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Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-20-2015, 03:00 PM
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Posted By farp
I think we all agree that the box stock CB500X is...

I think we all agree that the box stock CB500X is a great bike with very few shortcomings. About the only shortcoming I find is that when I want to pass a truck on a twisty mountain road I'd like to...
Forum: Thumpers 05-11-2015, 09:56 AM
Replies: 2,855
Views: 506,569
Posted By farp
Your phone draws so little current that it would...

Your phone draws so little current that it would take months to kill your battery but if you want to have it switched anyway an easy way to do it is to tap into your tail light circuit. Just splice a...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-09-2015, 09:59 AM
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Posted By farp
I'm a long time dirt rider and ex...

I'm a long time dirt rider and ex motocross/enduro racer and when I went to buy my 500X I was adamant that I didn't want ABS, but I had to take it because non ABS bikes were not available. I've got...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-03-2015, 06:56 PM
Replies: 8,064
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Posted By farp
Hey people, I didn't want to start a flame war...

Hey people, I didn't want to start a flame war over this windscreen issue and I'm sorry that it worked out that way. All I can say about the windscreen is that I'm 5'10" tall with a 31" inseam and...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-02-2015, 10:16 PM
Replies: 8,064
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Posted By farp
I agree that the DR650 is smooth for a big single...

I agree that the DR650 is smooth for a big single but if you compare to a multi cylinder street bike it's not very smooth at all. It certainly is not nearly as smooth as the CB500X. I got vibration...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-02-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8,064
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Posted By farp
Maybe age has got something to do with it. I was...

Maybe age has got something to do with it. I was 69 yrs old when I did my DR650 tour and the vibration really got to me. Speeds were similar to yours. I did my Honda tour last year when I was 71 and...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-02-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 8,064
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Posted By farp
I put Heidenau K73's on mine, front and back, and...

I put Heidenau K73's on mine, front and back, and I'm really happy with them. They are at least as good, maybe a little better than the stock Pirelli's on the pavement and much better on the gravel....
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-02-2015, 08:29 PM
Replies: 8,064
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Posted By farp
I owned a DR650 for a couple of years and got my...

I owned a DR650 for a couple of years and got my CB500XA a year ago. The CB500X is light years ahead of the DR650 on the highway.

I went for a two day tour (all pavement) on my DR650, travelled...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-11-2015, 11:20 PM
Replies: 8,064
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Posted By farp
As a retired Mechanical Engineering Technologist...

As a retired Mechanical Engineering Technologist I can confidently state that the physics does add up perfectly. When you are standing on the pegs your body weight is applied to the footpegs which...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-11-2015, 03:32 PM
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Posted By farp
I'm 5' 10", weigh 175 pounds and I'm 72 yrs old....

I'm 5' 10", weigh 175 pounds and I'm 72 yrs old. I never sit when I'm off the pavement and do not find it difficult to stand for several hours at a time. I've also been riding bikes on and off-road...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 04-11-2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 8,064
Views: 1,478,997
Posted By farp
When riding bumpy fireroads you should always be...

When riding bumpy fireroads you should always be standing up on the pegs. There are many good reasons for this.

1. Every time you hit a bump when sitting down there is a shock wave that is sent up...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 02-24-2015, 10:22 PM
Replies: 8,064
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Posted By farp
What about ape hangers LOL!

What about ape hangers LOL!
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-03-2015, 05:55 PM
Replies: 8,064
Views: 1,478,997
Posted By farp
I looked at the NC700X when I got my 500X. The...

I looked at the NC700X when I got my 500X. The deal breaker for me was the gas cap under the seat. I like to tour and I've never gone on a tour without having baggage mounted on the passengers...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-31-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 8,064
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Posted By farp
I got my 500X last June and since then have put...

I got my 500X last June and since then have put about 13,000 km (8,000 miles) on it. About 80% of the mileage was on pavement, the rest on surfaces varying from graded gravel road to 4WD track. I...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-30-2014, 09:10 PM
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Posted By farp
I had a 2010 Versys for 3 yrs and traded it in on...

I had a 2010 Versys for 3 yrs and traded it in on a Husky TR650 Terra. I really liked the handling and performance of the Terra but had too many mechanical problems with it so I traded it in on the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-30-2014, 08:45 AM
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Posted By farp
I got my 500X last June and since then I've put...

I got my 500X last June and since then I've put about 14,000 kilometers on it. I've done some long distance hwy touring where I spent 10 to 12 hours per day in the saddle, and I've ridden it on some...
Forum: Thumpers 10-03-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 2,855
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Posted By farp
Yes, the cable is adjusted properly. I've owned...

Yes, the cable is adjusted properly. I've owned about 3 dozen bikes over the years but I've never heard this chirping sound before. Just wondered if anyone else noticed it.

John
Forum: Thumpers 10-01-2014, 11:27 AM
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Posted By farp
I"ve had a 2014 XT for a couple of months now and...

I"ve had a 2014 XT for a couple of months now and I noticed a quick chirping sound that I think is coming from the clutch. If I am cruising along in 5th gear and suddenly roll off the throttle there...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 09-29-2014, 06:07 PM
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Posted By farp
If you think that you could get the same gas...

If you think that you could get the same gas mileage at 75 mph that you get at 65 mph then you don't understand that wind resistance increases proportional to the square of the velocity. And that...
Forum: Thumpers 08-23-2014, 04:53 PM
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Posted By farp
Thanks, DS Chic, pretty much what I figured. Have...

Thanks, DS Chic, pretty much what I figured. Have you heard of anybody taking it off and scabbing an extension onto the top fender?

John
Forum: Thumpers 08-22-2014, 10:01 AM
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Posted By farp
Front fender

Has anybody had any problem with mud collecting under the small front fender and jamming the wheel?
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 07-05-2014, 10:25 PM
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Posted By farp
I just got back from a 5 day 3000 mile trip....

I just got back from a 5 day 3000 mile trip. Couple of hundred miles on the freeway the rest on twisty back roads. I'm 5' 10" tall and my windshield was at the highest position. I didn't notice any...
Forum: Thumpers 04-19-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 6,608
Views: 916,260
Posted By farp
The Terra is fine on the freeway. You can cruise...

The Terra is fine on the freeway. You can cruise at 80mph all day long if you want to. The bike will do about 105mph flat out. Some people have complained about a slight weave at speeds over 70 mph....
Forum: Thumpers 02-26-2014, 10:20 PM
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Posted By farp
It's probably for heat dissipation. I'd be very...

It's probably for heat dissipation. I'd be very leery about putting any kind of coating on the ECU for fear that it would overheat.

John
Forum: Thumpers 02-22-2014, 09:01 AM
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Posted By farp
My trail stand

You can always find something on the trail to prop up your bike. Here is what I used last time I got a flat.

http://www.dualsportbc.com/photogallery/data/500/medium/110_Fixing_FLat.jpg

John
Forum: Thumpers 02-12-2014, 10:09 PM
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Posted By farp
Thanks, HF, I didn't know about the airbox drain....

Thanks, HF, I didn't know about the airbox drain. I'll check it out.

John
Forum: Thumpers 02-12-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6,608
Views: 916,260
Posted By farp
[QUOTE=TRZ...

[QUOTE=TRZ Charlie;23415528]https://24.media.tumblr.com/c331b8f20e16831949e151d0d375e947/tumblr_n086srj9Q21s0mbfho1_400.gif

That's a nasty looking spill in water deep enough to cause problems. Did...
Forum: Thumpers 01-07-2014, 08:44 AM
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Posted By farp
Thanks, HF, good advice and it will certainly be...

Thanks, HF, good advice and it will certainly be taken.

John
Forum: Thumpers 01-06-2014, 05:48 PM
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Posted By farp
Swing Arm Bearings

Has anyone checked out their swing arm bearings and can give me some information on how well the seals work and what kind of life you can get out of the bearings before they need to be repacked. I...
Forum: Thumpers 09-19-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 6,608
Views: 916,260
Posted By farp
Changing the spark plug.

Can anyone tell me how to remove the spark plug? My problem is I don't know how to remove the plastic fittings that are fastened to the flange above the plug. I don't want to apply brute force and...
Forum: Thumpers 08-14-2013, 09:28 AM
Replies: 3,625
Views: 805,660
Posted By farp
Thanks Ks... That's pretty much my experience...

Thanks Ks... That's pretty much my experience with the stock countershaft sprocket and what I expected with the smaller one. Thanks for confirming.

John
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2013, 11:52 AM
Replies: 3,625
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Posted By farp
Hey, Kswaid, what size countershaft sprocket were...

Hey, Kswaid, what size countershaft sprocket were you using?

John
Forum: Thumpers 08-05-2013, 10:55 AM
Replies: 3,625
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Posted By farp
If my understanding of the Wuka King is correct...

If my understanding of the Wuka King is correct it works by making the fuel mixture richer. If this is the case what effect on gas mileage does it have?

John
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2013, 04:50 PM
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Posted By farp
Yep, it's an awesome bike alright. I've never had...

Yep, it's an awesome bike alright. I've never had the seat kick my ass but I stand on the pegs all the time when the going gets rough. I've bottomed the suspension wheeling and jumping over cross...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2013, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3,625
Views: 805,660
Posted By farp
I've got an aftermarket seat from Rich's in...

I've got an aftermarket seat from Rich's in Kingston WA (Rich measures you up and builds the seat to match your size and riding position). The primary reason I got a custom seat was my short inseam...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2013, 08:27 AM
Replies: 3,625
Views: 805,660
Posted By farp
I've been really impressed with how well the...

I've been really impressed with how well the Terra performs off-road for a bike that's so good on the street. But the question remained about how good it would be as a touring bike so last Saturday...
Forum: Thumpers 07-12-2013, 01:56 PM
Replies: 3,625
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Posted By farp
Same thing happened to me. The whole rear end...

Same thing happened to me. The whole rear end broke off and was dangling by the tail light wires. After I got the replacement parts the fix was really simple. Take the mufflers and rack off and wrap...
Forum: Thumpers 06-11-2013, 09:37 PM
Replies: 3,625
Views: 805,660
Posted By farp
I wonder if it would be better to plug the drain...

I wonder if it would be better to plug the drain holes with self tapping screws and a fiber washer and then put a cup or two of anti-freeze in the swing arm and then seal the mudflap holes. The...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2013, 05:46 PM
Replies: 3,625
Views: 805,660
Posted By farp
Thanks, Harder1. I replaced the stock...

Thanks, Harder1.

I replaced the stock Metzlers with Heidenau K60 Scouts. The Scouts are a small improvement over the Metzlers but have difficulty hooking up on gravel FSRs compared to legit...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2013, 01:22 PM
Replies: 3,625
Views: 805,660
Posted By farp
Thanks for the ride report Harder1. What knobbies...

Thanks for the ride report Harder1. What knobbies are you using and did you notice much difference between them and the stock Metzlers?

John
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