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Re: How would you improve the X?
« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2016, 01:56:09 AM »
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Ask any ZRX1100/1200 what they think about their OEM oil drain plug pointing down. The head of the plug can get "sheared off" when hitting a rock, a curb, or when loading (riding) the bike up a ramp and the head snags at the top of the ramp when the front wheel levels out and the rear wheel is still on the ramp. A "shear off" could leave one out in the boonies without being able to ride the bike out.........
Pointing back does not bother me.

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Re: How would you improve the X?
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2016, 05:56:25 AM »
I ordered the luggage rack and center stand with the bike, so I am down to wanting a longer back on the front fender to protect the radiator better from road debris and mud.  I use this bike for pavement and maintained gravel roads.
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Re: How would you improve the X?
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2016, 10:52:32 AM »
With reference to JM0's suggestion of using the dash from the NC judging by the problems people are having with these including a recall I'm not sure that it would be good idea.
A lot of the other suggestions people have made a very good. However we have to remember this is a budget bike and some of these ideas would make it far more expensive
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Re: How would you improve the X?
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2016, 12:30:24 PM »
One thing I'd like to see more manufacturers do (but don't hold out hope) is giving you a couple of tire options when purchasing a new bike (at least with bikes considered dual purpose/adv). I know BMW does this with some models and I think its a great idea. The tires that come on the X are a decent middle of the road tire but were a bit too road oriented for my intended purpose with the bike so I had to wait until I wore these out before I could replace them with the tires I wanted. Would have been nice to have it running the rubber I wanted from day one, instead of waiting a year.
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Re: How would you improve the X?
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2016, 12:32:42 PM »
........change the horn button location.  :230:
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Re: How would you improve the X?
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2016, 01:58:44 PM »
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One thing I'd like to see more manufacturers do (but don't hold out hope) is giving you a couple of tire options when purchasing a new bike (at least with bikes considered dual purpose/adv). I know BMW does this with some models and I think its a great idea. The tires that come on the X are a decent middle of the road tire but were a bit too road oriented for my intended purpose with the bike so I had to wait until I wore these out before I could replace them with the tires I wanted. Would have been nice to have it running the rubber I wanted from day one, instead of waiting a year.
My wife and I changed the OE tyres on our CB500s to PR4s (we never go off road well not intentionally anyway) from new. A bit more expensive I know but we thought it worthwhile to have the tyres we like and have confidence in
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Re: How would you improve the X?
« Reply #26 on: November 11, 2016, 12:42:10 AM »
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........change the horn button location.  :230:
This might sound weird to some, but I actually like the horn button being located above the turn signal switch.  It seems more natural to me for some reason.

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Re: How would you improve the X?
« Reply #27 on: November 11, 2016, 01:27:15 AM »
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This might sound weird to some, but I actually like the horn button being located above the turn signal switch.  It seems more natural to me for some reason.

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I must admit, I don't mind it either, at first it was the cause of great agony, but once you get used to it, its ok.

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Re: How would you improve the X?
« Reply #28 on: November 11, 2016, 01:49:38 AM »
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I must admit, I don't mind it either, at first it was the cause of great agony, but once you get used to it, its ok.

I agree. Mind you, this is the only bike I've ever owned. I think the horn is in the same place on other Honda models, too.

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Re: How would you improve the X?
« Reply #29 on: November 11, 2016, 05:15:23 AM »
In January 2007, I had to get used to the horn under the indicators a la CB500X when I first rode my GRiSO. So now it doesn't bother me. I can happily switch from below to above. And I think it gives you a better grip of the bars when indicating, as your thumb is in a naturally curved position. (I got short fingers)

 


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