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Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / US Bike Options Plugs
« on: August 23, 2020, 01:54:03 AM »
I have a 2020 US-spec bike, and there are three options plugs on the bike.

1). Under-seat 2-pin female, switched.
2). Under front-left fairing, 2-pin male, switched. Honda 12V accessory socket connects to this one.
3). Under front-right fairing, 3-pin female, switched. Third pin is high-low beam indication for accessory lights.

I'm pretty sure that at least some of these connectors are different on non-US bikes, but what I would really like to know is, are these three option plugs the same on the 2013-2018 bikes?

Any help much appreciated.

CB500X - General Chat / Is offering for sale acceptable?
« on: August 22, 2020, 11:26:22 PM »
I'm a new CB500X owner, and new to the forums, and I would like to know whether it is acceptable to offer items for sale here?

The reason I am asking is that as a new owner pretty became frustrated that the bike comes with three options plugs to allow powered accessories to be easily connected, but I couldn't find adapter cables that would allow me to plug directly into those options plugs. It is even more frustrating when you realize that all three option plugs are different, and while Honda do include the other half of the connector in each case, they don't include the pins that would allow you to wire things up!

I've seen other threads talking about this, and the common solution seems to be to cut off the OEM plug and join the wires. That works, but I'd prefer not to do that so that the bikes electrical system remains intact should I ever decide to sell the bike.

Anyway, long story short, I decided to source all the necessary parts and make my own cables. While I was at it I ordered extra parts and made a bunch of additional cables, thinking others might be interested. Right now I have made up several cables for the two-pin key-switch powered under-seat options plug, going from the Original, Honda plug to a standard SAE connector. I'm still waiting for the parts for the front-left options plug, and the front-right accessory lighting plug that includes high-low beam indication.

Anyway, I am NOT currently offering these cables for sale right now, and if I do, I will most likely do so via eBay. Right now I just want to know if it is acceptable to post such an offer here?

CB500X - General Chat / Tool Kit
« on: July 27, 2020, 03:46:25 AM »
Did Honda really cut down on the included toolkit, or did my dealer mess up? I just picked up a 2020 CB500X ABS and all that was in the toolkit is a small square of sponge, a plastic fuse puller, and a 5mm hex wrench! Is this normal?

I have ordered a workshop manual, but it hasn’t arrived yet. I’m trying to figure out how to install some additional LED lighting on the front of the bike. I am aware of the options plug under the seat, and the options plug under the front fairing on the left side (for the 12V accessory socket). On the US bike both of those are only powered when the key is on, which is great, but both are two wire plugs (key switched 12V and ground). I’m searching for the illusive “blue wire” which I understand is hot when the high beam is on. I understand I can use that to signal a new relay to control the additional LED lights?

Yesterday I had the right-side fairing off, and I noticed that in the same waterproof sleeve as the two connections for the front-right indicator, there is a third unused three-pin plug. Unfortunately I couldn’t see the wire colors, and I didn’t have my meter to hand. Does anyone know what this plug is? Is it another options plug with “high beam” support?

New Member Introductions / Hi From Roseville, CA, USA
« on: July 21, 2020, 03:49:44 AM »
After ending a 9-year love-affair with my Honda ST1300 I decided it was time for a change. I wanted something smaller, lighter, and FUN. I did a LOT of research, but it didn't take long for me to realize that the CB500X was really something quite special. I didn't necessarily need a brand new bike (the ST I just sold was a 2005 model) but I decided I wanted a 2019 or later bike for the considerable upgrades that took place that year. And I wanted ABS, which I could not give up after the ST.

I quickly realized that there were virtually no used bikes around, once people buy a CB500X, they tend to keep them. Another good sign. So I decided it would need to be a new bike. What I didn't expect was the virtual absence of new bikes in dealer showrooms, I was unaware of the Honda shut down because of COVID-19, but as soon as I heard about it, it was like "sure, that makes total sense". I searched and searched, and I suspect I located what might be the last two 2020 ABS models in Northern California, and who knows, maybe the whole state. As it happens one of them was just down the street at my local Honda dealer; but they are one of those dealers who adds up all the "regular" fees, then adds a few hundred $ on top as "additional dealer fees". I will NEVER buy from them because of that, and I have told them so. So I had one option, a single bike around 180 miles from me, at a dealer in Gilroy CA.

So I called them up and did the deal, and last Saturday I took a 5 am Uber down to the Sacramento Valley Amtrak station, then a 3-hour train ride to San Jose, CA, followed by one more Uber to Gilroy. I picked up my new CB500XA and rode her home.

I've spent the last few days ordering, receiving and installing various accessories, and I figured I should join the forums and see what's going on in the 500X community.

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