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"these machines also suffered from major crankshaft rotation related quirks. For instance, if the throttle was closed quickly (in an emergency, for instance) the bike would lean to the right. In addition, the rear wheel on these shaft drive bikes could be easily locked if the rider changed down too quickly." Have any of those issues happened here on the forum at all? I dont think the bike is top heavy at all either....
 

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"these machines also suffered from major crankshaft rotation related quirks. For instance, if the throttle was closed quickly (in an emergency, for instance) the bike would lean to the right. In addition, the rear wheel on these shaft drive bikes could be easily locked if the rider changed down too quickly." Have any of those issues happened here on the forum at all? I dont think the bike is top heavy at all either....




The crankshaft rotation lean is a real thing, though not so major since the driveshaft runs counter so as to balance it somewhat. You can try it out at a stoplight; give it a good rev, and you will feel the bike sway to one direction. Same thing happens coasting with no hands and no throttle lock; as the bike slows, it will want to lean to one side (I forget which) and you need to sit a little crooked to make up for it.



I would consider the CX500 top-heavy too, compared to a lot of other bikes. Nothing unmanageable, but it's tall (consequence of putting the transmission under the engine and not behind it) and the Standard/Deluxe has a big tank.



These are small issues.
 

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"top heavy, tall"

Sounds like a first impression by an over opinionated shortarse

who has probably never spent any time on one and wrote more from rumour

than experience.

"major crankshaft rotation related quirks"

Utter Bollaux !!

 

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"top heavy, tall"

Sounds like a first impression by an over opinionated shortarse

who has probably never spent any time on one and wrote more from rumour

than experience.

"major crankshaft rotation related quirks"

Utter Bollaux !!





Slight I'll accept and yes they are a bit tall



While I'm rantin on.....

I had an Ariel Arrow when I was young and knew everything

and it wasnt the silencers(mufflers) that hit the deck it was the main stand.



Another bike he obviously never bloody rode
 

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I'm 5'11" in the morning and yes the bikes feel top heavy when I 1st set off from standing position but that's about it.Once rolling I don't notice it.They do feel as little more cumbersome with a full tank but then so do most bikes.

As for any gyroscopic effects these are counterbalanced by the transmission/gearbox rotating in the opposite direction to the crank shaft.



I've gone,"Airborne" more than once at speed on my Cxs and there's is little or no twist in the bikes and have landed with ease and it's quite fun so long as you have a secure sphincter and decent road surface




So to agree with Reg.Bo**ocks
 

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"However early UK versions were plagued with a major manufacturing fault—the crankshaft main bearing specifications were incorrect resulting in a major recall."



Was there a recall for main bearings??
 

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As for any gyroscopic effects these are counterbalanced by the transmission/gearbox rotating in the opposite direction to the crank shaft.

I've gone,"Airborne" more than once at speed on my Cxs and there's is little or no twist in the bikes and have landed with ease and it's quite fun so long as you have a secure sphincter and decent road surface


So to agree with Reg.Bo**ocks


Did you perform the barrel roll maneuver whilst airborne Shep ?



yeah the reviewer is talking out of his muffler.



I personally think the bike is pretty nimble. apart from when the tank is full, it's a bit sketchy on gravelly roads at slow speeds, but that's probably same on most bikes though I guess.
 

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"However early UK versions were plagued with a major manufacturing fault—the crankshaft main bearing specifications were incorrect resulting in a major recall."



Was there a recall for main bearings??


I think he mistook main bearings for the cam-chain tensioner recall. stupid tw*t that he is.
 

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I've heard similiar commentary on those bikes before...from total riding newbs. The first 2 on his list are bikes for people who KNOW how to ride, pay attention, and can ride the edge of the envelope. His comments are very generic and rather obviously not based on personal observations but something he probably googled on the net.
 

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The crankshaft rotation lean is a real thing, though not so major since the driveshaft runs counter so as to balance it somewhat. You can try it out at a stoplight; give it a good rev, and you will feel the bike sway to one direction.

I would consider the CX500 top-heavy too, compared to a lot of other bikes. Nothing unmanageable, but it's tall (consequence of putting the transmission under the engine and not behind it) and the Standard/Deluxe has a big tank.



These are small issues.


Just rev it on the side stand, you can feel it torque twist to the right, it's very very minor though.



Sat on a ST1300 in the showroom the other day. Just getting it off the sidestand took way more effort than my GLi. I was quite suprised by how "top heavy" it felt.
 

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