Honda CB500X

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

  1. tft

    tft Been here awhile

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    Hair dryer.
    Careful with the goo gone on the matte paint.
    It creates a haze, best not to use it if possible.
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  2. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Agree on the Goo Gone caution and the WD40 advice. I sell both and have had personal experiences with both, Some bad on GG, but never w WD40. tp dd50
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  3. garzan

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    Having put a Soupy's Performance turnbuckle lowering link on my wife's bike, I am quite satisfied with the product and adjustability. http://soupysperformance.com/honda/cb500x.html What I like about using a turnbuckle is that while it's installed on the bike, you can lower, and test sit, until you have it just low enough to suit, and no lower. They also market an adjustable side stand so you don't have to cut and weld the stock one. :-) For the front forks, we just slid them up an appropriate amount in the fork clamp to level the bike again.

    For me, I just got done making my bike taller with a Seat Concepts seat.
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  4. migilito

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    Last year while researching what bike to get for my Prudhoe Bay adventure, I convinced myself I needed something that can do 3 feet of mud carrying 500 pounds and a 500 mile fuel capacity, yet, ride thousands of miles of slab...in comfort. While waiting on that bike to be invented, practicality intervened. Below is what I came up with. Ofcourse, P Bay is no longer in my sights because the Canadian Government made the fateful decision to open a 'ridable' road to a place called Tuk, which is located about 4500 miles north of Southern California and on the Arctic ocean. Short list of mods; SW Motech Bash Plate, Engine guards, center stand and hardracks. Mosko Moto 35L soft panniers and tank bag, Madstad windshield, Advmonster lights, Rally Raid L1 Suspension, DID VX2 chain, Rox Riser 2", Seat Concepts 2" Adv seat, SW Mo foot pegs, off brand Hwy pegs, TKC80 front tire-Mitas E07 rear, and a pile of less obvious mods from throttle lock to rear brake reservoir cover to adding a fused electrical box. IMG_20180213_100635.jpg
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  5. Manray

    Manray Killing Time

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    Very nice setup for your trip to Tuk. Can you post up some "side and rear views" of your bike and the BC35's? Want to see how much clearance there is between the bottom of the bags and the 2017 exhaust. Thanks!
  6. migilito

    migilito Perpetual NooB

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    Here's one. I hope it helps. Despite the crappy photo, there's a lot of room from the exhaust. That was a big concern of mine as well until I set them up. I still have about 2-3 inches I can slide the pannier mounts up if I needed to.

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  7. Manray

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    Good to know there is still room to slide up. Do you think the new Scout 25's would work with your exhaust?
  8. ben2go

    ben2go I am Ben! Hear me snore!

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    No need to buy a lowing kit. Do the flip and switch method. I did it and didn't lower the front. It gives about an inch drop and slows the steering a bit. Unfortunately, I was hitting the belly pan turn into some parking lots around here, so I raised the rear back up. I have a thread on the flip and switch method on cb500x. I'm EscCtrl over there.

    Free 1 inch drop https://www.cb500x.com/index.php/topic,3199.0.html
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  9. AKTobias

    AKTobias Frugal Badass

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    I like those highway pegs! Does that seem to be in the right location for you to stretch out?
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    Can anyone help with question about the new caps for the Level 1 Rally Raid upgrade forks. I have the new caps but don't have the circular star washer to replace the j clip that comes with the caps. I have a 2015 500x and it didn't come with adjustable top fork caps. I don't know the size of the circular clip they want you to change? And I am curious of why they want you to replace the J clip with the circular one?
    Any one know the deal ?
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  11. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Unicorn breeder

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    Hi Hapbob - I'm sure you've had a good rummage in packaging, but do double check you don't have a small zip-lock bag with the two C clips in mixed in with the bubble wrap etc.

    Of course it is possible someone forgot to include them in the packing, and if so, I apologise on behalf of Rally Raid, and suggest you drop them an email and they can either tell you the size you need, or pop some in the post to you asap.

    To answer your question and clarify for anyone else with a similar enquiry: because the Rally Raid fork kit has a longer spring (which eliminates the thin-wall 5" plastic spacer inside the top of the fork with the OEM set-up), the [large] R-clip that Honda use on their 2016-onwards OEM adjustable fork-caps does not allow the new spring to sit squarely on the spring seat of the adjuster. Replacing the OEM R clip with the C clip means the pin and clip easily fit inside the spring, and it seats correctly on the adjuster.

    For info. The Rally Raid fork caps* that were included with the fork kit/s prior to 2017 didn't use an R clip to secure the spring seat, but an allen socket bolt instead - which easily fits inside the centre of the longer springs as you might imagine.

    *note. The Rally Raid billet locking and air-bleed caps are still available as an option extra/accessory, but are no longer included as standard in the fork kit/s, since Honda have supplied their own adjustable caps since 2016 - and we felt that owners would prefer a cost saving on the fork kit rather than essentially replace one adjustable fork cap with another.

    Hope that clarifies things!

    Jenny x
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  12. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    Thanks Jenny x
    I had purchased the caps before I bought the kit from Rally Raid.
    So they don’t “ owe” me any C clips.
    I understand now why the change and I will email to see if they will tell me the size I need to find here locally.
    Thanks you always have good info to share here and you are appreciated !

    Hap
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    gehart Been here awhile

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    Hi migilito nice looking set up could you share where you picked up those hwy pegs. Thanks
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    Twisted Throttle I think. Let me dig in my receipts and I'll let you know. As far as the distance to (positioning of) the highway pegs. I may change the location later, but, I found on other bikes I've ridden with HW pegs, I tend to both place my feet on the peg AND lay the back of my boot on them. For my length of leg, at this point, it works. They are sooo easy to reposition I'll test out on long rides and adjust.
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    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    In my KLR days, a friend had hiway pegs on his bike, and I didn't. Those daylong rides sure looked more comfortable on his bike than mine. The ability to reposition your body while riding is so important. He said the pegs helped a lot, for him.

    80* and no rain today. Got to commute to and from work on the 500X. Still deciding, but believe the best way to ride this bike at 60-70MPH, is with NO windscreen. Rode today w stock screen in upper position. Already removed the Laminar Lip, as it forced wind blast right into my helmet.
    Standing on the pegs at 70, it is stone silent, and that is what I'm searching for on my little Honda. Screen will be off on my next commute, for sure. tp
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  16. jsonder

    jsonder Tired Old Fart

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    I hear you all the way. My trip from south of Tucson to central Montana and back was very fine without a windscreen.

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  17. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Saw your pic, and went to the garage and removed the screen... Guess the braces can remain w/o any real disruption of the movement of the air. tp
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    jsonder Tired Old Fart

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    I'm old (76) and figured that I would have the 500X until I could no longer ride it safely, so I had no problem hacksawing the braces (welded to the headlight cage) and removing them. If you decide to do that, be sure to tape the front forks to prevent "sawdust" from gaining entry to the forks. I've ridden it without the windscreen for over 16K miles and have no regrets.

    My real dirt riding was done on the little CRF. I had enough unscheduled offs that I am leery of anything that I might wind up on top of that could puncture me. Hence the removal of the braces after trying it without the windscreen.
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    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    Almost 68 here, so if I use you as my future example, I still have many years of riding ahead. Thanks for the tips and hints. tomp dd50
  20. Rob-Houston

    Rob-Houston Adventurer

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    Good to hear about all YOU old folk still riding. I atleast have a few more years at 67! :-) and :1drink:rofl
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