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National Clutch Cable Awareness Week

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Beresford
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Re: National Clutch Cable Awareness Week

Post by Beresford on Tue 20 Mar 2018, 9:49 pm

I posted on this a few years ago when something similar happened on my 'S'. The headlight was going all over the place, and when I investigated, I found that the reflector inside the sealed unit had broken loose. It was repairable, but took time and care.
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stormbringer
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Re: National Clutch Cable Awareness Week

Post by stormbringer on Fri 23 Mar 2018, 8:05 am

The CB (I can only speak for the regular model with the new reflector type here) has a brilliant headlight. Within the limitations imposed on the reflector system by the H4-bulb's dual-filament-design, the light output is respectable for its age. Take a couple of steps back, look at the mechanics and observe that it's quite big and geometrically 'by the book' compared to most other headlights.
If the reflector bowl is intact and clean, the glass has not been sandblasted and the bulb is new, you've got quite a searchlight right there.

Yes, I've got a streak of OCD with regards to vehicle lighting. It has to be effective. Not necessarily more is better (anyone can install a 10.000 lumen elCheapo HID bulb). Because the MegaLight will produce output nowhere near 'good' as it lacks geometrical correctness. It will blind oncoming traffic ALSO when you apply the dipped beam. HID is only for modern-day optics, able to produce that sharp line between the dipped beam and what's beyond. Our 1992-molded-glass-optics are simply not up to that job.

What you CAN do is maintain and care for the projector - and put the biggest and most powerful H4-bulb in it, that you can find. Mind you, 100W bulbs may not be such a great idea. The generator is not designed for the job, and if the voltage drops from the overload, you're right back where you came from - only now with an overloaded generator Sad

Try look for 'high output' bulbs. These bulbs have shortened lifespan, but more light. And they do not overload the generator.
I'm a fan of the Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited. Philips also produce some, presumably named Vision+ or whatever.

AND THEN YOU SHOULD REPLACE THE BULB REGULARLY!

Why? Because the light output drops over the lifespan of the bulb. New bulb - more light.

Which brings us to "National Headlight Awareness Week".

When did you last check the health of your headlight? Look for rust on the reflector? Clean and inspect the glass surface? Replace the bulb? Check the wiring?
And if you find rust or sandblasting, are you willing to replace the unit?

In other words; do you care?
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motofan
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Re: National Clutch Cable Awareness Week

Post by motofan on Fri 23 Mar 2018, 10:47 pm

Right on there Stormbringer, see and be seen!
The way I look at it is I ride on average faster than most cars and they have two headlights! It is there fore behoven to me to have the best I can muster!!
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ZekeVal
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Re: National Clutch Cable Awareness Week

Post by ZekeVal on Mon 21 May 2018, 8:40 am



Check your cable lads  geek 

New one on its way.
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trevor machine
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Re: National Clutch Cable Awareness Week

Post by trevor machine on Mon 21 May 2018, 4:03 pm

Is it that time of year again? Seems to come round so quick these days.
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Re: National Clutch Cable Awareness Week

Post by trevor machine on Fri 26 Oct 2018, 6:20 pm

Just pinged another one last week, or the week before. Ninja was in for a main service, so out came the reserve machine. Got it on the drive, keys in the ignition, clutch in to start and...twang. 

Great bike though - really great. The day before I'd been up in Rosedale on it. If it had've gone on me up there on the moors it'd have been 4 hours before the AA would've reached me. 

What're the odds of it going like it did on the drive. Funny thing was, I did get some little hints that day before. Just felt weird a couple of times - but I never clicked it was going to actually snap. Off to Silvers now.
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eternally_troubled
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Re: National Clutch Cable Awareness Week

Post by eternally_troubled on Fri 26 Oct 2018, 8:07 pm

@trevor machine wrote:
What're the odds of it going like it did on the drive. Funny thing was, I did get some little hints that day before. Just felt weird a couple of times - but I never clicked it was going to actually snap. Off to Silvers now.

Lucky man!

I find with these things there are often 'hints' but you never really seem to realise that they were there until after the event - which is, of course, too late.
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trevor machine
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Re: National Clutch Cable Awareness Week

Post by trevor machine on Fri 26 Oct 2018, 8:19 pm

True. Also, I definitely had more clutch cables on my two cb500s than any of the other bikes I've owned. As in, the cb500s are the only bikes I've had to fit new ones to. Something isn't quite right in the design and/or fitment. I even oiled the last one I fitted.
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Re: National Clutch Cable Awareness Week

Post by liverpool_f_ on Fri 26 Oct 2018, 9:43 pm

Buy 2 and leave 1 under the seat. My wife bought me a clutch cable as a gift and it came in very handy when I got stranded at the side of the road. Dinner was on me that evening!
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trevor machine
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Re: National Clutch Cable Awareness Week

Post by trevor machine on Mon 29 Oct 2018, 7:46 pm

yes I need to do that

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