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Old 03-11-2013, 12:42 AM   #1891
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I have thought about the lighting, but have no answers for you. The last Honda that I found rather interesting was the 599/CB600F. It featured a large, single headlight design that was supposed to be excellent thanks to the design of the reflector used. Hopefully Honda has used some of what they've learned in the past on the new CB.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:54 AM   #1892
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I am just sitting here with random thoughts between blows in the Bolt thread. I have nit picked the CB to death and really dont have much to really hang my hat on as far as complaints go. And then I thought about this.

I wonder how the lighting is on this thing? That seems to always be a problem with me. Isnt the bulb like a 55/60watt? I think that is what my Sportster was and it was pretty pathetic. I replaced it with a 80/100 and ran it on high beam all of the time. I finally burned up the connectors in the bucket after about 5K miles. It did improve the lighting though.

Lighting is one of those places that everybody seems to scrimp on. The absolute best light I have ever seen is the LED headlight from HD. Its like 4 or 5 hundred bucks though. The company that makes it wont sell it to anybody but HD. That way, they can mark it up and bypass the middle guy. But man, what a difference this thing makes according to pictures and testimonials from the Sporty guys. I cant believe these things are not more available.

Am I the only one that has thought about lighting? I live where deer are everywhere and you have to really be on your toes at night in certain areas.
My feeling on lighting is the more you get, the more you expect. My older bikes all had 35/35 lights I was fine with them... And now have two 35/35 lights I am amazed at how much better they are... I am sure is I got brighter lights want them from that point on.

As to the led lights, I am sure that soon Enough someone will be selling them for everyone... If they are really good. In ten years they will be mandated by the govt and we will all be bitching about the good old days.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:55 AM   #1893
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LED lights are most popular in off-roading right now. I've seen aftermarket LED. Headlights and they are around $500
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:20 AM   #1894
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I am just sitting here with random thoughts between blows in the Bolt thread. I have nit picked the CB to death and really dont have much to really hang my hat on as far as complaints go. And then I thought about this.

I wonder how the lighting is on this thing? That seems to always be a problem with me. Isnt the bulb like a 55/60watt? I think that is what my Sportster was and it was pretty pathetic. I replaced it with a 80/100 and ran it on high beam all of the time. I finally burned up the connectors in the bucket after about 5K miles. It did improve the lighting though.

Lighting is one of those places that everybody seems to scrimp on. The absolute best light I have ever seen is the LED headlight from HD. Its like 4 or 5 hundred bucks though. The company that makes it wont sell it to anybody but HD. That way, they can mark it up and bypass the middle guy. But man, what a difference this thing makes according to pictures and testimonials from the Sporty guys. I cant believe these things are not more available.

Am I the only one that has thought about lighting? I live where deer are everywhere and you have to really be on your toes at night in certain areas.
Deer are why I've quit riding at night for the most part. Too many close calls in cages. Don't need that on my bike.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:34 AM   #1895
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Deer are why I've quit riding at night for the most part. Too many close calls in cages. Don't need that on my bike.
Same where I live, the deer run in packs and fly out of the ditches giving you very little time to react. I only ride at night if circumstances dictate. In the daytime we have to contend with pheasants as sometimes it seems like they are thick as sparrows around here. They have this nasty habit of flying at helmet-level in a flat trajectory, kind of like a cruise missile, from one side of the highway to the other. Had one destroy the windshield of my car recently. It doesn't prevent me from riding in the daytime, but I sure would hate to take one of them in the noggin.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:01 AM   #1896
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just bring back the CBX
I always thought a smallish 6 would be a huge seller, especially nowa days. 600, 750 maybe 900cc I-6. Make it as compact as possible and let it rev to the moon......

That would have the potential to be REALLY cool.

The original CBX was really cool but pretty awkward and unwieldy......but MAN do they sound good.



my old man had one with a Supertrapp on it - I hated the way the exhaust looked but I dont know that Ive ever heard a bike sound that good.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:27 AM   #1897
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Anyone has pics to post from Daytona Bike Week? I know Honda displayed the bike there... Anyone got a test ride?
I'm going up this weekend to have a look. I'll post photos if it's there on display. I sure hope it is; I've had a deposit on an ABS since the first week of February. The dealer says it ships from Honda on 3/28, so it should be in my garage the first week of April.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:44 AM   #1898
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Just came from my dealer. On schedule to ship March 16 th.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:53 AM   #1899
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Just came from my dealer. On schedule to ship March 16 th.
Impressive that you have a dealer that is actually OPEN on Mondays!
All dealers around here are closed Mondays. My only days off are Sundays and Mondays.
other Ferret, from what part of the country do you hail?
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:06 PM   #1900
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Impressive that you have a dealer that is actually OPEN on Mondays!
All dealers around here are closed Mondays. My only days off are Sundays and Mondays.
other Ferret, from what part of the country do you hail?
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Just east of Cincinnati, Ohio. Their mechanics are off on Mondays, but the shop is open for sales and parts.

On other forums I am the Ferret, but that was already taken here, hence the " other" Ferret lol.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:10 PM   #1901
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Just came from my dealer. On schedule to ship March 16 th.
AT worst case you get it at the end of March? Im thinking it will take at least one week to get to the states from Japan and then another week to truck it across the country? I hope you get it sooner though. I cant wait to hear what you all think of the Cb.

I cant believe some of the mags have not got their hands on one yet for a full test. FWIW, all of the dealers in my area are closed on Mondays also. I dont know what the deal with that is but its been that way for years.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:13 PM   #1902
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Cool.
You would think that maybe ONE dealer in this area would be open for sales and parts, at least during peak riding months. All we get is the H-D dealer and Cycle Gear.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:19 PM   #1903
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I've been told that Dealers are closed Mondays because so many of the employees are racing On Any Sunday, that Monday is a recovery day for them.

More likely that paying employees for six day weeks is not desired, so Monday is just the first and most logical day after the off day, Sunday. My Harley dealer until recently was open M-Sat, but changed to Tu-Sat, but extended their daily hours open. Employees I spoke with about it are happier with the extra day and the extra hours are ok by them... tp dd50
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:46 PM   #1904
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When I worked in dealerships back in the 70's we were open M -F 9 till 9
Sat 9-5 and Sunday 12-4. They have it good these days.

With regards to headlights, brighter is almost always better, and we used to stick 80/100 halogen bulbs in our bikes, however I have noticed a lot of riders simply do not have their headlights adjusted properly.

The most important beam is high beam. Go out to a straight flat unlit road on a dark night, stop, and flip on your high beams. Now, adjust the angle to where you have the best long distance vision (while seated). It wont be in the trees and it wont be on the ground in front of you. It will be real easy to tell when you have it adjusted right, and a properly adjusted high beam makes all the difference in the world while riding at night, even with stock wattage.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:19 PM   #1905
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you guys and gals ready for some more pics?

a few pages back somebody was asking bout bags and topcases

lots of options on japan websites













found these on fleabay



and rest in peace Mr Ash



tho I did not always agree with your reviews, I found them full of passion and well written good sir.

just one more peek:









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