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CB500X - General Chat / Re: Feed Up Of Hearing
« on: September 07, 2020, 12:04:54 PM »
If people are curious about why I went from a GSX1150FA to a CB500X, I tell them that I ride what my soul wishes. Besides, smaller bikes are fun and I don't need to go warp 5.

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: Seat Concepts, or what else?
« on: September 07, 2020, 12:00:30 PM »
I have tried beaded and sheep skin butt pads in the past. Years ago, I purchased a Large Sheepskin Butt pad from Alaska Leather for my (former) BMW R1100RT. In my opinion, it was better than a beaded seat. I just found it the other day after having been hidden away after riding bikes that it didn't really fit. Low and behold, it fits beautifully. I did not expect that. The sheepskin will keep you from sliding forward and the air circulation through the wool will prevent your butt from over heating. And, the price is right -- $74.95 plus taxes and shipping. A lot less expensive than a custom seat.

And, as always, YMMV

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: Tank Range
« on: August 03, 2020, 02:55:44 AM »
Here in Alberta, if you ask somebody how far it is to someplace, you will get a time reference, not distance. How far is it from Edmonton to Calgary ó about 3 hours. Lifetime, Iím averaging 3.5 litres/100 km or 79.5 miles/Imperial Gallon. I work on the presumption that I can travel a bit more than 4 hours before going dry. I prefer not to chance it so Iím usually filling up at 3 or 3 1/2 hours.

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: Wonít go into first gear
« on: August 03, 2020, 02:41:30 AM »
When I was a rider instructor, we regularly had this issue with our fleet of CBR125s. They often wouldnít go into first gear from neutral when not moving. We would either pull the clutch in and shift up to second, then tap down to first. More often, we would add some RPM to the engine (not a lot) and let the clutch out so it was just in the friction zone. This would usually work to sync the shifter thus allowing the shift to first.

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On Two Wheels / Re: 400 Million Hondas - how many have you had?
« on: April 19, 2020, 11:09:29 PM »
*Originally Posted by hilldweller [+]
I think I can set the lowest record - TWO.

VFR750 and the X.

So, one of the world's greatest bikes followed by the world's most easy to live with big grin bike.

Iím at two as well ó a 1977 CB500T and my 2018 X. The T was my second bike after my KZ400 was stolen.

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On Two Wheels / Re: 400 Million Hondas - how many have you had?
« on: January 12, 2020, 10:46:46 PM »
My Hondas ó a 1976 CB500T and my current ride - 2018 CB500X.

In between Iíve had a couple of Suzukis, a couple of BMWs, a Yamaha and 2 Kawasakiís. Looking at the pattern, it would seem my next bike needs to be a Yamaha just to say Iíve had two of everything Iíve owned.

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: ABS or no ABS?
« on: January 12, 2020, 10:28:34 PM »
As a former motorcycle instructor, my take on the ABS vs non-ABS is this ó if you are a new rider, take a high quality riding course. Learn the proper techniques for riding, including braking. We would, in the course of our instruction, do a demo involving two CBR250s. One with and one without ABS. The riders were very experienced (one is a provincial racing champion from many years ago). Over hundreds of these side by side runs, the non-ABS bike stopped better than the ABS bike only twice. And one of these times, the ABS failed due to the sensor being dirty.

The instructor who usually gave the spiel is a Luddite. He doesnít like technology. So much so his usual joke was that his cell phone was plotting to kill him has he spoke. The point of our demos was that proper technique, every time, is what is going to save your ass. If your ABS happens to kick in and you stop even shorter than you expected, you look around and take credit for it. If the ABS fails, and you are not using good technique, you probably donít have the time to save your bacon.

FWIW, except when testing my brakes after a brake pad change, Iíve never had the ABS on any of my equipped bikes kick in.

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: Fill up time.
« on: August 02, 2019, 10:45:57 AM »
My advice when it comes to fuel is to use the least expensive available that does not produce knocking. This was especially true back when I was riding BMW bikes with their manufacturers requirement for premium fuel. I ran mid-grade for the 4 years I rode Beemers.

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: 100,000 miles/160,000 km
« on: August 02, 2019, 10:40:46 AM »
A testament to reliability, good maintenance and impressive photo taking skills. It would seem he was in motion when the picture was taken. :114:

Only 155,000 km to go to catch him.

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: Last bar on fuel gauge
« on: August 02, 2019, 10:37:49 AM »
Did my own "experiment" with my 2018. My bike used (according to the on board computer) 1.6 litres of fuel after the bar started flashing. I topped up the bike with 15.72 litres of fuel. Thus, according to my math (and Honda's info stating a 17.5 litre fuel capacity), I had approximately 1.8ish litres of fuel left in the tank before the fill up. I traveled approximately 58 km on that 1.6 litres. The total amount of fuel in my reserve would seem to be about 3.5 litres (just shy of 1 US gallon).

The total amount traveled on that 15.72 litres of fuel was 461 km. Am I going to do that again. Only if desperate. I use my 500X to commute to work in the summer. I usually fill up after 3 days and put in just over 12 litres of fuel. If I use my truck to come to work, I use that much fuel in one round trip. Personally, I'm quite happy with my fuel economy.

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