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Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: Any tours planned?
« on: Yesterday at 10:15:32 PM »
Sounds like a nice trip Harry, that's a lot of camping  :114: I'll look forward to seeing that trip report.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Sometimes I just get lucky.
« on: Yesterday at 10:11:19 PM »
Enjoy the bike Foamy, you'll get the little problems sorted out once the weather turns warmer and you can start putting some miles on it. If tire pressures are good, the sensation of a planted feel and vibrations may well go away once you get more used to the machine. Hopefully anyway. 

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Battery charging and engine RPM’s question
« on: January 21, 2020, 10:21:12 PM »
*Originally Posted by motorboy [+]
I reason you see what you see is normal when your battery is at full charge anything around 13.5 or over is enough to keep it charged- heated grips act as a dead short and consume a lot of current and with them on ridding at low speeds will not keep the battery at full charge that's why a volt meter is a good thing to have if you run a lot of electrical accessories on a bike this size with such limited charging capacity

Disclaimer: My expertise in electricity is that I know it will shock you.
I do run a voltmeter on the bike, all my bikes have had one. As to the electrical output on the CB500X, it's pretty damn good - especially for a bike it's size. I believe the output is 500w (on my 2013) and if so that is better than my 2016 Kawasaki Versys 1000LT and better than any of the Vstrom 650's I owned. Both of them (and a lot of other bikes) were in the 400's. 

My standard "extra" electrical load is just aux lights and grips/jacket when it's cold, no more than 160w if everything is on 80% and it's dark. When it's really cold, this morning my ride (short ride) was 24 degrees, I broke out the heated gloves too. But, since is was daylight and none of the heat was running 100%, I'd say I was pulling around 180w, more or less. and I was very warm...  The power draw was OK at speed, but you don't want to idle to long  :001:

Kinda off the subject of idling to keep the battery charged - sorry.  But, like catstevecam and Steve T said, just trickle charge it and if you don't have power at the bike, pull the battery and bring in inside. I do that with my mower in the winter. Get a good trickle charger though, not a place to save a few bucks.


CB500X - General Chat / Re: Battery charging and engine RPM’s question
« on: January 21, 2020, 04:08:22 PM »
I notice very little variation of the charge rate between idle and higher RPM's at no battery load. But when I have my heated jacket running, heated gloves on, heated grips and aux lights on low I get 13.7 on the voltmeter at 5,000 RPM. At idle, 12.4, need to shut down something.

As mentioned, I would recommend a trickle charger over occasional idling.

I have an SW-Motech skid plate on my 2016 Versys 1000LT, it appears to be mounted similarly to the CBX model - more or less. I also have Rally Raid plate on my CBX. I think both would protect the engine fine from gravel and rocks coming off the road, but I am absolutely sure that my SW-Motech plate is a one bash unit. If I ever high center on that one, and take the bike weight on it (especially moving), it will absolutely bend and deform. Engine protection is likely, but major rebuilding (rebending) of the plate will be necessary.

The Rally Raid plate on the other hand is unfazed by bashing and banging, there is simply a world of difference. IMO, if you can lift the bike for maintenance using the skid plate, then it's probably good. If you can't (the SW-Motech plate on my Versys), then you might want to reconsider it's protective value.

And lastly, since I've already probably stuck my finger is somebody's eye  :001:, "protecting the pipes".... I've put many thousands of miles on my Vstroms with skid plates that cover the pipes. The bottom of the plate was beat to hell, there wasn't a single mark on the front that covered the pipes. If they get bent - it's just not your day.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Water pumps
« on: January 15, 2020, 12:17:23 PM »
What timur and Motorboy said...

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Help Spec-ing a 2019/20 CB500X
« on: January 15, 2020, 12:13:25 PM »
My 2 cents is that you look for a lightly used (there should be plenty of them around) pre-19 model. You can probably get one with all the stuff you're looking for, save a lot of money and enjoy a ride that will last you trouble-free for years. By getting a pre-19 model, you can probably avoid the whole lowering issue which will be a good thing. As to the centerstand, lowering will definitely affect the ease of use - unless you get an adjustable one, not sure about those. The factory stand will probably still work, but it will be harder to pull it up.

As I recall, you mentioned in your introduction post that you were a relatively new rider. If that is part of the reason you are buying a new machine, worried about a used bike, find someone more experienced to help you check out some used ones. Seriously, as a new rider, it makes even more sense to buy used..

But, which ever way you go, you should be a happy scooter rider, these are great bikes.
Good luck from down the road in NC

New Member Introductions / Re: Greetings from Virginia, USA
« on: January 15, 2020, 12:00:10 PM »
I lived and worked in NVA for almost 20 years. Pretty much everything I miss about not living there anymore can be summed up in one word - nothing... :001:
But you do have to make a living..

If you are crazy enough to ride in that traffic, the CBX would make a great choice. Nimble enough for commuting and a great platform to the Blue Ridge on the weekends.

Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: My 100000Km Review!
« on: January 13, 2020, 09:48:54 PM »
Excellent... Thanks for the update.

Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: Any tours planned?
« on: January 12, 2020, 12:33:17 PM »
Thanks MacDoc for the tips. This will be my third trip to Newfoundland, second across Labrador and I agree completely with your thoughts on lodging challenges in July and August. The last time I rode across Labrador, it was early in Sept and was about perfect. The black flies were gone, as were the few tourists (the Trans-Lab had not been fully completed yet, had to take the mid-point ferry) and enough stuff was still open in Newfoundland to work out. Storms is Sept are a risk though and I'll be tied up this year during that window. If I can swing it, I'm really thinking early June would be best.

Thanks for the links, I'll check them out. I've been researching on ADVRider the paving progress in Quebec and Labrador, it seems to be moving right along. My biggest unanswered question right now is the feasibility of riding from Goose Bay to Blanc-Sablon in one day. It's only 391 miles, but as of last fall around 200 of that is still gravel. I'm thinking that the way the paving is progressing, I should be able to make it without turning the ride into an ordeal. Maybe... :001:

I too will slab back from Nova Scotia via New Brunswick as I'd rather ride a motorcycle than a boat. Still thinking about Cape Breton, been there several times, it will just depend on how much time I spend roaming around Newfoundland. It's a gem...

Best of luck on your ride   

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