Posts by Steve T

    BFI 8o

    Simply use the bench vice for the smaller bits and a big piece of wood on the floor and plenty of grunt for the bigger bends.

    I could really do with a bigger vice and some foot long sections of angle iron to allow for sharper bends and less grunting during the bending process :D

    Steve T


    Seeing as this thread is about the CB5X I thought I'd use it to keep all you readers up to date on wot I've done/been doing in the way of fettling.

    Engine bars and lights (and some garish dayglo decals wot I made up)

    Engine bars and lights.jpg

    Number plate crud catcher

    No Plate Rearcrud deflector.jpg

    Raer suspension crud deflector (secured to the front of the hugger wot I fitted - not pictures, just like the fender extender)

    Rearcrud deflector.jpg



    And not yet fitted, my home made sumpguard (needs finishing and spraying) shown alongside the cardboard template

    4-S-Guard Card-alloy.jpg

    I've also fitted some luggage racks which just happen to take both the Enduristan Monsoon 3 throw-overs and my DIY Pelicase boxes (no piccies of them)


    Now to get the running in thing over and down with, to allow some proper riding to be done :)

    Steve T


    The “Jen” does not nag. X/

    The “Jen” will go out when the “Jen” feels like it and others can come along to bask in her glorious presence if they are so deemed worthy....

    Thats "me" told then, isn't it! Again, well done you for cracking on and getting into the biking groove :)

    Glad all your effort has been proven to be worth it Craig. Good call with the oil weight. Made sense to put the pre-load rings back to the previous position - a known for you on that bike. I'm sure that you'll have it fully suited to you in no time what so ever.

    Looking forward to seeing you both out on the road.

    Steve T


    Well done that man - just seen the pictures of your little ride out - cold indeed today.

    How does it feel after all your fettling?

    I can honestly say that I can't see the day that you move that bike on, what with all the work, time and miles that you've put into it.

    Top work Craig - now enjoy it as much as you can before Jen starts nagging you to go for a "little run" with the Vara at your side :thumbup:

    Steve T



    Well done you Jen :thumbup: . . . and you Craig for all the fettling and the "off-piste" instruction :thumbup:.

    So what now, find someone to look after the hounds and a steady ride to Strontian on May?

    Happy days to the both of you.

    Steve T


    Got quick release Motech pannier rails 2nd hand. Just spent an hour making sure that my pelicases fit to them . . . which they do = :thumbup:. The soft bags I have - Enduristan Monsoon 3s - fit well to the racks as well :thumbup:

    Fitted Puig engine bars. Eldest put Puig onto his F8GS and they took some abuse. My F8GS came with them fitted and they are good quality and very robust so getting them for the CB5X was a no brainer for me.

    My front throwover bags work, as does the HG Toureg tank bag, so apart from a rear rack, I'm sorted for carrying kit.

    Steve T


    Not bothering with RR bits as the 2019 version onwards comes with a 19" front wheel, leading in part to increased ground clearance over the earlier models.

    I've used alloy wheel equiped bikes off road before and as long as you don't attempt the stuff more suited to enduro bikes, you'll be fine, so no spoked wheels for me on this bike.

    Planning on knocking up a sump guard of my own - RR want over £200 for theirs and with it fitted you cant use a center stand (I got a Honda stand one fitted before delivery).

    Steve T


    CB5X was taxed as part of the "buying process" according to the garage, so yes, it is legal to ride, it's just tht I'm kinda "mid fettle" at the moment 8| ;)

    Plan is to "do" the NC500 on the CB500 over a weekend in March (weather permitting cos i'll be camping), getting the running thing over and done with in a oner.

    Neils thinking of joining me on his latest WC R1200GS! We'll see!

    Steve T