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Honda CB500’s valve clearance shock

MCN, 05 July 2013 07:30

Every Honda from the new CB500 range will need to have an expensive valve clearance check at just 600 miles to maintain the manufacturer warranty owners have been finding out as the first of the new bikes go in for service. The new CB500 range comprises three models with an all-new parallel-twin motor aimed at the budget-conscious A2 licence holders ...

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Best bikes for under £5k: 2008-2009 Honda CBR600RR

MCN, 21 June 2013 07:30

What was it like then?Bad Honda. It was as if they’d axed Brucey from Strictly – a national treasure tossed aside as Honda ditched the much-loved and long-running CBR600F for a new kind of CBR. One with a ruthless track focus and a painfully thin seat. The new-for-2003 CBR600RR was built around Honda’s latest obsession, mass centralisation, which placed every ...

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Staff Blog: Welcome back CBR500

Andy Calton, 03 June 2013 14:40

When the first Yamaha FZR600 came out back in the day (1990) I was all over it like a rash. The black and pink paintscheme may have been a little 'let's go disco' naff but these were the days of the Carl Fogarty crazy worm leathers! After that I owned one of the early Kawasaki ZX-6Rs and loved that too. I ...

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Used buying guide: Honda VFR

MCN, 23 May 2013 08:30

Since its launch in 1986, Honda’s legendary sports tourer has become an institution. With a formidable reputation for reliability, the VFR has stood the test of time. But it wasn’t always so. The VFR can trace its roots back to some pretty disastrous mid-1980s V4s. Believing the V4 produced the optimum power and torque, Honda launched a family of bikes ...

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Video: Honda CB500X first ride

MCN, 17 May 2013 14:45

In the beginning came the Honda CB500F naked and CBR500R sports, now here's the adventure-styled 'X' version of Honda's new twin. Was it worth the wait? brightcove.createExperiences();

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Video: Honda CRF250M first ride

MCN, 17 May 2013 13:58

Take the useful, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single out of the popular, learner friendly CBR250R and create a proper trailie around it (the CRF250L). Then let's go one step further and make a supermoto out of it - the result is this, the Honda CRF250M! brightcove.createExperiences();

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You Ask/You Answer: How can I improve acceleration?

MCN, 14 May 2013 09:50

"I'd like a bit more acceleration from my Honda CB1000R – and I'm not really bothered about top speed (so long as it'll still cruise at 90mph). What's the best way to change the gearing – bigger rear sprocket, or smaller front sprocket, or a mix of both? "Also, will I need a new chain, and will my speedo read ...

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Video: Honda CB1100 old vs new

Phil West, 16 March 2013 12:30

The all-new Honda CB1100 is intended as a faithful 'homage' not juut to the original CB750K0 of 1969 but also to Honda's whole family of celebrated air-cooled CB fours of the '70s. But how well does it pull it off? brightcove.createExperiences();

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Honda CBR500R first ride

Phil West, 18 February 2013 12:50

Honda’s eagerly-awaited new 500 is currently being tested for the first time by MCN’s Phil West on the roads around Tarragona, near Barcelona - and also at the Parc Motor Circuit, these are his first impressions: “We are getting to ride the sport version, the CBR500R and the roadster CB500F on this launch, the adventure styled X version will become ...

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Milan Show: Honda CBR600RR gets a major overhaul

Richard Newland, 12 November 2012 18:30

Honda has given the CBR600RR a far more comprehensive makeover than the initially familiar styling would suggest, with suspension, chassis, bodywork and styling updates as well as revisions to fuel injection and ABS systems. Showa’s Big Piston Fork is the biggest change to the mechanicals of the bike, aimed at preventing that big lunge of initial fork dive under heavy ...

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