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CB500X - General Chat / Time to Change: almost 24.000 kms and 4 years
« on: February 21, 2021, 09:37:04 PM »
I've been a happy and proud owner of a 2017 CB500X-ABS. Got a good 24.000 kms on it, time for the dreaded valve clearance revision.

Iím rounding 64, been on 2 wheels since 3, and motorcycles since I could afford one (mom wouldnīt allow it). Always dual purpose up to 500cc. mostly Hondas. And have always said that a motorcycle shouldnít weight over 150kg. With the years summing up I use the bike mostly for commuting in a middle sized town, and in the last years whenever possible taking some adventure trips around secondary roads in Chile and Argentina. My current bike has been a CB500X, which is already over 190kg, and I have loved it. Itís been brilliant to me, very good looking, nimble, fast enough, economical, reliable. But not so comfortable over long distances and I have to admit, not comfortable on the occasional off road over long expanses of rough routes. And I really like the idea of having DCT auto transmission and all the great late improvements on electronic assistance. So, before being unable to get the foot over the seat I was thinking on the new NC750X. But with all the nice improvements on the NC750X 2021 model the transmission travel was lowered from 150 to 120mm. And what I really missed on the CB500X was having a long travel suspension.
So I went all the way and just got the CRF1100L DCT Africa Twin.
Liking it so far. A lot. Frequent peeking at the garage (I find the 500X cuter though). The DCT feels a little rough specially on 1st and 2nd gear  but feels to work very well on Sport mode (don't like at all the feeling of the Drive mode). Love the long travel off road suspension even when driving on the city most of the time, big smiles going over speed bumps and potholes like nothing. It gets hard and scary right now on slow speed maneuvers, backing up or pushing it. And the throttle is very and I mean very jumpy and kind of scary on first gear (donít have a clutch lever).
Most annoying thing so far is that the foot pegs are just in the way when dropping the legs on stops, especially when you want to paddle a little the beast while seated on it.

This forum has been a great asset to depend on info on the bike, sharing experiences and participating in a community. Thank you guy's. I may return when Honda releases the Africa Twin 500.

Random Banter / Re: How's Age Affecting Your Riding
« on: January 02, 2021, 08:20:31 PM »
Rounding 64 I find myself much more cautious, it gets harder to push the leg over the seat and harder to upright the bike when I drop it, the spine also complains harder on long trips, but it's still a pleasure to feel the open wind, split lanes and leave all cars behind you at the green light. I think Iím going for a DCT before is too late for bigger bikes and then something smaller, until a scooter or an ebike... before the ewheelchair.  :082:

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Help identify model year of my 500X...
« on: December 16, 2020, 02:50:59 PM »
use a Motorcycle Identification Number (VIN) Decoder & Lookup

Motorcycle VINs are stamped into the steering neck of the motorcycle or in your registration.
Enter the complete 17 digit VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Fuel Filter
« on: December 09, 2020, 03:42:12 AM »
as I'm sure you are aware, there are plenty of other reasons for the engine running becoming erratic or stoping besides the fuel filter being clogged Ņwhat makes you guess that may be your problem? maybe if you describe better the problem someone could help

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Will a 170/60 17 fit my 2020
« on: November 26, 2020, 04:09:24 AM »
I have run 2 170s yet on my 2018 (Shinko 705 and Michelin Anakee Adventure), no problem of space or any other and it looks sexy. Don't think the 2020 is different.,6645.msg64084.html#msg64084

CB500X - General Chat / Re: CB500X Off road test
« on: November 18, 2020, 12:17:06 AM »
Very nice trip by the way, I forgot to mention. I think you did great, canít go faster on those roads on a 500X, you just have to have the time to enjoy the ride. As you said; use riding boots, keep your speed under you bike and skill limits, lower the tire pressure (never thought, never tried, that you can go under 10psi!!) and a stock 500X can take you to some awesome off road rides. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: CB500X Off road test
« on: November 17, 2020, 09:13:08 PM »
Tyre pressure 0.5 bar 7,3 psi !!! wow, that is to low, feels dangerous even.
Myself on bad terrain will go as low as 20psi, never been lower than that, never as high as factory settings. Normally I ride off road in between 30 to 25 maybe 20 psi for a little while. But I tend to go much faster, which is really not for this bike (when off road I mean). Going slow enough you can do some rough terrain on the 500X, but if the distances are long you may be forced to drive uncomfortably fast for this bike. That's been my experience as can be seen on my scratched fairings (not in the avatar when it was new).

*Originally Posted by Mister Paul [+]
...the X-ADV is an NC with little scooter wheels.
actually the X-ADV front is the same 17 and the rear is down to 15

a 500cc DCT mini Africa Twin would be lovely  :062:

For sure the 2021 NC750x DCT is 27kg heavier than the 500X (now 224 vs 197kg). Also the travel suspension is 120mm vs 150mm, and the bike is somewhat longer, so it's less nimble than the 500X, which seemed already heavy when I bought it. But with the years I'm riding less and less off road, the 500X really isn't very good off road, sure is capable enough but really not very comfortable there. And the low center of gravity of the 750X really helps a lot to keep it upright. Conversely, the higher center of gravity of the 500X makes it really easy to drop in my experience. Plus all the other minor tweakins the 2021 750X got... (check it). But what really captures my mind is the DCT automatic transmission, I've tried it and is a dream, plus you can always override it with  your thumb, and these 2021 750s are the lightless DCT's in existence.
The 1100cc Africa Twin is just to much for me (238kg $$$...)

CB500X - General Chat / Almost 4 years and 24000km might be time to move on
« on: November 15, 2020, 04:58:14 AM »
Almost 4 years and 24000km might be time to move on...
Iím not getting any younger, really thinking on moving towards the newly revised and "lighter" DCTís: the NC750X ot the amazing, if available X-ADV

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