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Find the crash bars!

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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: GIVI TN1121 on CB500X 2016
« on: February 23, 2018, 10:37:52 PM »
My 500X has been down a couple of times and the soft saddle bags helped to protect the bike.  I am not sure that crash bars help much, given the way the bike is constructed.

IIRC, Jenny rides her various rr3 versions without crash bars.

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: 2018 CB500XA...early impressions
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:16:10 PM »
I found that putting a foam grip cover over the skinny throttle that Honda gives us, reduced the "twitchiness" greatly.

I have used both Grip Puppies and Grab On Grips grip cover products.  The grab on ones are equivalent and cheaper.

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Riding Gear, Clothing, and Apparel / Re: What do you wear underneath?
« on: February 18, 2018, 02:33:04 AM »
One piece suits can be worn over your work clothes and are not excessively hot in spring and fall if you are in a temperate climate.

Here in Arizona, I only use it in the winter (Jan & Feb.)

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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: OILS
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:30:47 PM »
One of the basic training groups in New Brunswick (in or near Fredericton) has been using standard 10W-30 auto motor oil now for 8 or 10 years with no problems on their trainer bikes.  There is an historical discussion of this on the ole Rebel forum (>>>> link hidden <<<<
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The culprit in the old oils was MoS2 (molybdenum disulfide) as a little of the mineral molybdenite was added to the friction-reducing components.  It is no longer used in most (all?) commercial oils.

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: Fuel consumption
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:19:55 PM »
I have found that my fuel economy keeps decreasing as I put more miles on the bike.  There seems to be more joy in twisting the throttle these days.

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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: OILS
« on: February 15, 2018, 04:06:11 AM »
Once oil is dealt with, let's discuss blinker fluid.

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Riding Gear, Clothing, and Apparel / Re: Shoeing Neotec 11
« on: February 11, 2018, 12:26:30 PM »
I may have to do the same when they finally release the v. 2 helmets in the states.  I normally order two spare face shields with the helmet, so this won't be cheap.

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Riding Gear, Clothing, and Apparel / Re: Shoeing Neotec 11
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:43:41 PM »
SnowOwl, give it another 20 years or so and I'll listen sympathetically. 

I ride quite cautiously at night, and try to avoid riding after dark, but will sneak out early before dawn.  A good night's sleep makes it easier.

Geoff, my multitech is getting to be of an age as well.  I've also been waiting for discount on the old neotech.  Is the neotech 2 that much better?

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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: 16000 Mile Valve Check Service
« on: February 07, 2018, 04:51:35 AM »
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I am going to do my 24,000 valve adjustment and I just bought my 500x used a month ago.
Do I need to purchase a new gasket for the valve cover??
Not if you are careful.  You will need a little bit of gasket sealant to get the corners to stay put when reassembling valve cover.  The shop manuals and the write-ups here make it pretty easy.  Figuring out the fasteners is often the worst part, the first time through.

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