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Old 06-07-2006, 6:54 PM   #1
 
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For all you former CX500 riders

Hi Y'all,

My name is Christian and this is my first post here - I have been riding mostly Jap bikes over the years and have more recently settled in on a very low milage CX500 for my commuter bike (50miles a day). It has been a good experience and the milage has been excellent. As the weather on the front range of Colorado has warmed up, my temp gage has been moving up as well. For those who remember their 500's, the temp gauge has a fairly wide 'safe' zone before it hits the red. My bike is staying within the 'safe zone' but it is plain that the thermostat is no longer able to regulate it as it did in the cooler weather. My question is simply whether this is normal behaviour on these bikes or not. I have verified that the fan is good, the radiator was flushed and found to be in good shape and I just changed out the thermostat. If this is not normal, then my next guess would be the water pump, which I am hoping to avoid. Does anyone have any sage advice on this out there - thanks in advance... c.S.
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Just got an old 80 CX500C. Anyone online who has one of these bikes?
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Hi there - I have one of these beauties - ride it about 15k a year for the last 2.5 years and hope to get 10 more out of it if possible c.S.
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That's a good report. I received mine from my dad who stopped riding it 15 years ago. I plan to use it for commuting to work, and save my VFR for bike nites and street action. The CX has 35,000 miles and has set up for 15 years. Tank and carbs were gummed up and front hydraulic brake didn't work. But, got those straightened out. My dad had put a vetter fairing on it. I took it off to give it an original look. Headlight bucket and brackets are missing. Probably kept by dealer when he installed the fairing in 1980. But it starts up and idles nicely now. All fluids flushed and ready to run once I get a headlight.
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Yes that should be normal ,as long as it dosent hit the red, or running right next to the line, if so you might look into a new gauge before you buy a water pump
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Hi Y'all,

My name is Christian and this is my first post here - I have been riding mostly Jap bikes over the years and have more recently settled in on a very low milage CX500 for my commuter bike (50miles a day). It has been a good experience and the milage has been excellent. As the weather on the front range of Colorado has warmed up, my temp gage has been moving up as well. For those who remember their 500's, the temp gauge has a fairly wide 'safe' zone before it hits the red. My bike is staying within the 'safe zone' but it is plain that the thermostat is no longer able to regulate it as it did in the cooler weather. My question is simply whether this is normal behaviour on these bikes or not. I have verified that the fan is good, the radiator was flushed and found to be in good shape and I just changed out the thermostat. If this is not normal, then my next guess would be the water pump, which I am hoping to avoid. Does anyone have any sage advice on this out there - thanks in advance... c.S.

Hi Christian :-)
The thermostat does not regulate the engine temperature, it is open all the time once the bike is warmed up.
The fan is what regulates the temperature.
Is your fan coming on? If not, then the bike is still within the normal operating temperature.
I assume from the work you've just done that you have replaced the coolant already?
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ive changed my coils and still no spark everything else works ,checked kill switch as well ,i have a new wireing harness but im realy not wanting to reedo all that
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ive changed my coils and still no spark everything else works ,checked kill switch as well ,i have a new wireing harness but im realy not wanting to reedo all that

You did actually check the spark plgs for spark, right?
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yeah i had some new plugs and pluged one into the wire and grounded it to the motor and no spark,so i changed the coils and still nothing. i have several parts bikes with good parts,i even change the kill switch on the handle bars. any other ideas?
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