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12-07-2019 05:44 PM
motohonace As long as we are on the stay-warm-in-winter topic, one other thing to consider is a fully insulated one piece textile riding suit. I use a Joe Rocket Survivor suit. It is waterproof & has a zip out insulated liner. If you layer proper clothing under it it will keep you warm & mostly dry even in conditions that you should not be riding in in the first place. I have been out in sub freezing temps for hours & managed to stay reasonably comfortable. A high pain threshold always helps, but we wouldn’t be riders if it was all about comfort. I also use a neck gator to protect my neck & lower face. I do love the fact that living in Cali provides me with the possibility to ride year round.
12-07-2019 09:59 AM
OldRocker I used to use handlebar muffs on my bikes in the cold winter weather, I found they work far better than heated grips and your fingers don't get cold. Wear with gloves and keep hands nice and toasty.
12-06-2019 11:58 PM
chzeckmate I've got a pair of Sedici winter gauntlets that are very comfortable and I can ride for hours in freezing temperatures without any problem at all. I don't have the product number, but I have several pairs of gloves for winter that I paid more for that aren't as effective. I also have a Freeze-Out balaclava that is essential for riding in the cold. I have the Freeze-Out Warm'R neck and chest warmer for long rides. As mentioned above, keeping your core temp up is crucial.

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12-04-2019 05:19 PM
motohonace SamGunn64, Always a good idea to pre-flight your bike before getting on it & riding away, just like an airplane. Tire pressures are very important & affect handling greatly. Many run pressures a few psi less than stated on the swing arm. Try different pressures & see what works best for you.
Also check your tires for cuts, nails, etc. Check oil & coolant levels, chain & bolts regularly. Keep the chain properly clean, lubed & adjusted. Change oil & filter every 3000mi. Oil is cheap & will make the engine last much longer if it is changed often. DYI, it is easy basic matainance.
Have fun & ride more.
12-04-2019 04:57 PM
flyinpiranha Great feedback all around!

Quick note, the $300 was for the install of the heated grips, which was way, way, too much. For the first service was about $150. I plan on doing all non-major stuff myself (also got the service manual for the bike). I have no problems taking the thing apart for the most part, have friends that can step me through really difficult stuff but they are out of town for a couple months ...

I did end up getting the Oxford Heated grips and still in the process of installing. I had to Dremel/sand down the throttle tube, hopefully it's all cured up when I get home tonight and I'll start with the wiring (I did test them first!). Just the test, they got really, really warm. Can't wait to see how they work with my "winter" gloves (Klim Vanguard GTX Long w/ 1.0 Liners) ... they have a pretty slim palm, so should transfer heat well.

I did notice a lot of folks mention wind guards, I can't really seem to find a cheaper "wind deflection-only" pair that could easily be removed come summer (bike looks too good all nekkid) for the 2019 CB500F ... but I'll keep looking. Most are bar-end connectors and after taking off those for the grips, never want to mess with those damned things again ... which reminds me I need to get some loctite.
12-04-2019 09:29 AM
Slevin I'm new to riding as well (4ish months)and I'm able to feel when the tire pressure is off now as well as hear it.

I'm in similar weather, and wear thermals, warm socks, and my summer jacket with armor in it since I don't have a winter jacket. I bought some winter gloves that help my fingers not get numb, only cold, by the time I get to work 45 minutes later.
Handlebar air deflectors would help and a windshield really helps for highway speeds.
12-04-2019 05:37 AM
GlenAnderson The key to keeping warm is to protect your core. Make sure that your torso is well insulated, wear plenty of layers, but don’t have them all squashed under your summer size jacket. Buy a size up for winter wear. If you can keep your core temperature up, then blood will flow to your extremities (hands/feet), to regulate your overs body temperature. Heated grips will help a lot, but they won’t do the job properly on their own.
12-04-2019 05:16 AM
someone You do not have to remove the tank to just thread through some cables, there is plenty of space inside the fairings to hide wiring.

I had some grip puppies, but took them off because they reduced the heat from my grips. Those are OEM Honda heated grips, though. Which are far too expensive to recommend, but they were on the bike when I bought it. It may be that the Oxford ones are warmer you can happily use both together.

For short rides, grips are probably enough. But they obviously only warm the palm and inside of your fingers. And it is the outside that gets hit by cold wind. So on longer and faster rides they may not be enough.

In cooler weather generally, as airhead83 mentions, they are fantastic.
12-04-2019 12:11 AM
RalphG $300! Learn how to change your own oil and filter. Use a good grade of synthetic oil 10/30, 5/40, etc, and either an OEM filter of one that cross-references to it (search internet). There should be tutorials for this on You Tube. Make sure none of the nuts and bolts on the bike, especially those on the forks, handlebars, etc are loose, but don't over-tighten. It's good to have a knowledgeable friend assist the first time. Done well and wisely, you'll save $270. If you don't have the heated grips, yet, find a pr of Thinsulate ski gloves. No wires, no hassles. I found mine at a thrift store for a dollar.

Dealership basic service generally is competently done, but you can learn to do as well yourself at a substantial cost saving. Changing the oil and filter on the Honda CB-500 F and R is among the easiest in motorcycle-dom.

Wrenching bikes since 1953.
12-03-2019 08:06 PM
flyinpiranha Thanks for the feedback, all! Looks like I may have to bite the bullet and snag a pair of these. I have removed the side fairings before, but not the tank (which I read was part of the install to stash the wires) ... and the shop when I was taking it in for the first service quoted me about $300 said and done (including the grips) ...
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