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Bikes for Sale / Re: 2016 Level 3 Rally Raid for sale UK
« on: July 28, 2018, 03:08:37 PM »
Now Sold

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: Farewell
« on: July 27, 2018, 11:01:11 AM »
XSR700

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CB500X - General Chat / Farewell
« on: July 27, 2018, 09:51:12 AM »
Level 3 RR CB500X now sold, so goodbye and good luck with yours and this great forum.

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: A Cautionary Tale.
« on: July 27, 2018, 09:49:13 AM »
I know what its like.
I haven't counted recently but it was 40 someting bikes for me last time I did, and like you, I have just sold my Level 3 RR CB500X.
The replacement is a Yamaha XSR700. The Honda has been a great bike but for me the Yam is so much better, not just because its a bigger engine, but a far more flexible engine with real bottom end torque. Its actually an A2 restricted bike and so its bhp is not much different from the Honda, and its only the top end of its performance that is affected, and that I do not need.
Its not as economical as the Honda but can still achieve 70mpg.
Like the Honda, its built down to a price, thin paint etc but previous owner has done serious suspension upgrades, so I'm not missing out there.
The Honda is nicely styled, but in a different so to is the XSR and all round accessability is better.

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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Continental Trail Attack 2s
« on: July 14, 2018, 06:40:11 AM »
I've been running mine on the Trail Attacks since new having had them on a previous bike. Like you almost all tarmac but some dry trails. Really great on the road and very good mileage.

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Bikes for Sale / 2016 Level 3 Rally Raid for sale UK
« on: July 10, 2018, 04:58:21 PM »
Owned by me from new
2016 CB500X in Millenium Red, with Rally Raid Level 3 mods, fitted by John at RR when the bike was new, and is probably still vewable on Rally Raid's website.
It now has 24,000 miles on the clock and has never been "off road"  Its big 16,000 mile service was done on time and showed no problems as did its more recent service, and apart from a replacement rear disc, the bike has been 100% reliable and trouble free.
As the Level 3 mods raise the whole bike, stands can be a problem. Both side stand and centre stand have been modified to suit.
Up front it has a Puig screen sitting on an adjustable "Palmer Bracket" to which I have added a stainless steel sat nav bracket. There are twin cigar lighter acccessory sockets with rubbur caps.
Under the seat there is an extra fuse box to allow easy instalation of accessorys.
At the rear it has Hepco & Becker pannier frames with a one off tubular stainless brace, which also replaces the grabrails and provides a very useful hitching rail for bungee straps.
It has a Puig hugger, and a Tutoro chain oiler and a protective "sock" over the rear supension unit.
Original cast wheels, Honda pannier frames, original grab rails and spares (not yet needed) such as taper roller head races, forkseals etc. are all included.
Considering the cost of the level 3 kit, a bargain at 4,800.
Posting it on the forum first, but will probably put it on Ebay with that as a start price, if there is no interest.
I'm no good at posting photos, but should be able to email them as required.
Bike is located in Somerset, and every assistance will be offered to prospective buyers.

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Panniers or not?
They make a very big difference, rigid, or soft if they are packed full.
I don't like riding in high winds any more but 30 would be Ok without the panniers.

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On Two Wheels / Re: First, worst, and best bike?
« on: June 23, 2018, 02:28:23 PM »
First bike:
1957 Matchless 600cc twin with sidecar (legal as a learner bike in the UK)
Cost 28 in 1969. Took 6 months to get it sorted, pranged it after 2 weeks on the road.

Worst bike: Difficult to say since there have been over 40 and several were pretty dreadful.
But It has to be the 250cc Royal Enfield. Not a bad machine in its day, but it had suffered badly by the time I got it. A series of learner riders who (like me) thought they knew how to fix it, and the story went that it had been stolen and recovered 5 times and written off twice. I remember it as having more stripped threads than sound ones.

Best bike: Also difficult, but 2 stand out.
1978 850cc T3 Moto Guzzi. I kept it 10 years and spent 2 of those despatch riding on it, doing a thousand miles a week. It kept me fed and clothed and was amazingly reliable.
and
1938 350cc Ariel Red Hunter. Unrestored, but one of the sweetest running and best handling. I could ride it arms folded with the friction throttle set, and had some great trips on it.

The CB500X almost makes it to "Best Bike" but even after 2 years ownership and 23,000 miles it dosn't stir the soul. I think because its a modern bike, I just expect it to do what its supposed to do.

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New Member Introductions / Re: Newbie from Darkest Somerset
« on: December 22, 2017, 03:48:34 PM »
Hi Derek and Mel. I'd be glad to meet.

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New Member Introductions / Re: Newbie from Darkest Somerset
« on: December 21, 2017, 07:27:10 AM »
Hi Derek.
I'm Langport also, Red 2016 with Rally Raid upgrades, I'll look out for you.

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