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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Chain lubrication
« on: Yesterday at 06:27:54 PM »
I spray it with undiluted Simple Green, and wipe with paper towels or rags.  The contents are: "water, surfactant, chelator, builders, colorant, and fragerance".

Note that none of the chemicals are defined, just a class given.  However, it truly does a good job on grease.  Hopefully, you have a similar product in Scotland.

I have a center stand (I ordered the "main stand" and luggage rack when I ordered the bike; somehow I still expect them to come with an adventure bike).  The ATF is applied by rotating the rear wheel whilst holding a nearly-saturated work sock top (the part from top to ankle) against both the top and bottom of the chain.  I typically do two chain rotations each for both the top and bottom.  I wear a nitrile glove (I took a box from work before retiring 22 years ago)  while holding the sock.  Those gloves can be handy if your regular gloves start leaking.  I always carry extras in the tailbag as I live in an arid climate and just use leather work gloves until the temps get quite cold.  The nitrile glove under the damp/wet leather glove keeps the hands from getting as cold.

The used nitrile glove and the sock saturated with ATF are kept in ziploc freezer bags.  I carry a small bottle of ATF for longer (multi-thousand mile) trips to replenish the sock bag.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Got my bike today
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:40:49 PM »
Adding a foam grip cover will aid in throttle control.  The throttle is very small diameter which magnifies any lack of smoothness by the operator.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: On It's Side
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:35:20 PM »
And in the states it is completely legal to make your own shorties out of the OEM levers.  See clutch lever:

CB500X - General Chat / Re: On It's Side
« on: March 17, 2018, 03:35:29 PM »
Soft cases work fine too.  I didn't take any pictures of the bike under the bush...

The handlebars take a pretty good hit when the bike goes over.  A cross brace on the handlebar is needed for off roading.  I have a bent handlebar and a replacement handlebar that has the cross brace built in.  I'm currently using the bent one as it is slightly more comfortable.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Battery sale for those in need.
« on: March 16, 2018, 07:42:00 PM »
Battery arrived today, I trickle charged it and installed it.  Bike started and clock reset.  All is good!

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Chain lubrication
« on: March 15, 2018, 02:41:01 PM »
Some of us try to minimize the gunk buildup and maximize the life of the o- or x-rings by lubricating the chain with automatic transmission fluid (ATF).  It contains additives to aid in keeping transmission seals flexible, so it is good for the rings.  Additionally, it does not attract or hold dirt like gear oil.  It was originally recommended by another dirt biker, and it worked so well that I now use it on the street bike as well.

I decided to replace the CB500X's drive sprocket at 15K miles as it was starting to wear, and I wanted to see what the life of the OEM chain would be.  Still testing that.  And, yes, it was delivered new at the dealership with kinked links in the chain.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Cb500x windshield
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:29:47 PM »
It eliminated the wind buffeting on the helmet.  That was what I was after. 

I have ridden naked bikes since 1960, and I was not finding an adjustment with the stock windscreen that did not cause helmet buffeting at speed.  Standing up on the pegs eliminated the buffeting.  Removing the windscreen eliminated the buffeting.  So, I removed the braces around 85 miles on the odometer, and have not regretted it in 16,650 miles since then.  The picture is from a trip (southern Arizona to central Montana) that included rain and hail.  I prefer no windscreen.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Battery sale for those in need.
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:18:09 PM »
I know that once the battery starts having problems holding a charge, the strain on the bike's charging system usually goes up and you start looking at increasing failure rates in the regulator/rectifier and/or alternator.  So my bike gets it's birthday present to prevent such problems.   :164:

Riding Gear, Clothing, and Apparel / Re: Thoughts on my gear
« on: March 14, 2018, 03:51:40 PM »
I have found my Aerostich Darien jacket to be very versatile with a fleece zip-up sweatshirt as a liner.  I have also toured with a mesh jacket, the fleece sweatshirt, and a FroggTogg rainsuit.

The warning is that I am an old curmudgeon who started riding in 1960, after graduating high school, and my safety requirements seem to be my Shoei helmet, adequate boots (I use Sidi Adventure Rain for off-road and touring, but leather work boots around town), and leather work gloves.  Not much and not fancy, but, it has worked for me.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Cb500x windshield
« on: March 14, 2018, 03:39:59 PM »
My solution was to remove the windscreen and braces.

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