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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Gas in Oil
« on: September 26, 2020, 10:26:14 PM »
What happened is a good lesson for anybody who likes storing tools under the seat.
I had a set of tire irons and a trail stand wrapped in a bicycle inner tube under the seat.
The vibrations caused the tools to inch forward passed some less-than-perfect physical obstacles and make contact with the positive battery terminal which was slightly exposed because I had run an additional circuit off of it.
The result was a short circuit that made the bike stop at speed and I assume the gas and fumes to push past the piston rings into the engine.
At least this is what I assume must have happened.
Certainly preventable and my fault for not doing a better job with the electrical and securing the tools.

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Maintenance and Servicing / Gas in Oil
« on: May 04, 2020, 03:30:02 AM »
Today I was on a calm ride on my 2017 500x RR3 with 1300 miles on it when the engine stopped.
I pulled over and restarted it and the check engine light was on so I stopped it immediately.
Upon checking the oil level it was much higher than max, liquidy, and there seemed to be foam on top.
When I smelled into the crank case it smelled of gas.
So I called for a tow and will be calling the dealer on Tuesday when they open.
I've asked some folks who know more about mechanics than I and seems like an injector could have gotten stuck open.
Now the engine will start and idle very smoothly, which made it easy to load it onto the trailer, but obviously I'm not going to run it with the oil in that condition and I don't want to change it without speaking to the dealer in case they need it to investigate.
Does anybody have any differing ideas about what may have happened?
If this were to happen far from a tow or dealer, is the best choice to hitch to town to buy oil and do a roadside change?
I'd appreciate any ideas.
I am planning a several thousand mile trip within the next month so glad this happened now, but more experienced insights will be helpful.
Thanks!

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Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: Any tours planned?
« on: March 20, 2020, 11:24:22 PM »
If we all do our part the chances of this global crisis ending soon are greatly enhanced.
Then we can get out and ride till our hearts are content!

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Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: Any tours planned?
« on: March 19, 2020, 08:47:04 PM »
*Originally Posted by Neox [+]
I stopped planning my summer trip...
Money will be missing with the work stopped, and even in august i think it will be difficult to go from one country to another :027:.

I'm really sorry to hear this... I suspect you're right about travel, but I'm keeping some hope.
That'll make the trip that much more enjoyable when it does happen!
Stay healthy!

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Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: Any tours planned?
« on: March 19, 2020, 08:45:24 PM »
*Originally Posted by richardbd [+]
How do you do level 2 suspension and stock wheels?  I thought the level 2 forks entailed fitting a 19" front wheel?

You can run the stock wheels. The head angle will be slightly steeper, not a big deal, though. Jmo commented on this a while back and I'm pretty sure I saw youtube videos where blancolirio runs his this way when he does road tours.
It works great.

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Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Re: Any tours planned?
« on: March 19, 2020, 06:36:49 PM »
Planning a 4,000 mile ride with a fried visiting from abroad in May (novel virus permitting).
2018 CB500X with Rally Raid level 2 suspension but stock wheels and a 2017 Africa Twin DCT.
Can't wait and praying for things to calm down in time to get on the road!

https://a.rever.co/rides/1666126

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: Seat Height Comparison: 2018 v. 2019
« on: February 10, 2020, 12:01:04 AM »
*Originally Posted by JMo [+]

I'm also hoping we can encourage some informal meets & rides for CB500X owners -  either in conjunction with established events here in the US like Overland Expo and the Giant Loop Hot Springs weekend, plus the various Horizons Unlimited weekends too of course - see if we can't get a bit more a buzz going in the Out & About (Events, Meetings & Ride Outs) section of the forum too perhaps?

Jenny x

I am almost done with my Rally Raid build. Just the wheels left and Iím hoping to join you on a meet. Very much hoping youíre able to set them up and I donít miss the announcements!
Count me in if you need help organizing.

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Too bad this hasnít become available. In muddy conditions it would be great to have.
I expect to receive my level 2 kit soon and would certainly get one of these eventually.

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