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Old 04-18-2014, 05:05 PM   #1
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K.Ray's 2014 Honda CB500X Fantastic Buildup Thread


K.Ray's 2014 Honda CB500X
VIN: MLHPC4661E5100317


This is my '14 Honda CB500X. I purchased this motorcycle on April 18, 2014 from my local Honda/Yamaha shop.
Light-weight ADV rig is the name of this game. I plan on adding full luggage, engine protection, centerstand, light bar & lights, and accessories in the cockpit. I hope to devour miles with this bike and am excited to bring it into the collection!

Best Recorded MPG: 80.1mpg
Average Recorded MPG: 68.5mpg

Modifications:
Engine/Drivetrain:

Body/Chassis:
- Removed red X graphics
- Rear Shock Preload Adjustment
- Honda OEM tall windscreen
- Honda OEM centerstand
- Cyclops Adventure Sports H4 LED Bulb System

Cockpit:
- RAM phone mount/holder

Storage:
- Wolfman Blackhawk Tank Bag

Softgoods:
Road:
- Bilt Explorer Adventure Helmet
- ContourROAM2 Helmet Cam
- Sedici Napli Jacket
- Alpinestar Octane-S Moto Gloves (summer)
- Alpinestar Apex Drystar Gloves (winter)
- Alpinestar S-MX Boots
- Camelbak MULE Hydration Pack

Dirt:
- Fox 180 Pants
- Fox Titan Sport Jacket
- Gaerne GX-1 Boots

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Old 04-18-2014, 05:06 PM   #2
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:16 PM   #3
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The white with the X removed really looks sharp, maybe I should have waited a year.

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Old 04-19-2014, 12:28 AM   #4
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The white with the X removed really looks sharp, maybe I should have waited a year.
Theloop, they say the black one is faster. But that's just what I've heard. In all seriousness, I've seen people swapping plastics for as little as $160. How do you like yours? Any corky things I should know about?

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Old 04-19-2014, 08:56 AM   #5
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So... what is your plan, K.Ray? I look forward to reading your buildup thread, especially if it will involve building the X into a rally or enduro, or proper dual sport machine.
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Old 04-19-2014, 01:35 PM   #6
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So... what is your plan, K.Ray? I look forward to reading your buildup thread, especially if it will involve building the X into a rally or enduro, or proper dual sport machine.
My CRF250L is more of my enduro/off-road machine. The X will be more of a fireroad ADV queen. I need to keep it more on-road oriented so I can commute on it. The CRF is a good little bike, but isn't great on the interstates that I have to take to work. Dirt flows through my veins so I'll never have a 100% street bike.
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Old 04-19-2014, 02:27 PM   #7
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My CRF250L is more of my enduro/off-road machine. The X will be more of a fireroad ADV queen. I need to keep it more on-road oriented so I can commute on it. The CRF is a good little bike, but isn't great on the interstates that I have to take to work. Dirt flows through my veins so I'll never have a 100% street bike.
I see your point. And I really dig the white bike sans X. It is quite the transformation considering only a sticker was removed.
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Old 04-20-2014, 02:54 PM   #8
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Rear Shock Preload Adjustment

The first thing I always do with a new bike is set the suspension to my small build. The X was very stiff and harsh from the showroom floor. Now it's silky smooth.

Note: It appears only USA products don't include the spanner wrench in the on-board tool kit.

Started with buying a spanner wrench from Cycle World. Only place open on Sunday.
It was too large so I used a torch and a hammer to customize it. Works perfect now for $8 USD.


I flipped open my owner's manual to make sure I turned the shock the right way. The shock goes from 1-9. Do not try to go from 9 directly to 1, skipping the other settings. This could cause harm to the shock.
- counterclockwise to reduce preload
- clockwise to increase preload
- click the photo for a hi-rez version


Remove these two bolts and slide off the peg & cover to gain access to the shock adjustment point.
If you have the OEM Honda spanner wrench or a slim spanner wrench, you may not need to do
this step - skip to the next step.


From here you can see the holes in the bottom of the shock assembly. You'll use those to adjust the preload. You want to aim for ~30-35mm of sag when you're sitting on the bike in all your normal riding gear versus a fully extended shock.
(The difference between max length and normal riding length)

I recommend you only adjust by one click at a time. Ride around for a while and see how it feels. Adjust further if needed. The object is to get the shock in the correct sag position so that the valving can work correctly.

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Old 04-21-2014, 05:24 AM   #9
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:50 AM   #10
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Well, I blew through the first 600 miles in two days.

Oil change was VERY simple! Fluid was clear and metallic free. Gotta love a Honda motor.
3qt of GN4 Honda 10w-30
1 replacement crush washer
1 Honda oil filter

12mm socket
8 hex
22lb ft torque spec on oil drain bolt


In celebration, I went to Kentucky.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:52 PM   #11
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Honda OEM Tall Windscreen

The tall windscreen install was fairly straight forward. Unscrew the short one while leaving the rubber grommets in-place. I moved mine down to the short pegs because I'm a short guy @ 5'6". Taller people will want to leave them in the higher slots. Only tighten hand-tight until they stop snug.




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Old 04-25-2014, 04:56 PM   #12
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Honda OEM Centerstand

The centerstand install was extremely simple.
- Spray some soap on the rubber stopper pad to force it through to its new home.
- Grease up the pin, slide it in without the stand to spread the grease, and then attach the stand with some more grease. Wipe off excess.
- Use a large #3 flat head screwdriver to slip the spring on. It takes some patience but it's very easy once you get it. Youtube has some videos.
Extremely happy with the outcome! Fantastic little upgrade. The bike should come with this.



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Old 04-29-2014, 07:09 PM   #13
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I'm interested to see where this build goes since this bike is on our radar for the wife. Right now the Strom adventure is the leader, but I think this could be an excellent fit for her. I just wish it came with a 19" front.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:21 PM   #14
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I'm interested to see where this build goes since this bike is on our radar for the wife. Right now the Strom adventure is the leader, but I think this could be an excellent fit for her. I just wish it came with a 19" front.
I plan on swapping the suspension from my CRF250L over this summer. This will net me a 21" front! May be a little excessive though.
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Old 05-01-2014, 11:48 AM   #15
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