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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Stripped Oil Drain Plug
« on: Yesterday at 03:49:19 PM »
So you are riding again, yes?

Suspension Set-up and Mods / Re: Lowering or not, thoughts please
« on: Yesterday at 03:02:42 PM »
I've got a 28-inch inseam.  Because of the fat front of the seat (compared to a true dual sport) I am only able to get a foot down on one side.  I can just barely tiptoe it backwards on flat ground.  I too tried to adjust to the bike before altering the suspension, and learned to live with the bike.  I did replace the front springs with Hagon springs, but that did not change the height of the bike or its ground clearance.

Downshifting means rev matching, not just tapping the shift lever.  You need to increase the engine rpms to match the engine speed expected in the lower gear.  Learn to do this using the clutch.  Upshifting without using the clutch is fairly easy to learn as you just back off on the throttle as you start the upshift.

However, the stock answer is to tell a new rider to learn to ride using the clutch for a while before addressing clutchless shifting.  Using the clutch is the kindest way to treat the transmission.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Chain Wear Question
« on: July 15, 2018, 11:20:51 PM »
Congratulations on preventing one problem on your trip.

I am a firm believer in preventive maintenance. 

Tyres and Wheels / Re: Getting squirrelly...on the straights.
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:09:38 PM »
I didn't love the Scorpions that came on my bike, but they are acceptable tires.

Any chance that you are now encountering "tar snakes"; i.e., tar patching cracks in the road.  They can get quite slick in the afternoon sun.

They bother me more on curves than the straights, but it is pretty easy to avoid running on top of one, paralleling the direction you are going, on the straights.

Relax, loosen up a bit so that you do not over correct, and enjoy it. 

You will be wind surfing on your bike.  I enjoy windy gusty days.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: How many oldies
« on: July 09, 2018, 04:48:43 AM »
Definitely better as a naked if you aren't in a rainy area.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Spark plugs - value in upgrading?
« on: July 08, 2018, 06:53:25 PM »
I put anti-seize compound on the threads of the new spark plugs before installing them.  I had been using iridium plugs in the engines of previous motorcycles, so I put them in the CB500X when I adjusted the valve clearances.  Mileage ratings are available for alternative plugs, but, if you are going to check valve clearances every 16K miles, you can replace conventional plugs then with no worries.

How to read spark plugs:

For several years I was shopping for my mother on the bike.  I opted for the cheapest Jafrum bags I could buy that had decent size.  They did require some modification of the "throw over" holes and threading, but worked fine.

Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: Weekend trip with the Dragon
« on: July 04, 2018, 04:49:09 AM »
Good for you.  You look to be enjoying the curves.

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