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+2 on the Madstad.

Put one, to include the side deflectors, on my 2013. Buffeting, to be expected is gone, but the side deflectors maybe made the most noticeable difference. The vast majority of the wind that used to come up around the tank is now gone. Riding the bike at speed is a much more pleasant experience. 

  :400: from North Carolina
Happy trails

More beautiful pictures, thanks rover. As to those toe warmers, did you take them out of the plastic?  :008:

Seriously though, "didn't work", does that mean they didn't heat up, or just not enough to keep your toes warm? I have had a fair number of them that didn't heat properly for some reason, old ones seem prone to this. I stick mine on, let them heat for 5 minutes or so and then put my boots on. When they are working, I can't imagine that you wouldn't benefit from them.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: Ramblings of a curmudgeon...
« on: November 28, 2019, 12:52:12 PM »
I guess I missed this when it was posted, a good thread Winchester.
I"m with you on the versatility of this bike, it just hits all the marks.

And where's the bucket list trip next year?
Cheers from NC

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello form Southern Virginia, USA
« on: November 28, 2019, 12:37:53 PM »
Enjoy the new ride. I"m not to far away, maybe I'll see you on the road.

Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Re: Even MO' lights!
« on: November 17, 2019, 08:27:29 PM »
Lightship Jeeper  :152:

What a gorgeous place to ride.

Tin foil on the feet.. :084: I ride a lot in the cold, never heard that one.

These work pretty good for me, I have a pair of winter boots that can accommodate one under and one over the toes. Eight hours is overly optimistic, but they work pretty good for six or so.

*Originally Posted by Aggie95 [+]

I think you are on to something.  I replaced the OEM at 11,750 miles because it had stretched beyond the limit.  I replaced the chain with an EK 520 SRX2.  The old chain still had stiff links when I took it off even though I had lubed it with 90W gear oil every 300-500 miles since I had owned the bike. 

I now have about 3000 miles on the new chain and am still lubing it with the gear oil about every 500 miles.  On my most recent ride of 2600 miles in seven days, I missed a couple of lube intervals but the chain is still as supple as fine glove leather!   I think the previous owner had neglected the OEM chain and I was never able to correct the damage.

As for Timur,

Good point!  I get off road very little so I don't often think about the effects of sand and dirt.  Reading your comment, I was reminded of my youth when I used to ride my 305 Scrambler in the dry California hills and how the chain was always needing to be adjusted. 

I think I inherited a bad chain and the only solution to the problem was to replace the chain.  The new "X-ring" chain is doing quite well, so far, and I expect to get a lot more service out of it than the original.

Just wanted to show everybody what I am using to lube my chain on long rides.  This is light, compact and clean.  The bottle is a nasal spray bottle and I drilled the spray tip out to just slightly larger so the 90W oil will flow a little faster, especially handy in cold weather!  It holds enough oil to lube a chain every day for a few weeks.  It is packed in a small zip-lock bag for additional measure against a leak under my seat.  The old toothbrush is just the right size to apply the lube to the rollers and side plates of the chain.  It stores in a toothbrush protector I found at Walmart.  The protector helps keep the lube from getting on everything under the seat. Everything packs up very compactly and stows under the right side of the seat next to the pillion grab handles.

Interesting post, I've never really considered using 90wt because of the mess. Your use of a small bottle and toothbrush is a good idea.

CB500X - General Chat / Re: ABS or no ABS?
« on: November 13, 2019, 12:06:56 PM »
Honda's version is an inexpensive safety measure that costs next to nothing, adds very little complexity to maintenance and just might save you someday - or not. Avoiding it on your own bikes is your right, but advise to others to do the same should be taken with a grain of salt - or three. 

Helmets don't really make any difference either, crashing is crashing  :138:

New Member Introductions / Re: Hello from Minneapolis
« on: November 13, 2019, 11:51:59 AM »
 :400: Good hunting over your long, cold winter.

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