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Some dealers cannot offer a test ride. Also delivery dates are 4 to 8 weeks. and no voice of collars. I wanted yellow now I have to take grey. Well, I hope I will feel merrier when I at last get delivery - before we are back into winter. Royston PS., My other anxiety is seat height. I have had 13 BMWs but now with my failing strength, I have to downsize drastically.
 

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Thanks for acknowledging. Well, at last my bike will be ready from Wednesday 20th. Now my nightmare is insurance. The premium is unrealistic. They are demanding much more for this smaller machine than when I was insured with them, Bikesure, just a few weeks ago for a bigger bike F750.
 

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85 years, 31" inseam and 135#, I find my 2017 CB-500F very manageable, as I raised the bars 2", lowered the bike 1.25" with Vortec lowering links, fitted a Wilbers 7.5 N rear shock, had Russell "Day Long" seats In California do a true custom-fitted seat and I'm ready to ride into the sunset with a bike I'm absolutely at peace with. Saved 8# via a Akrapovic pipe (Db killer not removed) and 7# removed with Anti-Gravity lithium ion battery.
 

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Just took delivery of my CB500F 2022 model collar grey. Far tooo soon to comment on much of it. I am awaiting delivery of a windscreen. At 60 miles per hour the wind is uncomfortable. I need very much to familiarise myself with the controls.Right now the throttle is a bit twitchy. I have had to adjust the foot levers and hard-wire my German. Already I am optimistic that I will get to like this wee machine. Brian H.
 

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Brian: I strongly recommend the replacement of the 15T countershaft sprocket with a 17. It will fit but requires a bit of grinding; 1/8": off the steel "case saver" in front of the sprocket. Chain is long enough that if the rear wheel is pushed all the way forward you won't have to change the chain for a longer one. The advantage to this conversion is that your rpm at cruise drops by 13%, while first gear remains low enough to get moving from a stop with no struggle. There is a thread on this modification on this forum. Just "Search". Do not omit the case saver if you make this mod. The case saver protects the aluminum crankcase should your drive chain break (unlikely, but could happen).

I got my 17T sprocket from Sprocket Specialists in USA. Not expensive, about $33USD plus shipping, and it makes a great difference in how hard the engine is working at cruising speeds. You should get some fuel consumption decrease, too. My '17 CB-500F always runs in the 70-78 mpg range (US gallons). I admittedly am an "easy rider".

Eager to read your assessment of your new bike. It is a very sturdy bike, with very few reported problems.

Ralph
 

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Just took delivery of my CB500F 2022 model collar grey. Far tooo soon to comment on much of it. I am awaiting delivery of a windscreen. At 60 miles per hour the wind is uncomfortable. I need very much to familiarise myself with the controls.Right now the throttle is a bit twitchy. I have had to adjust the foot levers and hard-wire my German. Already I am optimistic that I will get to like this wee machine. Brian H.
Maybe I'm just ignorant, but how do you "hardwire a German" ? Or anyone else, for that matter?
 
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