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My Honda VFR750 won’t rev past 6000rpm

Q. My Honda VFR750FR revs and runs well in the first four gears, but struggles in fifth and sixth to get past 6000pm. It also backfires – especially at low revs. I've changed the fuel filters and air filter and the fuel pump is OK.Dr Gregory Haddock, email A. With 18 years under its belt chances are the rubber hoses ...

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  • 26 November 2012

How to remove a seized bolt from CBR600F Sport’s radiator

Q. I've a Honda CBR600F Sport and was just about to give it a good clean today when one of the bolts on the V-piece under the radiator just kept turning. So I thought I'll take the left-hand fairing off and carefully take the V-piece off with the left-hand fairing. All was going well until I found another seized bolt ...

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  • 07 June 2012

How to improve Honda CBR600RR’s mirrors

Q. Is it just me, or are the mirrors on CBR600RRs circa 2007 really crap? I get a lovely view of my arms and that’s it. Any ideas? A. Another reader, Barry Sylvester, had a similar problem but sorted it in 20 minutes thanks to a “piece of a sheet 8mm black pvc”. He filed and sanded a piece of ...

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  • 14 March 2012

Best way to paint Hornet’s wheels

My wheels are looking a bit tatty on my Hornet and I’m considering spraying them myself. However the wheels take a lot of crap from the road and I am worried it won’t be durable.Cairnsie13, MCN forums Powder coating is more durable than conventional paints, but it’s harder to get a colour match. However, a reputable firm can usually get ...

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  • 11 January 2012

Best all-weather tyres for a Honda CBR600F

Q. I bought an N-plate Honda CBR600F six months ago with Michelin Pilot 1s fitted that arejust about done after 5000 miles and three track days. I will be using the bike mainly for summer riding and a handful of track days in the dry and wet. I am considering replacing them with Dunlops, Michelins or Bridgestones. I like the ...

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  • Tyres
  • 15 December 2011

Best road and track tyres for a Honda CB1000R

I have a 2011 Honda CB1000R ABS, and want to do track days, what tyres are best suited to being ridden to the circuit, do a track day and then ride home?Roearn, MCN Tyre forum Any of the new breed of sport tyres are up to those demands. There’s been a staggering increase in performance from just three years ago. ...

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  • Tyres
  • 17 November 2011

Which Honda CBF250 sprocket to replace to raise gearing?

If you want to raise the gearing, which makes more difference (if any), an extra tooth on the gearbox sprocket or one fewer on the rear wheel sprocket? Will either option affect the length of the chain significantly on my Honda CBF250? Wrinklytoad, MCN forums Both options will alter the gearing, but an extra tooth on the front has a ...

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  • 28 October 2011

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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  • 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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  • 09 August 2011

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