The CB500T presently sits, in all its glory , right outside my apartment window. I can just see the brown of its tank from where I sit typing this blog. Look, it just plain looks great sitting there reflecting the light from inside and I’m falling in love with this little beast all over again. I’ve been breaking her in again gently and my confidence in the vibrous monster grows with each passing day. She’s smoothing out and we’re gonna treat her to some more new parts. But first, lets do a bit of a rundown of what’s been done thus far:
- new fuel filter
- fork gaitors
- starter clutch relegated to the dustbin of history
- new sparky plugs
- front break system flushed and gone through
- wheels trued
- new fork seals (well, 2009 new enough)
- new (to me), more functional rear rack
- LED voltmeter installed
- new sprockets all around and chain
- complete tune-up: valves, timing, points
- carbs taken apart, cleaned, and gone through
- new gel battery/bettery
- all electric connections gone through and greased
- modern rectifier
- headlight kill switch
Yea, I think thats it. God will forgive me if I forgot anything. Moving on, we’ll need a few more things to shore the bitch up and take care of everything that needs to be taken care of before our rideabout.
First and foremost, we’ll need to take care of that little muffler crack and get it all welded up. We don’t want that falling off between Yellowknife and Fort Simpson or wherever the hell I’m going. Ditch that crossover box, toss on a pair of CB450 headers and you’re golden.
Figure out that luggage boyo and figure it out soon. Keep that dorky rubbermaid plastic box that saw James Bay, or ditch it for something else? Stay with the army surplus green softbags, or figure something else out? And where to store the soccer ball and surplus gas tank? Decisions decisions.
Will time allow for the drilling of the front rotor? Only time will tell, and the clock ticks on. It waits for no man, nor manboy. There is only so much time left.
Regardless, time must allow for the ordering of some new parts, if only to please the machine Gods and give the CB its due diligence and every chance to make it to ends of the earth. We’ll need to secure:
- carb rebuild kit(s)
- new wheel bearings
- new tires and HD tubes
- front break pads
Eh, I think that’s it really. I can figure the rest out on the road right?
I’ll do a little camping/personal gear rundown in due time, but as for tools/spares my basic kit will look a little something like this:
- vice grips
- tire irons, tube patches, etc.
- needle nose pliers
- stock tool kit (will handle 99% of fix-its)
- chain breaker/press
- extra bulbs
- extra clutch ball bearings (real easy to lose)
- assorted screws/nuts
- spare cables
- extra points/condenser
- duct/electrical tape
- JB Weld/Epoxy
That’s pretty much it, I’m sure I’m forgetting something. But we will check and double check and rack our brains for anything that might be forgotten so that it will not be forgot before departure, such as extra valve caps.