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*Originally Posted by Mickau500x [+]
Hi Cam

Asked the team at Honda Big Wing Chiang Mai where I bought the bike and they just looked blank and said that they do not have recalls.

Best I just jump onto the Honda Thailand site and ask.


Sounds like a plan, maybe the product regulatory environment isn't quite there yet?!

*Originally Posted by Mickau500x [+]
Hi, has anyone heard if there is a recall in Thailand on the 500x 2015 model.
As all 500x's are manufactured here I was curious as to why I have not heard or seen anything.

Mick - just contact your Honda dealer and ask them, they should be able to check for you

I think you can enter your VIN here and check too but am guessing a bit! -

Random Banter / Re: COPYRIGHT UK
« on: August 07, 2015, 04:40:57 AM »
So you can't keep a backup copy of the MP3s you own that you purchased on Google Playstore then?  Am sure there will be many ways to interpret the rulings as always.  In Australia a copy was allowable for backup purposes but not sure if still the case, I believe it is though.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: 100 miles / one week OIL LEAK !
« on: August 07, 2015, 04:31:12 AM »
*Originally Posted by CB-500-X [+]
My thoughts exactly .  :460:

OK latest update . The bike was at the dealer for 3 days and in the hands my favorite technician, he rode it 30-40 miles and watched it for three days including at my suggestion putting both wheels on 1X4 " wood boards to simulate the angle of the parking spot I normally  park in, although I have flipped the bike around several nights just to see if the angle made a difference. It's about 8-10 degrees. Anyway the fluid leak has disappeared completely:046: They did no repairs to the bike at all except check it 4-5 times a day as it sat there . I have had it back 3 days now and have put another 100 miles on it and still not a drop of fluid anywhere . Still no idea what it was and why it had continue to drip from the hoses  :084: . And just as baffling  :027: , why it stopped . So I will continue to ride it and monitor the fluids etc ... I will give you  guys an update if and when there is a change ...
PS : Still don't like speculation and theories with things mechanical , would have liked cause and effect .

On a quick read of this I would say,

1) If it was fuel you should easily be able to smell this if you swabbed the fluid from the floor (don't recommend tasting anything  :008: )  Fuel also evaporates rather quickly unless you have a large leak and then you really would smell it

2) If someone overfilled the coolant reservoir (near the rear wheel) it will overflow through one of the tubes that appears under the bike also.  Coolant expands when hot that's why they don't fill the reservoir up fully to give it some room.  You said that one of the dealers removed some coolant awhile ago so.....

3) Latest dealer did nothing but the leak stopped? - probably because there was enough extra coolant out of the system by then

On Two Wheels / Re: Honda Quality-Are Other Marques Better?
« on: August 07, 2015, 04:15:46 AM »
Seems to be pretty consistent that forums field many complaints and not many love stories.  Both my Triumph Bonneville and Honda CB500X where made in Thailand.  The only real gripe I had with the 500X after 2 years and 18,000kms (wet and dry) was the OEM chain rusting and I wasn't alone on that one.  The X cost me $8000 and the Bonneville $12000 but the quality wasn't $4000 apart in the end it was only slightly better.

If money were no object would I buy a different bike?  Probably not as I haven't found one that was that much better yet than the 500X  :821:

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Shifting Question
« on: August 07, 2015, 04:02:41 AM »
I've not had any real challenges in shifting on the X.  Always good to check basics especially that your clutch cable is properly adjusted.  If the cable is a bit slack (too much freeplay) then shifts can be hard as the clutch won't disengage fully.  Your dealer should be able to help show you how to get this right if your not sure.

Shifting itself, I had always been one of the pull the clutch all the way in, roll off the throttle, change the gear, ease the clutch back out as you roll back on the throttle.  Never had an issue like that.  I did start preloading the gear shifter and also held it on until after the clutch was full released.  Seemed to make it slightly smoother.  Then at a recent HART (Honda Advanced Rider Training) we were instructed to preload the gear shifter, and only blip the throttle off, little bit of clutch lever (or none) and it would slip into gear and it did and it was smooth.  Personally I still like using the lever a bit more, no harm done  :015:

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Pirelli Announce Scorpion Trail 11
« on: August 06, 2015, 12:49:46 AM »
*Originally Posted by hilldweller [+]
Phillip Island, you lucky devil.

What a year this has been, best ever, probably. And the best is yet to come, can Marquez do it, can Rossi do it ?

Absolutely, can't wait!  Thelast half is going to be really intersting now that MM93 seems to have found his pace with the old chassis back on the bike  :152:

Have done 5kms on the new tyres and all good so far! lol  :821:

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Pirelli Announce Scorpion Trail 11
« on: August 05, 2015, 12:08:51 PM »

Now to run them in!  :007:

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Tire pressure?
« on: August 05, 2015, 12:04:43 PM »
I've been running the standard 36F and 42R as per the stickers since I bought the bike in 2013. 

The other day after service,  the dealer mentioned they lowered the pressures to 33F and 38R.  I asked him why and they said the higher pressures are for maximum load not normal loading with 1 rider.  I said hey I'm no small guy are you sure?  :084:  They said yes and they reckon that the handling will be better in corners on bumps etc.  I couldn't notice a huge difference when I went riding next personally though  :027:

It seems to be another of those dark arts like suspension tuning!

Good idea for extra visibility at night!  :152:

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