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Honda Hornet 600's surprise backfire

Yesterday, when I went to start up my 1998 Honda Hornet 600, I got a massive backfire. It’s never happened before and I’m wondering if it’s anything to worry about (damaging valves, etc)? The bike ran fine afterwards, in fact it felt smoother. But I don’t know if that’s because I have changed the oil or it’s just in my ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 08 September 2011

Honda VFR800's header pipe snapped

Q. I have a Honda VFR800FI, a 1998 model. The front header pipe has snapped right at the point it joins to the cylinder head so I've had to invest in the whole downpipe collector unit. I've never had my bike apart but I have a workshop full of tools and six mechanics to help me out so I should ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 09 August 2011

Is Honda CG125 chain over-tight?

Q. When I spin the back tyre of my Honda CG125 in neutral I can hear a rumble and sometimes when I change down gears and don’t blip the throttle to match engine speed I get a “clanking” noise like the chain is slipping on the sprocket. I have set the chain tension to 20mm on the centrestand as it ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 09 August 2011

Video: MCN rides a Honda NR750

Only 300 road-going Honda NR750s were built and at £38,000 it was the most expensive production bike of its day and can now change hands for six-figure sums. The 125bhp, 748cc V4 engine has oval pistons, 32-valves and eight con rods (two per piston). It's the V4 that thinks it's a V8 and featured technology that was way ahead of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 20 July 2011

Why are my VFR400's indicators on the blink?

Q. I have a problem with both of my Honda VFR400s. When I switch on the indicator there is a delay of about 5-10 seconds and a clicking noise from the relay and then the indicators come on. I have checked the wiring and changed the batteries (on both bikes) but the problem still persists  I have also tried spaying ...

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  • Parts & accessories
  • 23 May 2011

Best tyres for a 2004 Honda Fireblade

Q. I bought my 2004 Fireblade with Pirelli Corsa IIIs and they seem OK but a little ‘slidy’ on the rear at times (in the damp). I’m trying to decide whether to replace the pair with Corsa IIIs or buy something else? I ride hard/fast on the road come wet or dry. I ride about 5000 a year but only ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Tyres
  • 08 April 2011

Honda CBR600 Launch Centre

Welcome to the MCN information centre for the Honda CBR600 range, including the Honda CBR600RR and Honda CBR600F ABS. Here you will find first ride reports, tech details and pictures of the new 2011 Honda CBR600s.The current CBRs can trace their roots back to the original Honda CBR600F, first released in 1987, but the new Honda CBR600F ABS is an ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 28 March 2011

Honda CBR250R - full review

The new Honda CBR250R has been ridden and rated by MCN's Phil West - and you can now read the full web review in the bike reviews section. Read the Honda CBR250R review "This all-new machine is not just suited to restricted cat’ A licence holders, but also anyone who wants a simple, easy to ride, modern-dressed machine capable of returning high mpg ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 25 March 2011

Video: Honda CBR600F first ride

Honda's revived CBR600F has impressed beyond expectations in its first full test. Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin rode the bike at its world launch in southern Spain last week, and, despite damp conditions, was hugely impressed with the new affordable all-rounder.  brightcove.createExperiences();

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 23 March 2011

Honda CBR600F ABS - full review

The new Honda CBR600F ABS has been ridden and rated by MCN's Trevor Franklin - and you can now read the full web review in the bike reviews section. Read the Honda CBR600F ABS review "Very balanced bike to ride on open roads. A slight heavy front end feel at slow speeds gives excellent feedback to boost confidence. It’s keenly priced, because it’s built in Italy, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 18 March 2011

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