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I present to the group one Seriously Naked 374 lbs 2017 CB500F. It's only goal is to keep its new 70-year old owner happy riding the twisty back roads of PA. I started riding dirt when I was 14 and spent many years riding Motocross, Flat Track, Enduros, etc. So for my 1st street bike, I bought the 500 for its lightweight and moderate power and the fun began. Day one it went on a strict diet and the parts went flying!

After many mods and upgraded parts, I can say the 4 must-dos to these bikes are
  • Better tires, I chose the Metzler M9's for their dual-compound construction.
  • Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines with EBC pads.
  • GSXR 600 fully adjustable rear shock, got a new one from eBay for $40.
  • RaceTech .80 straight fork springs replacing the .65 progressive stock springs.
After losing 30 + pounds, adding stickier tires, upgraded brakes, and a dialed-in suspension this bike feels nothing like the bike I started with. It corners so much more precise and confident inspiring, brakes cut stopping distance and with a much better feel. Going from a pretty crappy suspension to just a mild upgrade made this bike behave so much better in every aspect of the ride, braking, cornering, and comfort.
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Nice looking bike, very different! Hope I'm, still riding at 70. Looks like you are not afraid to lean it in the corners based on the rear tire chicken strips. How hard was it to install the rear shock, did you have to cut anything to make room for the reservoir?
 

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Great looking bike. Suspension makes such a large difference on this bike. Had a similar setup on my ‘13 F, (Traxxion Dynamics fork kit and GSXR-750 rear shock), and it was the best mod I made on that bike.
 

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Nice looking bike, very different! Hope I'm, still riding at 70. Looks like you are not afraid to lean it in the corners based on the rear tire chicken strips. How hard was it to install the rear shock, did you have to cut anything to make room for the reservoir?
 

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Thanks, I had to cut a few inches of plastic to get it to fit. There is a good YouTube video on the install.
 

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I present to the group one Seriously Naked 381 lbs 2017 CB500F. It's only goal is to keep its new 70-year old owner happy riding the twisty back roads of PA. I started riding dirt when I was 14 and spent many years riding Motocross, Flat Track, Enduros, etc. So for my 1st street bike, I bought the 500 for its lightweight and moderate power and the fun began. Day one it went on a strict diet and the parts went flying!

After many mods and upgraded parts, I can say the 4 must-dos to these bikes are
  • Better tires, I chose the Metzler M9's for their dual-compound construction.
  • Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines with EBC pads.
  • GSXR 600 fully adjustable rear shock, got a new one from eBay for $40.
  • RaceTech .80 straight fork springs replacing the .65 progressive stock springs.
After losing 30 pounds, adding stickier tires, upgraded brakes, and a dialed-in suspension this bike feels nothing like the bike I started with. It corners so much more precise and confident inspiring, brakes cut stopping distance and with a much better feel. Going from a pretty crappy suspension to just a mild upgrade made this bike behave so much better in every aspect of the ride, braking, cornering, and comfort. View attachment 72689 View attachment 72690 View attachment 72691 View attachment 72692 View attachment 72693 View attachment 72694 View attachment 72695 View attachment 72696 View attachment 72697
I present to the group one Seriously Naked 381 lbs 2017 CB500F. It's only goal is to keep its new 70-year old owner happy riding the twisty back roads of PA. I started riding dirt when I was 14 and spent many years riding Motocross, Flat Track, Enduros, etc. So for my 1st street bike, I bought the 500 for its lightweight and moderate power and the fun began. Day one it went on a strict diet and the parts went flying!

After many mods and upgraded parts, I can say the 4 must-dos to these bikes are
  • Better tires, I chose the Metzler M9's for their dual-compound construction.
  • Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines with EBC pads.
  • GSXR 600 fully adjustable rear shock, got a new one from eBay for $40.
  • RaceTech .80 straight fork springs replacing the .65 progressive stock springs.
After losing 30 pounds, adding stickier tires, upgraded brakes, and a dialed-in suspension this bike feels nothing like the bike I started with. It corners so much more precise and confident inspiring, brakes cut stopping distance and with a much better feel. Going from a pretty crappy suspension to just a mild upgrade made this bike behave so much better in every aspect of the ride, braking, cornering, and comfort. View attachment 72689 View attachment 72690 View attachment 72691 View attachment 72692 View attachment 72693 View attachment 72694 View attachment 72695 View attachment 72696 View attachment 72697
Looking good old man....recently bought my first "street" bike.....a 2014 CBR 500R.....My kids thought
I was crazy to get a bike at my age(77),but it is sure good therapy for me in these crazy times!
 

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@toslo50 the naked look has grown on me too, bike looks good, I see we took a couple similar approaches with our modifications ;)
I concur the best mod was the suspension upgrade too, if only Honda took a page out of the modder's handbook they would be serious competition!
My version of the super naked, stripped down from an R : CBR500R Streetfighter
 

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Looking good old man....recently bought my first "street" bike.....a 2014 CBR 500R.....My kids thought
I was crazy to get a bike at my age(77),but it is sure good therapy for me in these crazy times!
I hear you, I'm definitely in a great state of mind when riding and in the zone. I love learning new riding skills and techniques. I highly recommend you read the book by Lee Parks, Total Control High-Performance Street Techniques, and take an intermediate riding course. Practice Practice Practice! It's fun!
 

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@toslo50 the naked look has grown on me too, bike looks good, I see we took a couple similar approaches with our modifications ;)
I concur the best mod was the suspension upgrade too, if only Honda took a page out of the modder's handbook they would be serious competition!
My version of the super naked, stripped down from an R : CBR500R Streetfighter
Your bike looks great! Mine feels like a totally different bike with the weight savings, tires, tuning and suspension mods. So I used yor method of the covers to hid the wires and it looks great so "Thanks". Did you go to a full cartridge upgrade for the forks as I noticed a different fork cap. What master cylinder did you upgrade too?
 

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Your bike looks great! Mine feels like a totally different bike with the weight savings, tires, tuning and suspension mods. So I used yor method of the covers to hid the wires and it looks great so "Thanks". Did you go to a full cartridge upgrade for the forks as I noticed a different fork cap. What master cylinder did you upgrade too?
Yes definitely notice the weight difference, gets up and boogies so much quicker :D
My forks have the same .80 Racetech springs and their cartridge emulators in them yeah; added the caps plus a fork brace and a steering stabiliser. While the back has a gsxr600 shock same as yours. Those bits, and running Dunlop Q3+, the thing grips like cat on carpet!
The MC is Nissin 14mm unit [stock is 12.7mm], bought it as part of an experiment to upgrade the caliper to one from a Street Triple, but that didn't work out so well. Threw the MC on anyway. Has less travel than stock, which I like, as the stock 'bite' point was too close to grip for my liking and couldn't set the lever out further or it'd be a stretch to grab it. It's more progressive that stock too, which I'm undecided on but still roll with it... As in it has less brake force than stock at the start of the pull, but ramps up to be more strong towards the end of the squeeze, whereas stock was more linear.
 
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