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[quoteI Ruggybuggy - A little off topic but what handguards are you using?  I've just ordered up my new 2020 CB500X and looking at some accessories.  What to get it where my NC750X is accessory wise.[/quote]

I have the BarkBuster Rally Raid RRP-494 Fat Bar kit ( and Storm Plastic Guards RRP-497 ( on Renthal Fat Bar (Adv Kit) RRP-484 (

It took a lot of fussing with the bar/backbone/windscreen positioning to keep the guards from hitting on full lock. They either struck the windscreen or the fairing, much profanity was used.. :034:  They are good now though.


Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: Any tours planned?
« on: April 06, 2020, 12:11:06 PM »
*Originally Posted by NamasteRider [+]
My son and I are in the early stages of a June 2021 tour from Phoenix Arizona to Anchorage Alaska and back.  We plan to take 1 month and around 7500 miles.  Its our first real tour, although we have done several short and are planning a 3 day tour for September.  I will be on my 2016 CB500x and my son rides a 2006 Suzuki V Strom 650.  We will keep you posted!

Cheers and happy riding!

That will be a fun one. You should take the Grom  :001:
Happy Trails

Oh, I might have damaged them, didn't care though as I never saw myself using the quick release function. What I did was use a few washers that were large enough to slip over the teeth, to fill the gap, then used one sized for the bolt between the rack and the bike. It wasn't pretty, but it was secure.

By-the-way, I'm not recommending this approach. I didn't know about the Caribou washers, just using what I had to get the job done.


*Originally Posted by hilldweller [+]
Maps.Me is a great free map app. Really detailed maps on a regional basis.

It allegedly does routing but its unimpressive at this.

I started using this app, in addition to my Garmin Zumo 396, for the Back Country Discovery Routes, as a back-up and to play with. I really like it. I run it on a spare phone that has music and a few other things, just no SIM card. I've found that the maps are spot on, much better than Garmin's when it comes to dirt/gravel/trails sort of things. My version has no voice, no turn by turn, no fancy stuff, just a solid map and your position. It does not auto-route so if you are a punch and go sorta rider, not your app. I create my routes in Basecamp and then load (simply I might add) them to  If you're looking for a simple, low memory app - it might work for you. You can download just the regions you want and store them on an SD card. Of course you still have to suffer with all the short-comings of using a phone as your bike GPS  :006:

*Originally Posted by manray [+]
You don't have to modify drilling etc.  All you need is the bolt/spacer kit from Caribou.  Bolts and nuts are generic but the spacers are unique (custom).  When you get the kit you will see what I mean.  If you ever require the SW Motech quick release option, 15 minutes is all it takes to remove the permanent Caribou bolts.  You then just substitude in their place the 6 SW Motech quick lock bolts.

I did the same thing to mine, except I used generic bolts and washers as spacers. The Caribou option is probably a bit neater looking. All for naught though, at least for now, as I have removed them and added them to my pile of unused motorcycle parts. Giving soft luggage a try.

Rally Raid / Re: 130/80-17 Tires on Rally Raid Wheels
« on: March 23, 2020, 08:29:14 PM »
Thanks Jenny, I may give them a try. Worst case, I'll use something else next time.

Rally Raid / Re: 130/80-17 Tires on Rally Raid Wheels
« on: March 23, 2020, 07:03:48 PM »
Thanks JMo, I figured you would have a good recommendation on this subject. I'll heed your advice and pass on the 130's as I was suspicious of the weight and fitment limits.

I know you love those TKC80's but I really want a tire that will run more than 4k - especially at the price they want for them. My dilemma is that while 80%+ of my riding is on pavement, I do like to take it off-pavement and want to do more. I guess I'll have to choose & pretty soon. I can run knobbies and replace them every 3 months or run 80/20's and deal with the off-pavement limitations - exacerbated by my poor skills  :181:



Rally Raid / 130/80-17 Tires on Rally Raid Wheels
« on: March 23, 2020, 02:52:27 PM »
My quest for new tires continues. I'm finding that most (many anyway) of the tires that interest me do not come in 140/80-17 tubeless. Or in many cases don't come in that size at all.

Opinion time: Do you think that a 130/80-17 tubeless tire designed to fit a 2.50" to 3.50" wheel would work properly on a Rally Raid Level 2 Tubeless wheel?
If I can't get a 140/80-17, would I be better off running a 150/70-17 or a 130/80-17?


Sorry, I didn't. A actually didn't even get the box fully made before I realized that it was to big for me.  I guess "to big" is relative, but they would be pretty massive on a CB5X - IMO.

*Originally Posted by hilldweller [+]
I once got a bollocking off a warden in the Rockies. A group of us had a big BBQ and I deliberately poured some excess fat off my meet, she went ballistic "Don't do that it will encourage the bears to come here".

 :008: I could see that.
We sorta have to classes of bears (I'm no bear expert by-the-way).
You have your campground bears who are lazy by nature and have been conditioned to find food in campgrounds - and they are more than happy to rip up the place looking for it.
And then you have those wild land, big bears who look at most things edible as potentially the next meal.

Happily the most terrifying food problem I've ever has was ants.

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