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  1. Richard W

    Insurance - a warning

    Maybe not a new issue, had a renewal through. Last year £191 - This year £295 It was going to renew automatically until I rang them. Oh so sorry, don't know how this could have happened, must be down to 'any other department, etc etc etc. Makes me so weary all this, particularly as I have a similar experience every year despite being with them for THREE DECADES !!!!! Its such a callous way to treat people. Is it not sad how little loyalty counts these days. Fast forward - I got £95 off Ride safe Richard
  2. Richard W

    Rebuild CX500A

    Well done Mike, I think you have a deep knowledge and agree with all you say. Its those little things that give the game away for us purists - bit of a curse really 😖 In general though, any CX on the road is a bonus so all is well. For the non purists, an angle grinder seems to iron out those pesky little cosmetic changes...……….😀 Ride safe Richard
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    Rebuild CX500A

    The A also breathed in this manner, I modified mine to the B standard with the 'bottle top' screwed into the crankcase, a much better arrangement. One thing I don't know for sure, is when exactly the tensioner modification was introduced. I do recall shedloads having to be recalled in about 1980 ish. Ride safe Richard
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    Rebuild CX500A

    My A has a steering lock and yes, the A definitely has the square master cylinder. Looking at the picture of the wheels, I agree with others that they are not from an A HOWEVER, Honda did once tell me that there was some 'crossover' as new models were introduced. One example of this is the varying Rad grills and surrounds. My A has always had black side trims on the rad whilst others swear they should be polished aluminium. Fun talking about it though...…….😀 Ride safe Richard
  5. Richard W

    FYI - How many left?

    I'm just glad it worked 😁 Although the pic is an old one, the bike looks even better now. Just to clarify..... All Black ones are ridden by couriers All Red ones go faster than Blue or Black ones All Blue ones need less beauty sleep Ride safe Richard
  6. Richard W

    FYI - How many left?

    Completely unnecessary post to test my skill in posting a phot (never done it on this new site) 😀
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    FYI - How many left?

    A bit hard to swallow the figures as I seem to have one of the only two As on the road, there has to be more surely. I see a few knocking about, total sheds mostly but some are fairly nice. Agreed that's mainly in the summer though. Does the DVLA count those bikes which do not require tax perhaps? Ride safe Richard
  8. Happy New Year Triple bypass is easier than it sounds and you rightly point out the only quirk regarding the different size mechanical seals. Once done though it is all plain sailing and with the shop supplying good quality seals at a good price, whats not to like. As you already in there, I would not skip the tensioner; a bit like taking off your car gearbox and not doing the clutch, it will at least give you peace of mind. Agree with all other comments Ride safe Richard
  9. Richard W

    MIG welders

    In an earlier life I did Gas, Arc, TIG, MIG and even some 'nuclear' welding - nimonic steels mainly. TIG aluminium was most tricky. When I was doing it full time I was really good at it. You remember all the settings (gas pressures, current etc) but what you lose is the ability to do it right 'first time'. I did some railings a while back and I had functional but not as pretty as it should be results. The welds were looking really good just as I was finishing the job! Hence you have to keep your hand in, OR do a few test pieces before you melt your beloved CX. If you start with an Arc welder, do not buy cheap rods and have a bucket of water handy - so that you can plunge your foot into it when the white hot spatter goes down into your boot........ (True story) And if you buy a hobby MIG, you will wish you bought a bigger one, unless your needs are for very small stuff. Having said all that, its a skill I am pleased I learned and for anybody out there thinking of building trikes/trailers/bobbers etc I would recommend having a go. I wonder how many sheds/garages harbour an arc welder that hasn't been used for ages. Perhaps you could borrow one to have a practise, before deciding what you really need? Good luck. Ride safe Richard
  10. Richard W

    MIG welders

    In an earlier life I did Gas, Arc, TIG, MIG and even some 'nuclear' welding - nimonic steels mainly. TIG aluminium was most tricky. When I was doing it full time I was really good at it. You remember all the settings (gas pressures, current etc) but what you lose is the ability to do it right 'first time'. I did some railings a while back and I had functional but not as pretty as it should be results. The welds were looking really good just as I was finishing the job! Hence you have to keep your hand in, OR do a few test pieces before you melt your beloved CX. If you start with an Arc welder, do not buy cheap rods and have a bucket of water handy - so that you can plunge your foot into it when the white hot spatter goes down into your boot........ (True story) And if you buy a hobby MIG, you will wish you bought a bigger one, unless your needs are for very small stuff. Having said all that, its a skill I am pleased I learned and for anybody out there thinking of building trikes/trailers/bobbers etc I would recommend having a go. I wonder how many sheds/garages harbour an arc welder that hasn't been used for ages. Perhaps you could borrow one to have a practise, before deciding what you really need? Good luck. Ride safe Richard
  11. Richard W

    DS,s CX500 exhaust collector boxes

    Good man, and worth pursuing. DS runs a good ship but I have been disappointed with some of his stuff. Collectors, crash bars and mudguards being the worst offenders. I believe the chrome he does comes from Italy and is just not long lasting. The downpipes on my bike are 37 years old and almost spotless, the mudguard is less than three years old and is about ready for the tip. There must be a better option somewhere out there. Keep up the good work. Best regards also Ride safe Richard
  12. Richard W

    DS,s CX500 exhaust collector boxes

    Good man, and worth pursuing. DS runs a good ship but I have been disappointed with some of his stuff. Collectors, crash bars and mudguards being the worst offenders. I believe the chrome he does comes from Italy and is just not long lasting. The downpipes on my bike are 37 years old and almost spotless, the mudguard is less than three years old and is about ready for the tip. There must be a better option somewhere out there. Keep up the good work. Best regards also Ride safe Richard
  13. Richard W

    DS,s CX500 exhaust collector boxes

    I gave up on DS collectors yonks ago and opted for a Wemoto stainless one. More pricey but now in its 6th year without any issue. Problem is that these pattern boxes from DS et al, whilst faithful to the original design, are not really any better than the Honda ones which just rusted at an alarming rate. Sadly, there is no magic bullet. Ride safe Richard
  14. Richard W

    DS,s CX500 exhaust collector boxes

    I gave up on DS collectors yonks ago and opted for a Wemoto stainless one. More pricey but now in its 6th year without any issue. Problem is that these pattern boxes from DS et al, whilst faithful to the original design, are not really any better than the Honda ones which just rusted at an alarming rate. Sadly, there is no magic bullet. Ride safe Richard
  15. Richard W

    Firing on one cylinder - CX500A

    Agreed - strip your carbs and have a good clean up. Pay particular attention to the pilot circuit and the needle valves. Ride safe Richard

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