2015 Honda CB500X
All in all the bike has run really well. The total some of failures has been a rear wheel spoke that went when I dented the rim running from some unofficial road-tax collectors in the mountains of Guatemala. Everything else has been maintenance. 8 of 10 stars as equipped, this bike is a perfect all roader that screams to be ridden around the world without a second thought. If you are willing to keep the limits of the suspension travel and the weight of the bike in mind it will take you pretty much anywhere. It however lulled me into faster routes on highways due to it's smoothness and kept me from planning some really rough routes due to it's weight and my travelling alone.
- 4 oil changes since new
- 3 air-filters changed. While the manual only calls for every 12k miles I have done them at each 8k mile oil change as it is cheap insurance that the motor will last.
- 2 spark plugs changed at the 16K-mile service
- 2 Rear Michelin Anakee Wild tires (First replaced with 6.5K miles and some life left for street use, the second 13.5K miles later and totally flogged to an almost slick with questionable handling)
- 1 Front Michelin Anakee Wild tires (20K miles till totally flogged)
- 2 Chains. Stock chain replaced with a high quality DID unit at the 8k-mile service. DID replaced with an RK unit at the 24k mile service. The DID showed little signs of wear or stretch till about the 20K mile mark then really called it quits at about the 23k overall mile mark.
- 2 sets of sprockets. Stock replaced with the chain at the 8k-mile service where I went to Honda front and JT rear (JT Front, tried two, would not fit on the counter shaft so had to go to the Honda). At the 24K mile service I went with another stock Honda unit up front and a Sunstar rear. Gearing for all sprockets has been the factor 15T front and 41T rear.
- 1 set of brake pads (Front and Rear) done at the 16K-mile service. Could have gotten a little more out of the others, but not enough to risk not being able to get pads when I needed them further down the road.
- 1 valve service at the 16K-mile service. Two intakes were out of spec, all exhaust were fine.
- So that wheel spoke..... Ya, once I got back to Long Beach I took the time to tear down the rear wheel to install the new replacement spoke. Since I had converted the Rallyraid wheels to Tubeless some 20,000 miles ago this meant chipping out the installed superglue and ensuring the spokes would all turn. It took me a few hours to get the process completed and then it was time to run it around. After many calls and a wasted trip I ended up at Doc John's in Anaheim, CA. It is a small specialty shop the focuses on straitening of rims and frames as well as custom fabrication work. To the tune of $180 they were able to take all five big dents out of the rim lip and true the wheel. All told the blown spoke and damaged rim ran me about $240 to repair and reseal as tubeless as well as 6 or so hours of labor on my part. When resealing the rim I went with a change of methods that will be comings soon in it's own post.