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martinG
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Greetings from the Netherlands

Post by martinG on Sun 28 Dec 2014, 8:40 pm

Hi everybody. After 30 years of motorcycling I bought my first Honda CB500 from 1996. I really love the bike, she is light, cheap to run, and most important, she is fun to drive, a real bike.
About myself, I'm a 50 years old Dutchman, living in a small town in the neighboorhood of Rotterdam. I work in the chemical industry as engineer.

Martin
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Re: Greetings from the Netherlands

Post by Alvi on Sun 28 Dec 2014, 9:02 pm

Hi Martin, welcome to the forum. Glad you enjoying your CB500, I'm on my second, they're great bikes & very reliable - at least my first one was, so I'm hoping this one will be too!
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Re: Greetings from the Netherlands

Post by teamster1975 on Sun 28 Dec 2014, 9:13 pm

Welcome Martin! You'll enjoy the CB5; fun, frugal and easy to fix Very Happy
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Post by martinG on Sun 28 Dec 2014, 9:33 pm

I hope it is easy to fix, because today my bike did not want to start. Removed carbs and checked pluges but it would not help. Most likely it is the old fuel, because the former owner did not use the bike for months.
Tomorrow I will fill the tank with fresh fuel (after a cleaning). Hope she will run again then.

But thank you for your messages

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Post by sullivj on Sun 28 Dec 2014, 10:16 pm

Welcolme to the forum Martin.

Just a thought, are you sure the fuel tap is in the right position (down for on) and that the kill switch is set to run?
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Post by eternally_troubled on Mon 29 Dec 2014, 10:29 am

Good luck getting it started!

In the past I have had problems with the kill switch - mine can become very sensitive - one knock and it's off, I suspect that it has got some water in and needs taking apart and cleaning.

FYI - if the kill switch is set to 'off' the starter won't operate when you press the switch.
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Post by jonnytub on Tue 30 Dec 2014, 9:03 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum, I'm new here too.  I'd also suggest a bit of wd40 (water displacement attempt number 40) squirted into the small gaps around the kill switch and allowed to drip out for a good couple hours, worked on my last bike (thunderace 1000).
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Post by martinG on Thu 01 Jan 2015, 10:23 pm

My Honda CB500 is running again. Problem was the bad fuel when I changed from normal to reserve. Probably water and old fuel. Emptied tank and carbs and filled up with 10 l fresh fuel. 
And she started again. Let her run for 15 minutes and adjusted idle run from 2200 to 1300.

And drove for a while. Powerfull machine for only 500 cc. Much more fun then the Kawa GPX600R I had before the Honda.
P.s. If the powerswitch is off or bad, the startmotor does not run either.

First thing to do now is buying a new battery. Any recomendations?
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Post by eternally_troubled on Fri 02 Jan 2015, 9:42 am

Glad to hear you've got it working.

Water can get into the tank, especially if the bike has been left outside.

Don't really know about batteries, other than, if it appears to be too cheap then it probably is. I have used a Yuasa in my CB500 without any problems, mind you, I have also used other brands without problems in other bikes.
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Post by Basil Moss on Fri 02 Jan 2015, 11:47 am

I recommend that you pull the petrol tap and clean the "tea strainer" assembly that fits inside the tank. It covers the internal switch mechanism between normal and reserve, and the lower part gunks up fastest, with the result that the bike might not run on reserve. I got caught out by that once, it's an easy fix.
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Post by martinG on Sat 03 Jan 2015, 12:47 pm

Basil Moss wrote:I recommend that you pull the petrol tap and clean the "tea strainer" assembly that fits inside the tank. It covers the internal switch mechanism between normal and reserve, and the lower part gunks up fastest, with the result that the bike might not run on reserve. I got caught out by that once, it's an easy fix.

Thanks Basil, good idea.
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Post by martinG on Sat 03 Jan 2015, 12:51 pm

About battery's. I bought a AGM type battery. According to a specialist the best kind of battery for a motorcycle. Li-on battery's have a short life according to him and are too expensive. My battery was 45 euro, filled and pre-loaded with 1 year warranty.
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Re: Greetings from the Netherlands

Post by Flyingbrick on Wed 11 Feb 2015, 8:04 pm

Hi Martin,

I would recommend to replace the secondary air filter as well as it wil be most likely the first one. The filter isn't very expensive, most dealers sell them for about 4 EUR.

If the bike was left for a long time, be sure that there is no rust in the fuel tank - a common problem since there's ethanol mixed to the fuel.

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