Greetings from a Dutch CBR500R ('17;47Kkm) commuter! - Honda CBR500R Forum : CB500F and CB500X Forums
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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

After lurking for a long time it was high time to join the forum.
I'm the happy owner of a beautiful candy orange 2017 CBR500R. I use it as my daily driver year round and she currently sits at 47K kilometers. She's had regular maintenance at the recommended intervals and has always performed beautifully.

Usage consist of daily commute (80km round trip), cross Holland work trips (280km single way), touring the Dutch countryside and weekend trips to Paris and beyond.

Mods include:
16T front sprocket
Akrapovic exhaust
Adjustable shorty levers
Baracuda blinkers
Fender eliminator
K&N hi-flow airfilter
Oxfords heated grips
RAM mount (sliding-spring case, not X-grip)
Throttle booster
Tires: Michelin pilot road 4

Looking forward to sharing knowledge and experiences with you all!

With regards from the Netherlands,
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 04:07 PM
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Very nice bike!

I have a CB500F 2018, which I also use to commute all year around. What can you tell me about the 16T front sprocket?, is it a wise option for that usage?

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Thank you!

It's my honest opinion that the bike has been made for the 16T front sprocket. The bike accelerates smoother, runs more economical and feels more at home on the highway. Also the speed gauge now reads exactly the GPS speed.
Although longer gearing typically means slower acceleration, I find that the 16T sprocket provides more use of each gear. As such I feel I can actually accelerate faster.
For example, with the 15T it felt awkward to accelerate to fifty in first, as the bike would be roaring going just thirty, with the 16T it feels natural to accelerate through a turn in first and come out with fifty. On the other end, with 15T I'd enter the highway in sixth gear, with the 16T either in fourth or fifth.
As for milage, I feel it has become about 5% more economical at highway speeds as all RPMs come down quite a bit. Also makes cruising at 130+ a joy as the bike has less 'high RPM'.

Unless you mainly drive in the hills I'd definitely recommend it.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 01:49 PM
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That's a very informative and convincing answer, Dutch500.

Next September my bike is in for its first year check, and I will ask for that 16T front sprocket to be installed on it.

Certainly 1st and 2nd gears are very short with the stock 15T front sprocket, which is what bothers me the most about this bike.
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Happy to help. I think you will like it very much, especially if you are bothered by the short first gears. Please do share your experience after installing the 16T.


Ride safe!
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-25-2019, 12:05 PM
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Dutch500, would you recommend the 16T front sprocket mod for someone like me, who rides in the city alot, with speed limits of 30-40 MPH or would this be more of a highway riding benefit? I too have found first and second gears too short and jerky, I'm hoping the 16T front sprocket would help fix this problem.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-10-2019, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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Definitely! It feels very well suited for the city.
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Welcome to the forums! I guess you've been here for a while. You've nearly talked me into changing out the front sprocket now!

I mean the best with what I say. It doesn't always sound that way.
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