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Wednesday's winds were 20 mph sustained, gusting to 35. Part of the challenge was keeping the helmet pointed straight.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Brakes delivery lorry breaks my bike!!
« on: March 15, 2019, 01:14:37 AM »
Ugh, what a mess. Sorry. Can't imagine the labor to break down the complete cowl, order parts, and reassemble. Bars, too. And there is more damage to be found. Is the resale value close to this?

The "problems with cyclists" threadjack is perfectly appropriate for an old man's thread. We've earned the right to vocalize in the face of stupid or careless behavior. I've developed a habit of lifting the visor, pointing, and leaning over to an adjacent motorist saying things like, "You have no tail lights. Turn your lights on.", or to the cyclist who just cause a screeching halt to traffic, "What you're doing is not safe!", or to the young man who nearly pulled out in front of me, "Stop for a full second and look both ways, twice!". None of this is done with an angry tone, merely assertive. Nonetheless, At times I have been viewed as a angry old man for my polite corrections. So be it. Someone has to speak up. But mostly, the other party admits fault and thanks me for the heads up. 

Random Banter / Re: more than one bike?
« on: March 07, 2019, 02:50:06 AM »
Simultaneous ownership of three bikes will not cost three times that of one bike unless you triple your miles, too.

Inspired by your story. Thanks.

I bought my 2014X new @ 50. 5th winter commuting and 40,000 miles later, I wonder what my alternate universe self is doing having no X. I can't imagine.

Good move on your part getting back to it.


CB500X - General Chat / Re: RIP Errol?
« on: March 02, 2019, 03:44:14 PM »
I would agree, but a proper weld might require completely stripping the frame for access. That's a big DIY. I would definitely think about it. Does extending it's life improve cost of ownership? Not much; that has leveled off to ~ 20 US cents per mile by now. Could a weld push flexing to some other part of the frame leading to another, more dangerous crack? That's possible, but how likely? Putting Errol down might be best, as sad as it is.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: 2019 CB500X
« on: March 02, 2019, 03:14:46 PM »
It really stands out in a nice way. Congrats.

Does it have more acceleration power? Maybe he fixed it. 66 mpg US is better than my average.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: RIP Errol?
« on: March 02, 2019, 03:54:29 AM »
Commiserations, uku. It's a great loss, but it made 100,000 miles, and that's something.

Under what provision would insurance pay? No accident, theft, or other external forces are involved.

Also, what do you estimate its final cost per mile to be? I'll bet you have driven that number to a surprisingly low value and below that of any new economy car you might have bought instead.

You certainly got more life out of it than most. I'm wondering what the natural lifespan is and whether this a premature death.

I routinely (maybe 1500 times so far) hit a rough railroad crossing at 35 to 45 mph which involves a little air time. I need to pull the tank and look closely once I see your pics. I should check bolts also. Then again, I'm not offroad much, so may be ok.

Congrats in advance for earning a new bike.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: CB500X road handling
« on: February 28, 2019, 03:11:33 AM »
What experience is setting your expectation? Returning to riding from dirt to street, it took me awhile to acclimate to a stiffer suspension. Learning to anticipate the jolts in the bars and riding with a bit more aggression seems to help. It's ride or be ridden.

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