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CB500X - General Chat / Seeing double in Yeovil
« on: August 01, 2017, 05:22:55 PM »
Parked in Tescos gloomy car park, under the overhead parking, today and coming back to the bike, right beside it another 2016 Millenium Red CB500X!
Identical except that mine has the Rally Raid Level 3 mods with spoked wheels. Was it anyone on the forum?

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Rear brake judder
« on: July 13, 2017, 05:40:14 PM »
I agree, though it irks me to spend that on a genuine disc that may or may not last.
And of course, as I was told, as its "wear & tear", its not a warranty item.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Rear brake judder
« on: July 13, 2017, 04:32:11 PM »
AJC500 wins the banana!
Warped disc it is, though I couldn't spot it when I felt it.
Bransons of Yeovil checked it while I waited. I'd heard they are a good shop, and I'll add my vote to that.
I think there is a tendency in all of us to imagine first that it is the inscrutable black box, usually the most expensive bit that we can't test or check ourselves, that is at fault.
An old boy years ago told me that with any electrical fault, check the earth 1st, it costs only a few minutes and its most often the answer.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Rear brake judder
« on: July 12, 2017, 10:55:19 PM »
I certainly wasn't breaking hard enough for ABS to activate, and I had never experience trhe phenomenom before, riding in all weathers.
The disc runs true and shows no uneven wear.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Rear brake judder
« on: July 12, 2017, 05:24:07 PM »
Thanks, but its not that. Disc is clean and pads move freely in the caliper.
It has a far more clunky feel than that sort of problem.
I am beginning to suspet it may be the ABS. Unfortunately Haynes Manual gives no useful information, only telling me what different fault codes relate to, which is hardly stuff that I can deal with.
I have to go to the local Honda dealer tomorrow to arrange its 16K service so I'll see what he has to say about it.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Rear brake judder
« on: July 12, 2017, 03:27:18 PM »
I do not use the rear brake as much as the front. Front pads were recently renewed and the rear pads had plenty of life in them.
Its only on a few occasions of more necessary braking using both together that the problem occurs and the judder is clearly felt through the brake pedal.

Maintenance and Servicing / Rear brake judder
« on: July 12, 2017, 02:29:11 PM »
My 2016 CB500X, with 15,000 on the clock, just yesterday began to have judder when using rear brake.
This was fierce juddering when braking firmly.
Back home a general check revealed that the disc runs true as far as I can see and externally all seems Ok with the caliper. Brake fluid is a bit low but still clearly above the low level mark.
I have read the thread about front brake judder and wonder if this is a similar thing or something else. Ideas please.

Another happy Hepco& Becker user.
As I had 30 & 40 Ltr. Junior panniers sitting in the loft, and I wasn't getting on too well with Honda's own panniers, I ordered up the H&B support frames.
At first sight they were rather different from the older H&B frames, not having indicator mounts and using some wierd "Dzus type" fixings, but as I hoped my 15 year old boxes still clip straight on. Rummaging around in a box of old keys, I even found the right ones!
My only gripe is that the are mounted unnecessarily far out from the bike, and they stick out further than I would like behind. However, there is excellent clearance between box and silencer and the top of the boxes is almost level with the pillion seat, and being set further back does allow apillion to have room for their feet.
Having read other H&B posts on this thread I'm investigating the Kappa/Givi indicator relocating kit.
I am very impressed with the firmness of fit and lack of wobble, and the strength built into the frame design. Even those wierd fastners work!

A complete set, with a rear carrier (home made) thrown in. With key.
One pannier needs a new lock but everything else works Ok.
The beginnings of some rust on the tubing here and there.
I have fitted Hepco & Becker Juniors and don't want the old panniers taking up space, so "Open to reasonable offers" though I realise the forum probably requires a named price. So how about 180?
I'd prefer buyer collects, in Somerset 25 mins from J25 on the M5, but I can send within UK at cost of P&P.

Ride Reports, Trips, and Touring / Siezing the day
« on: June 19, 2017, 08:09:13 AM »
A spell of solididly warm weather at last in the UK as midsummer appoaches made me think of a early morning ride. Recently retired, apart from continuing house redecoration, the chance to heade off at the drop of a hat had been in my mind.
So after a warm night, waking at 5am, I took the opportunity. Coffee and a bite of toast, the lightest vented riding gear was a bit of a gamble, but it was 16 degrees and going to be warm pretty soon, and I had a jersy in the tank bag.
Having moved from the flatlands of the east coast back to the hilly south west, at 5.30 I set off through South Somerset with the low lying mist across the fields and the road with hardly any traffic to disturb it yet. Mist to handlebar height, road covered, but where the were no hedges visible, at uncertain moments the line of telephone poles gave the clue.
Onto the A303 for a few miles, a useful, but horrid modern road that carves across sothern England, before turning east onto the older A30 that follows more naturally the hills and valleys. Into the rising sun, but the blue tinted iner visor on me HJC bubble flip helmet takes the sting out of it. At Chard hardly anything is moving. In places so little traffic has passed, that all the night time aromas linger. Fresh mown hey from the day befor, a deciduous wood, a pine wood, the sharp smell of sheep, the reek of a livestock farm. At 6.30 Crewkerne seems tro be waking up, and at 6.50, an industrial estate cafe "No.5" in Gazelle road, is w3ide awake and provides a good breakfast.
Heading home, commutors are everywhere, but I've had my kicks and I'm home at 7.30. Just 50 miles, no big deal, but what a way to start the day, and what a lovely bike, the CB500X to do it on.

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