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Glad to hear everyone is doing good,
I'm in San Diego, work in essential industry so been working half from home and half at the office. Also spent bunch of time working on my bikes and went on a nice ride last weekend.


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Three and a half years to retire. Will miss the money but hope there is honey on the other side of slavery. Looking forward to just doing what I want to, when I want. Love this forum. Enjoy reading it every morning.
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Hi everybody, like indicated above by many CBX friends, life could be worse and it is a blessing to be retired. I feel sorry for all the families whose life has been ruined by covid19, resulting in either loss of jobs, earnings, or worse loss of life in their families. Can’t wait for things getting back to normal, with open restaurants, bars, traveling restrictions lifted, weather in NC has been ok, able to take short rides , couple of hours max. Not taking chances, even if country re-open officially and prematurely, far from being out of the woods yet. All be safe.
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Indeed, JP, this mostly retired thing is a good gig! Just hoping we can do some meaningful 2-wheeled traveling this Summer. e are hoping to be able to do the Fall rally in Marietta. Obviously, don't have anything definitive, yet. Stay well.
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Covid19 not as rough on us Alaskans since social distancing is default lifestyle. Fairbanks (my home town) has 63 confirmed cases but has held at that number for two+ weeks. 344 statewide out of a total population of 750,000 or so. The state is now cautiously calling people back to work. Great! Wife and I are both retired so life isn't much different for us but have several family members laid off from work and more may be if things don't pick up. Its good to hear how all of you are doing. My driveway/road is almost dried out enough to get bikes out. YAY!
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Thanks for this thread, Phil! It's good to see that everyone's doing ok here. As I'm involved in agri-business, we're hammer down as always in the spring. BTW, hardly anyone in agriculture here wears a mask...last week we had a customer in our store with a mask, and after they left, one of our employees said, "I thought we were being robbed...the mask and all." Funny how paradigms and be so different! :)

Although my family's all good, my CBX remains in quarantine...an effort to do some deep service in Feb. has turned into a major refurb. So far I've straightened out the carbs, redone the alternator with brushes, bearings, a seal, and drive plates from Nils, serviced the head with new stem seals, brakes completely rebuilt...all while waiting on a resolution to bad cylinder bore issues. Mike Nixon has my cylinder block and is fitting Wiseco pistons and I'm hoping to have them back soon. What I first thought was going to be a couple of weekend's worth of service has become a major overhaul. My (latest) goal is to have her back on the road by Memorial weekend...or maybe July 4th. Blessings to everyone here...oh, and a great big "Thank You!" to Larry for all his work on the forum!
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A little update from my side: in my original post starting this thread, I noted that holding down 2 full-time jobs and caring for 2 young kids was a constant scramble - we hit our limit late May and by mid-June I was on leave to care for the kids. Giving up one income (and having to be away from work at a somewhat critical time) definitely brought its share of stresses, but about 3 months as the primary caregiver of our 2 year old and 5 year old was really rewarding.

Our daughter is back in daycare now, and school for our son is supposed to resume next week, so I'm planing to get back to work fairly soon. Even though this mess has killed any chance for doing some of the stuff I had hoped to do for myself this year - and there's still a ton of uncertainty, I'll always be glad for the time spent with the kids at this age.

Anyhow, I still have another big round of upgrades and fixes planned for my CBX, can't wait until the dust settles and we're back to having the time and resources to take stuff like that on!
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What this pandemic has exposed in Oz is the fragility of our democracy and the effects of globalisation.

Living on a State border where on one side my fellow club members are out racing at the track and living life as it was b4 while on this side 15 minutes away we cannot leave our houses without one of 4 essential purposes courtesy of the second wave. The contrast is extreme. Normality just over that invisible line and ghost towns on this side. And not a single positive case within cooee of this remote part of the world makes it all seem absurd but I'm glad I don't live in Melbourne.

Federations are a dubious historical model that now seem outdated and archaic. A century of centralism evaporated in a paranoid flash. The second wave brought to us by globalisation, the casualisation of the workforce (particularly in aged care and health) and labor recruitment from the cheapest and poorest countries to do the jobs Ozzies eschew. Does this sound familiar?

Anyhow, its given me plenty of time to fiddle with the CBX. My latest mod an extendable, span adjustable clutch lever has finally exceeded the limits of the length of the CBX "sport" cable (for Oz models - too long) and either a custom cable or hydraulic conversion is now in the offing.

Thanks for this thread Phil. Its encouraging to hear how people in different parts of the world are coping with this virus and I'm glad you've gained some time with the family even if it had to come at a financial cost. I've stopped looking at my investments.

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Warwick Biggs wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:20 am
Anyhow, its given me plenty of time to fiddle with the CBX. My latest mod an extendable, span adjustable clutch lever has finally exceeded the limits of the length of the CBX "sport" cable (for Oz models - too long) and either a custom cable or hydraulic conversion is now in the offing.
If you're willing to use mineral oil for the clutch and source a Magura master cylinder, Magura makes inexpensive conversion kits for dirt bikes that others have successfully fit to the CBX.
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I've been looking at a Clake. The Magura kit is cheaper but is not listed as compatible with the CBX. Presumably somebody has modified one but the question is, which one? Do you have a link or any further info?

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Warwick Biggs wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:01 am
I've been looking at a Clake. The Magura kit is cheaper but is not listed as compatible with the CBX. Presumably somebody has modified one but the question is, which one? Do you have a link or any further info?
I bought my stuff based on what I learned here, but I haven't had it installed and validated yet so I can't share any firsthand experience.
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