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If anyone is interested in finding out more about the Trans-America Trail, I took part in a special feature on Adventure Rider Radio recently…

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The Adventure Rider Radio show about the Trans-America Trail in now live here:

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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Chain life question
« on: August 10, 2017, 01:59:35 AM »
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I want to purchase a Grease Ninja >>>> link hidden <<<<
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Anyone know the size or where to find this information?

Kenny G

Yes, as you suspect, the CB uses a 520 pitch chain. That info is usually listed in the specifications in the Owners Handbook.

Jx

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 :087:

Yep, it took a long time to arrive (on back order) ;o)

Jx

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I just thought I'd pass this handy suggestion along to anyone considering a little extra protection for their clutch cover...

You may be aware that Honda launched the new Rebel 500 earlier this year (CMX 500), and because of the forward foot-peg position, they have included a plastic cover over the trailing edge of the clutch housing.

Now I'm not suggesting this is going to completely protect the case in the event of a drop (on rocks etc), but hey, for the $26 bucks it cost, I thought I'd give it a go and see how it works on the CB500X too.

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photo. this is what you'll need - the plastic cover, plus 3 x longer engine cover bolts to replace the existing ones.

1 x 11380-MKG-A00

3 x 90002-MJE-D00

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photo. my original clutch case - scratched, but not broken - even after the Rubicon Trail...


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photo. the three [short] bolts that need replacing - the two directly below the oil filler, and the one in front of the clutch arm.

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photo. The new bolts are 40mm long (compared to the 27mm originals).


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photo. It's really that simple!

Neat eh?

Jx

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On Two Wheels / Re: Just dropped my bike
« on: August 09, 2017, 01:59:09 PM »
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One week after installing my Hepco & Becker engine and tank guards, I drop my bike.
Safe so say they did their job.

How did I drop it? Parked facing slightly down hill, put the kickstand down, got off and the bike rolled away falling on its left side. Noob mistake. Lesson learned.

I tried to catch it (failed) and lifted it back upright with the engine guard taking the hit.

Two issues though:
Clutch lever is bent like a banana.
Gear shifter bent in the way towards the bike.

Both still able to be used, just feels and looks stupid. Cannot feather the clutch for slow control like I'm used to. Having to over extend my grip to reach the clutch and change gears.

Does anyone know the costs to service/replace these parts? I would also like to get the bike looked over as the engine guards took quite a hit.

Changing the levers is on the To-Do list of mods. So if anyone can suggest cheap aftermarket leavers that would be great.

Same for the shifter, if there is an aftermarket piece that's cheaper than buying from Honda that would be good.
Would rather pay as little as possible for the fix, basically only paying installation (unless it's something I can do).

TL;DR: Dropped bike, need clutch and gear shifter. What costs am I looking at? Aftermarket alternatives to OEM parts?

Thanks,
Kieran

Hi Kieran -

As Sargent' suggests, the Rally Raid shorty levers are a good option - not only are they much stronger (being billet rather than forged aluminium), but their shorter length means they are less likely to bend if you drop the bike again - for example: I've dropped a bike without handguards and just these levers fitted >>>> link hidden <<<<
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As for the gear lever, because it's steel, you ought to be able to bend it back into shape without too much trouble - again I've done this a few times on my own bike, typically after it's been down on that side.

If you get a long ring-spanner, you can use that to initially lever it straight again (against the engine case and/or frame - just be careful), and then use the ring end to straighten the tip if that is bent at all, in relation to the main lever.

Otherwise as Chinook suggests, on the whole OEM spares are not expensive for this bike.

Hope that helps...

Jenny x

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I've seen the posts of the Rally Raided CB500Xs doing the TAT with not a lot of issues but how would a mostly stock CB (added a skid plate) deal with an above-average-but-not-expert rider? I know ground clearance may be an issue but looking at pics and the Trans-Am website, nothing looks gnarly enough that a stock CB couldn't handle, albeit slowly. Anyone with experience on the TAT care to comment?

I want to do the whole TAT in a few years so wondering if I should start upgrading the CB with Rally Raid farkles, get a more adventurey adventure bike, or take my XR650L instead. The XRs seat would kill me after a few miles so that would be my last resort for sure! Any advice is appreciated!

Yes, as EscCtrl suggest above, with care (and the right tyres and a Rally Raid engine guard) you could probably ride the vast majority of the TAT route without incident...

However, you will start to struggle in the softer sand sections in Utah onwards, and similarly there is a lot of loose gravel in Arkansas - neither of which are much fun with a 17" front wheel and 120 width tyre.

You'll also have to consider the rockier sections in Colorado & Moab particularly, as the stock [height] bike has limited ground clearance in that regard, but most of it is ride-roundable with care...

I'd certainly have a crack at riding the TAT on a LEVEL 1 bike (even with the cast wheels) - you'll certainly appreciate the softer and better damped suspension over that many off-road miles... Remember the TAT is day-in-and-day-out riding for a month or so, and that will soon take it out of you. In that regard, the LEVEL 3 bike just makes it that much easier over rough ground - simply by having more suspension travel and the 19" front wheel.

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Hope that helps...

Jenny x

 

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Aw, and similarly - thank you guys for your kind words!

I have to say, it was a lot of fun riding with the guys last year - and Juan and I also rode up to Oregon earlier this summer to join Harold at his annual Giant Loop Hot Springs weekend, and hope to do so again soon!

In the meantime, I've actually just got back from another epic solo cross-country trip (this time up in to Canada and the bordering US States), and I'm in the middle of putting together an new ride report and associated slide-show presentation too...

So stand-by to be equally inspired (I hope!) very soon!

Jenny xx

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Rally Raid / Re: Do I need to lower my foot pegs?
« on: July 30, 2017, 09:50:12 PM »
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Very helpful, many thanks for that Jenny. 

I will leave all as is at the moment and see how I get on in a few weeks when I give parts of the Swedish section of the new Trans Euro Trail a go ( >>>> link hidden <<<<
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Once again, many thanks for the quick response, very much appreciated.

Good luck on the Trans-Euro Trail - that is going to be an excellent trip! Are you going to ride any of the UK sections before you head overseas too?

I'm planning on exploring some of the UK and Spanish sections over the next year myself - although it would certainly be a massive undertaking to try and ride it all in one hit!

With regard to the wiring - if the corresponding OEM connector blocks could be sourced, then it would be great to make up some bridging sections to extend the wiring on each side - as that would make raising the bars far simpler.

Good luck with your trip, and any subsequent wiring adventures!

Jx

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: How would you improve the X?
« on: July 30, 2017, 09:42:11 PM »
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NC absolutely not - would be great exactly the same bike with extra hp & better windscreen, but I don't  see on the market any other bike, that I would like better - at the moment (as long as my wife doesn't want to ride with me...)

Erik

Thats fair-enough Erik - certainly most of the things on your list (wider handlebars, gear indicator etc) can be added from the aftermarket to personalise your own bike... the only thing you're unlikely to find from the CB500 range is more power, as it's designed specifically to meet the European A2 licencing criteria.

I'm the same - right now, there doesn't seem to be another bike on the market that suits my own needs quite as well as the CB500X - it really is better than you'd expect at almost everything... and is affordable enough as a 'base' bike, that with a little work/parts/accessories, you can pretty much address any personal shortcomings you may have with it.

Jx

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