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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Smaller front sprocket?
« on: October 06, 2020, 08:14:21 PM »
I'd advise against going for a 14T front sprocket. 112/14=8 meaning the same tooth will turn on the same chain kink every time increasing the possibility of uneven chain wear. Also due ro the smaller front sprocket the chain will rub a lot more on the chain guide.
Instead, I'd go up to a 43T rear sprocket. Slighty less reduction in gearing, but more healthy solution in all aspects.
Just my two cents.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: ABS
« on: September 30, 2020, 08:44:57 PM »
*Originally Posted by ksandvik [+]
ABS brakes is about saving lives. Even for seasoned drivers. Last comment from me.

I could not agree more.
 I'm riding for almost 30 years, and have been years when I've done well over 25k miles, now down to about 10-15-ish a year. So I've learnt to ride without ABS, and rode (bar a few testrides) non-abs bikes for the first 22 years of my riding career.
Still riding all year round in all weather and road conditions, commuting roughly 30 miles every workday and having one longer and several daytrips during the year.
I admire all of you who have superman reflexes, but I admit that I'm not always fresh, sometimes making stupid mistakes, and many times get into situations where somebody else is a fool - and weather is not always collaborative either. There are a few ocassions in every season when the ABS saving my hide, and there were four ocassions since 2015 during the whole ownership of the X when I would have tried to switch off the REAR ABS

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Michelin road 5 trail
« on: September 30, 2020, 08:19:43 PM »
*Originally Posted by STOKIE [+]
I wondered if the trail version with itís slightly different construction would give a slightly more compliant ride.
I have no comparison, only had the trails on my bike, but I have nothing to complain.

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Michelin road 5 trail
« on: September 30, 2020, 08:18:33 PM »
*Originally Posted by STOKIE [+]
are they good on the tarmac as my main reason for getting them is wet weather performance.
I have them on my 500x. They are the best in the rain from all the street tires I've tested so far.
And they stick like glue in the twisties too.

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Michelin road 5 trail
« on: September 30, 2020, 02:26:17 PM »
I might be completely wrong, but the images I've seen of the trail and normal version are showing slightly different rear patterns.
At least my roadie 160R17 road 5s don't have much traction on a loose trail for sure. They're OK on level gravel, but any as ends or descends give it a hard time.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: suitable oil for a 7 year old X
« on: September 26, 2020, 10:10:12 AM »
As long as you keep to the oil certification standard specified in the owners manual there should be no issue to go back to the originally specified 10w30.
The manual says:
"Honda 4-stroke motorcycle oil API Classification SG or higher, excluding marked as "Energy Conserving" or "Resourceengine Conserving,"
SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA"

It is important to use motorcycle specific oils as on our engines the clutch is running in the same oil as the engine, so friction modifiers can frack up the clutch plates.

It is usal that dealer install 10w40 oil as that is the most available base oil abundantly in reach for them.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Arrow slip on to header ??
« on: September 24, 2020, 09:18:00 PM »
*Originally Posted by spooky [+]
    10/4..... guess Ill have to take a $30 chance.
"This is the way" ;-)

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Arrow slip on to header ??
« on: September 24, 2020, 09:02:42 PM »
Nope, I mean the length of the passenger peg hanger has changed in 2016ó2017

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Arrow slip on to header ??
« on: September 24, 2020, 08:47:10 PM »
*Originally Posted by spooky [+]
OK, the arrow mid pipe will work ($109) unfortunately they are on back order with no certainty when they will be made again... So here is where I am... amazon has this (for better or worse) but it says 2013-2015 models..   Does anyone know if the exhaust pipe sizes are the same between the 2015 and 2018? 
 On the arrow web sight the junction inlet is 43mm and the outlet is 50 mm. 
   so do yall think this might fit?  thanks.

The shape of the exhaust and the exhaust hanger has changed in 2016. Probably that is the issue.
Have you checked if arrow is listing the same midpipes throught the years?

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Trailmax Mission on a KTM790R...oh look, a CB500X
« on: September 20, 2020, 10:04:47 PM »
*Originally Posted by Wedgetail [+]
. I'd be interested to hear exactly what disadvantages people see in a rear tyre weighing an extra 4kg (25%).
It is more like a general note, but ideally one should look into decreasing u sprung and rotating mass.
Rotating mass robs power, and efficiency both during acceleration and braking. At the same time adds to the gyroscopic effect of the wheel decreasing manouverability and increasing straight line stability. Some say changing rotating mass by 1kg equals to change in total mass of 7Kgs.
Unsprung mass is changing the road tracking capability of the suspension. Extra 4kg of unsprung weight is easily about 20% increase throwing damping to a different range.
I guess to each of its own.

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