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Old 08-19-2013, 02:32 PM   #631
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chiming in on all this first service, valve check cost stuff....

....i like the 500f so it concerns me. however i have a feeling the valves don't really need to be checked / adjusted at 600 miles. not with subsequent checks every 8K. my guess is 16K is a good time for a good first check, but thats just me

i really think Honda does this to give their dealers business. i mean a valve check so soon at such a cost? no parts needed even if an unlikely adjustment is, and who knows how long that really takes an experienced shop with all the proper tools?

"valves took 20 minutes to check but would have taken the customer 2 and 1/2 hours to DIY. that will be 2 and 1/2 hours labor, please."

is it a scam? lets find out. how many with these bikes actually NEEDED adjustment? and wouldn't a bike start running like crap before it burnt up a valve or whatever if adjustment was needed at anytime, anyway? i've seen lot's of posts around where a bike is running poorly, owner checks the valves and they are out of spec. adjusts 'em, and its like new again. but the engine didn't blow for heavens sake!
Several of the guys on the 500 forum have done the 600 mile check. While some report all is well, at least a few have reported some valves out of spec. At least one person had 4 of 'em out of spec. Enough of them that I don't think I'd skip the initial check if it was my new motorcycle.

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Old 08-19-2013, 02:43 PM   #632
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good info up there, thanks

now, does this speak to the overall quality of the build? some i see are questioning that? wouldn't it just be considered a somewhat cruder set-up mechanically rather then a quality issue? is it about the design of the engine, materials used, etc?

sorry if these questions are simple, but i am a novice trying to gather a bit of knowledge and understanding, here
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:48 PM   #633
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found this valve check thread at that link. with pics if signed in

http://www.cbr500riders.com/forum/en...djustment.html
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:51 PM   #634
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well i had a Honda cbr250ra and that called for the 1000km valve check.
I finally got the valves checked at just over 14k km and they were still in spec.

i find it nice that my current Ninja 650 first valve check is not until 24k km
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:21 PM   #635
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I just got the 600 mile service done on my CB500F. $227.16, counting the combined TN and local taxes of 9.75%, so, say, 200 bucks. I'd heard scare stories of it running as much as $600, so thought I'd post what I paid. They were really busy when I picked up the bike so I didn't talk to the mechanic who did the servicing, but I'll try to remember to ask him how much adjustment he had to do when I next drop by the shop. Oh, and I called this morning about 9am, got it to them a bit after 10, and it was ready a bit after 4pm. I was really happy because we've had daily thunderstorms but they are supposed to start clearing tomorrow. I'm really happy to have the bike back for the weekend. Now, if I can just remember not to ride north into the Bristol Motor Speedway race weekend madness ...
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:06 PM   #636
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I just got the 600 mile service done on my CB500F. $227.16, counting the combined TN and local taxes of 9.75%, so, say, 200 bucks. I'd heard scare stories of it running as much as $600, so thought I'd post what I paid. They were really busy when I picked up the bike so I didn't talk to the mechanic who did the servicing, but I'll try to remember to ask him how much adjustment he had to do when I next drop by the shop. Oh, and I called this morning about 9am, got it to them a bit after 10, and it was ready a bit after 4pm. I was really happy because we've had daily thunderstorms but they are supposed to start clearing tomorrow. I'm really happy to have the bike back for the weekend. Now, if I can just remember not to ride north into the Bristol Motor Speedway race weekend madness ...
I would ride up the Rich Valley to Saltville then keep going up 42 a hundred miles or so. That's what I would do.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:53 PM   #637
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What is the alternator output on these bikes?
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:25 AM   #638
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I just got the 600 mile service done on my CB500F. $227.16, counting the combined TN and local taxes of 9.75%, so, say, 200 bucks. I'd heard scare stories of it running as much as $600, so thought I'd post what I paid. They were really busy when I picked up the bike so I didn't talk to the mechanic who did the servicing...
I bet if you ask him what the valve clearances were, you'll get a blank stare.

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Old 09-15-2013, 11:17 AM   #639
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What is the alternator output on these bikes?

280 watts is what my searching found
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:35 AM   #640
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280 watts is what my searching found
I can't find a source anywhere.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:07 AM   #641
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wife picked up hers yesterday

She upgraded from a Ninja 250, seating height up under 1/2 inch over the 250 so she's tip toeing a little more but she's comfortable with it (She's 5' 4"). The weight feels about the same as the 250 even though it is more. The added torque/power over the 250 makes riding more enjoyable. She was going for a Ninja 300 but last minute change to this, so far I think a wise decision.



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Old 09-19-2013, 08:15 AM   #642
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Haven't seen a white R here. Are those decals under the clearcoat, or could you peel them?
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:42 AM   #643
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She upgraded from a Ninja 250, seating height up under 1/2 inch over the 250 so she's tip toeing a little more but she's comfortable with it (She's 5' 4"). The weight feels about the same as the 250 even though it is more. The added torque/power over the 250 makes riding more enjoyable. She was going for a Ninja 300 but last minute change to this, so far I think a wise decision.
Looks great, congrats on the new bike.
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:50 AM   #644
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Beautiful bike. Your wife needs boots; for safety and added height.

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Old 10-26-2013, 08:41 AM   #645
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OEM luggage is starting to appear in the wild. Taken from CBR500riders.com forum

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