2019-2021 Honda CB500X

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by cabanza, Dec 2, 2018.

  1. fastnlight

    fastnlight Tire Tester

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    Solid when adjusted well but those were sitting against givi rack supports and not the stock hand holds, so they were sitting a bit flatter against the sides for that reason. .

    Greg
  2. PHOTON PHIL

    PHOTON PHIL THe REAL poser

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    What’s the best skid plate for the 500x?
  3. KennyV

    KennyV Been here awhile Supporter

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    I realized soon after buying my 2020x and spending time on dirt and gravel that the underside needed some protection. I first bought one of the cheap ($50 amazon) Chinese skid plates. It's made with good strong stainless but it attaches to the engine and is just a good rock shield that will not protect a good hit to the underside. I ended up buying the Rally Raid skid plate engine gaurd that offers good protection. Also, you can lift the the bike for maintenence with the RR skid plate engine gaurd.
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  4. Laconic

    Laconic No Knee, No Needle

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    Anybody using the Shad SH35 or SH36 side cases? Pics? Opinions?
  5. PHOTON PHIL

    PHOTON PHIL THe REAL poser

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    Thanks,
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    ncroadtoad No Use to Society Supporter

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    I can't say "best" because it's the only one I've tried on my CB5X. But I will say that it's the strongest skid plate I've ever installed on any of my previous bikes. As Kenny alluded to, the weak point on many of the other plates are the attaching points. They will probably do their job once, but then they will be bent. If you are willing to spend the money, and lose the center stand, it's hard to beat the RR plate.
  7. fastnlight

    fastnlight Tire Tester

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    I am liking my SW motech plate that has seen lots of action over 10k+ miles including some heavy hits that took hammering to smooth out. No damage to the bike so far so doing the job, with a bit smoother profile and more ground clearance than the RR plate. My bro in law couldn't find one anywhere in stock for his, and recently mounted the Trex plate. Says it looks the part and is built well with more overall coverage than the RR or motech plates.

    Greg
  8. chris4652009

    chris4652009 Been here awhile

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  9. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Even though engine mounted, the T-Rex skid plate looks like alot of protection and their crash bar system looks effective.

    https://www.t-rex-racing.com/category-s/1494.htm

    Are you really going rock bashing with this bike or just need gravel running rock kick protection and stupid move I dropped the bike protection?
  10. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Unicorn breeder

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    It doesn't matter... if it's mounted to the cast aluminium engine cases, all it take is one hit and you've cracked your sump.

    Bolting any 'protection' directly to the engine itself is a farkle of the worst kind - and certainly not the 'best' as the OP asked.

    Jx
  11. motorat

    motorat Is it raining

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    +1... I have the sw-mototech on my '16 and call it a gravel guard, not a skid plate.


    BTW is there any difference between the 2019-20 and the 21 besides the color?
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  12. fastnlight

    fastnlight Tire Tester

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    Standard ABS was added for USA.
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  13. PHOTON PHIL

    PHOTON PHIL THe REAL poser

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    Just gravel roads and in case it wants to take a dirt nap.
  14. HooliganD

    HooliganD Been here awhile

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    Hey folks, I'm hoping I can benefit from your expertise...I have a 2020 500x, looking for some pannier racks to alternate between my Nelson Rig Adv dry bags and a set of the medium Tusk aluminum panniers. I understand some of the racks will work from the previous gen cb500s, just not sure which. I'm having trouble finding stuff in stock up here for the 19+ bikes, so any ideas of which setups work from the pre-2019 bikes?

    I realize the Tusk panniers will require some creative mounting, that's not really a problem. Yet. I'd prefer the mounts as close to the bike as possible, purely for aesthetics.

    Thanks!
  15. Chip_Morgan

    Chip_Morgan lieguy@gmail.com

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    170's fit, I am running them on my CBX
  16. fastnlight

    fastnlight Tire Tester

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    I am curious,

    Why do you want a larger, heavier tire on a bike with less than 50hp? The stock rear tire on a Honda VFR1200x is 150/70/17 and it works very well in my experience. That is a bike with nearly triple the power and over 200lbs more weight.

    Other than having a bigger looking tire, is there another advantage I am missing?

    I go through tires like many folks go through gas, so it won't be long before I am in the market for rubber again.

    Greg
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  17. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Same for GS1200s, XE 1200 Scrambler etc also.
  18. KennyV

    KennyV Been here awhile Supporter

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    So I got a tip from a fellow member of the CB500X.Com forum about the Honda fork boots (sorry if this is old news here). I received my Honda fork boot kit, 08F70-K87-A31, and installed them this morning. These are not specifically for the 500x and I can't remember which of the Honda 500's they actually for. They have ridges inside of the bottom that fit in grooves on the model they are for. The ridges don't present any issues on the 500X. I think the ridges are going to be good in case water gets in, there's gaps for it to drain out.

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    ncroadtoad No Use to Society Supporter

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    Kenny, you must be a mind reader. I've been looking for a fork boot model number for the new (used) CB5X I'm looking at. Thanks
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  20. Limey 1

    Limey 1 Been here awhile

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    One of the first things I got for my CBX were a set of fork gaiters..with my trusty Triumph Bonneville sitting next to it in the garage I realized there was no difference in the fork measurements ...so I ordered a set of Triumph gaiters and they fit perfectly...so if you find the Honda equipment on back order or too expensive, the 09 Bonneville SE will work just fine...

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