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New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

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Grarea
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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by Grarea on Mon 22 Aug 2016, 7:20 pm

Ha ha.
It is getting used, don't worry about that.

I used to live near heathrow airport.
All dual carriageways and motorways.
A bigger bike was of use there. I had a hornet 600.

Here, Harvey is all about being able to do everything.
Commute, pop into town, pop to the shops, occassional motorway runs.
Take my son pillion to places.
But mostly I have a lot of lanes and small roads around me.
It is perfect for that.
I pop out for a little ride and I am at the coast.
The car parks are stoney mostly, so I need to be able to reach the ground and push it about.
As well as having ample power to get up hills and round traffic.

Because it is so easy to ride, I reckon we will get to know each other very well and beat most anything around these little roads. 
Especially when I have got to know the roads better.

Having said that, I have only done about 500 miles on him so far.
(Something i was working on didn't quite happen so not travelling as far as i was expecting)

But you won't get the smile off my face.
I love being on it.
Even when i was using my son's moped, it made me smile.

Only bike riders grin when they hit traffic eh?
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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by stormbringer on Mon 22 Aug 2016, 7:37 pm

@Grarea wrote:Only bike riders grin when they hit traffic eh?

I wish.

I live in Denmark. Home of the Jante-lov. The one that states "You're not to be noticed. Blend in, don't stand out". Which means that as a biker, you're frowned upon if you filter, use a loud can or wear bright colours.
Who are you to simply bypass the queue, leaving all of us behind, being all cocky there...

It's hard to explain. But annoying - yup, it is!

Then again... Sod 'em! Getouttamyway!!
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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by Grarea on Mon 22 Aug 2016, 8:17 pm

Near London, in my experience, people seem to refuse to leave their cars.
Drive everywhere.

Then they get stuck in traffic. 'you are not IN traffic, you ARE traffic'
Then they all get the hump. 
Then they get angry at cyclists, pedestrians, bikers. 
Everyone. Just because they are not moving. and we are and they try and shut you down.
One person per car as well mostly.

Then, since I have moved down here, people move over all of the time.
Much more sensible people.
They understand that people on bikes are not making the traffic worse.
It is a huge difference.
It is lush.
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Grarea
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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by Grarea on Mon 22 Aug 2016, 8:24 pm

I was a good boy and bought a luminous yellow Bash hat though.

I can't stand the look of them but know they are dead sensible.
So, when I went in to try them on, I expected to come out with a matt black lid.

Anyway, when trying them on, I realised that I couldn't see the colour of it at all.
I was dead pleased with myself.

Felt all grown up and everything.

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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by sullivj on Mon 22 Aug 2016, 10:14 pm

@Grarea wrote:I was a good boy and bought a luminous yellow Bash hat though.

I quite like them. My next lid will be the HJC IS MAX 2, in Fluorescent.

I just need to drop my black one first!
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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by stormbringer on Tue 23 Aug 2016, 8:10 pm

@sullivj wrote:I just need to drop my black one first!
Don't. In stead, spoil yourself Smile
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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by Grarea on Tue 23 Aug 2016, 8:28 pm

@stormbringer wrote:

@sullivj wrote:I just need to drop my black one first!


Don't. In stead, spoil yourself Smile

It is good to have a spare???

Oh, and by the way, haven't helmets improved in the last 15 years?
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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by stormbringer on Thu 25 Aug 2016, 7:28 pm

@Grarea wrote:Oh, and by the way, haven't helmets improved in the last 15 years?

They have. Ventilation. Noise. Comfort. FOV. Probably they've even become slightly safer.

I've been told that a helmet should be replaced after impact or after 5 years of use - whichever comes first.
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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by Beresford on Thu 25 Aug 2016, 9:38 pm

@stormbringer wrote: .....or after 5 years of use - whichever comes first.



Oh dear.....how many years ago was 2003?
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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by Jameshambleton on Thu 25 Aug 2016, 9:56 pm

@Beresford wrote:

@stormbringer wrote: .....or after 5 years of use - whichever comes first.





Oh dear.....how many years ago was 2003?

I'm Pretty sure it's 2 years for most, 5 years for carbon fiber I think
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Grarea
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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by Grarea on Thu 25 Aug 2016, 10:19 pm


Oh dear.....how many years ago was 2003?

oh dear indeed.
I don't profess to know a lot about it, but i know that plastics degrade over time especially with UV exposure.
We have all touched old plastic and found it to be degraded.

Mine was about the same age. But then, I was only riding a moped with it recently.
When I knew I was getting 'up to speed' I bought a new one.

Anyway, I was having a mooch about on this topic and found this.
I am aware of the degradation of plastics but also cynical of manufacturers claims that you should replace their 
products every five minutes.
(I have only read the first few posts, but some interesting food for thought i think)
I haven't reached a conclusion, other than it is a debatable one.
I don't think the answer to the question is known.
I guess the only data that can be gathered is when a crash helmet fails.
So, personally, I will err on the side of caution.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/helmet-replacment-after-5-years-why.780904/
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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by Grarea on Thu 25 Aug 2016, 10:27 pm

Just as an after thought (justifying the cost to myself)
I save 50% on fuel compared to a car.
I gain a whole bunch of time (compared to a car)
I gain money on insurance and road tax (compared to a car)
I gain on parking costs.
I gain on grin factor.
I gain morally on superiority re traffic issues.
I gain on repair costs.
I gain on having interesting conversations with other people on bikes.

It is ok to buy a decent helmet.

(Please remind me of this when I moan about the cost of a new helmet in a few years.)
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Re: New 1.5 pot CB500 S owner.

Post by Jameshambleton on Thu 25 Aug 2016, 10:36 pm

I change mine every year, mine get used twice a day at least 4 days a week with 35mins per trip and then at least 160 mile round trip every other weekend. 

The life of the lid is to do with the hardeners that bond the compounds together, these quickly harden at first creating the lid that you buy but these never fully cure. Over time they become harder and harder as they set so much so that they go brittle. So basically the less protective they are over time, uv light hasn't really got much to do with it these days as more lids are covered in a pattern/protective film. 

I personally now use a hjc is17 with a pinlock and it's the best lid I've used so far but it's also the most expensive. The amount of oil in your skin and hair will deteriorate the liner anyway.

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