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Recently acquired this as my first motorcycle.

Learning now but planning to mod it for better commuting.

Already added a gear indicator and grip puppies to fix some minor annoyances.
 

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Very nice bike! Love how the white looks.

With regards to modding for commuting I would strongly recommend looking into a 16 teeth front sprocket (+1 from stock). Makes it an absolute joy to ride for commuting!
And perhaps a throttle clip to safe yourself from hand cramps on longer rides ?

Looking forward to see what mods you'll install.

Ride safe!
 

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IXIL hyperlow exhaust should be installed today or sometime this weekend when I'm back from hunting.

I filled up and my calculated gas mileage was 70.04! This is the exact reason I bought a bike.

Now knowing a 16T counter sprocket doesn't require a chain change, I'm looking into it as well.
 

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You can go to a 17T without any chain lengthening, but you'll have to remove the case guard and grind it to a slightly larger diameter to accommodate the larger countershaft sprocket. Sprocket Specialists will sell you the sprocket for $33 and installation "how to" is on this forum. This modification really made a difference in my '17 CB-500F's road manners. 1st gear is not at all too "tall" after the installation. No more clutch slipping getting going than previously. Cruising relaxed by 600 rpm at 60 mph.

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Nice. Let me borrow those baffles, will you?? I have some obnoxious neighbors, I'd like to quieten down. :grin:
 

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Nice. Let me borrow those baffles, will you?? I have some obnoxious neighbors, I'd like to quieten down. :grin:
Sure, come get them. Although I'm not sure they work in the same way to quiet down your neighbors. Maybe just the threat of shoving them down their throats will be enough ? >:)



Ordered a 16T counter sprocket because first gear is way to short and jerky in traffic. And while I'm floating around 65-70 mpg on average, I'd like to see if I can push it even more as my commute may get longer soon. Right now its 55ish miles round trip, it may go up to 70+
 

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Great first bike. Have fun!! Be safe!!
 

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Exhaust installed. Very happy with it only with the baffles installed. Without them it's obnoxious at 70-80 mph
Nice! Those IXIL pipes look really good with that all white. Contemplating installing on mine as well. I'm still running stock exhaust and it's just too quiet for me. I may just wait until spring to install at this point though.

Ride safe!
 

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Fit a 16T sprocket today as well as a radiator guard.
Awesome! I'm looking forward to hearing your experience with the 16T.

What radiator guard did you install? And how did the install go?
Cheap one from China or Korea off of Amazon. Install was super easy. 3 bolts.
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Got the bike home after the incident.
Handlebars replaced with a new OEM one.

Replacement turn signals, fairings and speedohealer also in the works.

Enjoying the 16T sprocket. Better rpm across the board, but 6th is a true overdrive now.
Low speed traffic conditions are easier now that 1st isn't so jerky.
 

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15mm handle bar risers were fitted yesterday.
I'm enjoying the new riding position that's more relaxed.

Replaced the broken windshield with the same one Puig naked one.

R&G frame sliders were also added in case of future drops.

I'd post pictures but my phone decided that the focus no longer wanted to work.
 

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I'd post pictures but my phone decided that the focus no longer wanted to work.
Slevin, Since you're in Austin, TX, maybe you can find one of those "techy guys or girls" to help you figure out your phone. I've heard rumors of a few out there. Heck, I believe they even have a hometown college now. Gosh at the progress. ;)
 

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I'd post pictures but my phone decided that the focus no longer wanted to work.
Slevin, Since you're in Austin, TX, maybe you can find one of those "techy guys or girls" to help you figure out your phone. I've heard rumors of a few out there. Heck, I believe they even have a hometown college now. Gosh at the progress./forum/images/CBR500Riders_2015/smilies/tango_face_wink.png
I wish that were the case, it's a known hardware issue with Google phones. Guess I'm lucky :eyeroll

The upgrades help a ton. And I'm planning on getting some saddlebags so I can actually carry stuff that doesn't all fit in my already stuffed backpack.
 

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Did a bunch this past weekend,
Fresh set of spark plugs, a USB power outlet and a PC-V install.
I did have some issues with the pcv originally and ended up having to pull the tank 4 different times trying to troubleshoot but all is well now and it feels much smoother.
 

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Congrats on the successful weekend. The one thing I don't see in your photo is your 'left over parts box'. I always have a few spare nuts, bolts, or fasteners left over any time I remove and reinstall body panels. But, as any good self-conscious technician... I always save them... just in case I'm short next time around. :whistle:
 
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