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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Chain Wear Question
« on: Yesterday at 11:20:51 PM »
Congratulations on preventing one problem on your trip.

I am a firm believer in preventive maintenance. 

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Getting squirrelly...on the straights.
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:09:38 PM »
I didn't love the Scorpions that came on my bike, but they are acceptable tires.

Any chance that you are now encountering "tar snakes"; i.e., tar patching cracks in the road.  They can get quite slick in the afternoon sun.

They bother me more on curves than the straights, but it is pretty easy to avoid running on top of one, paralleling the direction you are going, on the straights.

Relax, loosen up a bit so that you do not over correct, and enjoy it. 

You will be wind surfing on your bike.  I enjoy windy gusty days.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: How many oldies
« on: July 09, 2018, 04:48:43 AM »
Definitely better as a naked if you aren't in a rainy area.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Spark plugs - value in upgrading?
« on: July 08, 2018, 06:53:25 PM »
I put anti-seize compound on the threads of the new spark plugs before installing them.  I had been using iridium plugs in the engines of previous motorcycles, so I put them in the CB500X when I adjusted the valve clearances.  Mileage ratings are available for alternative plugs, but, if you are going to check valve clearances every 16K miles, you can replace conventional plugs then with no worries.

How to read spark plugs:

For several years I was shopping for my mother on the bike.  I opted for the cheapest Jafrum bags I could buy that had decent size.  They did require some modification of the "throw over" holes and threading, but worked fine.

Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: Weekend trip with the Dragon
« on: July 04, 2018, 04:49:09 AM »
Good for you.  You look to be enjoying the curves.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: deciding to keep the cb500x
« on: July 02, 2018, 09:49:23 PM »
Will, please excuse this question, but that gear are you in and how long had you been in it when you top out at 80 mph?

I sincerely think that if the engine is right, you must be short shifting.  During break in, I had my bike with 80 miles on it still pulling strongly in 6th at 95 mph; I just didn't want to rev it any higher.  You need to run the engine up above 8K before shifting if you want maximum acceleration or speed.

*Originally Posted by AJC500 [+]
All those extras would defeat my plan to have a lighter bike!!

I hear ya!

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Handlebar grips
« on: June 26, 2018, 05:36:41 PM »
Grip Puppies or their equivalent (foam overgrips that enlarge the grips and reduce vibration) have worked for me.  I never could adjust to the small diameter of the stock throttle grip.

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