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Nov 12

Posts: 3

Low-Speed Crash, Damage Advice?

Hello there! New member here.
I'm a proud owner of a Honda CBR125R. A few days ago I made the mistake of hitting a roundabout in wet conditions and was unfortunate enough to have slipped off (I'm a learner, afterall!). The surface damage is somewhat minimal being reduced to no more than a couple of mucked up indicators and a few scratches, but upon riding the bike home after the crash to catch my breath and assess the damage the bike will no longer start, the heat gauge and the rev meter are no longer working and I'm not getting any light from my neutral light on the dash nor will my indicators work. The headlights work fine and the bike will start fine with a push-start but doesn't seem to be able to produce a spark.

I was wondering if this is just a matter of the exposed wires from the indicator touching and blowing out a fuse or does it sound as though it's something worse? I'm replacing my indicators with rubber ones so that they'll bend if it was to happen again and i'm installing crash bars to prevent fairing damage but I'm somewhat worried about the lack of start.

Any advice would be appreciated before I take it into the garage!

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Jan 10

Posts: 1708

albert88 says:


hi curly sorry to hear about your crash , main thing is that you are ok. as for the bike ,yes it sound like you may have popped a fuse ,make sure the wiring is not touching together or the frame then check your fuses ,let us know how you get on.

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Nov 12

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I'm loathe to take it into a garage because from experience they'll make £100 out of it whatever the issue is! If it's just the matter of a fuse I'll get the handbook out and have a muck around with it to see if I can get it working again. I've got no doubts I can fit the indicators but as it wasn't turning over and I wasn't getting any response on the right hand side of the dash I thought it was cause for concern.

I'll give a go at replacing the fuse and see how I get on. Thanks!

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Mar 09

Posts: 8996

jaffa90 says:


I`ve done it a few times :hmmm:,as albert says check for damaged wires which will blow fuses.

Lack of start,it`s possible for the battery to have drained or shorted out a cell,this can be checked with a multimeter.

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