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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-25-2016, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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When I bought the CB500 as my first bike and as a learner, i had good intentions of keeping it stock and learning how to ride.

The intent to learn is still strong and I'm fairly confident I can resist the urge to upgrade until I'm on my full licence.

As I've started modding (the usual bits), i thoought I should start a thread, no longer makes sense to update my new member thread.

The basics;
- 2014 F
- Red
- Bought used ~ 12,000 kms
- I liked the look of this one and the reviews were very positive for someone of my skill (ie none) and size (6.1 - 93kg)

What I've done;
- Adjusted the rear preload
- Bought the front preload adjusters (ebay)
- Replaced the factory levers for some black ebay cheapies (not the shorty ones)
- Bought the gear indicator
- Bought a tank protector jelly sticker
- Received a LV One for Xmas (was going to buy for myself, timing worked out well - with some patience).


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-25-2016, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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LV One Exhaust:

I saw one of these going fairly cheap on ebay (they had a few, might still be available) and found the stock exhuast made me reluctant to rev beyond 5k and didn't sound like a 1/2L bike.

I liked the youtube clips (with phone cams, so not a fantastic help with the sound) and that with the db killer it passes some uk regulations. I'm wary of the bike being obnoxiously loud, I like a good sounding exhuast, but loud isn't for me.

LV One installed (and debadged before installation):

The stock exhaust does not include the db killer. Lots of boom at idle, lots of burble when backing off the throttle at cruising speeds. 80% throttle was throaty and full throttle has a lovely crack, esp in the higher revs.

The exhaust was too loud for me, I may warm to it, but I'm a mid 30's guy and don't want to turn heads for the wrong reasons.

With the db killer, there is still a lot more low end rumble which is what the stock exhaust really was missing for me.
No more crack and brapp at full throttle, the burble coming off the throttle is still there which is lovely and it sounds mostly refined over all. A good compromise for me.

Changing out the stock sleeve for the db killer was a bit of a pain, the stock unit was jammed in there and the bolt hole on the db killer didn't align 100% and needed a few mm of lengthening. Otherwise the design, documentation and finish of all the parts was very good and the main install took the 20-30min it should have.

Happy with the aesthetics, slight weight improvement and most importantly the noise which really was working against me using the fun part of the rev range.

Happy to provide more photos if anyone has interest.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-21-2017, 05:36 PM
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Dont know what they were thinking when the standard exhaust was designed
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