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Home Repair And RestorationCB500X Major Service

Why And How

By Ren Withnell

Regular readers will know my CB500X is coming up for its 16,000 mile major service. They'll also know I've been in a conundrum about whether or not to do it myself (Rochdale Honda - Thanks). 

I'm doing it myself. I'm not doing it the usual way though. Typically I should lock myself in the garage for the day with my tools and an endless supply of tea. However, I don't have a proper garage, I do have tools but I don't have anyone to bring me an endless supply of tea. Poor poor Ren, everybody say "awwwwwwwwww".

A garage filled with tools, shelves and equipment and Sharon holding a tyre
Unlike Latchy's Garage and glamorous assistant I have just a scruffy shed.

No, due to my sad circumstances I am going to do the job slowly over a period of a few weeks. I have a trip to Wales coming up soon and I DO NOT want to get deep into the engine to change the plugs and set the shims with the trip looming over my head. I'll change the oil so it's fresh for the trip and work my way through everything else as time allows. 

The main thing I don't want to do is rush. Rushing is the very reason I'm loathe to pay for an overworked mechanic who's constantly under pressure to do more. I intend (best laid plans of mice and men) to do each task when time permits me to do it slowly and carefully. Experience tells me it will take me a lot of self control but experience also tells me this is the best way for myself. Some work well under pressure, me, I just collapse.

Ren pulls a funny face and looks silly
Expert - Ex as in has been, spurt as in a drip under pressure.

So lets see how all this pans out...

What's your spannering story? If you'd like to share it with the Bikes And Travels readers drop Ren a line -

Why And How Ren is explaining (or justifying) why and how he's going to (attempt) to service the 500X himself. I see trouble ahead.
What Parts Do I Need Fearful for his wallet Ren takes the plunge and purchases genuine Honda parts from a genuine Honda shop. Brave fool
Change The Oil And Filter It's the first and probably one of the most important jobs of the service. Luckily it's quite simple too - change the oil and filter.
Change The Air Filter (Cleaner) Ren's changed the air filter this time, or as Honda like to call it - the air cleaner. Luckily this one's not rocket science either.
Tappets, Shims And Plugs It's the big job, the tough task, the one Ren's been dreading. It's time to take the top off the CB500X and do the tappets and plugs. Wish him luck, he'll need it.
Home Repair And RestorationCB500X Major Service Random Link

Reader's Comments

Bob said :-
Prioritise - as you are doing.
If I have a trip coming up I make sure I don't take on a job I can't finish in one session. So, oil and filter is easy and the most important.
Shims, well this can take a while. If you have a second bike you can start in on a Friday evening, then you've got Saturday to get down to the dealers and pick up the new shims that you may need.
Suspension, do the fork oil in one session, rear linkages in another.
That's how I work, a full service might actually take place over 3 consecutive weekends, with the bike in service during the intervening time.
That said, my new KLX250 needed shims and a camchain and whilst I am well capable of doing it myself on this occasion I simply couldn't be arsed and booked it in! Everything else I'll do myself.
06/09/2017 07:31:39 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Cheers Bob. You'll see in forthcoming posts what I've done so far.

Actually for the service the suspension is "inspection". There's nothing specific regarding changing the fork oil or stripping the bearings. BUT - I think on a cold wet winter's day stripping and re-greasing the rear linkage would be a worthwhile input of energy. If I was really smart I'd fit grease nipples too but I'm not. Ooooh, wonder if I can find them bolts with grease nipples on them in the right sizes?

"New" KLX250? By new I'm guessing new to yourself as opposed to brand new? Is it the same motor as Sharon's Z250SL? We'll need to check the shims in hers next year sometime and any information you have would be useful.
06/09/2017 09:54:46 UTC
Bob said :-
I don't think the engine is the same, the KLX250 lump has been around a while and they deleted the model for Euro4. Mine's a 2010.
With the rear suspension linkages it's more about stopping the bolts seizing in place that actually greasing the bearings themselves. Nobody ever bothers to do it and when some time down the line the bearings finally fail you find that the you can't get the bolts out.
On the Honda Vigor I developed a technique which involved a MIG welder and 1mm angle grinder disc and I could chop out the two bolts that always seize in a couple of hours.

06/09/2017 12:56:39 UTC

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