Honda CB500X

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by JimmieA, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Switchblade315

    Switchblade315 Long timer

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    mine has a handle bar vibration at 61 and 62 mph, no where else. well I say that, if I hold it at what ever RPM that is in other gears it will vibe. But that's a very small rpm range.
  2. cosmosof

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    It is more like annoying strong buzz noise than strong vibration in each gear around 5k
  3. Switchblade315

    Switchblade315 Long timer

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    5k is around where mine vibs at. You probly just have something loose somewhere. Ied go over it real good looking for anything the might vibe and make the sound.
  4. Kray

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    Uggggh. I want nothing to do with the maintenance and cost associated with owning orange things. :puke1 I'd rather just ride a little slower.

    You've peaked my interested on the 650. I think I'll go ride one! How does it compare to the DRZ400 for daily duty on road? Can I hold 70mph comfortably without insane buzz? Can I pass trucks at 80-90mph without crazy head shake and death wobble? How's the mpg? How's the comfort on 100-300 mile trips?
  5. mrbreeze

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    sounds like a great trip. I hope to do something like that someday. I am 55 and afraid I am running out of time.
  6. Cigar Mike

    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    Go to thumpers and start reading. Each 650 has a loyal following and tons of information on making the bikes better off road. Bad news is that orange is probably better in this area as well. I thought Husky was going to be the one but they quit the 610/630 bikes. Nothing there now except the KTM 690 which is still more good than bad. The L can be made to work reasonable well with some work off road. But they don't call it the Big Red Pig for no reason.
  7. Cigar Mike

    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    Installed one handle bar risers on the 500 and Cathy tells me that it is much more comfortable riding all day. Takes stress off the shoulders. With her history of riding mainly dirt bikes and DS bikes it is no surprise the more upright position is more comfortable. I found the same thing for me when I put the 2" risers on my bike.

    Has anyone else found this to be true for them?

    Cheers,

    Mike
  8. Cruz

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    Yeah. Mike, same here. Also makes it ok for standing up for decent amounts of time now. Could probably do with an extra half inch rise.
  9. Heavy

    Heavy Been here awhile

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    No problems with brake hose or cable lengths when you put the risers on?

  10. Cigar Mike

    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    I would like to put the off road foot pegs on both bikes as well. These are fine but after so many years with the other type, I miss them when standing. I am amazed how much they want for the darn things.
  11. Cruz

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    Do it, probably the best change I have done so far was fitting a set of Pivot Pegz.


    Fitted a set of Pirelli MT60 Corsa tyres today, will see how they work out.

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  12. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    ^ the tires look great, I'm interested in your impressions when you get more time on them on different surfaces.
  13. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    They have a high cost, for sure.
    I picket up some different pegs for my 990. Also a pricey affair but I would do if again.

    I'll be looking a different pegs for the CB5X, too. I'm interested in any opinions of the different styles.
  14. Fin

    Fin Kahoon's my daddy!

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    I have those on my GS and love them. What fitment did you choose for the X, I just looked over their we page and didn't see anything for the CB500X?

    Cheers

    Fin
  15. Cruz

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    I trial fitted a mates mark 2 pivot pegs for the previous model dl650 Suzuki wee Strom and they bolted straight on.

    I ordered a set but received the Mark 3 Pivot Pegz which are slightly different and needed some work on the bike mounts to allow proper figment. It wasn't much work, but if you can buy the Mark 2 model then they should just bolt straight on. They also fit an XT 600 Yamaha as well.

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  16. Fin

    Fin Kahoon's my daddy!

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    Thanks Cruz. A set of these and bar risers will totally change the game for my wife when she gets hers.

    Cheers

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  17. greenreese

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    I went the opposite way on mine. Low bar. I felt the stock bars were too high, skinny, and had too much up and backsweep. It made the bike feel too upright and very unstable going around turns. Every time I went around the rotary to get on the highway I had trouble keeping a consistent lean. The stock bars are 29in wide and I replaced them with 31.5in Pro Taper SE bars and mx grips. The new bars are about 3 inches lower with less up/back sweep. This brought me more forward with more weight over the front end and opened up the hand position and shoulders. With the stock bars I liked my hands on the barends. It also helped me get a better view around my arms in the mirrors and helped them clear the windscreen. I'm 6'3" and have a daily 55+ mile roundtrip mostly highway commute into the city. Lots of stop and go traffic too. It also moved my head a little lower and out of the gulfstream and made a more stable tuck position. The bike now feels more like a dirtbike and I can lean wayyy harder into turns. They improved the ride quality a ton, it feels like an entirely different motorcycle.

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    The exact same bulb went out on mine within the first 3 weeks. The blinker still worked, but the running light was out just like yours.
  18. drassif

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    I was just wondering what people were paying for a 2013 or 2014 cb500x otd before sales tax.
    Thanks
  19. rockydrxrvr

    rockydrxrvr Multi Meter Meathead

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    $6400
    In Oregon, very popular bike, can't keep them on the showroom floor.
  20. Cruz

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    I think Honda should have fitted these tyres as OEM on the CB500X. A fair improvement in ride and traction all round over the Scorpions. :clap

    Will see how long they last! :huh