it that much better.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: MPG Seems Low
« on: January 13, 2019, 08:42:36 PM »
The memory of the ride to work and home is worth something, definitely. It's nice to have good, albeit fading, memories to mull over. It's the same effect as a vacation, but can be refreshed daily.

To get total cost of ownership, add your OTD/distance to the operating cost. For me that is 7500 US $ (with gear) / 39000 miles or 0.19 $ for a total of 0.36 $/mile. That improves with added miles, obviously. It could be only 0.23 at 100000 miles. We'll see.

On Two Wheels / Re: Novel Birthday Present
« on: January 13, 2019, 02:23:11 AM »
Someone knows his dad. Good job. Is the 300 part of the Vespa logo?

CB500X - General Chat / Re: MPG Seems Low
« on: January 12, 2019, 08:44:47 PM »
My recent estmate.

Operating costs (fuel, insurance, fees, maint.  Excludes purchase):
25 mpg car, well used - 0.24 $/mile
65 mpg 500X - 0.17 $/mile

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires -- mileage?
« on: January 12, 2019, 08:26:06 PM »
The upgrade Scorpion Trail II tires are excellent. The 2013-15 OEM Scorpions were not well liked for good reasons. I upgraded both at 8000 miles. The rear looked like the photo. Now, at 39000 miles, I'm on my 3rd front and 5th rear STII. Price is now around 145 and 165 US $ respectively. Average runs have been 15000 and 7500 miles respectively for an operating cost of 0.032 $/mile.

On Two Wheels / Re: Suggestions for a motorway commuter
« on: January 11, 2019, 04:19:18 AM »
For some on this forum this might sound backward since they were there once. Have you considered the CB650F? Ergos are sorta upright. Smooth power comes on at higher revs. An afterrmarket screen and tail bag might make it a solid commuter.

New Member Introductions / Re: New Member
« on: December 30, 2018, 11:41:04 PM »
Welcome. Your story is so similar to many others here. That includes a hard look at the 2019 X. Not quite there yet, myself, and will hold on to my 2014.

Let us know when you bring it home.

PhilJS, make and model of handguards?

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: lace-up boots?
« on: December 29, 2018, 03:04:48 AM »
Dr Marten's 1460. Light and simple. Not waterproof, but breathes well and dries out overnight if caught in rain. Worn at work all day. Tying a tight bow knot has always worked. Change laces once wear begins at top eyelets. Second pair still in good shape. 1st and 2nd pair have made 39,000 miles combined.

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Road 5's - worth the extra?
« on: December 24, 2018, 07:21:20 PM »
My standard plug for Scorpion Trail II: great tires, full speed through the bends at 45 deg lean dry, a little less wet. I'm getting 7500 and 14000 rear and front at 3.7 cents per mile average for the set. No slight to Michelan which I've run on my cars for many years.

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