Rally-Raid Products Honda CB500X

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by ktmmitch, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. gus1911

    gus1911 Team F5

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    I'm sure this has been asked before but I cannot find it so; I recently purchased a new to me RR CB500X. The Tractive Suspension shock has "120-185 TT 44/16" printed on it. Does that equate to the "Harder Spring 120Nm" spring? Thanks in advance!
  2. sscardefield

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    Well I took your advice and looked through your recent posts, and I'm glad I did. Your exhaust is pretty much exactly what I am looking for (lower and further back). What exhaust is that and is that the hanging bracket and mid pipe that came with it, or did you have to make/modify those yourself?
  3. JMo (& piglet)

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    Hi Gus - yes, that's right - the first three numbers relate to the spring rate.

    (for info. as I recall, the next three numbers are the free length in mm, TT is 'TracTive' and 44/16 is the week and year of manufacture/wind).

    Jx
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  4. AFKDX/KLR

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    Do you guys have any more of the high fender brackets? If not do you plan to make them in the future? If not can you post the drawing and measurements so we can make our own.
  5. JMo (& piglet)

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    Hi AFKDX/KLR - no, those were only ever prototype parts (which I originally developed, not John and the team at the factory), and the [production] issue has always been that while the US gets a non-ABS model, most of the rest of the world get an ABS bike, which you can't fit a high fender to because of how the [hard] brake line is routed. There is also some specialise hardware required which would mean any production version would have to cost more than some people are likely to want to pay.

    Now the 2019 model has been introduced, the design of the lower triple clamp has also changed so the original bracket I developed doesn't fit on that in the same way either, and the ABS issue would still remain too.

    So my suggestion would be to get a fender (the Polisport SM-line supermoto fender is the most complimentary shape/design I've found) offer it up, and you'll see what needs to be done to fit the two together - a number of other people have done this themselves already, as the position of the fender is pretty obvious if you want it to clear the radiator.

    All that said, there is a reason most 'adventure' bikes have lower fenders - and that is they offer better protection to the front of the engine, better cooling for the full-width radiator [typically fitted to these kinds of bikes] and are less prone to aerodynamic issues at higher speeds. For the very few occasions where you might be riding in really muddy conditions where there is a chance of a low fender gumming up, it is easy enough to remove with a 5mm Allen key on the CB500X.

    Hope that gives you something to consider?

    Jenny x
  6. 32dgrz

    32dgrz Been here awhile

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    My bike was purchased with the kit installed.From what I'm told my kit is a very early one. The exhaust on my bike is kind of a custom set up I'm guessing because it was so early on in the development. I need to correct some of what they did because they utilized a muffler clamp to a piece flex pipe to connect to the existing factory pipe that they cut off. I've seen used header pipes on ebay for 40 bucks shipped and I will probably purchase one of those and get rid of the flex pipe. If it was me I'd buy what Rally Raid offers.
  7. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Unicorn breeder

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    Just to clarify, that exhaust is nothing to do with Scorpion or Rally-Raid, rather something the previous owner must have put together.

    Jx
  8. 32dgrz

    32dgrz Been here awhile

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    Yes that was a end user choice and install.
  9. bobwombat

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    RALLY RAID PARTS?

    Curious to know if USA customers usually buy directly from Rally Raid or perhaps use Giant Loop's connection w/RR to order? Shipping to USA from the UK is rather steep & the GL prices reflect those shipping charges so I'm not sure the advantage of using Giant Loop.

    Would love a 2019 RR bash plate when they're available again but, with shipping, it's almost $350 USD or so; yikes.

    Being in the USA, I now have empathy for others around the world ordering parts based in the USA & having to pay crazy shipping.

    Thoughts from the Forum? Many thx in advance. Bob in AZ/USA
  10. 32dgrz

    32dgrz Been here awhile

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    I’ve made a number of purchases from Rally Raid direct. Their customer service is remarkable and I didn’t think the freight was horrible. I found it quite amusing that on the same day I ordered my RR parts I placed an order from one of the large mail order companies. The RR parts beat the USA based company by a day. In my mind there’s no reason to buy their products from anyone else
  11. JMo (& piglet)

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    Hi Bobowombat - Giant Loop have not been a distributor/stockist of RR parts for quite a while now. They can still order you parts as part of a bike build for example, but since they no longer order in bulk there really are no shipping savings to be made, and those costs would have to be passed on to you anyway.

    As 32dgrz has reported, Rally-Raid ship quickly and efficiently worldwide from their UK factory - and yes, while bulky, heavy boxed items like engine guards and wheels have an appreciable cost to ship internationally [as it is based on volumetric weight], if you're ordering a number of other smaller components, RR will always try to reduce your overall shipping cost by combining smaller items in the same packaging as the larger components.

    Hope that clarifies things...

    Jenny x
  12. sscardefield

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    Hi Johny, what windscreen are you running? It looks to be slightly tinted and larger than the OEM windscreen?

  13. Michona

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    Thank you for that refreshing and thoughtful comment.

    This forum is educational in many ways and, at least to my mind, brings people (and bike parts) of all creeds together. Finding the best products seems easy if you have basic search/internet skills, while buying them appears to be the new challenge. Being an EU (Denmark in this case) consumer, I am continuously put down by the fact that a certain product is almost exclusively available from a distant distributor (often the US, obviously). I'll refrain myself from whining about such major sites such as Amazon and Revzilla, but instead, mention that a product such as Darn Tough socks (a blatant recommendation BTW) is, if you want something specific, only available to customers who know the ropes of indirect shipping and are willing to pay up to twice the US retail price :)

    Coming back to the this being a vendor thread on this forum. I would not hesitate to order parts directly from Rally Raid, if you believe this is the part you need (bash plate or otherwise) you would be dealing directly with the people that produce them. Reading this forum, you do not have to have an MBA to understand that neither Rally Raid nor Giant Loop make their profits on distribution or shipping, in fact we have the same problem/solution - RR=EU (Don't mention Brexit) Giant Loop=US (Don't mention Trump).
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  14. Johnytuono

    Johnytuono Been here awhile

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    Hi
    It's a Honda OEM tinted screen and is in the 2019 parts catalogue. It's an optical illusion and actually the same size as standard.
  15. ktmmitch

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    New design of double-ended hexagon bit, 17 & 19mm A/F, to suit both the older pre-2019 and new 2019 front wheel spindles, plus 24mm spanner for rear wheel nut, and we have also re-designed our other 12mm & 19mm spanner, to undo the front axle pinch bolts and hold the rear axle head.
    These are heavy-duty trail tools, and are a neccesity when travelling, no tools are provided in the OEM toolkit for wheel removal.
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/honda-cb500x-wheel-spanner
  16. Cro59

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    Are these beefed up from the original? I carry your first go, but they did have a tendency to bend.
  17. ktmmitch

    ktmmitch Long timer

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    Yes, they are 25% thicker, now 5mm steel plate, but it is always best to undo the axle bolts in the workshop with a larger wrench, or socket, then tighten them with our spanners, as you don't want to wait until you're on the trail to realise the axle bolts are too tight !!
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  18. tdela11

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking at getting a Honda cb500x with RR kit for a trip around the USA early next year. I plan on doing the doable parts of the TAT. As I'll be coming from Australia I will be buying the bike in the USA and looking to either buy one with a kit already installed or get one fitted over there.

    If the later, I was looking firstly at who ships in Rally Raid kits and secondly, either a space to work and fit it or ideally get a shop to fit it. I contacted giant loop who used to have RR in stock but they said they don't get it in anymore.

    Therefore I'm looking for any advice on the best way to get RR products for the cb500x in the USA and a place to potentially help me fit it. I'll be buying the bike in Arizona so a place in that state or in a neighbouring one is preferred.

    Cheer,
    Tam
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  19. danceswithcages

    danceswithcages Been here awhile Supporter

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    Well, you can buy the kit directly from Rally Raid and it can be shipped directly to you in Arizona.
  20. Oyabun

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    I remember that I've seen one or more already upgraded bikes for sale on cb500x.com recently. Probably you could contact those sellers too.