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I am 5" 6" but long waisted (28" inseam).

I was satisfied with the non-turbulence when I removed the windscreen, so I removed the windscreen brackets.

They are welded to the headlight cage.  First photo is after the hacksaw and black primer:

The 2nd photo is everything put back together:

I doubt that many folks will do this, but, it works for me.   :007:

PS If anyone wants to do this, be sure to tape over the forks to keep shavings from getting in there.

So, tell us about the new bike!

Random Banter / Re: Bad news/Good news At least I know now.
« on: Yesterday at 04:26:20 PM »
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Appointment yesterday morning. Doc says everything will be OK. A few meds along with hormone replacement and I will be good. I should be getting back in good shape by the first of next year. It will take a little time.

Sorry about the slow response, but it certainly is good to hear.  I hope that this ends the talk about getting rid of the bikes until you are much, much older. 

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Winter storage
« on: August 19, 2017, 04:09:50 AM »
When I lived in Butte, Montana (occasional -40 temps, every couple of years, and the bike spent the winter in a separate, unheated garage) I filled the fuel tank and added fuel stabilizer, rode the bike home and changed the oil, and then removed the battery to store in the house.  The battery was put on a tender to top it off, a couple of times during the winter.  That was all I ever needed to do. 

Use ethanol-free gas if it is available for the last few fill ups. 

add:  I don't know if it is an old wives tale or not, but the battery was stored on a short piece of 2x10 board so that it was not on concrete.  I have no idea if that is really needed, but I had boards so why not?

CB500X - General Chat / Re: 500f vs 500x - a conundrum
« on: August 17, 2017, 12:45:56 AM »
Not easily; in fact,that's entering you-do-not-want-to go-there land.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Reminder
« on: August 13, 2017, 05:26:38 PM »
To be honest, how many people read their car owners manual from cover to cover?  I know that I didn't.

Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: My kids first ride
« on: August 12, 2017, 06:23:12 PM »
Congrats on taking him for a longer ride.  It is a great bonding thing.

All three of our boys and the younger girl have ridden, but only one of the boys (he will be 45 this fall) is still riding regularly.  The younger boys are on bicycles to stay fit and the oldest girl (she's 56) never rode after her summers with us when we only had motorbikes (she rode behind my 2nd wife when she was 5 and 6).  The rawhide strap with bowline knots that she could just slip her hands through were a horrid kludge, but this was back in the 60's, when kids could still be at risk.

Riding Gear, Clothing, and Apparel / Re: Buying Boots
« on: August 12, 2017, 06:03:39 PM »
As I do a little trail riding as well as on pavement stuff, I bought a pair of Sidi Adventure Rain boots back in 2010.  I wear them touring and on the dirt bike.  The only drawback is that they are not good walking boots.  I still love them dearly for touring and on the dirt.

Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: First mini trip
« on: August 10, 2017, 05:07:10 AM »
Chain lube (every night if you are getting 400 miles or more per day).  I gas up every 100-150 miles for the break and to run off of the top half of the tank, as I prefer back roads which can mean limited fuel availability.  Enjoy your trip. 

Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Re: Headlight adjustment
« on: August 06, 2017, 04:01:33 PM »
It is easiest to do at night, with a flashlight to look into the cowl.  I have found this guide to work well for me:

Motorcycle Headlight Aiming
Getting a correctly aimed headlight is straightforward. You need to make
a couple of measurements and then aim the light at a flat wall, as follows:

With the bike on its wheels and you astride, have a helper measure the
distance from the floor to the center of the headlight lens.

Pick a flat wall where you can locate the bike so the headlight is 17 feet
from the wall. Place a horizontal mark on the wall two (2) inches lower
than the height of the center of the headlight.

The headlight beam (on low beam) should be relatively flat on the top, and
may rise rather sharply at the right edge. Adjust the headlight vertically
so that the flat top of the beam is just up to that line (marked two inches
down at 17 feet).

Horizontal adjustment should center the beam ahead of the line of the bike.

Paul Glaves
Paul is the Technical Editor of the BMW Owners News, the monthly magazine
of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America. Paul can be contacted at
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Let us know how you fared with the headlight.

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