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Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Re: Headlight adjustment
« on: October 03, 2016, 09:54:12 AM »
Ok. I got the ******* panel off. Lost one of the pins of course! Hoping it will fall to earth sometime in the garage, not on the road!
There is no Philips screw on this, my 2016 UK model. Just a grey ally disc, about 22mm diameter with, as one or 2 contributors have stated, an 8mm hex head to put a spanner on, IF you have one that will get down in there.
Having looked through all my many spanners, of all sorts, I don't have one.
I'm thinking that a ratched ring spanner with a hinged head might be best. I don't think there's room to get a 1/4 inch square drive socket to it.
Obviously I can ride it without the panel refitted, but is it possible to get these little panel clip assemblies from a Honda spares dealer or elsewhere? It 'll probasbly be well worth having a packet of 10 in stock!

Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Re: Headlight adjustment
« on: September 19, 2016, 09:35:58 AM »
Thanks guys. Especially Ceddy. Thats a more helpful description than the one in the owners handbook, with its pale grey pictures!
I had a look. No chance! I have normally large hands!
Intending no politically incorrect slur on anyone's racial characteristics, I wish whoever designed the arrangement of this bit, had done so with bods like me in mind.
I'll have to take it to the dealer. :157:

Lighting, Electrical, and Wiring / Re: Headlight adjustment
« on: September 19, 2016, 08:33:20 AM »
Mine is a 2016 model with the LED headlamp. Is it the same system of adjustment? I have the Haynes manual, but that dosen't cover the 2016 bike.

Hello Ross.
I rode an F650gs '04 for the past 7 years, and like you, felt it was getting a bit long in the tooth. Until this March I couldn't find anything similar, but more modern, and nothing else for the size could match the BM's economy and handiness.
Until I read an article on the CB500X.
I had a few test rides, and of course found the Honda twin more revvy than the BMW single, but of course, much smoother. I have the Honda panniers on it and they are not as useful as the BMW Vario panniers I had on the F650, but they work Ok once you get used to the strange catches on them.
In April I bought a new 2016 CB500X, and I'm really glad I did. I got it done up to Rally Raid Level 3, and while that was being done, went back to riding the F650 for a week. It was a bike I had always enjoyed, but after the Honda, it felt really old!
Performance wise, even 2 up, its not that much down on performance, despit its mere 471cc capacity. The difference is just about in keeping with the 3 bhp less on the Honda. But just rev it a bit and it flies!
Hope this helps.

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