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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Is this normal?
« on: April 09, 2020, 05:07:30 PM »
Only thing that looks different to me is that most people corner harder to the left than right. :001:
Could be where you live. :008:

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Upgrade to a CB500X...?
« on: February 19, 2020, 10:50:00 PM »
I own both a CB500x and a CRF250L. The X is fine on anything but really rough or muddy terrain. I got the CRF for just that reason. The 500 is just a little too heavy for me to enjoy on any really challenging terrain. If I could only have one bike, the CB500x is the one.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Mid pipe
« on: February 12, 2020, 03:59:08 PM »
Try your local muffler shop. They have the equipment to expand or shrink the pipe to fit. The other option on shrinking would be to make a couple of small cuts in the pipe at the end so that the clamp will tighten down over them.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: GRmoto Exhaust
« on: February 10, 2020, 08:00:58 PM »
*Originally Posted by Swanny [+]
What's it like without the baffles?
Never tried it. I did start the bike without an muffler and its not that loud. Its more harsh and raspy but not a lot louder. One of the things I like about the bike is that it doesn't attract a lot of attention. I ride with other people a lot and with the stock system, I often had trouble hearing my own bike. It's a little confusing when riding in tight corners and your audio doesn't match your video input. :001:

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: GRmoto Exhaust
« on: February 10, 2020, 07:39:03 PM »
*Originally Posted by Swanny [+]
Thanks for the pictures Sweeper
Are you happy with it?
It saves a ton of weight, looks better on the bike, and sounds just a little less like a scooter. I'd buy another in a heart beat. This bike is not for show, its for play. I expect that it will get dropped again. I can't see spending several hundred on a name brand under these conditions.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: GRmoto Exhaust
« on: February 10, 2020, 05:28:01 PM »
Here's a pic of the one I bought. The can, link pipe, and clamp are included. It's only slightly louder than stock. The only issue was the stop for the center stand is on the OE muffler. I fabricated a new stop for a couple of bucks in hardware. In the up position, the rubber rests on the lower linkage.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: GRmoto Exhaust
« on: February 09, 2020, 06:49:58 PM »
*Originally Posted by Swanny [+]
Has anyone any experience of these exhausts?

eBay item number:

Making Roads Louder Since 2013

They look good and are a great price

I have a $75 ebay that looks just like that. Mine shipped from a US address but I'm sure they are all from China. It has been on the bike for a couple thousand miles and I will say it is getting louder. Not enough that I'm going to take it apart or off. They are worth every bit of what they cost. I could buy a couple more before I got to the price of the name brand exhausts. On this bike, its going to get scratched, cheap is good!
My two cents. :158:

CB500X - General Chat / Re: CB500X RR vs BMW G650GS Help me choose
« on: January 17, 2020, 04:05:04 PM »
If you intend to off-road, look at the cost of replacement parts. These Honda's are really reasonable for replacement parts. Honda has done an excellent job of bring the cost down on these things and it pays off.
I haven't owned a BMW bike for years but one reason is the cost of parts for keeping it on the road.
My bet would be that the Honda wins. Mine never fails to put a smile on my face.

Riding Gear, Clothing, and Apparel / Re: Noise reduction tips
« on: January 08, 2020, 02:41:43 PM »
I think I saw a post on this site about blocking the air flow coming up between the tank and forks. It is apparently a know problem on the Africa Twin as well. The reports were that it reduced buffeting and noise in the cockpit.
Found it!,9140.0.html

On Two Wheels / Re: 400 Million Hondas - how many have you had?
« on: January 03, 2020, 05:57:45 PM »
*Originally Posted by Bama_Rider [+]
In order of appearance in my garage:
1983 CB1100F
2006 VFR800
1981 CB750F
2007 XR650L
2015 CB500X

All were good, troublefree bikes.  The CB750 was purchased from its original owner in the fall of 2012 and I spent that winter going through it mechanically to make it road worthy after years of sitting around in the guys garage.  I detailed it and had new foam put in the seat and a nice new cover made even though the original was in good shape.  I also put that pipe on it. Hot bikes from yesteryear are really rather underwhelming to ride unless you've never been on modern machinery.   I rode it once in a while for 4 years and then when I had to decide whether I wanted to pay $600 to ship it to Alabama or sell it, I sold it to a friend.  It was pretty though.

I've owned four of those five bikes! I always regretted selling my 82 750F but not so much any longer. Like you said, they aren't all that great compared to modern bikes. Still, its a thing of beauty!

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