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CB500X - General Chat / Fork Gaiters for 2019 X?
« on: March 14, 2019, 10:26:59 PM »
Hi All

I'm planning to buy a 2019 model, and want to put fork gaiters on immediately. Is anyone able to recommend a product or at least advise what size I should order?

I suspect that with the 19" front wheel, the size might be different to what people use for the 'series 1' bikes.

Thanks!

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Maintenance and Servicing / Silicone to seal gasket
« on: March 10, 2019, 03:46:58 PM »
This is a very basic question, but I have no idea.  :002:

I need to replace the stator on a different bike than the X, but I figure that the question is universal.

I understand that silicone is used to seal / stick the gasket to the engine and gasket cover. My question is whether there is a special type of silicone that should be used because of the engine heat. If so, what should I be looking for, please?

Thanks in advance!

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CB500X - General Chat / RIP Errol?
« on: March 01, 2019, 05:30:04 AM »
After 172,000km (167,000 in three years), I am sad to report that it may be time for Errol the Motorcycle to be put down.

Today my mechanic discovered a sizable crack in my frame. The bike is unroad (and offroad) worthy.

It's a pity, because there has been no sign of the engine tiring, and I love my bike. I learnt to ride on it, and it proved to be the comfort that I needed at a very difficult time in my life.

Next week I will likely discover whether I can claim on my insurance and, if so, whether it will be a write-off or not. I'm not sure which I'd prefer.

Regardless, it or another bike will appear in my garage in a couple of months.

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Maintenance and Servicing / Braided brake lines for ABS model?
« on: February 08, 2019, 11:21:45 PM »
Hey folks

My brake lines need replacing and I'm keen to buy braided lines.

Does anyone know whether braided lines are available for the ABS version of the X and, if so, who sells them (if not, can anyone let me know the lengths of each line, as if I can find someone who makes them I'll be able to commission a set for the bike)?

Of course, I'd prefer an Australian supplier if possible, to keep costs down. :002:

Thanks!

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On Two Wheels / Christmas Travels
« on: December 23, 2018, 12:24:05 AM »
Right, so I'm sitting in a road house after having ridden about 1,100km to visit my family over Christmas. 300km to go, and I just wanted to send out a note to wish everyone a great holiday season... and to say just how much I love my bike!

I was planning to bring my 'new' Triumph Sprint GT on this trip, but its engine warning light went on at the last minute, so I pulled out my baby instead.

The X is so comfortable on long trips, even more so for me because I strap a swag on the back, which doubles as a back rest. It is comfortable cruising at higher speeds and... well it's just awesome (although to prove that I can be critical of it, the brakes could do with an upgrade).

I don't think that I'll ever be able to rid myself of this, my first bike. I'd like to think that the engine will last another 600,000km or so, so that my son can learn to ride on it (I'm a bit of a romantic like that), but that might be asking a bit much, even for this engine.  :008:

As for you lot, over the past couple of years it's been an absolute pleasure checking into this forum every day. Everyone is friendly and helpful, and I've only ever seen one 'flame exchange.'

For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, I wish you an early spring. For those of us in the middle of 'summer' now (don't get me started on the weird-arse storm cells we've been experiencing) - I hope that you are all able to get your bikes out and RIDE!

All the very best, and cheers,

Alan

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Maintenance and Servicing / Importance of using a torque wrench
« on: November 11, 2018, 08:13:00 PM »
The Workshop just posted a video (link below) that demonstrates very well why it is important to use a torque wrench. In a nutshell, even a slight over-tighten can massively increase the clamping load on a bolt.


I really hate the attitude of some shop mechanics, that they can tighten bolts by hand because they 'have a feel for it'. Personally, if I'm paying that money for a bike mechanic, I'm paying them to do the job right.

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On Two Wheels / Triumph Sprint GT - what do you think?
« on: November 06, 2018, 10:32:17 AM »
I've found what looks to be a good deal on a Triumph Sprint GT (here's the ad, for anyone interested:

https://www.bikesales.com.au/bikes/details/2010-Triumph-Sprint-GT-MY11/SSE-AD-5742642/

Anyway, I've got a high opinion of people's views on this site, and was wondering if anyone knows anything about the usual stuff about these bikes like reliability, what they're like to ride long term, ergonomics for distance riding.... tips and tricks.

A mate has one of these and it seems comfortable to me, but he's not contactable right now so I can't check his thoughts. If I get the bike it will probably be this weekend, as at this price I expect it to go, and know that there's another guy who is supposed to be looking at it before me.

Also, do you have any suggestions about what I should look at and ask about when I check the bike out? Unfortunately the owner has no service history and has only had it for six months. He's getting rid of it because he lives in the city and uses a smaller bike to get about town - his touring plans fell through.

I'll be checking the tyres and chain for wear and looking for any obvious oil leaks. Also keen to check that the bearings are firm.

The bike's done 75,000km but has fully depreciated to an affordable $4,900 AUD. All it needs is a top box and possibly heated grips (although I'm thinking of using it only in summer - I'll be keeping my faithful X, which I can use for commuting through winter).#

Admin edit:  url tied up and superfluous data removed

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Maintenance and Servicing / Diagnostic tool?
« on: November 05, 2018, 06:32:37 PM »
Does anyone have a view about value of diagnostic tools that plug into the bike and report any emerging issues?

What type of problems do they detect? If they're any good, is there one you'd recommend?

I'm wondering whether there's any value in having one of these to be able to identify issues early and not rely on the shop mechanic thinking to plug one in every 24,000km when the valves are checked (plus, I'm thinking about giving that job a stab myself). It might be worthwhile plugging one in at home every now and then to check how things are going.

However, I'm unsure about what they're able to pick up. Perhaps issues with compression....

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CB500X - General Chat / Starting the bike
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:38:38 PM »
This is a pretty basic question that I keep thinking about, so at the risk of embarrassing myself, here goes.

When I turn the bike on (before hitting the starter button) the lights on the instrument panel illuminate together for a few seconds and there is a low-level electrical whiny sound. I can start the bike either during this period, or after the lights have turned off and the whine has gone.

Does anyone know what's happening during that period of illumination / whining? Does it make any difference starting the bike immediately, or waiting for the things to turn off?

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Tyres and Wheels / Wheel bearing numbers
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:31:55 PM »
Does anyone happen to have written down the numbers stamped on the sides of the wheel bearings? I know that I can pull the wheels out to have a look, but I thought that it couldn't hurt to ask the question (removing and re-installing wheels is not a quick job for me).  :002:

Ta!

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