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Old 30th September 2016, 01:46   #136
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A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9

So, this update has been pending since some time. My sincerest apologies for not being able to provide it timely despite my very sincere efforts. A two year old kid, who just jumps on the laptop even at its slightest sight for her rhymes makes it difficult to take the laptop out.

The bike completed 1 year on August 19. So now its slightly more than 13 months old. I have covered around 8500 Kms till now. Its a bit less than what I had targeted, but no regrets as I could not materialize even one of the 2 hoped for trips.

The bike has been performing flawlessly. No issues so far. I did manage to drop it while taking it out of the parking at a friend's place. It was an awkward slope and I was not careful, plus my short legs didn't help. The bike was stationary, was almost about to start rolling when it happened and I sort of dropped it slowly on the ground. The ground had some stones and honestly my heart did skip a bit. I did not have the courage to lift it and look at the damage. When I did, I was pleasantly surprised. Not even a single ding anywhere on the bodywork. The Rear view mirror had scratches and the bar end weight, frame slider had minor scratches. The rear turn indicator had turned in opposite direction while on the ground, but as I picked it, it came back to its original shape by itself and without any scratch. God was really kind that day. A lesson learnt, thankfully not the hard way.

After this I did feel a bit of difference in the clutch feel and thought the lever had bent or misaligned. Showed it to the honda guys, they took it apart, lubed it and put it back and that fixed everything.

The bike has become smoother and the buzziness has reduced a lot. It is there at certain RMPs, but my brain is sort of used to it now so I have started noticing them much lesser as well. My friend, a ninja 650 owner just loves the smoothness of the CBR, not that Ninja is not smooth by any standards. But the inline smoothness thing is sort of nice.

Overall everything is holding up pretty well. The tyres still seem to have another 4-5K Kms on them. The brakes, the chain, the clutch, all good in shape.

One of the 2 issues I have with the bike is the Meter Design and the very long throttle travel. I cant do anything about the meter, but found a nice DIY to quicken the throttle a bit. There are Quick Throttle kits available but I couldn't find any for the CBR and they are expensive too. So this DIY was interesting and did bring in some difference. For people who do not know about it, here is the link on the basics:
http://www.r6-forum.com/forums/57-ga...-mod-pics.html

The long throttle in the CBR sort of makes it feel very tame. It is good for traffic and slow speed modulation, but does take away a wee bit out of the fun factor. This quick throttle DIY make a slight difference in the way bike feels.

Fuel efficiency consistently hovers around 22-23 Kmpl in the city.

Other than this, no changes to the bike. I am contemplating a windscreen change to the MRA touring one, but some time in future as it is not easy to source these things in India.

Likes:
1) Very Smooth engine for 80% of the Rev Band. Does feel silky smooth down low.
2) Very linear power delivery makes it very easy to ride and ride fast.
3) Very predictable handling. Its not a razor sharp thing, but that means it is much more forgiving to incorrect inputs.
4) Braking is very confidence inspiring on the bike. For me its not the power, but the modulation that the brakes offer provide a lot of control and confidence.
5) Ergonomics, generally comfortable.
6) Fit and Finish of the bike feels very premium. You have to look at the white sparkling paint on the tank to believe it. No rattles so far.
7) Ideal mix of ride and handling with a slight tilt towards sport.

Dislikes:
1) Meter Design could have been better. This feels a bit old age.
2) On some days when you are really on it, the power delivery does feels a bit too tame. You really have to wring the long throttle to get the rush. But when you do, it does pick pace quite well.
3) For somebody who has been out of touring for a while and not generally in the fittest of the state, long distance does take some toll because of the slight forward lean in the riding position.
4) Wet weather grip of the OEM Dunlops. Dry grip is more than sufficient for road use in my opinion.

Overall very happy with the bike. Greed aside, I still believe for my sort of riding this is a very good choice.

Now for some pics:
A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_4893-copy.jpg

One of the Rainy Day rides
A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_4894-copy.jpg

A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_4895-copy.jpg

The End Result
A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_5004-copy.jpg

After the wash
A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_5005-copy.jpg

We went for a Day ride to Sariska, which was around 400 KMs up and down. I had not slept properly for the last 2 days and this is when while coming back, I was mostly crying in pain for the last 60-70 Kms or so. The harsh sun did not help the case either. While my friends on their sofas were having a nice time.
A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_5006-copy.jpg

A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_5007-copy.jpg

A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_5070.jpg

After a nice polish session
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A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_5019-copy.jpg

Regular Sunday Morning GFR runs
A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_5054-copy.jpg

A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_5055-copy.jpg

With a sister
A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_5056.jpg

That is me captured by a friend's gopro.
A dream come true - My Honda CBR650F. EDIT: 1 year update on page 9-img_5025.jpg

I have borrowed a friends gopro and made some test videos. I did not have the helmet mount and the wrapped windscreen blocked most of the view when mounted on the tank. But still if you guys want, feel free to view the videos and share feedback. I have got the helmet mount now. Hopefully this weekend onward, I could get something better.

Not sharing the videos here, as some sections have speeds which we don't advocate and I don't know how to blur the speedo thingy yet.

Here is the link to the channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbI...Z3f0YjU1T3jeAw

Please don't expect anything fancy. These were test runs by a first timer who is very creatively challenged.

I will make some more videos of the exhaust and all.

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Bro, are you talking about the throttle freeplay? Here is a DIY on how to adjust it:



As for MRA touring screen, Horizon Moto may have them in stock by now. They told me they were expecting a price of 7.5k back when I asked them. They are based in Hyderabad. Do contact them and verify on Facebook.

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Wonderful update Rachit and awesome pictures .
Regarding the throttle freeplay, (one will struggle to max out the throttle in one grip) i felt the same and did some DIY freeplay adjustment, it's better than before but a proper quick throttle will be awesome and safer now, especially now after clocking considerable mileage and knowing the bike's characteristics. i sometimes feel Honda opted for this long throttle throw to make this bike Newbie-friendly
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Bro, are you talking about the throttle freeplay? Here is a DIY on how to adjust it:
No bro. Not the throttle free play. This DIY is the reduce how much turn it takes to reach full throttle. From what I could gather, some bikes have 3/4 throttle and some have some other ratios I don't remember. But I think what it means is the degree of circle the throttle needs to move to reach full throttle. CBR has a very long throttle and sometimes you just have to turn the throttle too much if you are in the sort of mood.

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As for MRA touring screen, Horizon Moto may have them in stock by now. They told me they were expecting a price of 7.5k back when I asked them. They are based in Hyderabad. Do contact them and verify on Facebook.
Ok Cool. Thanks bro. Right now don't have the Vitamin M, but it is definitely on the list. Will contact them once I am ready. 7.5K seems okay because even in US it is around 120$.

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Wonderful update Rachit and awesome pictures .
Regarding the throttle freeplay, (one will struggle to max out the throttle in one grip) i felt the same and did some DIY freeplay adjustment, it's better than before but a proper quick throttle will be awesome and safer now, especially now after clocking considerable mileage and knowing the bike's characteristics. i sometimes feel Honda opted for this long throttle throw to make this bike Newbie-friendly
Thank you very much brother. Yes, the same with me. Now that I am comfortable with it, I sometime find the throttle throw very long. Honda definitely chose to make it Newbie friendly which helped initially.

You can try this DIY. There is Thai Video of Z800 by sighbored channel. Its a fairly easy DIY with not much tools required. The only thing is everything is very tightly packed so taking out the throttle grip and putting the cables back on it takes some effort.

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The rear tyre looks damaged in this picture. Or is it the camera angle? Please do keep a stock of the tyre's condition.
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I am contemplating a windscreen change to the MRA touring one, but some time in future as it is not easy to source these things in India.
More than a year now! The last year just flew eh? Keep up the good stuff Rachit.

Check out Post #11 in my thread. I've put a comparison image between the MRA and Puig Touring screens. I'm not exactly sure if one is better than the other. The Puig is available in Bangalore @ Orion Motors I think.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/superb...a-cbr650f.html (Smooth operator - My 2015 Honda CBR650F)

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The rear tyre looks damaged in this picture. Or is it the camera angle? Please do keep a stock of the tyre's condition.
I think its the camera angle. The tyre has about 4-5K Kms left.

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More than a year now! The last year just flew eh? Keep up the good stuff Rachit.

Check out Post #11 in my thread. I've put a comparison image between the MRA and Puig Touring screens. I'm not exactly sure if one is better than the other. The Puig is available in Bangalore @ Orion Motors I think.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/superb...a-cbr650f.html (Smooth operator - My 2015 Honda CBR650F)
Yup. 1 year just flew brother.
Thank you for the pic. Already checked it.
I like the MRA one better. Waiting for Vitamin M.

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So finally I was able to get the GoPro thing to work. I have made a short walk around and some exhaust clips. One issue that I am facing now is wind noise. Gopro catches a lot of wind noise. Trying to figure out ways to reduce them in post processing.



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A good external mic should solve the noise issues. But that Akra still sounds nice nonetheless.
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This past weekend, we made the throttle even quicker by putting in a thicker Zip Tie. Also since last 2 tank ups I have been using the Speed 97 on the bike. Boy o boy has this made a difference in the bike. With the speed the bike even sounds a bit different, louder to be precise. The throttle response is much sharper and there is a definite increase in the urgency.

This time the quick throttle has had a significant change in the way bike feels. I would not say perform because technically it is not changing the performance, but its mostly the feel. The difference was such that I will have to readjust myself to this new setting. I observed I had to use a lot more brakes than I generally do. Overall the bike has become quite fun and I don't sort of wish for a 1000 that much after these changes. I will have to be conscious while coming out of corners because since the throttle has become sharper, I will have re calibrate and get used to this new setting.

But overall very happy with these 2 changes and the excitement to ride is back to its prime again.

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