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What did you do with your CB500 today?

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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Jameshambleton on Tue 28 Nov 2017, 4:47 pm

I finally got round to editing my Season 2016 (last years) video.
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by tt fan on Tue 28 Nov 2017, 5:36 pm

Used mine to beat the traffic and get to the dentist on time...
Great video James
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Jameshambleton on Thu 30 Nov 2017, 3:54 pm

I think Fair Weather Rider mentioned something about hibernating. Does anyone know what the word "hibernating" means? Laughing

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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by skyrider on Thu 30 Nov 2017, 4:04 pm

ask a hedgehog
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Fair Weather Rider on Thu 30 Nov 2017, 7:07 pm

@skyrider wrote:ask a hedgehog

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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Beresford on Thu 30 Nov 2017, 7:39 pm

@Jameshambleton wrote:Does anyone know what the word  "hibernating" means? Laughing
It is a word used to describe a scotsman having a Madras curry up a mountain, I believe.
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Beresford on Tue 05 Dec 2017, 12:23 am

@Beresford wrote:Let me see. I bought my CB500S and joined this forum maybe 4 or 5 years ago and the battery that was in the bike - which I think may have been the OEM has just died. Graciously, at home after a run, and not stranding me miles away. I love this bike.

Well as a follow up to this. I hadn't got round to getting a new battery, so as an experiment I levered the cover off the top of the old one and topped up the cells with distilled water (like you're not supposed to do ) with an eye-dropper, and lo-and-behold the bike has been reliably starting ever since with no problems ! New battery not needed, it would seem.
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by skyrider on Tue 05 Dec 2017, 8:20 am

nice trick see how it goes
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Post by eternally_troubled on Wed 06 Dec 2017, 7:29 pm

@Beresford wrote:
@Beresford wrote:Let me see. I bought my CB500S and joined this forum maybe 4 or 5 years ago and the battery that was in the bike - which I think may have been the OEM has just died. Graciously, at home after a run, and not stranding me miles away. I love this bike.


Well as a follow up to this. I hadn't got round to getting a new battery, so as an experiment I levered the cover off the top of the old one and topped up the cells with distilled water (like you're not supposed to do ) with an eye-dropper, and lo-and-behold the bike has been reliably starting ever since with no problems ! New battery not needed, it would seem.

Last time my reg.rectifier toasted itself it overcharged the battery and pretty much boiled itself dry. I took it off the bike and prised (it's easy if you have a screwdriver) off the acid filling cover and added a suitable amount of distilled water to each cell.

Suffice to say the battery wasn't as good as before but it was a lot better than dead, so it is certainly worth a try.

As @Beresford says you will need a eye-dropper or v small syringe to refill the cells - best to do it slowly and put the battery somewhere (or on something) that won't care if you get a bit of acid on it (just in case!).
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Jameshambleton on Wed 06 Dec 2017, 8:32 pm

I'm planning my next Euro tour, Just working on the times for the ferries at the moment. Given it's £25 each way. Last 2 weeks in June... lets gooo
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Jameshambleton on Thu 07 Dec 2017, 8:55 pm

Well my 150 rear tyre came today and it's going to be fitting on a 4" rim (cb400 super four nc31) which I've fitted to my cb500. I've done some measuring up, the width of the tyre is a true 150mm, the bead is 4.2" at rest meaning two things. The tyre will clear the chain without issue in theory and two, the profile won't become distorted as it's perfect for the rim. My only issue is that on the 97' model there is a lip that runs along the inside of the swingarm (this isn't present on any other year) so I may need to swap out the swingarm with one from a different year.
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by skyrider on Fri 08 Dec 2017, 10:11 am

that's the problem with modifications one solution causes another problem
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Jameshambleton on Fri 08 Dec 2017, 11:05 am

Just mocked up the rear tyre (not fitted to the rim) and it seems to have good enough clearance either side. I measured up the 140 rear and it's 145mm wide, making the overall width each side 2.5mm wider so I've still got clearance.

In other news, my front tyre got put on the wrong lorry so it's currently somewhere in South London and not North Yorkshire
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by skyrider on Fri 08 Dec 2017, 6:44 pm

that sounds about right
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Jameshambleton on Sat 09 Dec 2017, 9:20 am

fits perfectly, wouldn't want to run a 160 tyre though!
The 150 just clears the the lip of the inside of my swingarm though it shouldn't make a difference for anyone other than people with cb500v's (or atleast the v model swingarm). Anything above 150 will need offset sprockets for the chain clearance as well as some major surgery (thankfully AndyC has already done that headache for us)
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Crash- Elmit on Sun 10 Dec 2017, 12:15 pm

stripped my bike to get at trhe wiring loom. Still blowing fuses on the rear light/brake light/indicator bulbs circuit.
Took all of the pins out of the connector block (red 8 pin)on the switchgear side and pushed them into their opposite number one by one. fuse blew on inserting the brown/white wire, which, if im reading the schematics properly is the rear light supply. created a link wire from switch to rear light, cutting out the main loom altogether. lo and behold rear light worked without blowing fuse so break/fault must be in main loom. got too dark to do any more so covered bike over till yesterday.
When I left bike everything was working except the front brake light, which was not too much of a bother until MOT time and the parking light,again not a bother but now the damn thing wont start, as if the stop circuit is active. I am at a complete loss as to what is wrong with it.
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Crash- Elmit on Tue 12 Dec 2017, 12:17 am

discovered why it would not start. I had managed to cross the brake switch and start wires scratch Embarassed

Now need to bypass the supply wire to rear light on a more permanent basis if my bodge actually works but wont know until I work on it again its too bloody cold to be working on it outside for too long
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Jameshambleton on Tue 12 Dec 2017, 9:14 am

@Crash- Elmit wrote:its too bloody cold to be working on it outside for too long

It's all fun and games until the wind starts blowing or your hands start freezing onto your tools.

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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by wornsprokets on Tue 12 Dec 2017, 10:25 am

Was cold today on way into work roads were ok... yesterday was colder... my visor  constantly getting coated is road salt...and wiping it on move...cant see through visor then.... affraid....glad i have fibre glass engine protectors from sheps racefairings just in case Rolling Eyes
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by ANDYC on Tue 12 Dec 2017, 10:46 am

@Jameshambleton wrote:fits perfectly, wouldn't want to run a 160 tyre though!
The 150 just clears the the lip of the inside of my swingarm though it shouldn't make a difference for anyone other than people with cb500v's (or atleast the v model swingarm). Anything above 150 will need offset sprockets for the chain clearance as well as some major surgery (thankfully AndyC has already done that headache for us)

I ran a 160 for years. 
The centre stand was the only problem really as I had already spaced the chain out by 5mm.
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Jameshambleton on Tue 12 Dec 2017, 4:46 pm

@ANDYC wrote:
@Jameshambleton wrote:fits perfectly, wouldn't want to run a 160 tyre though!
The 150 just clears the the lip of the inside of my swingarm though it shouldn't make a difference for anyone other than people with cb500v's (or atleast the v model swingarm). Anything above 150 will need offset sprockets for the chain clearance as well as some major surgery (thankfully AndyC has already done that headache for us)


I ran a 160 for years. 
The centre stand was the only problem really as I had already spaced the chain out by 5mm.

That and custom spacers, bored out swingarm adjusters ect. Not sure everyone would go to that length.
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Jameshambleton on Tue 12 Dec 2017, 4:50 pm

Lovely day for scrubbing in my brand new front tyre.

Despite the ice, snow, wet roads, salt and the fact that it's a new tyre I was taking corners like it was warm and dry. My only complaint is that there is some water in my seat foam and it had frozen making 0 custening.



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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by skyrider on Tue 12 Dec 2017, 6:39 pm

that would be a fresh ride out
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by ANDYC on Tue 12 Dec 2017, 8:17 pm

@Jameshambleton wrote:

@ANDYC wrote:


@Jameshambleton wrote:fits perfectly, wouldn't want to run a 160 tyre though!
The 150 just clears the the lip of the inside of my swingarm though it shouldn't make a difference for anyone other than people with cb500v's (or atleast the v model swingarm). Anything above 150 will need offset sprockets for the chain clearance as well as some major surgery (thankfully AndyC has already done that headache for us)




I ran a 160 for years. 
The centre stand was the only problem really as I had already spaced the chain out by 5mm.



That and custom spacers, bored out swingarm adjusters ect. Not sure everyone would go to that length.  

That is true James,  but for the first few years I ran the standard rear spindle with just spacers to suit the bearings. So it can be as difficult as you want to make it I guess. 
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Re: What did you do with your CB500 today?

Post by Jameshambleton Yesterday at 7:34 pm

Bike kill switching herself is back... again, basically kill switching my engine as I'm riding along causing it to cut out and back fire and it did. My bike just spat flames at the car behind me with two massively loud back fires and then cut out. Started it up again and got upto into my street, looks in my mirror and it's only a bloody fully marked up bmw traffic police. OOPS.

I've only noticed that this only happens when the bike is cold, any travel for more than 0.5 of a mile and she's fine. You can stop and just as long as the engine is warm the issue isn't there. Sometimes it's fully pressing up the gear lever to the max when changing gear that causes it, other times it's the clutch position, full out sometimes isn't a problem as other times fully in isn't a problem. Other times it's a combination of them all, other times not a single issue.


Other news, bt023's my god they're bloody great, I was scrubbing in the front in wet snow in the hedgerow temps and I were riding as if it was a summers day as if I was taking it easy. I've noticed that the turn in is a little slower but nothing some countersteering won't resolve or some dry roads. The speedo over read is a little more than before on the front 30mph indicated is 28.6mph. Meaning if I keep the speedo reading under 69mph I'm not even eligible for a speed awareness course . =D

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