Honda CB500X

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

  1. Maverick52

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    Well the v35's sound awesome, and I think I have the same opinion of them as you. When I get a better luggage system I'm going to sell or repurpose the cortech bags I have, so I'm not worried about the rack working with them.

    How easy can you remove the v35's? The main thing I like about the easylock bags is they come off the bike super fast. I think that would work well if used as "suitcases" on trips. It would also be nice to keep em off for fun rides and throw em on quick for a run to the store or whatever. If the v35's can do that I'm sold.
  2. Mobiker

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    I don't have the V35's but I think they're the same as other Givi's in terms of removal/installation. I have E36's, which use the flat frame. To remove: turn key, press button, lift off. Simple.
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  3. procrasti

    procrasti it's such a beautiful thing...

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    I have the V35. Can confirm: key, button, lift. Super easy..
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  4. markinthailand

    markinthailand Been here awhile

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    Yes, the CB500X Rally Raid L3 is hard to beat for Thailand. I'm thinking about an AT because we do a lot of 2-up riding and while the 500X can do it, it would be nice to have more room as well as more power. Lucky for us, Pop Bikes here in Chiang Mai rents ATs so I can grab one for a few days and see what I think.
  5. Maverick52

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    Perfect, thank you.
  6. gehart

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    I bought a left over 2014 500x to ride while I waited for Yamaha to bring the tracer to the US. they haven't yet. Is the new tracer available is the US. I like my 500x with RR1 suspension just fine it a versatile bike, but I'd get the Tracer if it came to the US
  7. Jimmy the Heater

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    Tracer 700 isn't available in the US, but the Tracer 900 is and has been for a few years now as the FJ 09. Used ones are even starting to pop up on Craigslist for really good prices.
  8. gehart

    gehart Been here awhile

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    Thanks I'm aware of the FJ, but I'm 68 and its too much for me. I have sold off all my heavier and more powerful bikes in the last several years. Still have a 82 Yamaha 650ve Seca that runs great but at 500 lbs. is heavier than I like. I've had to come to terms with my physical limits as I age, I think it has kept me alive and riding which I'm happy about.
  9. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    I do understand that, also being 68. Have an FLD and FJR1300, both which I enjoy, but most of my riding is on either the 500X or Ninja 650, at almost 200 lbs less weight than the Harley and Yammi. I will continue to use the big bikes for distance riding, but the smaller bikes are the ones for commuting and just running around the area. tp dd50
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  10. Oyabun

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    I'm Gauging interest for radial brake conversion

    I recently got the bug to mount radial brakes on the 500. Well, I've got the disease long time ago, but by now I've more or less sorted all other things I wanted onothe bike. So today I started asking around for mounting kits. Found none so far, so sent out a few emails.

    Background:
    Last year K-speed of Thailand made a CBR500R demo bike which had radial Brembos installed, but they are not selling the kit.

    I've sent out enquires to them and two other manufacturers who are known to manufacture such bling. So far I've got one answer from Italy, saying they make no such item currently, but can make a small production run shall I make the design and organize a group buy.

    Instead of going for a stellar priced monoblock Brembo, I was thinking about mounting a used Yamaha R6, R1 monobloc (they are considered the best bang for the money) or Triump Speed Triple R radials. These have 108mm mount pattern and should provide superior braking performance to the stock caliper.

    Before anyone starts to comment that the stock calipers are enough because they can block the wheels - this mod is not for them.

    Radial brakes (especially monoblock calipers) give superior control and feel of the brakes. Plus they look super bling.

    The plan:
    Design a caliper mount what allows to install 108 mm bolt spacing radial calipers on the standard forks. ABS sensor placement might be incorporated in the mount or to a replacement wheel spacer. Ideally the new rig should clear the RR spoke wheels too, but it is guaranteed as four pot calipers are wider than the oem floating caliper and might not clear the spokes.

    This thread is active on the CBR500 and CB500x forums also. If we can collect enough interest to get it done, I'll come back with a price estimate and ask for commitment from those who show interest.

    (Yes, I've upgraded my suspension before I started to work on this mod, thank you :-))

    If you 're interested send me PM. Some manufacturers might need a minimum production run to make a design and CNC setup.

    Attached:
    K-speed demo bike
    custom-honda-cbr500r-sport-bike-motorcycle-cbr-exhaust-seat-cowl-carbon-fiber-cbr500-500r-2.jpg
    Radial brake caliper on K-speed bike
    custom-honda-cbr500r-sport-bike-motorcycle-cbr-12.jpg
    Example of radial caliper mounted on a traditional fork
    Adattatori pinze radiali SRT_1.jpg

    P.s. seems that attachments don't work from the mobile, i'll revisit and attach them from the computer later.
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  11. Wilde

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    High beam isn't working on my 2016. Indicator light comes on, but that's it. Could anyone suggest a method for diagnosing the problem?
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    Burnt out bulb, at least the high beam portion is done
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  13. KI6HNB

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    2016 is LED though.
  14. Wilde

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    Yeah. From what I've read, I may just have to replace the whole assembly.
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    LEDs can go bad too.
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  16. SnowOwl

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    Is it still under warranty by any chance? This is an item that should last the life of the bike, so if it failed they should replace it.
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  17. Wilde

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    Unfortunately, no. I just bought it used a few days ago. I was aware of the problem, but thought it could be something I would be able to fix.

    I think my solution would be to wire the high beam switch to some auxiliary lights I'm going to install. They'll be much brighter than the stock high beam anyway.
  18. OHjim

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    Can you make a jumper wire to provide +12V directly to the high beam to make sure it's not burnt out? (Assuming that is what is switched - otherwise use the jumper on the ground side.)
  19. SnowOwl

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    No, not with LED lights. LED's operate at about 2V and have to be current regulated to work properly. That's why they have to have a driver circuit.

    There have been a couple cases documented on the www.cb500x.com forum in which people have tried to directly power auxiliary LED lights from the high beam signal wire in the front options plug and have toasted the LED headlight module high beam driver circuit. That wire is a low power signal wire provided from the LED headlight module and is not intended to directly drive lights, it is supposed to be used only to switch a relay.
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  20. Oyabun

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    @Wilde, as SnowOwl mentioned above, make sure that you use a relay to power your aux lights (which you plan to install in replacement of the high beams) through a relay so you don't fry the rest of the headlight driver electronics.