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Random Banter / Australian Fires
« on: January 04, 2020, 05:12:59 PM »
I just want to let our Australian friends know that I am hoping you are all right during these fires.  I had a tornado go through my neighborhood in 2011, and though I fared pretty well, all things considered, the devastation depressed me for months.  This sort of thing, even if it is remote, can take a toll.  Please take care.

Maintenance and Servicing / Lost Left Rear Turn Signal Lens
« on: September 16, 2019, 06:41:07 PM »
I lost my left rear turn signal lens while riding yesterday.  I ordered a new one, but I was wondering if anyone else has had this happen.  I seem to recall reading a post from someone else who had lost a lens, but I am not seeing it in my searches. 

CB500X - General Chat / On the road and hearing a disturbing sound
« on: July 08, 2019, 11:30:06 PM »
I'm in Warren, PA on my way to CO, and when I stopped this evening I noticed a growl or vibration when I rev the engine.  It seems to be coming from the area of the dash. I tried uploading a WAV file, but I wasn't able to.  I'm going to try sharing it through dropbox.  I'm trying to determine how serious this might be.

Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Set for my trip
« on: July 07, 2019, 05:33:46 PM »
I'm heading off for about three weeks on the road starting tomorrow, Monday, though only two of them will actually be riding (the rest a family gathering).  Below is my setup:

Here is the bike with its luggage, all Givi and nothing special.

Added a ram mount, a USB port, Barkbusters, and the X-tream sport spoiler (thanks ThirtyOne for the research!), which I find works very well.

Here is the spoiler is set from the side.  I'm 5'9, and all the chatter from wind that I was getting over 50 mph is gone.

The left-side pannier holds my bike stuff including additional warmer riding clothes and tools (mostly to adjust the chain and make some minor fixes/adjustments), lube for the chain, some spare oil, and the bike cover. 

Here are the contents:

The right-side pannier holds my off-the-bike goodies (clothes, sandals, tech, toiletries...)

Here are the contents:

Ideally, I won't need to go into either pannier until I stop for the night.  My top box will hold things I need on the road, including rain gear, and it will have space for my helmet so that I can leave it behind if I park and leave the bike:

Here are the contents:

I have been on quite a few multi-day trips, but this will be my first one on the CBX.  I'm generally going to avoid highways both because they are not as much fun and because the CBX is more tiring on the highways than my VFR was, but I might jump on them if I sense that the corn is looking the same, but I have to admit that I am remarkably easily amused.  I'll report back on how well my choices fared!

Tyres and Wheels / What a difference six pounds makes
« on: June 18, 2019, 01:48:52 AM »
I just had my stock tires on my 2018 replaced with PR5s in anticipation of my ride out to Colorodo in a about three weeks.  I got 5500 miles out  of the orginal tires, and though they still had life in them, I didn't want to risk putting another 5000 on them, and I wanted something I could trust in the rain.  But my ride home (I went the long way to break the tires in, about 100 miles) sucked.  The tires felt harsh and did not inspire confidence even though I was riding conservatively since they were new.  I loved my PR3s and 4s, but I was regretting these.  Turns out the guy who put them on over inflated the front by five pounds and the rear by seven pounds over the recommended max inflation.  I dropped the pressure to just under 35 front and the rear to 40.  What a delight again!  These are the tires I was hoping for.

What do most of you run your tires at given the recommended max is 36 front and 42 rear?

CB500X - General Chat / First ride of the year!
« on: March 16, 2019, 09:29:37 PM »
I was going to put "first ride of 2019," but then that looked too much like the first ride on 2019 which would have only generated lots of disappointment. 

Spring is here!  We had a good hard rain last night after a few warm days in the 50's, so most of the salt and sand was washed away.  My first ride since the end of November, thirty-five miles of ear-to-ear grinning.  I never even noticed it was in the low 40's.  Happiness is an amazing insulator.  I took it slow to get reaquainted with the bike since I had only a couple of thousand miles on it since I picked it up in late August, but it took no time at all to get in the groove!    :300:

Maintenance and Servicing / First Chain Adjustment
« on: February 24, 2019, 05:38:29 PM »
The CBX is my third bike with my first bike a cruiser with a shaft drive and my last bike a VFR with a single-sided swingarm and very simple chain adjustment.  So after watching some videos and reading a number of discussions on this site, I have some questions about adjusting the chain in the CBX:

1)  Do you adjust it on the side stand?  I have a center stand, and that looks easier at least after loosening the axle nut.  The owner's manual has us doing it on the side stand, but then the bike doesn't come with a center stand.

2)  Do I need to loosen only the right-hand axle nut?

3)  Do you do the trick of placing a rag or screwdriver or hex wrench between the chain and the rear sprocket at the bottom and rotating the wheel to pull everything tight?  What happens if you don't do that?

Any other words of wisdom?  I understand the concerns about alignment, and I have the tool EscCtrl suggested but please assume nothing, I will not be insulted!!


On Two Wheels / Lane Splitting
« on: January 04, 2019, 03:50:44 PM »
I've seen mention of lane in some other posts, mostly around side bags that are too wide and prevent it, but I'm curious about where it is legal and now many of you are comfortable doing it.  In the US, I believe it is legal only in California, but I'm not sure of that.  I was riding in South Carolina this summer and got into a traffic jam on the highway when the temps were near 100 and mike VFR was spewing heat at 230 degrees F.  I was sorely tempted to split the lanes then.

Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Great Ride, Great Seat
« on: October 02, 2018, 04:53:20 PM »
I took a very enjoyable ride from West Hartford, CT to Bridgewater, VT on Saturday, and then back on Sunday.  It still a week from good foilage viewing even in VT, so that meant less traffic, which was perfect.  I went up the east side of the river on Saturday, mostly 63 before turning on VT 103, and down the west side on Sunday.  On the trip back I took VT100a, 100, MA8a, and 116 before getting on the highway for a stretch.  I have been on 100 and 100a before, so I knew they were good rides, but I had been on only short stretches of 8a between 112 and 100.  Turns out I was missing the best parts of that road!  It was a blast, basically a paved over wagon trail that followed the path of least resistance.  The sort of ride you really have to pay attention on.  I am definitely planning on finding my way up there again.  Soon, I hope.

The other thing I noticed about the ride was that I felt great when I was done.  I did the 160 or so miles each way in about 4 hours with one short stop to refuel (you have to love the MPG!), and that was it.  I actually really like the stock seat.  I hated the stock seat on my VFR.  I replaced it with a Sargent seat, which was considerably better, but I still had a hard time riding more than a couple of hours without needing to take a break to reintroduce blood to negelected parts of my body.  Seats are definitely matters of personal preference, and for me, the stock seat is wonderful.  With 2,500 miles on the bike since I got it in early August, I am loving it more and more!

CB500X - General Chat / Thoughts after first 1500 Miles
« on: September 16, 2018, 06:47:07 PM »
Here are my thoughts after putting my first 1500 miles on my 2018 CBX.  Bottom line:  I love it!  This is only my third bike.  My first one was a Shadow 1100, which I took several long trips on, including trips out to see my brother in Minneapolis, a trip to Mount Rushmore, and a trip to Spokane.  That was, in retrospect, a big first bike, but it happily piled up the miles, and with a shaft drive, it was easy to maintain.

My second was a 2007 VFR that I put 52,000 miles on.  That was an amazing machine!  I've done a lot of bicycling (well over 250,000 miles), so I much preferred the sport touring position with my feet under me than I did the cruiser with my feet in front.  That bike ate up miles with ease doing 75 mph at 5000 rpm in 6th gear and a redline close to 13,000 rpm.  In fact, unless I was on a highway, I rarely got it above 5th gear, and it would approach 60 mph in 2nd gear if you really needed it.  That is a change I'm having to get used to on the CBX :).  But the bike was heavy--I gently laid it down twice when at the end of long days I forgot to put the kickstand down and by the time I realized it was passed the usual lean point I couldn't keep it up.  Even getting up on the center stand (which was standard equipment!) to oil the chain was a treat.  And changing the oil meant taking off the left side fairing, which meant removing eight bolts and four plastic fasteners.  But it handled beautifully, and even on windy rainy roads at 70 mph I could tuck down and feel no wind with the bike happily going where I wanted to go.  It is a great touring bike.

But I wanted something lighter that would be fun for the shorter rides that make up most of my riding but would still handle a long tour.  And I am delighted by the CBX.  I like the upright position.  On the VFR, when I was getting tired, I tended to lock my arms, which meant I pushed back rather than leaned into some turns.  On the CBX, my arms are always bent and loose making it easy to maintain good form even in turns with an unexpected decreasing radius.  I definitely feel even more in control than I did on the VFR.  The bike is definitely less powerful, but the power comes early and is very smooth.  If I am reasonable, I can almost always accelerate in the gear I am in, whereas with the VFR I would need to downshift to maintain power.  I do wish that first gear was a bit taller--and maybe I will change the gears when I replace the chain--but the CBX shifts beautifully, so the need to shift mid turn when I am turning from a start is not really an issue even if it is not ideal.  The lights on the VFR were also superb, better than the LED light on the CBX, so I will probably add additional lighting.  The kickstand is a bit of a pain to find, especially since I added a center stand, but I expect that to get better with time. 

I absolutely love how light the bike is.  Before I added the center stand, I could easily hold the bike up by the back and lift it up with my rear stand.  I couldn't do that with the VFR.  But most of all, I love the way it handles.  It is simply a blast to ride.  The Dunlops that came with it are not confidence inspiring, but I will replace them with PR5s this Spring.  I ran PR4s on my VFR, and they were amazing in the rain.  The engine is smooth and the shifting is excellent and the gas mileage is amazing.  I was going to wait another year before getting a new bike, but at 61 I thought it was time for something lighter, and I am thrilled I didn't wait. 

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