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Yes, to clarify as Perfictsib says, you ought to be able to release the clips by pushing down and twisting the tangs using a flat blade screwdriver with the grips in place... (push and twist in one motion, and the little pin in the holes should release) - I would presevere with that first, you only need to move the grips if you want/need to poke something in the holes themselves to release the pins, but usually that isnít necessary, unless youíve snapped off the tangs.

Hope that helps!

Jenny x

*Originally Posted by Swanny [+]
Thanks for this. I'm going to have to use the molegrips method as my heated grips are already fitted and I don't want to have to unglue them
I guess this works on 2019 bikes?

Hi Swanny - donít be an animal... the bar ends are very easy to remove with just a flat blade screwdriver - they are designed to be removed in one piece, inner weight at all.

There are any number of threads about this on the forum, the most recent one here:,9106.0.html

There is certainly no need for mole-grips or heat guns!

Jenny x

CB500X - General Chat / Re: 2020 CB500X
« on: February 13, 2020, 12:28:36 AM »
*Originally Posted by Antwon412 [+]
I have to say - that silver with the red stripe and black side panels looks really great.

I agree!


CB500X - General Chat / Re: 2020 CB500X
« on: February 12, 2020, 05:13:48 PM »
*Originally Posted by Swanny [+]
Well it was registered on the 28th January but I expect it was built in 2019
I certainly doesn't have any of that paintwork.
Maybe it's only South America that gets that paintwork?

Yes - be aware that the South American market [Brazil especially] has traditionally had alternative colour schemes to the EU and North American models...

There is no guarantee you'll see those decals (or even the silver paint) on the 2020 bikes in the UK, and the US has already confirmed the red of the 2019 model stays through 2020 in the USA.

(it's also worth noting that the black engine cases where/are used on the CMX 500 Rebel version).

Jenny x

ps. I'm pretty sure someone already posted a photo of this silver paint scheme on here, but it might have been Facebook? - saying it was a Brazilian spec bike.

pps. Yep, turns out it was Facebook - found it here:

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Seat Height Comparison: 2018 v. 2019
« on: February 12, 2020, 05:12:13 PM »
*Originally Posted by VA-CB500X [+]
The 2019+ has a different rear suspension design than the earlier CB500X.  It uses a pair of links (that is, two.) 

Near as I could tell the failed threaded link that was pictured in the Z900 forum discussion (above), was a single-link application.

Yes, but the 2019 version uses two much smaller [cross section] eyelets.

If you want to go for that design, go ahead - after all, it's a commercially available product so the manufacturer must be confident (or at least well insured) from a liability point of view.

You've heard both sides of the argument and had plenty of technical back-up (from Timur) to explain whether this design is a good idea or not for a motorcycle rear linkage.

Ultimately the decision is yours.


CB500X - General Chat / Re: Seat Height Comparison: 2018 v. 2019
« on: February 12, 2020, 01:52:58 AM »
Yes, I would add that the main issue with using a threaded rod as the primary support (don't forget this is the key component on which the whole weight of the bike rests of course), is that unlike a threaded shock bottom for example where any significant extra force compresses the shock and the threads - the reverse is the case with the linkage rod in this application - in that a sharp force (such as hitting a pothole) is instantly stretching the threads, not compressing them... plus of course you already have in the region of 300Kg of weight constantly acting on those threads - the weight of the bike and rider/gear (and more if a passenger and luggage is onboard) - so regardless of any longer-term attrition fatigue due to the cycling of the suspension - over rougher ground particularly - it is the potential speed and force of a big hit which would appear to be the cause of failure of these design of links.


CB500X - General Chat / Re: Seat Height Comparison: 2018 v. 2019
« on: February 12, 2020, 01:02:58 AM »
*Originally Posted by VA-CB500X [+]
Okay, thanks for the words of caution. 

Properly designed and using proper materials, I would expect a threaded turnbuckle to be significantly stronger than the dogbones.   It is fundamentally a tremendously strong mechanism (again assuming correctly sized and proper materials.)

But it's not though, as all the stress is going though the [fine] threads, not a solid piece of metal.

A thread is designed to be done up [torqued] tightly to secure two components together, not be subject to constant fluctuating forces in tension - think of using an impact gun to undo a tight bolt.

No manufacturer uses a threaded turnbuckle in a suspension link under tension like that.

Do google the issues people have reported.


Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Re: Front Indicator Running Lights
« on: February 12, 2020, 12:11:16 AM »
You need to check your front indicators, and specifically the wiring connector from the loom that goes to the front set - if there are three wires on the loom, you could fit the US spec indicators and have running lights, however, as I recall the UK bikes only have a two-wire connector which would suggest those sections of the loom are actually different - it seems like a false economy to make different looms for different markets,  but there you go...


ps. note there was someone on one of the threads here I'm sure (although it might have been ADVrider - if I find it, I'll post a link) who said there is an aftermarket device for LED indicators that can give you the running light function with regular two-wire indicators, have a noodle and a google perhaps?

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Seat Height Comparison: 2018 v. 2019
« on: February 11, 2020, 11:52:53 PM »
*Originally Posted by VA-CB500X [+]
As a further FYI, I've also come across this company that sells an infinitely adjustable lowering link (0-4") for the 2019+ CB500X, along with an adjustable sidestand:

So that's another option to consider.

Be careful with that style of link - it's been reported on here and other forums/models (ADVrider for example) that the threaded bolt style links are potentially weak, and in a worse case can strip the thread or even snap.

In comparison, the 2019-on bikes have conventional dog bones either side of a central knuckle, so if you want to lower the rear of the bike you need to use longer dog-bones on each side.


*Originally Posted by UKJeeper [+]
TBF, most screens at this time of year in the motherland, are self tinting.

Start out as clear, in the morning, and are brown by the evening....   :015:

Rinse, and repeat. (Literally)

Ha ha - ain't that the truth! And I hear some are even bright white and textured at the moment?!


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