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Honda CB500S to CB500 Conversion and other mods

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Post by Gonzumzum on Wed 12 Feb 2014, 12:28 am

Thanks for the help Teamster. You were right on spot!
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Post by Szabi on Fri 14 Feb 2014, 2:39 pm

Got my Givi 603:

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I love it Smile It makes riding so easy Smile Especially in this awful weather.
Will try to install the speedo tomorrow.
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Post by Szabi on Sun 16 Feb 2014, 7:41 pm

So the project (almost) finished. The speedo was a bit of a nightmare to install, but eventually with some DIY I managed to fix it. Just so you know- the CB500 speedo will not fit to the CB500S wires, nor can you just fit it to the yoke that easily.

This is how the speedo is attached to the top yoke:
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Not pretty, but does the job.
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Some photos of the bike:
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There are still things to do, but I think in general we can say that of course it is possible to turn a CB500S into a CB500.
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Post by eternally_troubled on Mon 17 Feb 2014, 12:55 pm

That's a big screen!

Have you noticed any instability or effect from the wind yet? I can see that it would do a good job of protecting you from the wind, but there are sometimes unexpected side-effects from installing big screens.

Looks like it is all ready to go now. Those lay-bys and scrubby hedges look like some bits of Cambridgeshire near where I live - I bet they aren't, somewhere I have some very similar pictures of my bike.

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Post by Szabi on Mon 17 Feb 2014, 7:39 pm

Yes- It is a big screen Smile Although it is still not big enough- I'm a pretty tall chap.

I only started using it a few weeks ago, so it's pretty early to judge, but so far no side effects.

After installing the speedo, I went for a test ride to Reading and around. That's where the photos are from.

I have also noticed that the speed gauge starts playing funny from around 75-85. It moves around, like jumps from 70-to 80, and my speed remains the same... Anybody ever experienced this? I have a feeling that it's only the cheap, crappy ebay speedo cable.
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Post by eternally_troubled on Thu 20 Feb 2014, 12:25 pm

I have seen that before and, yes, it was the cable.

Assuming it is not the end slipping in one of the connections, then it could be down to lack of lubrication. Often you can remove the cable inner and apply grease, be careful not to put any on the top two or three inches nearest the speedo (the grease can work its way into the speedo and fuck things up).
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Post by Tzache on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 4:46 am

Szabi what did you do with the old cowl, headlight, speedo unit etc ? I want them if they are in good condition !
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Post by Szabi on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 4:41 pm

Ok, it seems that yes- it was the speedo cable. I have now a genuine Honda part, which works perfectly. Thanks eternally_troubled Wink

Tzache,
I have sold the headlight with the tall screen, plus the headlight bracket already.
I still have the actual fairing with no headlight and original screen. I also have the speedo, however that's been slightly destroyed as I cut off the plug from the end.

Let me know if you are interested in any of it.

go here:
http://www.cb500club.net/t2431-cb500s-parts
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Post by Zxanthion on Sun 02 Mar 2014, 12:46 am

Did the hand guards work out? I've been wanting a set for ages but never got round to it.
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Post by badseeds on Sun 02 Mar 2014, 1:04 am

I have a good used headlight mounting frame for the naked CB. I can blast it at work if you want. How about a straight swap for the 3 indicators you've got going spare?

It'll look infinitely better than those awful brackets you're using currently!
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Post by Szabi on Mon 03 Mar 2014, 12:50 pm

Zxanthion- I have not installed the handguards yet, I did not have time at all for that , but with some modification, they should fit.

Badseeds- I am more than happy for a swap Smile Will PM you with the details
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Post by Zxanthion on Mon 03 Mar 2014, 6:10 pm

No problem. I'll keep an eye on the thread to see how you get on. Good luck.
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Post by GaryAd on Sun 06 Jan 2019, 1:06 pm

Hi all, Szabi,

I am was very delighted to find your post about this mod as I am doing the same on my CB500 therefore I feel the pain of your journey.
Unfortunately most of the pictures are not visible anymore on this topic - any chance you still have them?
Especially the wiring diagram for the how to swap the connections aroudn would be really appreciated. In case its a big hurdle to post them here could you email it to garyadorjan@gmail.com by any chance?

At the moment I am at the point before I am buying a new dash from ebay - I know there is a chance it wont fit straight away onto top yolk but I can cobble something together Wink

Thank you in advance,

Gary (Gergo)

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