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Spotted ! Was it You ? / Topeka Kansas
« on: January 15, 2020, 06:34:28 PM »
Saw a black and yellow RR CB500X at the VA hospital in Topeka Kansas yesterday! I haven't seen a CB500X out in the two years I've been living in this area, hope to catch you out when I'm on mine one day.

Tyres and Wheels / Michelin/Fit2Go TPMS for bikes
« on: July 22, 2019, 07:49:23 AM »
Has anyone tried these yet? Looks like a good system but I haven't found many test reviews yet.

Parts, Accessories & Clothing For Sale / Motorrad-Planet skid plate
« on: June 29, 2019, 07:24:29 PM »
Located in Lawrence Kansas. I have an unused silver Motorrad-Planet skid plate with mounting hardware for sale. Bought if for my 2016 CB500X and never mounted it. I'll need to box it up and get a shipping estimate so I don't have a price set for it, will ship anywhere CONUS. If interested PM me with an offer and your zip code.

Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Our summer trip...
« on: June 24, 2019, 11:37:49 PM »
Matthew and I just got back from our summer motorcycle trip and it was fantastic! We rode north through the Flint Hills of Kansas (the southern part of the Flint Hills is better but I hadn't ridden the northern section). Then we headed northwest through the sandhills of Nebraska (very pretty riding but was still flooded here and there). We rode through South Dakota's badlands and around the southern end of the black hills. Then we headed north through Wyoming, riding through the Wind River canyon (beautiful riding through the bottom of the canyon) and into Montana. We turned back south and rode the Beartooth Hwy over Beartooth Pass (still snow skiing up there when we rode through) to the northern entrance of Yellowstone. That pass was our first taste of cold riding and it lasted for the next 3 days. We rode south through Yellowstone NP and Grand Tetons NP in very chilly temps but otherwise nice weather. Riding south toward the western side of the Rockies we ran into a snow storm. Rode through that for about 3 terrifying hours then reached our hotel. The plan had been to ride through Rocky Mountain NP on the way back to Kansas but the rode was closed the next day due to snow. So we headed further south and crossed the Rockies on I70 and headed home.
Eight days, 3000 miles, 6 states, two thunder storms, a snow storm and more beautiful sights than I would have believed possible. We didn't take any pictures the last three days because of the cold, the snow and then riding home through boring old western Kansas. Thanks for a great week son, I am truly a lucky Dad!
I put titles on the pictures but don't know if they'll show up.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Sherpax trailer?
« on: July 06, 2017, 02:04:54 PM »
Anyone tried a Sherpax trailer? Link below. Looks like a really nice design, not too expensive as trailers/luggage goes. Just curious.

On Two Wheels / Rear view camera
« on: June 26, 2017, 02:44:07 PM »
Just curious-has anyone ever tried a rear view camera on a bike?

CB500X - General Chat / Very satisfied owner!
« on: June 21, 2017, 01:00:38 PM »
Four months, 4000 miles and $$ in add ons and accessories and I have to say I am very happy with my 2016 non ABS CB500X! I understand it's not the ride for everyone or every situation but other than the venerable DR350SE (I've had a few hence my forum name) I like it better than any bike I have owned.
Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and experience so that those of us newer to the CB don't have to 'rediscover the wheel'.

add ons (so far) : Battery tender; Givi side and top cases with racks; Givi crash bars; Givi side stand foot; Honda center stand; Pyramid radiator guard; fender extender; Protaper bars; Progrip grips; Shorty adjustable levers; Acerbis handguards; dual 12v socket/USB power supply; Garmin GPS mount, and a Motorad Planet skid plate awaiting install. May have forgotten one or two other items but who's counting?

Ride safe and enjoy!

Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Road trip, sorry no pix
« on: June 13, 2017, 04:05:26 AM »
Just got back from a road trip with my son, me on the CB500X and he on a V-Star 1100. We were sightseeing so we took it pretty easy, 2170 miles in 6 days, all state highways except 1 day of Interstate riding.
Started from Lawrence Kansas and road southwest through Kansas. Rode through the Flint Hills, very pretty gently rolling hills with few trees and no people. I could ride through the Flint Hills every week and still enjoy it. Stopped in Dodge City and saw a staged gun fight. Then west through the prairie, saw the faint sign left by wagons on the Sante Fe trail. Rode west to Salida Colorado in the Rockies, beautiful riding up into the mountains along the Arkansas river. Salida was our favorite overnight stop, really neat little town, nice bars and good food. Then headed south over the Poncha Pass (9000ft) through the Rio Grande Rift valley, pretty high desert country with mountain ranges along both sides. Kinda desolate but nice riding country. Santa Fe and Albuquerque were both very picturesque, and of course I have no pictures! Then we headed east to Amarillo through some of the loneliest country I have ever seen. In Amarillo of course we had to eat at the Big Texan but neither of us tried for the free dinner. We got up early the next morning and rode through Palo Duro canyon as the sun was rising, fantastic ride! Then we headed east to Tulsa Oklahoma. This was our Interstate day, a bit warm (95F) with a strong crosswind all day, boring and tiring and somehow we missed the Cadillac Ranch. Tulsa is a fun town but really spread out. From Tulsa we headed north through farming country (corn and wheat, great big fields) back to Lawrence.
Neither of us had any problems and the weather was just about perfect. The CB continues to surprise me with how well it works and how much I like it. I averaged 60 mpg(US) and my highest single tank was 70 mpg(US). Our interstate day we rode 75-80 mph for hours and the CB handled it fine. It was surprising comfortable even after 8 hours in the saddle. I used a GoCruise II to rest my right hand and it worked great. I also have a Throttle Rocker but couldn't fit both on my grip. Since I usually lead (my son doesn't like to lead) I put the Throttle Rocker on his bike as he didn't have anything. It's easier to vary your speed with the Throttle Rocker and still rest your hand. The only thing I didn't have that will be on there soon is a cup holder! I've used Barefoot Willie's cup holders on other bikes and just forgot about putting one on this bike.
Already planning next year's trip!

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Garage time finally!
« on: May 30, 2017, 08:08:55 PM »
Finally had time today to spend a few hours in the garage with my CB. Mounted my new Pro Taper bars, Progrip Rally grips, Zeta quick throw aluminum throttle tube, Acerbis handguards, Pyramid radiator guard, dual USB/12v socket power supply and my GPS cradle. Of course now I can't find my Garmin! Gotta be around here somewhere, I just saw it a month or so ago. Also did my routine service checks and changed the oil.
Only problem I had/have is I can't get the throttle tube/switch housing to go back together without a gap either along the top seam or the bottom seam. If I sung down the bottom screw first the top seam won't pull all the way together. If I sung down the top screw first then the bottom seam won't pull all the way together. The gap is too small to fit a thin flat head screwdriver in but plenty big enough to let water in. Got tired of messing with it so I'm taking a break til later.
Went for a test ride and I LOVE the quick throw throttle. No longer have to roll my wrist so far it feels like I might sprain it.
Still have to fit my skid plate but that's a job for another day.
Happy trails,

Has anyone tried a Corbin seat with Givi racks and side and top cases, or any racks and luggage? Their website says the seat won't work "with the optional luggage rack and saddlebags" which may refer to the Honda ones. I emailed them and asked but the response I got was a direct quote of the website.

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