Honda CRF500L Owners

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Scutty, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. MNimum

    MNimum Been here awhile

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    I'm fortunate to have both the 500x and 250L. (I prefer multiple lower priced bikes over a single more expensive one.)

    Unfortunately my unheated garage is 16° F at the moment so, while it would be great fun to do the dimensions up right by pulling things apart to measure and swap, the cold makes it impractical. The following are quick approximates. Please ask if you have a question on a particular part - tomorrow might be in the 20s. :-)

    Both bikes are stock.. I tried to get measurements accurate to nearest 5mm but no guarantees.

    '15 CB500x
    • Inner swing-arm 230 mm
    • Outer width of stock rim at point where bead seat = 130 mm
    • Outer width of stock tire (Pirelli Scorpion) = 155 mm
    '14 CRF250L
    • Inner swing-arm varies from 210mm at furthest points aft where axle/sprocket are but tapers and narrows to 190mm as you move forward
    • Outer width of stock rim at bead seat = 70 mm
    • Outer width of tire (non-stock Kenda K270) = 125 mm
    Both bikes are engineered for roughly 70 - 80 mm of extra clearance between width of tire and width of swing-arm with the difference divided between the sprocket on the left and the brake and brake mount on the right.

    Love this thread. I'm impressed with the ingenuity here!
  2. flipflopdog

    flipflopdog Youth & Talent, no match 4 Old Age & Treachary

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    Next move is a larger tank. You guys got a shot of your right side front with the larger tank in place but without the plastics so I can gauge if the electrics I mounted will foul the jowels of the tank...??? Cheers Flapdog
  3. Scutty

    Scutty Been here awhile

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    Do these help? My Acerbis tank fits (just!)

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  4. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Been here awhile

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    nice skid plate.

    very...... industrial lol
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  5. ben2go

    ben2go I am Ben! Hear me snore!

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    Skid? I thought it was one of those oil catchment type belly pans for racing. :shog
  6. flipflopdog

    flipflopdog Youth & Talent, no match 4 Old Age & Treachary

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    ......."Saucer of Milk for Team USA".....!!!! Come on guys, I need a pic with your 3.1 gal tank in place and no plastics...???
  7. Samtech79

    Samtech79 Two wheeled lunatic

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    No photos but some video from trying to get it to run.
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  8. Scutty

    Scutty Been here awhile

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    Are you dissing my titanium bash plate?
    Do you have a titanium bash plate?
    No?
    Aluminium is so 2010



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  9. ben2go

    ben2go I am Ben! Hear me snore!

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    I'm not being funny. It sounds like the engine needs a valve adjustment. My CB500X has a light tick to it. When that goes away, the valves are all past tight on the specs. That might be what caused those few pops through the exhaust, or possibly the pair valve. Have you removed the pair valve yet? It will cause popping through the exhaust on decel when riding.
  10. ben2go

    ben2go I am Ben! Hear me snore!

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  11. plumer1kt

    plumer1kt Adventurer

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    isn't the PAIR system for enriching the exhaust with oxygen converting CO to CO2 +water and reduce the HC?
    oxygen helps to burn any unburned fuel in the downpipe before it exit from the exhaust.
    no unburned fuel in the exhaust,no pops while decelaration.
    i have already a video without the PAIR working

    do you want one with the PAIR?there are no flames!!!
  12. Hi-De-Ho

    Hi-De-Ho Mad Scientist

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    @ben2go , may I make a suggestion that will help all you folks that use the same diameter of valve shims ?

    Over the years, decades and eons, several other groups of riders that have the same bikes, or use the same diameter of valve shims, would form a small alliance, and have one of the riders buy a complete box of all the different size (thickness) of valve shims for their bikes. We have all seen them...the plastic box with the dividers, with the different thickness valve shims in each individual divided space.

    That original buyer of the valve shims box would rent that same box out to another rider within the alliance, sending the complete box of shims to the 2nd rider, when the 2nd rider has sent a PayPal payment of a "deposit" to the original buyer...and so on, and so forth.

    You get the picture I am painting. I've read a lot of your posts, you are a pretty smart guy.

    The purpose for doing this is that all the others riders don't have to buy their own valve shim KIT....and pay full price for it...when a floating kit can be sent around to other riders. sharing the kit. Even the "used" shims could be placed inside the same kit, in separate dived squares, so if a rider ran out of brand new shims, they would have a used one that could be utilized.

    Just something to think about.
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  13. Samtech79

    Samtech79 Two wheeled lunatic

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    ... dude... that was some time ago when I first got it to fire up. Only half the harness was connected and it wasn't running with temp compensation.
    That and it's loud as fuck and my cell phone mic pops a bit.
    The 12000 miles since have been fine.
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  14. ben2go

    ben2go I am Ben! Hear me snore!

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    That's the way I understand it. Except the pair valve does cause popping. I have removed them on many other pikes, including some of mine to eliminate the decel popping. A few people have just plugged the connections and left it. On the CRF conversions, I believe it is an interference issue with the pair valve. It's something that I need to look into. My CB-X still has the pair valve. It pops on decel above 6000rpm but it's extremely muffled by the OE muffler.


    We tired that a couple times on the GS forum. It worked for a while, before the kit was lost.
  15. ben2go

    ben2go I am Ben! Hear me snore!

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    Does anybody have a wiring diagram for a 2014 cb500f?
  17. MNimum

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    The Helm Manual for the CBR500R/RA, CB500F/FA and CB500X/XA has one. I think their turn-around time is under a week if you can't find an electronic copy.
  18. Scutty

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    ABS or non-ABS?
  19. Samtech79

    Samtech79 Two wheeled lunatic

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    Here's the one I used. It's not great... only real differences between the X,R and F is the headlight. You can probably figure that part out. IMG_7426.JPG
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  20. drag123

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    ABS