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I did a nearly hard break in for the first 200 miles.  Lots of compression braking, but kept the revs under 8K.  I needed to adjust the valves at 15K miles as they were all at or slightly under the minimum clearance.  I've replaced one h-4 headlight bulb and an indicator bulb, bleed brakes replacing fluid and replaced the coolant.  Still using the OEM chain, but I replaced the drive sprocket while doing the valves, to test the "extend your chain life by replacing the drive sprocket when it starts to show wear" theory.

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: Need a laugh from my misfortune?
« on: October 16, 2017, 08:29:01 PM »


Yup, it isn't moving.

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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Another oil analysis
« on: October 14, 2017, 04:44:02 AM »
There was 160,000 km posted on adventure rider from our old high mileage commuter.

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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Loss of top end power
« on: October 13, 2017, 01:30:09 AM »
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I'm glad that you caught it before tolerances got even tighter.  For every "they never needed adjusting" story, there seems to be a "boy did they go out of spec fast" story.  When in doubt, inspect the clearance.  It isn't rocket science, but it is fairly time consuming and fiddly to do it right.

As you didn't mention spark plugs, I'm assuming that you left the old ones in.  Change them the next time you check the valves.


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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Rear axle alignment and chain
« on: October 11, 2017, 05:03:18 AM »
Here is a link to a chain alignment tool:

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It is a simple way to align the chain and rear sprocket.

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We were all newbies once.   :002:  In my case it was 57 years ago, as I had to graduate H.S. and leave home before getting a motorbike, when training courses were essentially nonexistent.   

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Yes.  The type of transmission requires a little let out of the clutch (in neutral) to get gears moving or you have to move the bike forward or backward. 
The preferred approach is to downshift into first while still moving and before stopping.

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: Has anyone adjusted bars forward or back?
« on: October 09, 2017, 03:06:58 AM »
I added 1" risers and rotated the bars forward a bit.  It is fine now.

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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Windshield Poll
« on: October 08, 2017, 11:12:24 PM »
I'm happy with the least helmet buffeting.  The 2014 OEM windscreen buffeted my helmet.  To achieve no buffeting, I removed the windscreen and braces.  I am happy with that, even when riding 400-500 miles per day.

5'6", long waisted (28 inch inseam)

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