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Old 11-27-2013, 12:15 PM   #1411
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Anyone used the SW Motech Blaze Sport saddlebag system on any bike?

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/bags-...onda-cb500x-13
I would like to get some opinions on the system.... Waiting to hear if anyone has tried the Blaze Saddlebags....



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Old 11-27-2013, 07:16 PM   #1412
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Sorry I deleted my post. I realized my post would probably upset some people here so I deleted it.

To rephrase what I posted in a milder tone... Marketing has conditioned us to believe we "need" all kind of specialty products for purposes we may not actually need. In many developing countries, people ride lot cheaper lesser bikes in tougher conditions. Yet, we criticize an otherwise well engineered motorcycle. If people in Pakistan can ride their little CB350 loaded with cargo over treacherous mountains, we can do a lot more with this CB500X.

If we learn to appreciate motorcycles as they are, maybe we may get the bikes the rest of the world are getting. In this respect, we are our worst enemies.

I'm glad the CB500X is here.
My issue is that companies have been going berserk with bigass bikes or bikes so cutting edge they're painful. Like, why not just a regular motorcycle? The CB500s are actually something like regular motorcycles. The new FZs are something like regular motorycles. My big desire is to have basic, low seat 350cc-450cc scrambler or dirt bike. A KTM 390 Scrambler would be perfect. Or even a CB500 Scrambler or DP bike. But everything is so extreme these days. So it's nice the CB500s aren't so extreme. And the NC700x. The V7s. But mostly, I'm drawn to a lot of old bikes, like the CX500 or VT Ascot or VF750S Sabre or old VFR500/750. GPZ550. Good middleweights. Back when you didn't have to be above average height to feel comfortable on a motorcycle. There's a good dozen great old bikes that I think deserve a good resurrection that have few if any modern counterparts. It's not that I'm so spoiled, it's just like....they used to make motorcycles I truly liked, but don't do much of it anymore. Nobody, but nobody, makes just a "trail bike" anymore. But the resurgence of good affordable middleweights is pretty exciting. I guess the recession had some benefit after all.

EDIT: This guy so totally gets motorcycling has lost - http://www.borile.it/gb_multiuso.html

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Old 11-28-2013, 12:47 AM   #1413
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Great idea . . . Cruz has a set ordered via AU . . . He can give them a good review.

It looks like it relies on a plastic quick-release buckle to keep it connected to the bike . . . When velcro'd over the seat.

I would prefer a stronger connector. Either a metal-type quick-release . . . Or, a standard loop-type nylon connector (see below):



Also, I would install it under the seat like my KTM SM soft bags . . . They had a wide velcro strap (like the Blaze) . . . And a quick connect nylon strap (more secure). The Blaze includes waterproof inner bags . . . Not necessary to remove the nylon bags if they are locked under the seat etc.

I have quite a few different buckles/connectors etc I may be able to try if the standard ones are not secure enough. The ones on my Kriega bags don't cause any problems though some cheaper ones on tank bags have let go.

So far, in all the reviews by sports bike and HUBB owners I have read, no one has mentioned the front plastic connectors, let alone say they are a problem.

Pick the bike up tomorrow and the parts in about a week.

I would look at installing the Velcro strap under the seat and if possible under the hand rails as well, much like mcmann shows in his photos.

Will fit the SW skid plate at the same time.

A nice photo of the bags fitted to a CBR500R.
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:38 AM   #1414
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Hey mcmann.

I understand your concern but I can tell you from personal experience that these buckles will never be a concern. We sell tons of them to BMW S1000rr owners. I have seen several testimonials from these guys talking about the fact that at 120mph and faster the bags did not even move let alone let go.

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Old 11-29-2013, 10:27 AM   #1415
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I'm sure you are correct . . . Perfect for their design to remove easily etc.

Since I would mount them under the seat . . . I would add zip ties to the front plastic quick-connectors to make them more difficult to remove when parked at a store or restaurant etc.


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I got my SW-Motech Crash bars today . . . It took longer to remove the ample bubble-wrap and plastic packaging than it took to install. A very well made First Class guard. I gave them a good test through the entire RPM range in each gear. Zero harmonic buzz. Very happy with these bars:

http://shop.sw-motech.com/cosmoshop/...80_10000_b.pdf



The sun provided some glare:





Suggestion: the item #'s should be the same for the exact same size part. I did not find this confusing. However, in my opinion, the exact same items should have the same item reference number.

It did reference how many of each size are included . . . Which would be correct it the item#'s were the same.



The Crash bars should be wide enough to protect the lower engine cases & upper fairing/gas tank:

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Old 11-29-2013, 12:33 PM   #1416
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ISuggestion: the item #'s should be the same for the exact same size part. I did not find this confusing. However, in my opinion, the exact same items should have the same item reference number.
This is the way SW-Motech tends to do it - the idea is that if a same part is used in multiple steps of the assembly process, it gets a different reference number in the illustrations so that each step/illustration has a unique set of reference numbers. Maybe makes inventory a little longer, but perhaps a little less confusion during installation. (Despite this, I see folks screwing up regularly with installing accessories like this by not paying attention to making sure the right spacer/bolt/washer goes in the right place.)

Overall, I think SW-Motech does about as good a job as any in installation instructions. They make good stuff and it usually fits properly.

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Old 11-29-2013, 01:45 PM   #1417
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Wanted the center stand and rear hugger to compliment the Evotech rad guard. Entered the Honda part #'s at Bike Bandit under accessories.
With AMA disc. $191 and change for both. Free ship!

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Old 11-29-2013, 02:26 PM   #1418
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Wanted the center stand and rear hugger to compliment the Evotech rad guard. Entered the Honda part #'s at Bike Bandit under accessories.
With AMA disc. $191 and change for both. Free ship!

Santa is finally being good to me, (so said my SO).
Translation: "That's it for you this year!"
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:03 PM   #1419
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Translation: "That's it for you this year!"
She said something similar after our anniversary.

Oooh, wrong forum for that discussion!

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Old 12-02-2013, 09:39 AM   #1420
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I checked my valves this weekend at the 600 mile mark. In inches:

EX 0.007 0.009 0.007 0.007 Spec 0.011 +/- 0.001
IN 0.004 0.005 0.003 0.004 Spec 0.006 +/- 0.001

The shimming is rather easy. Getting to the head is a PITA.

I didn't expect the values to this off at 600 miles. I don't know about Honda and their valves these days.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:11 PM   #1421
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It is time to change (21.000km) my chain and sprockets but I cannot find them in after market shops. Does someone knows a place where they are sold?
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:29 PM   #1422
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It is time to change (21.000km) my chain and sprockets but I cannot find them in after market shops. Does someone knows a place where they are sold?
In the US BikeBandit lists a few chain and sprocket kits. Perhaps you could order from them? If not maybe use the part numbers to find what you need online?
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:31 PM   #1423
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It is time to change (21.000km) my chain and sprockets but I cannot find them in after market shops. Does someone knows a place where they are sold?
Have you inspected the sprockets? While there is certainly nothing wrong with replacing them together, typically a set of sprockets will easily go through 2-4 chains if you replace the chain before it is badly worn. Especially the rear sprocket. I have a friend with a 100K+ mile VFR that has had five chain replacements, a single front sprocket replacement, and still has the original rear sprocket which looks only slightly worn.

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Old 12-03-2013, 01:28 AM   #1424
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The chain has some tight spots and rear sprocket teeth are also getting thin. But I agree, normally you need multiple front sprockets for 1 chain+rear sprocket.

I probably found a source in Holland.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:38 AM   #1425
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Anyone fitted the front fender extender?

Which brand did you buy?

How were they fitted?

Do they reduce clearance between the tyre and guard?

Anyone fitted the TKC-80 tyres yet, or just to the front?

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