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Old 08-27-2013, 12:42 PM   #886
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CB500X Hepco & Becker Tank & Engine Guards VIBRATIONS

Hepco & Becker Tank & Engine Guards installed a few days ago.

Yesterday for the first real ride to the workshop for 1st service.

Heaps of VIBRATION ... no good at all ... and I'm not particulary sensitive, having ridden all sorts of thumpers.

Done a bit of research, nothing comes up for CBs (yet?), but heaps of info about vibrating guards on V-Stroms. Looks like "balancing the engine" and carefully re-tensioning the guards would be a good step 1.

After that look at other options like non-metal washers/eliminating all other metal to metal contact and ways of dampening the vibes (attaching weights, filling them with stuff, ... sigh ...)

Workshop has already double-checked the installation, all OK they say.

The magnitude of the vibes makes me wonder whether the guards may not be designed well enuf. In the case of Givis with V-Stroms, Givi ended up re-designing them.

Anyone else with experience or hints out there?

:-) dq.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:25 PM   #887
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I talked to my contact today concerning new graphics; I'm peeling mine off tonight to use as a template... After we get the design drawn, the color options are endless; any suggestions for the first prototype?

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Old 08-27-2013, 01:57 PM   #888
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Hepco & Becker Tank & Engine Guards installed a few days ago.

Yesterday for the first real ride to the workshop for 1st service.

Heaps of VIBRATION ... no good at all ... and I'm not particulary sensitive, having ridden all sorts of thumpers.

Done a bit of research, nothing comes up for CBs (yet?), but heaps of info about vibrating guards on V-Stroms. Looks like "balancing the engine" and carefully re-tensioning the guards would be a good step 1.

After that look at other options like non-metal washers/eliminating all other metal to metal contact and ways of dampening the vibes (attaching weights, filling them with stuff, ... sigh ...)

Workshop has already double-checked the installation, all OK they say.

The magnitude of the vibes makes me wonder whether the guards may not be designed well enuf. In the case of Givis with V-Stroms, Givi ended up re-designing them.

Anyone else with experience or hints out there?

:-) dq.
It might be the case that these bars are connected to the motor AND the frame. If that is the case, the bars become a conduit between the motor vibrations and the frame. Look into that.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:13 PM   #889
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Who said he didn't like the exhaust sound?

Improve it with this video tutorial....


http://www.youtube.com/v/A1fTp4M9Kjk
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:35 PM   #890
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I talked to my contact today concerning new graphics; I'm peeling mine off tonight to use as a template... After we get the design drawn, the color options are endless; any suggestions for the first prototype?

If you're going to make it stand out like that, get some red hand guards and rim tape to pimp it up.

Otherwise, I'd go with a gun metal color just a bit lighter than the black.
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:06 PM   #891
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Same here

I sent an email to the YSS (suspension) people but who knows if they understood English and I do not know any Thai... never received a reply.
I'll be next in line. But I'm more interested in how they got the tail end up.
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:33 PM   #892
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I'll be next in line. But I'm more interested in how they got the tail end up.
My guess is that it's a reworked MX shock out of there CR/CRF line up.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:04 PM   #893
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If you're going to make it stand out like that, get some red hand guards and rim tape to pimp it up.

Otherwise, I'd go with a gun metal color just a bit lighter than the black.
x2. Gunmetal-ish.

If you're going to do color I would personally do something less flashy. Dark green or maroon instead of red, or even a burnt red/orange rather than a bright red. But pretty much I'll be getting dark grey done ha
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:46 PM   #894
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I'd rather have a 21" front, and still retain the ABS. The knobby choices are much more extensive in 21". I don't need more than around 6" of travel for a bike like this, but a 21" DOT knob could still do fine on the slab while going much better than the stock 17" in the sand.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:24 PM   #895
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Took her for 1st service yesterday, haven't picked her up yet.

Shop said that all 4 valves were out of spec.

... interesting ...
Better double check that, there are 8 valves in this motor

Sounds like a dealer scam if the said "all 4 valves were out of spec"
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:39 PM   #896
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My guess is that it's a reworked MX shock out of there CR/CRF line up.


It's a pretty trick YSS shock on the back.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:02 PM   #897
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It's a pretty trick YSS shock on the back.

So it is.
Still, i wonder if one of the shocks from their off road line would work.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:47 PM   #898
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Better double check that, there are 8 valves in this motor

Sounds like a dealer scam if the said "all 4 valves were out of spec"
good point, thx mate

they probably said "all valves out of spec", and me still being in thumper headspace made "all 4" out of it.

will ask tonite when I pick the bike up
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:23 PM   #899
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So it is.
Still, i wonder if one of the shocks from their off road line would work.
I'm pretty sure the forks are off a CRF...
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:38 AM   #900
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Peeled the stickers off to use as a template, I may just leave them off, looks pretty Darth Vaderish...
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