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Wife bike choices

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    Re: Wife bike choices


    When my wife wants to go, since she rides slowly, I ride my slow-ass dual sport, and take it easy. I dont subscribe to the idea that Im such an adrenaline junky that 100% of my rides have to be at twice the posted limit or its not worth going. My enjoyment on the rides with her comes from enjoying the scenery, the destination, and from helping her get more comfortable riding street. Plus i get to feel so enlightened that not every single ride is ALL ABOUT ME.

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    Bought the OEM heated grips for the CB500X as they are quite slick. But man is it a fiddly install! Should finish it this week but it was one obstacle after another.

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    Re: Wife bike choices

    At the msta in VT the honda truck was there so I just sat on the 500's but they
    caught my eye as a good little bike

    good luck

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    She (and my daughter) are 5’7 so it’s a great fit. I’d think a rider as short as 5’4/28” inseam could flat foot it if they weigh anything.

    Have ordered connectors and other motorcycle electrical widgets from Eastern Beaver in the past. But they’re in Japan. Found a new vendor, who identified the connector on sight and sent it out next day. Bought the terminal tool as well.

    http://www.cycleterminal.com/motorcycle-connectors.html

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    Last edited by Garandman; 04-19-18 at 07:01 AM.
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    Nice find! They also have all the Molex MX150 and Deutsch/Amphenol connectors my new Harley has. Unfortunately their markup is pretty steep. I've already done the leg-work and found the part numbers I need with digi-key. Prices look to be about 30-50% what they ask.
    wirecare.com seems to be another source.

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    Haven’t been rushing as the weather has been poor, took my time to get all the installs just right. Nice weather this weekend coincided with completion of all the mods.

    • Honda heated grips using CB500X harness.
    • Honda Center stand.
    • Honda 12V plug, which fits underneath pillion seat.
    • Puig windshield
    • Cortech 18 L tank bag


    Took it out for a spin: what a nice riding bike! Pretty quick if you keep the revs mid range. Engine is quite smooth for a twin. Stops very well, front brake is very controllable. Suspension is about average for a bike in this price range. Puig windscreen takes any pressure off your chest up to the fastest I got today, about 55.

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    I test rode a couple of 500’s including the X and loved the engine for its size.

    Now, to complement the 500X for her, my VFR1200X would look great!

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    What can compete with a Rocket 3? Best ad ever.


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    Last edited by Garandman; 04-24-18 at 08:04 AM.
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