No part of this publication may be reproduced

No part of this publication may be reproduced

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This manual should be considered a permanent part of the motorcycle and should remain with the motorcycle when it is resold.

This publication includes the latest production information available before printing. Honda

Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission.

2003 Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

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2004

Honda CB600F

599

OWNER’S MANUAL

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Introduction

Congratulations on choosing your Honda motorcycle.

When you own a Honda, you’re part of a worldwide family of satisfied customers

− people who appreciate Honda’s reputation for building quality into every product.

Before riding, take time to get acquainted with your motorcycle and how it works.

To protect your investment, we urge you to take responsibility for keeping your motorcycle well maintained. Scheduled service is a must, of course. But it’s just as important to observe the break-in guidelines, and perform all pre-ride and other periodic checks detailed in this manual.

Introduction

We also recommend that you read this owner’s manual before you ride. It’s full of facts, instructions, safety information, and helpful tips. To make it easy to use, the manual contains a detailed list of topics at the beginning of each section, and both an in-depth table of contents and an index at the back of the book.

As you read this manual, you will find information that is preceded by a symbol. This information is intended to help you avoid damage to your

Honda, other property, or the environment.

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Read the Warranties Booklet (page thoroughly so you understand the

213 coverages that protect your new Honda and are aware of your rights and responsibilities.

)

If you have any questions, or if you ever need special service or repairs, remember that your Honda dealer knows your motorcycle best and is dedicated to your complete satisfaction.

Please report any change of address or ownership to your Honda dealer so we will be able to contact you concerning important production information.

Introduction

You may also want to visit our website at www.honda.com.

Happy riding!

California Proposition 65 Warning

WARNING:

This product contains or emits chemicals known to the State of

California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Introduction

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A Few Words About Safety

Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this motorcycle safely is an important responsibility.

To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others.

Of course, it is not practical or possible to warn you about all hazards associated with operating or maintaining a motorcycle. You must use your own good judgment.

You will find important safety information in a variety of forms, including:

Safety Labels

–– on the motorcycle.

Safety Messages

–– preceded by a safety alert symbol and one of three signal words:

DANGER, WARNING,

or

CAUTION

.

These signal words mean:

Safety Messages

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A Few Words About Safety

You WILL be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions.

You CAN be KILLED or SERIOUSLY HURT if you don’t follow instructions.

You CAN be HURT if you don’t follow instructions.

Safety Headings

–– such as Important Safety Reminders or Important Safety Precautions.

Safety Section

–– such as Motorcycle Safety.

Instructions

–– how to use this motorcycle correctly and safely.

This entire manual is filled with important safety information –– please read it carefully.

Safety Messages

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Contents

These pages give an overview of the contents of your owner’s manual. The first page of each section lists the topics covered in that section.

Motorcycle Safety ..............................

.

Important safety information you should know, plus a look at the safetyrelated labels on your motorcycle.

1

Instruments & Controls ....................

.

The location and function of indicators, gauges, and controls on your motorcycle and operating instructions for various controls and features.

9

Before Riding .....................................

.

27

The importance of wearing a helmet and other protective gear, how to make sure you and your motorcycle are ready to ride, and important information about loading.

Basic Operation & Riding ................

.

How to start and stop the engine, shift

39

gears, and brake. Also, riding precautions and important information about riding with a passenger or cargo.

Contents

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Servicing Your Honda ......................

.

Why your motorcycle needs regular

57

maintenance, what you need to know before servicing your Honda, an owner maintenance schedule, and instructions for specific maintenance and adjustment items.

Tips ......................................................

.

149

How to store and transport your motorcycle and how to be an environmentally-responsible rider.

Taking Care of the Unexpected .......

.

157

What to do if you have a flat tire, your engine won’t start, etc.

Contents

Technical Information ......................

.

ID numbers, technical specifications, and other technical facts.

187

Consumer Information .....................

.

209

Information on warranties, emission controls, how to get Honda service manuals, and...

‘‘Reporting Safety Defects’’ ........

.

218

Table of Contents ..............................

.

220

Sequential listing of topics in this owner’s manual.

Index ....................................................

.

224

Quick Reference

Handy facts about fuel, engine oil, tire sizes, and air pressures.

Contents

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This section presents some of the most important information and recommendations to help you ride your motorcycle safely. Please take a few moments to read these pages. This section also includes information about the location of safety labels on your motorcycle.

Motorcycle Safety

Important Safety Information .................

. 2

Accessories & Modifications ..................

. 5

Safety Labels ...........................................

. 7

Motorcycle Safety

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Important Safety Information

Your motorcycle can provide many years of service and pleasure − if you take responsibility for your own safety and understand the challenges you can meet while riding.

There is much that you can do to protect yourself when you ride. You’ll find many helpful recommendations throughout this manual. The following are a few that we consider most important.

Always Wear a Helmet

It’s a proven fact: helmets significantly reduce the number and severity of head injuries. So always wear an approved motorcycle helmet and make sure your passenger does the same. We also recommend that you wear eye protection, sturdy boots, gloves, and other protective gear (page 29 ).

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Motorcycle Safety

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Take Time to Learn & Practice

Even if you have ridden other motorcycles, take time to become familiar with how this motorcycle works and handles.

Practice in a safe area until you build your skills and get accustomed to the motorcycle’s size and weight.

Because many accidents involve inexperienced or untrained riders, we urge all riders to take a certified course approved by the Motorcycle Safety

Foundation (MSF). See page 30 .

Ride Defensively

The most frequent motorcycle collision happens when a car turns left in front of a motorcycle. Another common situation is a car moving suddenly into your lane.

Important Safety Information

Always pay attention to other vehicles around you, and do not assume that other drivers see you. Be prepared to stop quickly or make an evasive maneuver. For other riding tips, see the booklet,

You and

Your Motorcycle: Riding Tips and

Practice Guide,

which came with your new motorcycle (USA only).

Make Yourself Easy to See

Some drivers do not see motorcycles because they are not looking for them. To make yourself more visible, wear bright reflective clothing, position yourself so other drivers can see you, signal before turning or changing lanes, and use your horn when it will help others notice you.

Motorcycle Safety

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Important Safety Information

Ride within Your Limits

Pushing limits is another major cause of motorcycle accidents. Never ride beyond your personal abilities or faster than conditions warrant. Remember that alcohol, drugs, fatigue, and inattention can significantly reduce your ability to make good judgments and ride safely.

Don’t Drink and Ride

Alcohol and riding don’t mix. Even one drink can reduce your ability to respond to changing conditions, and your reaction time gets worse with every additional drink. So don’t drink and ride, and don’t let your friends drink and ride either.

Keep Your Honda in Safe Condition

It’s important to keep your motorcycle properly maintained and in safe riding condition. To help avoid problems, inspect your motorcycle before every ride and perform all recommended maintenance.

Never exceed load limits (page 35 ), and do not modify your motorcycle (page 6 ) or install accessories that would make your motorcycle unsafe (page 5 ).

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Motorcycle Safety

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Modifying your motorcycle or using non-

Honda accessories can make your motorcycle unsafe. Before you consider making any modifications or adding an accessory, be sure to read the following information.

Improper accessories or modifications can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding accessories and modifications.

Accessories & Modifications

Accessories

We strongly recommend that you use only genuine Honda accessories that have been specifically designed and tested for your motorcycle. Because Honda cannot test all other accessories, you must be personally responsible for proper selection, installation, and use of non-Honda accessories.

Check with your Honda dealer for assistance and always follow these guidelines:

Make sure the accessory does not obscure any lights, reduce ground clearance and lean angle, limit suspension travel or steering travel, alter your riding position, or interfere with operating any controls.

Motorcycle Safety

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Accessories & Modifications

Do not install any fairing or windshield unless it was designed and tested by

Honda for your motorcycle. Some fairings or windshields, even smaller ones, can cause unstable handling of your motorcycle. This is especially true if the fairing or windshield is poorly designed or improperly mounted.

Do not add any electrical equipment that will exceed the motorcycle’s electrical system capacity (page 195 ).

A blown fuse can cause a loss of lights or engine power (page 179 ).

Do not pull a trailer or sidecar with your motorcycle. This motorcycle was not designed for these attachments, and their use can seriously impair your motorcycle’s handling.

Modifications

We strongly advise you not to remove any original equipment or modify your motorcycle in any way that would change its design or operation. Such changes could seriously impair your motorcycle’s handling, stability, and braking, making it unsafe to ride.

Removing or modifying your lights, exhaust system, emission control system, or other equipment can also make your motorcycle illegal.

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Motorcycle Safety

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Safety Labels

Safety labels on your motorcycle either warn you of potential hazards that could cause serious injury or they provide important safety information. Read these labels carefully and don’t remove them.

If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Honda dealer for a replacement.

Motorcycle Safety

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Safety Labels

〈 For USA 〉

〈 For Canada 〉

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Motorcycle Safety

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This section shows the location of all gauges, indicators, and controls you would normally use before or while riding your motorcycle.

The items listed on this page are described in this section. Instructions for other components are presented in other sections of this manual where they will be most useful.

Instruments & Controls

Component Locations ...........................

. 10

Gauges & Indicators ..............................

. 13

Controls & Features

Choke Lever ......................................

. 22

Ignition Switch ..................................

. 23

Start Button ........................................

. 24

Engine Stop Switch ...........................

. 24

Headlight Dimmer Switch ................

. 25

Turn Signal Switch ............................

. 25

Horn Button .......................................

. 26

LEFT switch ......................................

. 26

RIGHT switch ...................................

. 26

Instruments & Controls

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Component Locations

speedometer rearview mirror indicators tachometer ignition switch front brake fluid reservoir rearview mirror clutch lever headlight dimmer switch turn signal switch horn button

10

Instruments & Controls

fuel fill cap front brake lever engine stop switch throttle grip start button

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Component Locations

storage compartment for U-shaped lock coolant reserve tank rear brake fluid reservoir battery tool kit compartment oil filler cap/dipstick passenger footpeg footpeg rear brake pedal

Instruments & Controls

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Component Locations

choke lever air cleaner helmet holder fuse box rear suspension spring pre-load adjuster seat lock owner’s manual storage

12

shift lever

Instruments & Controls

side stand footpeg passenger footpeg

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The gauges, indicators and displays on your motorcycle keep you informed, alert you to possible problems, and make your riding safer and more enjoyable. Refer to the gauges, indicators and displays frequently. Their functions are described on the following pages.

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)

Gauges, Indicators & Displays

(1) speedometer

(2) neutral indicator

(3) high beam indicator

(4) low oil pressure indicator

(5) fuel reserve indicator

(6) tachometer

(7) tachometer red zone

(8) coolant temperature gauge

(9) right turn signal indicator

(10) RIGHT switch

(11) LEFT switch

(12) left turn signal indicator

(13) odometer/tripmeter/clock display

(13)

(12) (11) (10) (9)

(8)

(7)

Instruments & Controls

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Gauges & Indicators

Lamp Check

The low oil pressure indicator comes on when you turn the ignition switch ON so you can check that it is working. The indicator remains on until after the engine is started. The low oil pressure indicator is identified in the table on page 15 with the words:

Lamp Check.

When applicable, the high beam and neutral indicators come on when you turn the ignition switch ON and remain on until you select the low beam or shift out of neutral.

If one of these indicators does not come on when it should, have your Honda dealer check for burned-out bulbs or other problems.

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Instruments & Controls

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1

2

3

4 speedometer neutral indicator (green) high beam indicator

(blue) low oil pressure indicator (red)

5 fuel reserve indicator

(red)

Gauges, Indicators & Displays

Shows riding speed in miles (USA) or kilometers

(Canada) per hour.

Lights when the transmission is in neutral.

Lights when the headlight is on high beam.

Lights when engine oil pressure is low enough to cause engine damage. If the indicator lights, pull safely to the side of the road. See page instructions and cautions.

Lamp Check

.

178 for

When this indicator comes on while riding, fuel reserved in the tank is about:

0.92 US gal (3.5 )

Instruments & Controls

15

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Gauges, Indicators & Displays

6

7

8

9 tachometer tachometer red zone coolant temperature gauge right turn signal indicator (amber)

Shows engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm).

Shows excessive engine rpm range (indicated from the beginning of the tachometer red zone) in which operation may damage the engine. Do not let the tachometer needle enter the red zone.

Shows engine coolant temperature. When the needle moves above the C (cold) mark, the engine is warm enough to start riding. If the needle approaches the

H (hot) mark, pull safely to the side of the road. See page 176 for instructions and cautions.

Flashes when the right turn signal operates.

16

Instruments & Controls

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10

11

RIGHT switch

LEFT switch

Gauges, Indicators & Displays

Sets the digital clock (page 19 ).

Resets the tripmeter or selects the operation mode: tripmeter, odometer (page 18 ) or digital clock (page

19 ).

Flashes when the left turn signal operates.

12

13 left turn signal indicator

(amber) odometer/tripmeter/clock display odometer tripmeter 1 & 2 digital clock

Shows the total miles (USA) or kilometers (Canada) ridden.

Shows the number of miles (USA) or kilometers

(Canada) ridden since you last reset the meter. The tripmeter has two sub modes, ‘‘TRIP 1’’ and ‘‘TRIP

2.’’ To zero (0) the tripmeter, press the LEFT switch

(page 18 ).

Shows hour and minute (page 19 ).

Instruments & Controls

17

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Gauges, Indicators & Displays

Odometer/Tripmeter 1 & 2

ridden.

number of miles ridden since you last reset the meter.

To select the odometer, tripmeter 1 or

To reset the tripmeter, push and hold the the tripmeter 1 or tripmeter 2.

(4)

(4)

(1)

(2)

(3)

(1) odometer

(2) tripmeter 1

(3) tripmeter 2

(4) LEFT switch

18

Instruments & Controls

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Digital Clock

Shows hour and minute. To adjust the time, proceed as follows:

1.

2.

Turn the ignition switch ON.

Press and hold both the RIGHT switch

2 seconds. The clock will be set in the adjust mode with the hour and minute display flashing.

Gauges, Indicators & Displays

(3) (2)

(1)

(1) digital clock

(2) RIGHT switch

(3) LEFT switch

Instruments & Controls

(cont’d)

19

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Gauges, Indicators & Displays

3.

To set the hour, press the LEFT switch until the desired hour is displayed.

4.

To set the minute, press the reset

RIGHT switch until the desired minute is displayed. The minute display will return to ‘‘00’’ when ‘‘60’’ is reached without affecting the hour display.

20

Instruments & Controls

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5.

To end the adjustment, turn the ignition switch OFF. The display will stop flashing automatically and the adjustment will be cancelled if the button is not pressed for about 30 seconds.

Gauges, Indicators & Displays

Instruments & Controls

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Fuel Valve

ON OFF RES

Controls & Features

Choke Lever

LEFT FRONT

( B )

( A )

(1)

(1) fuel valve

The three-way fuel valve is used to control the flow of fuel from the fuel tank to the carburetors.

ON − normal position for riding.

OFF

− for parking, storing, or transportation.

RES

− for extra fuel to get to a gas station for refueling.

22

(1) choke lever (A) fully on

(B) fully off

The choke lever may be used when starting the engine. See page 42 .

Instruments & Controls

(1)

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FRONT

Controls & Features

(1)

Ignition Switch

The ignition switch is used for starting and stopping the engine (page 45 ) and to lock the steering for theft prevention (page 53 ).

Insert the key and turn it to the right for the ON position. Push down on the key and turn it to the left to the LOCK

(steering lock) position.

Key Position

ON

OFF

LOCK

(steering lock)

Function

Electrical circuits on.

No electrical circuits function.

No electrical circuits function. Locks the steering head.

(1) ignition switch

To unlock the steering lock, insert and push down on the key and turn it to the right to the OFF position.

Instruments & Controls

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Controls & Features

Start Button

engine. Pushing the button in starts the engine. See

Starting Procedure,

page 42 .

When the start button is pushed, the starter motor will crank the engine; the headlight will automatically go out, but the taillight will stay on.

The starter motor will not operate if the engine stop switch is in the OFF position when the start button is pushed.

Engine Stop Switch

RIGHT HANDLEBAR

(2)

(1) start button

(2) engine stop switch

(1)

OFF

RUN the engine in an emergency. To operate, push the switch to the OFF position. The switch must be in the RUN position to start the engine, and it should normally remain in the RUN position even when the engine is OFF.

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Instruments & Controls

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If your motorcycle is stopped with the ignition switch ON and the engine stop switch OFF, the headlight and taillight will remain on, resulting in battery discharge.

Headlight Dimmer Switch

to change between the high and low beams of the headlight. To operate, turn the switch to HI for high beam, LO for low beam.

Controls & Features

Turn Signal Switch

a turn or a lane change. To operate, move the switch all the way in the proper direction and release it. The appropriate turn signal lights will start blinking. To cancel the light, push the switch in.

(1)

(2)

(3)

(1) headlight dimmer switch

(2) turn signal switch

(3) horn button

Instruments & Controls

HI

LO

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Controls & Features

Horn Button

The horn is used to alert other motorists.

LEFT Switch

The LEFT switch is used to reset the tripmeter. To reset the tripmeter, push and hold the switch with display in the tripmeter mode.

The LEFT switch is also used to set the digital clock (page 19 ).

RIGHT Switch

The RIGHT switch is used to set the digital clock (page 19 ).

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Instruments & Controls

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Before each ride, you need to make sure you and your Honda are both ready to ride.

To help get you prepared, this section discusses how to evaluate your riding readiness, what items you should check on your motorcycle, and adjustments to make for your comfort, convenience, or safety.

This section also includes important information about loading.

For information about adjusting the suspension on your Honda, see page 111 .

Before Riding

Are You Ready to Ride

.....................

. 28

Protective Apparel .............................

. 28

Rider Training ...................................

. 30

Is Your Motorcycle Ready to Ride ? ...

. 31

Pre-ride Inspection ............................

. 31

Load Limit & Guidelines ......................

. 34

Loading ..............................................

. 34

Load Limits .......................................

. 35

Loading Guidelines ...........................

. 35

Luggage Tie-Down Hooks ................

. 37

Before Riding

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Are You Ready to Ride?

Before you ride your motorcycle for the first time, we urge you to:

Read this owner’s manual.

Make sure you understand all the safety messages.

Know how to operate all the controls.

Before each ride, be sure:

You feel well and are in good physical and mental condition.

You are wearing an approved motorcycle helmet (with chin strap tightened securely), eye protection, and other protective clothing.

You don’t have any alcohol or drugs in your system.

Make sure your passenger is ready to ride, too, and is wearing proper gear including a helmet.

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Before Riding

If you must carry an extra helmet while riding, use a commercially-available elastic cord, strap, or net to secure the helmet to the seat.

Protective Apparel

For your safety, we strongly recommend that you always wear an approved motorcycle helmet, eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt or jacket whenever you ride.

Although complete protection is not possible, wearing proper gear can reduce the chance of injury when you ride.

Following are suggestions to help you choose the proper gear.

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Are You Ready to Ride?

Helmets and Eye Protection

Your helmet is your most important piece of riding gear because it offers the best protection against head injuries. A helmet should fit your head comfortably and securely. A bright-colored helmet and reflective strips can make you more noticeable in traffic.

An open-face helmet offers some protection, but a full-face helmet offers more. Regardless of the style, look for a

DOT (Department of Transportation) sticker in any helmet you buy (USA only).

Always wear a face shield or goggles to protect your eyes and help your vision.

Not wearing a helmet increases the chance of serious injury or death in a crash.

Be sure you and your passenger always wear a helmet, eye protection, and other protective apparel when you ride.

Additional Riding Gear

In addition to a helmet and eye protection, we also recommend:

Sturdy boots with non-slip soles to help protect your feet and ankles.

Leather gloves to help protect your hands.

(cont’d)

Before Riding

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Are You Ready to Ride?

A motorcycle riding suit or jacket for comfort as well as protection.

Bright-colored and reflective clothing can help make you more noticeable in traffic. Avoid loose clothes that could get caught on any part of your motorcycle.

Rider Training

Developing your riding skills is an ongoing process. Even if you have ridden other motorcycles, take time to become familiar with how this motorcycle works and handles. Practice riding the motorcycle in a safe area to build your skills. Do not ride in traffic until you get accustomed to the motorcycle’s controls, and feel comfortable with its size and weight.

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Before Riding

We urge all riders to take a certified course approved by the Motorcycle Safety

Foundation (MSF). New riders should start with the basic course, and even experienced riders will find the advanced course beneficial. For information about the MSF training course nearest you, call the national toll-free number: (800) 446-

9227.

Other riding tips can be found in the

Riding Tips

booklet that came with your motorcycle (USA only).

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Is Your Motorcycle Ready to Ride?

Before each ride, it’s important to inspect your motorcycle and make sure any problem you find is corrected. A pre-ride inspection is a must, not only for safety, but because having a breakdown, or even a flat tire, can be a major inconvenience.

Improperly maintaining this motorcycle or failing to correct a problem before riding can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Always perform a pre-ride inspection before every ride and correct any problems.

Pre-ride Inspection

Check the following items before you get on the motorcycle:

Tires

Chain

Look at the tires. If a tire appears low, use an air pressure gauge to check its pressure. Also look for signs of damage or excessive wear (page 122 ).

Check the condition of the chain.

Adjust slack and lubricate as needed (page 129 ).

Before Riding

(cont’d)

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Is Your Motorcycle Ready to Ride?

Leaks,

Loose

Parts

Lights

Walk around your motorcycle and look for anything that appears unusual, such as a leak or loose cable.

Make sure the headlight, brake light, taillight, and turn signals are working properly.

If you are carrying a passenger or cargo, also check the following:

Load Limits

Make sure you do not exceed the load limits

(page 35 ).

Cargo

Check that all cargo is secure.

Adjustments

Adjust the rear suspension

(page 112 your load.

) according to

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Before Riding

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Check these items after you get on the motorcycle:

Throttle

Rotate the throttle to check it moves smoothly without binding.

Brakes

Indicators

Pull the brake lever and press on the brake pedal to check that they operate normally.

Turn the ignition on and check for normal operation of the indicators (page 13 ).

Is Your Motorcycle Ready to Ride?

If you haven’t ridden the motorcycle in over a week, you should also check other items, such as the oil level and other fluids.

See

Periodic Maintenance

(page 64 ).

Periodic maintenance should also be done at least once a month, no matter how often you ride.

Remember, be sure to take care of any problem you find, or have your Honda dealer correct it before you ride.

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Load Limits & Guidelines

Your motorcycle has been designed to carry you and one passenger. When you carry a passenger, you may feel some difference during acceleration and braking.

But so long as you keep your motorcycle well-maintained, with good tires and brakes, you can safely carry loads within the given limits and guidelines.

However, exceeding the weight limit or carrying an unbalanced load can seriously impair your motorcycle’s handling, braking, and stability. Non-Honda accessories, improper modifications, and poor maintenance can also reduce your safety margin.

Loading

How much weight you put on your motorcycle, and how you load it, are important to your safety. Anytime you ride with a passenger or cargo, you should be aware of the following information.

Overloading or improper loading can cause a crash and you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Follow all load limits and other loading guidelines in this manual.

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Load Limits

Following are the load limits for your motorcycle:

maximum weight capacity:

384 lbs (174 kg)

392 lbs (178 kg) (Canada only) includes the weight of the rider, passenger, all cargo, and all accessories.

maximum cargo weight:

60 lbs (27 kg)

The weight of added accessories will reduce the maximum cargo weight you can carry.

Load Limits & Guidelines

Loading Guidelines

Your motorcycle is primarily intended for transporting you and a passenger. You may wish to secure a jacket or other small items to the seat when you are not riding with a passenger.

If you wish to carry more cargo, check with your Honda dealer for advice, and be sure to read the information regarding accessories on page 5 .

Improperly loading your motorcycle can affect its stability and handling. Even if your motorcycle is properly loaded, you should ride at reduced speeds and never exceed 80 mph (130 km/h) when carrying cargo.

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Load Limits & Guidelines

Follow these guidelines whenever you carry a passenger or cargo:

Check that both tires are properly inflated (page 120 ).

If you change your normal load, you may need to adjust the rear suspension

(page 112 ).

To prevent loose items from creating a hazard, make sure that all cargo is tied down securely before you ride.

Place cargo weight as low and close to the center of your motorcycle as possible.

Balance cargo weight evenly on both sides.

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Luggage Tie-Down Hooks

UNDERSIDE OF THE SEAT

(1)

(2)

Load Limits & Guidelines

Your motorcycle is equipped with hooks, remove the seat and pull the hooks outward. Install the hooks in the clips and install the seat.

Never use the tie-down hooks to tow or lift your motorcycle.

(1)

(1) luggage tie-down hooks

(2) seat

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This section gives basic riding instructions, including how to start and stop your engine, and how to use the throttle, clutch, and brakes. It also provides important information on riding with a passenger or cargo.

To protect your new engine and enjoy optimum performance and service life, refer to Break-in Guidelines (page 198 ).

To protect the catalytic converters in your motorcycle’s exhaust system, avoid extended idling and the use of leaded gasoline.

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Safe Riding Precautions ........................

. 40

Starting & Stopping the Engine ............

. 41

Preparation .........................................

. 41

Starting Procedure .............................

. 42

Flooded Engine ..................................

. 44

How to Stop the Engine ....................

. 45

Shifting Gears ........................................

. 46

Braking ..................................................

. 48

Parking ...................................................

. 50

Riding with a Passenger or Cargo .........

. 55

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Safe Riding Precautions

Before riding your motorcycle for the first time, please review the

Motorcycle Saf ety

section beginning on page 1, and the

Bef ore Riding

section beginning on page

27

.

Even if you have ridden other motorcycles, take time to become familiar with how this motorcycle works and handles.

Practice in a safe area until you build your skills and get accustomed to the motorcycle’s size and weight.

Make sure flammable materials such as dry grass or leaves do not come in contact with the exhaust system when riding, idling, or parking your motorcycle.

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Always follow the proper starting procedure described below.

For your safety, avoid starting or operating the engine in an enclosed area such as a garage. Your motorcycle’s exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide gas which can collect rapidly in an enclosed area and cause illness or death.

Your motorcycle can be started with the transmission in gear by pulling in the clutch lever before operating the starter.

Your motorcycle is equipped with a side stand ignition cut-off system. If the side stand is down––the engine cannot be started unless the transmission is in neutral.

If the side stand is up––the engine can be started in neutral, or in gear with the

Starting & Stopping the Engine

clutch lever pulled in. After starting with the side stand down, the engine will stop if the transmission is put in gear before raising the side stand.

Preparation

Before starting, insert the key, turn the ignition switch ON, and confirm the following:

The transmission is in NEUTRAL

(neutral indicator light ON).

The engine stop switch is set to RUN.

The low oil pressure indicator is ON.

The fuel valve is ON.

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Starting & Stopping the Engine

The low oil pressure indicator should go off a few seconds after the engine starts.

If the indicator stays on, stop the engine immediately and check the engine oil level.

Starting Procedure

To restart a warm engine, follow the procedure for

High Air Temperature.

Normal Air Temperature

10°

35°C (50°

95°F)

( B )

( A )

(1) choke lever (A) fully ON

(B) fully OFF

(1)

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1.

Pull the choke lever back all the way to

2.

With the throttle fully closed, operate the electric starter.

Do not open the throttle when starting the engine with the choke on. This will lean the mixture, resulting in hard starting.

3.

Immediately after the engine starts, operate the choke lever to keep fast idle at:

2,500 − 3,000 rpm

4.

About a half minute after the engine

Starting & Stopping the Engine

High Air Temperature

35°C (95°F) or above

1.

2.

Do not use the choke.

With the throttle slightly open, press the starter button.

Low Air Temperature

1.

10°C (50°F) or below

Follow steps 1-2 under

Normal Air

2.

Temperature.

When engine rpm begins to pick up, operate the choke knob to keep fast idle at:

2,500 − 3,000 rpm

5.

If idling is unstable, open the throttle slightly.

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Starting & Stopping the Engine

3.

Continue warming up the engine until it runs smoothly and responds to the throttle when the choke lever is at fully

Extended use of the choke may impair piston and cylinder wall lubrication and damage the engine.

2.

Push the choke lever forward all the way to fully OFF.

3.

4.

5.

Open the throttle fully.

Press the start button for 5 seconds.

If the engine starts, quickly close the throttle, then open it slightly if idling is unstable.

If the engine does not start, wait 10 seconds, then follow the normal starting procedure with the choke OFF.

If the engine still won’t start, refer to

Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start,

If

page

159 .

Flooded Engine

If the engine fails to start after repeated attempts, it may be flooded with excess fuel. To clear a flooded engine:

1.

Leave the engine stop switch set to

RUN.

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How to Stop the Engine

Normal Engine Stop

To stop the engine, shift into neutral and turn the ignition switch OFF.

The engine stop switch should normally remain in the RUN position even when the engine is OFF.

If your motorcycle is stopped with the engine stop switch OFF and the ignition switch ON, the headlight and taillight will remain on, resulting in battery discharge.

Starting & Stopping the Engine

Emergency Engine Stop

To stop the engine in an emergency, use the engine stop switch. To operate, press the switch to the OFF position.

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Shifting Gears

shifting pattern

Your motorcycle has six forward gears in a one-down, five-up shift pattern which is coordinated with a cable-operated clutch system.

Learning when to shift gears comes with experience. Keep the following tips in mind:

As a general rule, shift while moving in a straight line.

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Close the throttle and pull the clutch lever in completely before shifting.

Improper shifting may damage the engine, transmission, and drive train.

Learn to recognize the engagement point as you release the clutch lever. It is at this point the transmission of power to the rear wheel resumes.

Upshift to a higher gear or reduce throttle before engine rpm (speed) gets too high. Learn the relationship between engine sound and the normal shifting points.

Downshift to a lower gear before you feel the engine laboring (lugging) at low rpm.

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Avoid downshifting to help slow your motorcycle when engine rpm is near its allowable maximum (near the tachometer red zone). In this situation, the rev limiter in the engine ignition control module may not prevent excessive engine speed which could damage the engine.

To prevent transmission damage, do not coast or tow the motorcycle for long distances with the engine off.

Recommended Shift Points

Ride in the highest gear that lets the engine run and accelerate smoothly. This will give you good fuel economy and effective emissions control. When changing gears under normal conditions, use these recommended shift points:

Shifting Gears

Shif ting Up:

From 1st to 2nd:

From 2nd to 3rd:

From 3rd to 4th:

From 4th to 5th:

From 5th to 6th:

12 mph (20 km/h)

19 mph (30 km/h)

25 mph (40 km/h)

31 mph (50 km/h)

37 mph (60 km/h)

Shif ting Down:

From 6th to 5th:

From 5th to 4th:

From 4th to 3rd:

28 mph (45 km/h)

22 mph (35 km/h)

16 mph (25 km/h)

Pull the clutch lever in when speed drops below 9 mph (15 km/h), when engine roughness is evident, or when engine stalling is imminent; and shift down to 1st gear for acceleration.

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Braking

Your motorcycle is equipped with disc braking systems which are hydraulically activated. Depressing the brake pedal applies the rear disc brake. Operating the brake lever applies the two front disc brakes.

As a general rule, the front braking system provides about 70 percent of total stopping power.

For full braking effectiveness, use both the pedal and lever simultaneously. Using both braking systems will stop your motorcycle faster with greater stability.

To slow or stop, apply the brake lever and brake pedal smoothly, while downshifting to match your speed.

Gradually increase braking as you feel the brakes slowing your speed. The increase in engine compression from downshifting will help slow your motorcycle.

To prevent stalling the engine, pull the clutch lever in before coming to a complete stop. For support, put your left foot down first, then your right foot when you are through using the brake pedal.

Applying the brakes too hard may cause the wheels to lock and slide, reducing control of your motorcycle. If this happens, release the brake controls, steer straight ahead until you regain control, then reapply the brakes more gently.

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When possible, reduce your speed or complete braking before entering a turn.

Avoid braking or closing the throttle quickly while turning. Either action may cause one or both wheels to slip and reduce your control of your motorcycle.

Your ability to brake in a turn and to brake hard in an emergency situation are important riding skills. We suggest attending a Motorcycle Safety Foundation experienced rider training course

(page 30 ) to retain these skills.

When descending a long, steep grade, use engine compression braking by downshifting, with intermittent use of both brakes. Continuous brake application can overheat the brakes and reduce their effectiveness.

Braking

Riding with your foot resting on the brake pedal or your hand on the brake lever may actuate the brakelight, giving a false indication to other drivers. It may also overheat the brakes, reducing effectiveness.

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Parking

1.

Look for a level parking area. If you can’t park on a paved surface, make sure the ground surface is firm, especially under the side stand.

If you must park on a hill, leave the transmission in gear and position the rear tire against the curb at a 45 degree angle.

Make sure flammable materials such as dry grass or leaves do not come in contact with the exhaust system when parking your motorcycle. Refer to

Catalytic

Converters

, page 204 .

2.

Use the side stand to support the motorcycle while parked.

To lower the side stand, use your foot to guide it down. Remember that lowering the side stand with the transmission in gear will stop the engine, even if the clutch lever is pulled in. That is a function of the side stand ignition cut-off system.

Check that the side stand is down all the way.

If you have to park on a soft surface, insert something solid under the side stand for support.

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FRONT

(1)

(1) ignition key

To lock

(A)

(B)

(C)

(A)

To unlock

(A) push in

(B) turn to LOCK

(C) turn to OFF

Parking

3.

Use the steering lock, which locks the handlebar in place. Turn the handlebar all the way to the left. Push in on the ignition key and turn it to LOCK.

Remove the key.

(To unlock the steering lock, insert and push down on the key and turn it to the right to the OFF position.)

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Parking

LEFT SIDE

(4)

(2)

(3)

(2) helmet holder wire

(3) D-ring

(4) helmet holder

4.

Use the helmet holder wire stored in the tool kit to secure your helmet with your motorcycle:

Remove the seat (page 78 ).

Route either end of the helmet holder

Hook the loops of the wire onto the to lock.

Remove the helmet holder wire and store it in the tool kit when it is not used.

Riding with a helmet attached to the holder can interfere with the rear wheel or suspension and could cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Use the helmet holder only while parked. Do not ride with a helmet secured by the holder.

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Theft-Prevention Tips

Park your motorcycle in a locked garage whenever possible. If a garage isn’t available, park in a concealed area or in a well-lit area with enough pedestrian traffic to discourage a thief.

Always take the ignition key with you.

Always use the steering lock (page 51 ), even if you’re parking for just a minute or two. A thief can easily push an unlocked motorcycle to a waiting truck.

In addition to the steering lock, use a good quality anti-theft device made specifically to lock a motorcycle to a secure object.

Parking

If you decide to use an anti-theft device, select one of good quality and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

The rear fender has a storage compartment to store a U-shaped lock under the seat. After storing, use the lock. Some U-shaped locks may not be stored in the compartment due to their size or design.

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Parking

REAR

(1)

(1) rubber band

Keep your owner’s manual, current registration, and insurance information with your motorcycle. This will make it easier for the authorities to find you if your motorcycle is stolen and recovered.

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Your motorcycle is a high-performance sport model designed to carry you and one passenger. Whenever you add a passenger or cargo, you must be careful not to exceed the total load limits for this vehicle

(

Load Limits,

page 35 ). Make sure your cargo is properly secured (

Loading

Guidelines,

page 35 ).

Also consider adjusting the suspension

(page 111 ) for the extra load.

Be aware that carrying a passenger or heavy cargo can affect acceleration, braking, and handling.

Riding with a Passenger or Cargo

Before riding with a passenger, make sure your passenger is wearing the proper protective apparel (page 28 ). Also check that your passenger is not wearing any loose apparel that might get caught in the drive chain.

Tell your passenger to hold the grab rail or your waist, lean with you in the turns, and keep their feet on the passenger footpegs at all times, even when the motorcycle is stopped at a traffic light.

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To help keep your motorcycle in good shape, this section includes a Maintenance

Schedule for required service, a list of periodic checks you should perform at least once a month, and step-by-step instructions for specific maintenance tasks.

You’ll also find important safety precautions, information on fuels and oils, and tips for keeping your Honda looking great.

For information about the exhaust emission and noise emission requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection

Agency (EPA) and the California Air

Resources Board (CARB), see page 200 .

For information about replacing fuses, see page 179 .

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USA only

Maintenance, replacement or repair of the emission control devices and systems may be performed by any motorcycle repair establishment or individual using parts that are

‘‘certified’’ to EPA standards.

Bef ore You Service Your Honda

The Importance of Maintenance ...........

. 60

Maintenance Safety ...............................

. 61

Important Safety Precautions ............

. 62

Periodic Maintenance ............................

. 64

Maintenance Schedule ..........................

. 66

Maintenance Record ..............................

. 71

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Service Preparations

Component Locations ...........................

. 73

Tool Kit ..................................................

. 76

Owner’s Manual Storage .......................

. 77

Seat Removal .........................................

. 78

Side Cover Removal ..............................

. 79

Service Procedures

Fluids & Filters

Fuel ........................................................

. 80

Engine Oil & Filter ................................

. 83

Coolant ...................................................

. 93

Air Cleaner ............................................

. 97

Engine

Throttle ..................................................

. 99

Clutch System ......................................

. 101

Engine Idle Speed ................................

. 105

Spark Plugs ..........................................

. 107

Chassis

Suspension ...........................................

. 111

Brakes ..................................................

. 114

Tires .....................................................

. 120

Side Stand ............................................

. 127

Drive Chain ..........................................

. 128

Electrical

Battery ..................................................

. 135

Appearance Care .................................

. 140

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The following table summarizes the three types of inspections and servicing recommendations for your motorcycle. Both the pre-ride inspection and the scheduled maintenance at the recommended intervals are necessary to assure safe and dependable performance. The periodic checks provide additional confidence in your motorcycle’s performance.

Type of Inspection/Service

Pre-ride Inspection

Periodic Maintenance

Maintenance Schedule

Refer to page:

31

64

66

When Performed before every ride monthly

* interval on schedule you

Who Performs you your Honda dealer

**

* more often if you ride frequently or long distances; or anytime you clean your motorcycle

** unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified

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The Importance of Maintenance

Keeping your motorcycle well-maintained is absolutely essential to your safety. It’s also a good way to protect your investment, get maximum performance, avoid breakdowns, and have more fun. A properly maintained motorcycle will also help to reduce air pollution.

Remember, proper maintenance is the owner’s responsibility. Be sure to inspect your motorcycle before each ride, perform the periodic checks, and follow the

Maintenance Schedule in this section.

Improperly maintaining this motorcycle or failing to correct a problem before you ride can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Always follow the inspection and maintenance recommendations and schedules in this owner’s manual.

If your motorcycle overturns or is involved in a crash, be sure your Honda dealer inspects all major parts, even if you are able to make some repairs.

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This section includes instructions on how to perform some important maintenance tasks. If you have basic mechanical skills, you can perform many of these tasks with the tools provided with your motorcycle.

Other tasks that are more difficult and require special tools are best performed by professionals. Wheel removal should normally be handled only by a Honda technician or other qualified mechanic.

Instructions are included in this manual only to assist in emergency service.

Maintenance Safety

Some of the most important safety precautions follow. However, we cannot warn you of every conceivable hazard that can arise in performing maintenance. Only you can decide whether or not you should perform a given task.

Failure to properly follow maintenance instructions and precautions can cause you to be seriously hurt or killed.

Always follow the procedures and precautions in this owner’s manual.

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Maintenance Safety

Important Safety Precautions

Make sure the engine is off before you begin any maintenance or repairs. This will help eliminate several potential hazards:

Carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust.

Be sure there is adequate ventilation whenever you operate the engine.

Burns from hot motorcycle parts.

the engine and exhaust system cool before touching.

Let

Injury from moving parts.

Do not run the engine unless instructed to do so.

Read the instructions before you begin, and make sure you have the tools and skills required.

To help prevent the motorcycle from falling over, park it on a firm, level surface, using the side stand or a maintenance stand to provide support.

To reduce the possibility of a fire or explosion, be careful when working around gasoline. Use only non-flammable solvent, not gasoline, to clean parts. Keep cigarettes, sparks, and flames away from all fuel-related parts.

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Remember that your Honda dealer knows your motorcycle best and is fully equipped to maintain and repair it. To ensure the best quality and reliability, use only new genuine Honda parts or their equivalents for repair and replacement. If you have the tools and skills required for additional maintenance jobs, you can purchase an official Honda Service Manual (page

210 ).

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Periodic Maintenance

In addition to the regularly scheduled maintenance (page 66 ) and daily pre-ride inspection (page 31 ), consider performing the periodic checks on the following page at least once a month, even if you haven’t ridden your motorcycle, or as often as once a week if you ride frequently or for long distances. It’s a good idea to perform this maintenance any time you clean your motorcycle.

Check the odometer reading and perform any scheduled maintenance checks that are needed (page

66

). Remember, more frequent checks may be needed for riding in severe conditions.

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Tires

Fluids

Lights

Freeplay

Drive Chain

Fuses

Nuts & Bolts

Periodic Maintenance

Check the air pressure with a gauge and add air if needed (page

Examine the tread for wear (page 122 ).

120

Look closely for nails, embedded objects, cuts, and other types of damage (page 122 ). Roll your motorcycle so you can inspect the entire surface.

).

Check the condition of the rims.

Check the levels of the engine oil (page 87 ), coolant (page 94 ), and brake fluid (page 116 ). Add the correct fluid as necessary, and investigate the cause of any low fluid level.

Make sure the headlight, brake light, taillight, and turn signals are working properly.

Check the freeplay of the clutch lever (page

99 ), and the front brake lever (page 114

101 ), throttle grip (page

) and rear brake pedal.

Check condition, adjust slack, and lubricate as needed (page 128 ).

Make sure you have a full supply of spare fuses.

Check the major fasteners and tighten as needed.

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Maintenance Schedule

The required Maintenance Schedule that follows specifies how often you should have your motorcycle serviced, and what things need attention. It is essential to have your motorcycle serviced as scheduled to maintain safe, dependable performance and proper emission control.

The service intervals in this Maintenance

Schedule are based on average riding conditions. Some items will need more frequent service if you ride in unusually wet or dusty areas or at full throttle.

Consult your Honda dealer for recommendations applicable to your individual needs and use.

Some items in the Maintenance Schedule can be performed with basic mechanical skills and hand tools. Procedures for these items are provided in this manual. Other items involve more extensive procedures and may require special training, tools, and equipment. We recommend that you have your Honda dealer perform these tasks unless you have advanced mechanical skills and the required tools and equipment. Procedures for such items in this schedule are provided in an official

Honda Service Manual available for purchase (page 210 ).

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If you do not feel capable of performing a given task or need assistance, remember that your Honda dealer knows your motorcycle best and is fully equipped to maintain and repair it. If you decide to do your own maintenance, use only genuine

Honda parts or their equivalents for repair or replacement to ensure the best quality and reliability.

Perform the pre-ride inspection (page 31 ) and owner maintenance (page 68 ) at each scheduled maintenance period.

Maintenance Schedule

Each item on the maintenance schedule requires some mechanical knowledge.

Certain items (particularly those marked

* and

**

) may require more technical information and tools. Consult your

Honda dealer.

Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda

Service Manual (page 210 ).

**

In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your

Honda dealer.

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Maintenance Schedule

Summary of Maintenance Schedule Notes

& Procedures:

NOTES:

1.

At higher odometer readings, repeat at

2.

the frequency interval established here.

Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas.

3.

Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer interval, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill. Refer to the official Honda service manual.

4.

California type only.

Maintenance Procedures:

I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary

C: clean

A: adjust

L: lubricate

R: replace

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Maintenance Schedule

ITEM

FREQUENCY

NOTE

× 1,000 mi

× 1,000 km

FUEL LINE

THROTTLE OPERATION

CHOKE OPERATION

AIR CLEANER

SPARK PLUGS

VALVE CLEARANCE

ENGINE OIL

ENGINE OIL FILTER

CABURETOR

SYNCRONIZATION

ENGINE IDLE SPEED

RADIATOR COOLANT

COOLING SYSTEM

SECONDARY AIR SUPPLY

SYSTEM

EVAPORATIVE EMISSION

CONTROL SYSTEM

2

3

4

0.6

1.0

I

I

R

R

ODOMETER READING (Note 1)

4

6.4

8

12.8

12

19.2

16

25.6

20

32.0

I

I

I

I

I I

I R

I

I I

R

R

I

R

I

R

R

I

24

38.4

I

I

I

I

R

R

R

I

Refer to page

97

107

83

88

I I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I I

R

I

I

I

105

93

* Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual (page 210 ).

** In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda dealer.

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Maintenance Schedule

ITEM

**

**

FREQUENCY

NOTE

× 1,000 mi

× 1,000 km

DRIVE CHAIN

BRAKE FLUID

BRAKE PAD WEAR

BRAKE SYSTEM

BRAKE LIGHT SWITCH

HEADLIGHT AIM

CLUTCH SYSTEM

SIDE STAND

SUSPENSION

NUTS, BOLTS, FASTENERS

WHEELS/TIRES

STEERING HEAD

BEARINGS

3

0.6

1.0

I

I

I

I

ODOMETER READING (Note 1)

4

6.4

8

12.8

12

19.2

16

25.6

20

32.0

I

I, L EVERY 500 mi (800 km)

I R I I

I I I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I I

24

38.4

R

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

I

Refer to page

128

115

118

114

101

127

* Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual (page 210 ).

**

In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda dealer.

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Maintenance Record

Keeping an accurate maintenance record will help ensure that your motorcycle is properly maintained. Retain detailed receipts to verify the maintenance was performed. If the motorcycle is sold, these receipts should be transferred with the motorcycle to the new owner.

Make sure whoever performs the maintenance completes this record. All scheduled maintenance, including the 600 mile (1,000 km) initial maintenance, is considered a normal owner operating cost and will be charged for by your dealer. Use the space under Notes to record anything you want to remind yourself about or mention to your dealer.

Odometer Date Performed By: Notes Miles (km)

600 (1,000)

4,000 (6,400)

8,000 (12,000)

12,000 (19,200)

16,000 (25,600)

20,000 (32,000)

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Maintenance Record

Odometer Miles (km)

24,000 (38,400)

28,000 (44,800)

32,000 (51,200)

36,000 (57,600)

40,000 (64,000)

44,000 (70,400)

48,000 (76,800)

52,000 (83,200)

56,000 (89,600)

60,000 (96,000)

64,000 (102,400)

68,000 (108,800)

Date Performed By: Notes

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Component Locations

front brake fluid reservoir front brake lever throttle grip fuel fill cap

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Component Locations

tool kit compartment coolant reserve tank rear brake fluid reservoir battery rear brake caliper

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oil filler cap/dipstick

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Component Locations

spark plugs rear spring pre-load adjuster owner’s manual storage fuse box front brake caliper side stand drive chain

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Tool Kit

compartment under the seat (page 78 ).

Some roadside repairs, minor adjustments, and parts replacement can be performed with the tools contained in the kit.

UNDER SEAT

(2)

(1)

8

×

10 mm open end wrench

10 × 12 mm open end wrench

14

×

17 mm open end wrench no. 3 Phillips screwdriver screwdriver handle spark plug wrench

24 mm box end wrench pin spanner extension bar fuse puller

4 mm hex wrench helmet holder wire

10 × 12 mm box end wrench tool bag

(1) tool kit

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(2) storage compartment

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Your motorcycle provides storage for the owner’s manual so you’ll have it with you for easy reference. Store your owner’s manual (and other documents) in the

Owner’s Manual Storage

UNDER SEAT

Be careful not to flood this area when washing your motorcycle.

(2)

(1)

(1) storage bag

(2) owner’s manual storage compartment

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Seat Removal

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

The seat must be removed to use the helmet holder or to access the tool kit and owner’s manual.

(4)

(3)

(6)

(1)

(7)

(5)

(2)

Removal

1.

2.

Turn it clockwise and pull up on the

3.

Installation

1.

2.

Push forward and then down on the rear of the seat.

Be sure to securely lock the seat after reinstalling it.

(1) ignition key

(2) seat lock

(3) seat

(4) front prongs

78

(5) front stays

(6) rear prongs

(7) rear stays

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Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

The right side cover must be removed for the battery maintenance. The left side cover must be removed for air cleaner and fuse maintenance.

The right and left side covers can be removed in the same manner.

Removal

1.

2.

( 3 ).

3.

4.

Side Cover Removal

Installation

Installation can be done in the reverse order of removal.

(3)

(2)

(4)

(5)

(1)

(1) bolt

(2) tab A

(3) grommet

(4) tab B

(5) side cover

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Fuel

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Fuel Recommendation

type pump octane number unleaded

86 (or higher)

We recommend that you use unleaded fuel because it produces fewer engine deposits and extends the life of exhaust system components.

Your engine is designed to use any gasoline that has a pump octane number of

86 or higher. Gasoline pumps at service stations normally display the pump octane number. For information on the use of oxygenated fuels, see page 206 .

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Use of lower octane gasoline can cause persistent ‘‘pinging’’ or ‘‘spark knock’’ (a loud rapping noise) which, if severe, can lead to engine damage. Light pinging experienced while operating under a heavy load, such as climbing a hill, is no cause for concern.

If pinging or spark knock occurs at a steady engine speed under normal load, change brands of gasoline. If pinging or spark knock persists, consult your Honda dealer.

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Never use stale or contaminated gasoline or an oil/gasoline mixture. Avoid getting dirt, dust, or water in the fuel tank.

Fuel Capacity

Fuel tank capacity:

4.49 US gal (17.0 )

The tank should be refilled as soon as possible when the fuel indicator comes on.

Fuel

Refueling Procedure

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

(3)

(2)

(1)

(3) filler neck (1) ignition key

(2) fuel fill cap

1.

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Fuel

2.

3.

Open the cap.

Add fuel until the level reaches the overfilling the tank. There should be no fuel in the filler neck.

4.

After refueling, push the fuel fill cap closed until it snaps and locks.

5.

Remove the ignition key from the cap.

Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive. You can be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel.

Stop the engine and keep heat, sparks and flame away.

Handle fuel only outdoors.

Wipe up spills immediately.

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Engine oil quality is a major factor that affects both the performance and the service life of the engine.

Using the proper oil (page 84 ) and filter, and regularly checking, adding, and changing oil will help extend your engine’s life. Even the best oil wears out.

Changing oil helps get rid of dirt and deposits in the engine. Operating the engine with old or dirty oil can damage your engine. Running the engine with insufficient oil can cause serious damage to the engine and transmission.

Change the engine oil as specified in the maintenance schedule on page 69 .

Engine Oil & Filter

When running in very dusty conditions, oil changes should be performed more frequently than specified in the maintenance schedule.

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Engine Oil & Filter

Oil Recommendation

API classification

SG or higher except oils labeled as energy conserving on the circular API service label

SAE 10W-40 viscosity

(weight)

JASO T 903 standard

MA suggested oil

Pro Honda GN4 or HP4 (without molybdenum additives) 4-stroke oil (USA & Canada), or Honda

4-stroke oil (Canada only), or an equivalent motorcycle oil.

Suggested oils are equal in performance to SJ oils that are not labeled as energy conserving on the circular API service label.

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Your motorcycle does not need oil additives. Use the recommended oil.

Do not use oils with graphite or molybdenum additives. They may adversely affect clutch operation.

Do not use API SH or higher oils displaying a circular API ‘‘energy conserving’’ service label on the container. They may affect lubrication and clutch performance.

Engine Oil & Filter

Other viscosities shown in the following chart may be used when the average temperature in your riding area is within the indicated range.

NOT RECOMMENDED OK

Do not use non-detergent, vegetable, or castor based racing oils.

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Engine Oil & Filter

JASO T 903 standard

The JASO T 903 standard is an index to choose engine oils for 4-stroke motorcycle engines.

There are two classes: MA and MB.

Oil conforming to the standard has the following classification on the oil container.

(1)

(2)

(1) code number of the sales company of the oil

(2) oil classification

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Checking & Adding Oil

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

RIGHT SIDE

(1)

(2)

Engine Oil & Filter

1.

Park your motorcycle on its side stand on a firm, level surface.

2.

Start the engine and let it idle for 3

5 minutes. Make sure the low oil pressure indicator goes off. If the indicator

3.

4.

remains on, stop the engine immediately.

Stop the engine and wait 2

3 minutes.

5.

and wipe it clean.

Hold the motorcycle in an upright

6.

position.

Insert the dipstick until it seats, but don’t screw it in.

(3)

(1) upper level mark

(2) lower level mark

(3) filler cap/dipstick

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Engine Oil & Filter

7.

Remove the dipstick and check the oil level.

If the oil is at or near the upper level oil.

If the oil is below or near the lower recommended oil until it reaches the upper level mark. (Do not overfill.)

8.

9.

Reinstall the oil filler cap/dipstick.

Check for oil leaks.

Changing Engine Oil & Filter

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Your motorcycle’s oil filter has very specific performance requirements. Use a new genuine Honda oil filter or a filter of equal quality specified for your model.

Using the wrong oil f ilter may result in leaks or premature engine damage.

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This procedure requires mechanical skill and professional tools such as a torque wrench and oil filter wrench, as well as a means for disposing of the drained fluid

(page 155 ). If you do not have the skills or the tools, see your Honda dealer.

Drain the Engine Oil:

1.

Park the motorcycle on its side stand on

2.

a firm, level surface.

If the engine is cold, start it and let it idle for 3

5 minutes. Turn the engine off. Wait 2 − 3 minutes for the oil to settle.

LEFT SIDE

Engine Oil & Filter

3.

Place a drain pan under the crankcase

4.

To drain the oil, remove the oil filler

(2)

(1) crankcase drain bolt

(1)

(2) sealing washer

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Engine Oil & Filter

Install a New Oil Filter:

5.

wrench and let the remaining oil drain out. Discard the oil filter in an approved manner (page 155 ).

FRONT

6.

Pour the drained oil into a suitable container and dispose of it in an approved manner (page 155 ).

Improper disposal of drained f luids is harmf ul to the environment.

(3)

(3) oil filter

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7.

Apply a thin coat of engine oil to the

(4)

(4) oil filter rubber seal

8.

Install the new oil filter and tighten it by

9.

hand.

Using an oil filter wrench attachment and a torque wrench, tighten the new oil filter to the specified torque:

20 lbf·ft (26 N·m , 2.7 kgf·m)

Engine Oil & Filter

10.

Check the condition of the sealing washer on the drain bolt. Replace the washer every other time the oil is changed.

Install the drain bolt and tighten it to the specified torque:

22 lbf·ft (29 N·m , 3.0 kgf·m)

Add Engine Oil:

11.

Fill the crankcase with the recommended oil (page 84 approximately:

4.0 US qt (3.8 )

12.

Install the oil filler cap.

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Engine Oil & Filter

13.

Start the engine and let it idle for a few minutes.

14.

15.

Stop the engine. Wait several minutes.

Hold the motorcycle upright and check that the oil level is at the upper level mark on the dipstick (page 87 ).

16.

Check that there are no oil leaks.

If a torque wrench is not used for installation, see your Honda dealer as soon as possible to verify proper assembly.

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Your motorcycle’s liquid cooling system dissipates engine heat through the coolant jacket that surrounds the cylinder and cylinder head.

Maintaining the coolant will allow the cooling system to work properly and prevent freezing, overheating, and corrosion.

Coolant Recommendation

Use Pro Honda HP coolant or an equivalent high quality ethylene glycol antifreeze containing corrosion protection inhibitors specifically recommended for use in aluminum engines. Check the antifreeze container label.

Use only distilled water as a part of the

Coolant

coolant solution. Water that is high in mineral content or salt may be harmful to the aluminum engine.

Using coolant with silicate inhibitors may cause premature wear of water pump seals or blockage of radiator passages.

Using tap water may cause engine damage.

The factory provides a 50/50 solution of antifreeze and water in this motorcycle.

This coolant solution is recommended for most operating temperatures and provides good corrosion protection.

Decreasing the concentration of antifreeze to less than 40% will not provide proper corrosion protection.

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Coolant

Increasing the concentration of antifreeze is not recommended because it decreases cooling system performance. Higher concentrations of antifreeze (up to 60%) should only be used to provide additional protection against freezing. Check the cooling system frequently during freezing weather.

Checking & Adding Coolant

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

LEFT SIDE

(3)

(1)

(2)

(1) UPPER level mark

(2) LOWER level mark

(3) reserve tank cap

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1.

With the engine at normal operating temperature, check the coolant level in the reserve tank. It should be between marks.

If the reserve tank is empty, or if coolant loss is excessive, check for leaks and see your Honda dealer for repair.

2.

3.

Remove the seat (page 78 ).

Always add coolant to the reserve tank.

Do not attempt to add coolant by removing the radiator cap.

4.

Add coolant to the reserve tank as required to bring the coolant level to the

UPPER level mark.

Coolant

Coolant Replacement

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Coolant should be replaced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda

Service Manual (page 210 ).

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Coolant

Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you.

Always let the engine and radiator cool down before removing the radiator cap.

To properly dispose of drained coolant, refer to

You & the Environment,

page

155 .

Improper disposal of drained f luids is harmf ul to the environment.

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Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Service the air cleaner more frequently if you ride in unusually wet or dusty areas.

Your Honda dealer can help you determine the correct service interval for your riding conditions.

Your motorcycle’s air cleaner has very specific performance requirements. Use a new genuine Honda air cleaner specified for your model or an air cleaner of equivalent quality.

Using the wrong air cleaner may result in premature engine damage.

Air Cleaner

Proper air cleaner maintenance can prevent premature engine wear or damage, expensive repairs, low engine power, poor gas mileage, and spark plug fouling.

Improper or lack of proper air cleaner maintenance can cause poor perf ormance and premature engine wear.

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Air Cleaner

Replacement

1.

2.

Remove the left side cover (page 79 ).

Remove the attaching screws (1) and air cleaner housing cover (2).

LEFT SIDE

(2)

(1)

LEFT SIDE

(3)

(3) air cleaner

3.

Pull out the air cleaner (3) and clean the air cleaner using compressed air from

4.

the outside, or replace it if necessary.

Install the air cleaner.

5.

Install the removed parts in the reverse order of removal.

(1) attaching screws

(2) air cleaner housing cover

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Throttle Freeplay

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

RIGHT HANDLEBAR

Throttle

Inspection

Check freeplay at the throttle grip flange.

Freeplay:

1/16 − 3/16 in (2 − 4 mm)

If necessary, adjust to the specified range.

Adjustment

1.

2.

3.

After adjustment, check for smooth rotation of the throttle grip from fully closed to fully open in all steering positions.

(1) lock nut

(1)

(2)

(2) adjuster

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Throttle

Throttle Inspection

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

1.

Check that the throttle assembly is positioned properly and the securing

2.

bolts are tight.

Check for smooth rotation of the throttle from fully open to fully closed in all steering positions. If there is a problem, see your Honda dealer.

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Your motorcycle’s manually-activated, wet, multiplate clutch is part of the primary drive system. Proper freeplay adjustment allows a smooth, gradual engagement when shifting gears.

Improper freeplay adjustment can cause premature clutch wear.

Clutch System

Clutch Freeplay

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

LEFT HANDLEBAR

(1)

(1) clutch lever

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Clutch System

Inspection

1.

Check freeplay:

3/8 − 13/16 in (10 − 20 mm)

If necessary, adjust to the specified range.

Upper Adjustment

Attempt adjustment with the upper clutch cable adjuster first.

LEFT HANDLEBAR

( ( ) )

(3)

( ( ) )

(2)

(2) upper lock nut

(3) upper clutch cable adjuster

(

) increase freeplay

( − ) decrease freeplay

1.

2.

to obtain the specified freeplay.

3.

Tighten the upper lock nut and check the freeplay again.

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Lower Adjustment

If the upper clutch cable adjuster is threaded out near its limit –– or the correct freeplay cannot be obtained –– attempt adjustment with the lower clutch cable adjuster.

RIGHT SIDE

(5)

( ( ) )

( ( ) )

(4)

Clutch System

1.

the way in (to provide maximum freeplay). Tighten the upper lock nut.

2.

3.

obtain the specified freeplay.

4.

Tighten the lower lock nut and check the adjustment.

(4) lock nut

(5) adjusting nut

( + ) increase free play

( − ) decrease free play

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Clutch System

5.

Start the engine, pull the clutch lever in, and shift into gear. Make sure the engine does not stall and the motorcycle does not creep. Gradually release the clutch lever and open the throttle. Your motorcycle should move smoothly and accelerate gradually.

If you cannot get proper adjustment, or the clutch does not work properly, the cable or clutch friction discs may be worn. See your Honda dealer or refer to the official

Honda Service Manual (page 210 ).

Other Inspections & Lubrication

Check that the clutch lever assembly is positioned properly and the securing bolts are tight.

Check the clutch cable for kinks or signs of wear. If necessary, have it replaced.

Lubricate the clutch cable with a commercially-available cable lubricant to prevent premature wear and corrosion.

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Remember, idle speed adjustment is not a

‘‘cure-all’’ for other problems in your engine’s fuel-delivery system. Adjusting the idle will not compensate for a fault elsewhere.

The engine must be at normal operating temperature for accurate idle speed adjustment.

Engine Idle Speed

Idle Speed Adjustment

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

LEFT SIDE

(1)

( ( ) )

(1) throttle stop screw

( ( ) )

( + ) increase

( − ) decrease

1.

If the engine is cold, start it and warm it up with ten minutes of stop-and-go riding. Stop the engine.

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Engine Idle Speed

2.

Place your motorcycle on its side stand on a firm, level surface.

3.

4.

Shift into neutral. Start the engine.

Adjust idle speed with the throttle stop

Idle speed (in neutral):

1,400 ± 100 rpm

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Spark Plug Recommendation

standard spark plug

CR9EH-9 (NGK) or

U27FER9 (DENSO)

Use only the recommended type of spark plugs in the recommended heat range.

Using spark plugs with an improper heat range can cause engine damage.

Spark Plugs

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Spark Plugs

1.

2.

Spark Plug Replacement &

Inspection

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

3.

4.

Pull the radiator toward the front.

Clean any dirt from around the spark plug base.

5.

Take care to avoid damaging the spark

6.

plug wire when disconnecting the caps.

Using the spark plug wrench ( 7 ) provided in the tool kit, remove the spark plugs.

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FRONT

(3)

(1) radiator mount bolts

(2) collars

(3) radiator

(4)

(2)

(1)

(4) grommet

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7.

Inspect the electrodes and center porcelain for deposits, corrosion, or carbon fouling. If the corrosion or deposits are heavy, replace the plug.

Clean a carbon or wet-fouled plug with a plug cleaner, if available, or a wire brush.

FRONT

(6)

(7)

Spark Plugs

8.

new plug, using a wire-type feeler gauge. If adjustment is necessary, bend

The gap should be:

0.03

− 0.04 in (0.8

− 0.9 mm)

(8)

(9)

(6) spark plug cap

(7) spark plug wrench

(8) spark plug gap (9) side electrode

9.

With the plug washers attached, thread the spark plugs in by hand to prevent cross-threading.

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Spark Plugs

10.

Tighten each spark plug:

1/8-1/4 turn after it seats (if the old plug is good)

1/2 turn after it seats (if installing a new plug)

Improperly tightened spark plugs can damage the engine. If a plug is too loose, a piston may be damaged. If a plug is too tight, the threads may be damaged.

11.

Reinstall the spark plug caps. Take care to avoid pinching any cables or wires.

12.

Install the remaining parts in the reverse order of removal.

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Your front and rear suspension systems use springs and hydraulic damping devices that suspend your weight and most of the weight of your motorcycle.

The spring pre-load for your rear suspension system adjusts the amount of force required to begin compression of the spring.

The oil damper systems hydraulically control the natural compression and rebound of the suspension springs so that traction and comfort are maintained as the wheels ride over road surfaces.

Suspension

Consider adjusting your rear suspension pre-load whenever you change your normal load, by adding or subtracting a passenger, cargo, or accessories, or when the road or riding conditions change.

The way you ride your motorcycle and the type of ride you want to experience can also influence your suspension needs.

Lower spring pre-load provides a softer ride and is usually preferred for light loads and smooth roads. Higher spring pre-load provides a firmer ride and is recommended for heavy loads, rough road conditions, and faster, more challenging riding.

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Suspension

Rear Suspension Adjustment

The rear suspension can be adjusted for rider (and passenger) weight and riding conditions by changing the spring pre-load.

The rear shock absorber includes a damper unit that contains high pressure nitrogen gas. Do not attempt to disassemble, service, or dispose of the damper; see your

Honda dealer. The instructions found in this owner’s manual are limited to adjustments of the shock assembly only.

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Rear Suspension Spring Pre-load

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

RIGHT SIDE

(1)

1

2

3

4 5 6 7

(2)

(3)

(1) spring adjuster

(2) pin spanner

(3) extension bar

Suspension

7 positions for different load or riding conditions.

Remove the side cover (page 79 ), then load.

Position 1: for a light load and smooth road conditions.

Position 2: standard position.

Positions 3 to 7: for when the motorcycle is more heavily loaded. (Also increase spring pre-load for stiffer rear suspension.)

Always adjust the shock absorber position in sequence (1-2-3-4-5-6-7 or 7-6-5-4-3-2-

1). Attempting to adjust directly from 1 to

7 or 7 to 1 may damage the shock absorber.

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Brakes

The hydraulic braking systems on your motorcycle dissipate the heat generated by the friction of the brake pads on the brake discs as the wheels are slowed.

As the brake pad wear, the brake fluid level will drop. A leak in the system will also cause the level to drop.

Frequently inspect the system to ensure there are no fluid leaks. Periodically inspect the brake fluid level and the brake pads for wear.

If the brake lever or brake pedal freeplay does not feel within the normal range while riding, check the brake pads for wear (page 118 ). Worn pads should be replaced. If the pads are not worn beyond the recommended limit, there is probably

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air in the brake system. See your Honda dealer to have the air bled from the system.

Front Brake Lever Adjustment

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

The distance between the tip of the brake lever and the grip may be adjusted.

(4)

(1)

(3)

(1) adjuster

(2) arrow

(2)

(3) brake lever

(4) index mark

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1.

2.

3.

adjuster.

Apply the brake, release it, then spin the wheel and check that it rotates freely.

Repeat this procedure several times.

Brakes

Brake Fluid Recommendation

brake fluid

Honda DOT 4 Brake

Fluid

The recommended brake fluid is Honda

DOT 4 Brake Fluid, or any brake fluid of equal quality and performance. Use fresh brake fluid from a sealed container. Be sure to read the label before opening the sealed container. An opened container may be contaminated or may have absorbed moisture from the air.

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Brakes

Fluid Level Inspection

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

If your inspection indicates a low fluid level, have your Honda dealer add the recommended brake fluid.

Do not add or replace brake fluid, except in an emergency. If you do add fluid, have your Honda dealer check the system as soon as possible.

Brake f luid can damage plastic and painted surf aces. Handle with care.

Wipe up spills immediately. Avoid contact with skin or eyes. In case of contact, wash thoroughly and call a doctor immediately if it contacts your eyes.

RIGHT FRONT

(1)

(1) LOWER level mark

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RIGHT SIDE

(2)

(1)

(1) LOWER level mark

(2) UPPER level mark

1.

Place your motorcycle in an upright

2.

position on a firm, level surface.

Remove the side cover (page 79 ).

Brakes

3.

Check the fluid level. It should be below the LOWER level mark, check the brake pads for wear (page 118 ).

Worn pads should be replaced. If the pads are not worn beyond the recommended limit, have your brake system inspected for leaks.

Other Inspections

Make sure there are no fluid leaks.

Check for deterioration or cracks in the hoses and fittings.

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Brakes

Brake Pad Wear

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Brake pad wear depends upon the severity of usage, the type of riding, and road conditions. Generally, the pads will wear faster on wet and dirty roads. Inspect the pads at each regular maintenance interval

(page 70 ).

Always inspect both pads in both the right and left brake calipers.

Front Brake

LEFT FRONT (Right side similar)

(1)

(1) wear indicator marks pad. If either pad is worn to the wear indicator mark, replace both pads as a set.

See your Honda dealer for this service.

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Rear Brake

RIGHT REAR

Brakes

either pad is worn to the cutout, replace both pads as a set. See your Honda dealer for this service.

(2)

(2) cutouts

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Tires

To safely operate your motorcycle, your tires must be the proper type and size, in good condition with adequate tread, and correctly inflated for the load you are carrying.

Using tires that are excessively worn or improperly inflated can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Follow all instructions in this owner’s manual regarding tire inflation and maintenance.

The following pages give detailed information on how and when to check your air pressure, how to inspect your tires

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for wear and damage, and our recommendations for tire repair and replacement.

Air Pressure

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Properly inflated tires provide the best combination of handling, tread life, and riding comfort. Generally, underinflated tires wear unevenly, adversely affect handling, and are more likely to fail from being overheated. Overinflated tires make your motorcycle ride more harshly, are more prone to damage from road hazards, and wear unevenly.

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We recommend that you visually check your tires before every ride and use an air pressure gauge to measure the air pressure at least once a month or any time you think the tires might be low. Even tires that are in good condition may lose one to two psi per month if not checked and adjusted regularly.

Tubeless tires have some degree of selfsealing ability if they are punctured.

However, because leakage is often very slow, you should look closely for punctures whenever a tire is not fully inflated.

Always check air pressure when your tires are ‘‘cold’’ –– after the motorcycle has been parked for at least three hours. If you check air pressure when your tires are

Tires

‘‘warm’’ –– even if your motorcycle has only been ridden for a few miles –– the readings will be higher. If you let air out of warm tires to match the recommended cold pressures, the tires will be underinflated.

The recommended ‘‘cold’’ tire pressures are: front 36 psi (250 kPa , rear

2.50 kgf/cm )

42 psi (290 kPa ,

2.90 kgf/cm )

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Tires

Inspection

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Whenever you check the tire pressures, you should also look for:

Bumps or bulges in the side of the tire or the tread. Replace any tire that has a bump or bulge.

Cuts, slits, or cracks in the tires.

Replace the tire if you can see fabric or cord.

Nails or other foreign objects embedded in the side of the tire or tread.

Excessive tread wear.

Also, if you hit a pothole or hard object while riding, pull to the side of the road as soon as you safely can and carefully inspect the tires for damage.

Tread Wear

(1)

(2)

(1) wear indicator

(2) wear indicator location mark

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For the best performance, you should replace a tire before the tread depth at the center reaches the following limits: front 0.06 in (1.5 mm) rear 0.08 in (2.0 mm)

If the wear indicators are visible, replace the tire immediately as it is no longer safe.

Tire Repair

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

We strongly recommend that you replace, not repair, any tire that is punctured or damaged. As discussed below, a tire that is repaired, either temporarily or permanently, will have lower speed and performance limits than a new or undamaged tire.

Tires

A temporary repair can sometimes be made in an emergency situation.

However, since a temporary repair may not hold, you must ride very slowly, preferably without any cargo or passenger, and have the tire replaced or permanently repaired as soon as possible.

(For more information on temporary repairs, see

If You Have a Flat Tire,

page

164 .)

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Tires

A permanent repair, such as an internal plug patch, can be made if a tire has only a small puncture in the tread area. With such a repair, you should not exceed 50 mph

(80 km/h) for the first 24 hours, or 80 mph

(130 km/h) at any time thereafter. In addition, you may not be able to safely carry as much weight. If you choose to have a tire repaired, be sure the repair work is performed by a professional and that the wheel is balanced before you ride.

If you have a tire professionally repaired at a non-Honda facility, we recommend that you have the work checked by your

Honda dealer.

Tire Replacement

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

The tires that came on your motorcycle were designed to match the performance capabilities of your motorcycle and provide the best combination of handling, braking, durability, and comfort.

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You should replace the tires with tires of the same size, load range, and speed rating as the originals.

Installing improper tires on your motorcycle can affect handling and stability. This can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.

Always use the size and type of tires recommended in this owner’s manual.

Tires

The recommended tires for your motorcycle are: front 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W) rear

MICHELIN

Pilot ROAD S

BRIDGESTONE

BT-56F RADIAL N

180/55 ZR17M/C (73W)

MICHELIN

Pilot ROAD S

BRIDGESTONE

BT-56R RADIAL G

Whenever you replace a tire, remember:

Have the wheel balanced after the tire is installed.

Have the tire replaced by your Honda dealer if possible.

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Tires

If you have a tire professionally replaced at a non-Honda facility, we recommend that you have the work checked by your

Honda dealer.

Important Safety Reminders

Do not install a tube inside a tubeless tire on this motorcycle. Excessive heat build-up can cause the tube to burst.

Use only tubeless tires on this motorcycle. The rims are designed for tubeless tires, and during hard acceleration or braking, a tube-type tire could slip on the rim and cause the tire to rapidly deflate.

Do not install a bias-ply tire on this motorcycle. Mixing bias-ply and radial tires can adversely affect handling and stability.

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Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

LEFT SIDE

(1)

(1) side stand spring

Check that the side stand assembly is working properly. If the side stand is stiff or squeaky, clean the pivot area and lubricate the pivot bolt with clean grease.

Side Stand

Check the spring for damage or loss of tension.

Check the side stand ignition cut-off system:

1.

Sit astride the motorcycle and put the

2.

transmission in neutral.

Raise the side stand.

3.

4.

Start the engine.

Pull the clutch lever in.

5.

6.

Shift the transmission into gear.

Lower the side stand all the way.

The engine should stop as you lower the side stand. If the engine doesn’t stop, see your Honda dealer for service.

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Drive Chain

An endless (riveted master link) chain connects the countershaft and rear wheel sprockets. The O-ring chain uses rubber rings between the side plates of the pin and roller links to seal in the manufacturer-installed lubricating grease and keep out moisture and dirt.

The service life of the chain depends on proper lubrication and adjustment. Poor maintenance can cause premature wear or damage to the drive chain or sprockets.

The drive chain should be checked, adjusted, and lubricated as part of the preride inspection (page 31 ).

Under severe usage, or when the motorcycle is ridden in unusually dusty or muddy areas, more frequent maintenance will be necessary.

Before servicing your drive chain, turn the engine OFF, lower the side stand, and check that your transmission is in neutral.

It is not necessary to remove or replace the drive chain to perform the recommended service in the Maintenance Schedule.

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Drive Chain

Inspection

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

1.

Check slack in the lower drive chain

Drive chain slack should allow the following vertical movement by hand:

1 3/16 − 1 9/16 in (30 − 40 mm)

2.

Check drive chain slack at several points along the chain. The slack should remain constant. If it isn’t, some links may be kinked and binding. Lubricating the chain will often eliminate binding and kinking.

3.

Inspect the drive chain for: damaged rollers dry or rusted links kinked or binding links

LEFT SIDE

(1)

(1) drive chain excessive wear improper adjustment damaged or missing O-rings

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Drive Chain

Replace the drive chain (page 134 has damaged rollers, loose pins, or

) if it kinks that cannot be freed. Lubricate the drive chain (page 133 ) if it appears dry or shows signs of rust. Lubricate any kinked or binding links and work them free. Adjust chain slack if needed.

4.

Inspect the front and rear sprocket teeth for excessive wear or damage. If necessary, have your Honda dealer replace a worn sprocket.

damaged sprocket teeth

REPLACE worn sprocket teeth

REPLACE normal sprocket teeth

GOOD

Use of a new chain with worn sprockets will cause rapid chain wear.

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Wear Inspection

LEFT SIDE

(3)

(2)

(2) red zone (3) index line

Check the chain wear label when adjusting side of the swingarm after the chain has been adjusted to the proper slack, the chain is excessively worn and must be replaced. The proper slack is:

1 3/16 − 1 9/16 in (30 − 40 mm)

Drive Chain

The bottom part of the frame may be damaged by excessive drive chain slack of more than:

1 15/16 in (50 mm)

Adjustment

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Drive chain slack should be checked and adjusted, if necessary, every 500 miles

(800 km). When operated at sustained high speeds or under conditions of frequent rapid acceleration, the chain may require more frequent adjustments.

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Drive Chain

RIGHT SIDE

(3)

(2)

(5) (4)

(1)

(1) axle nut

(2) lock nut

(3) drive chain adjusting nut

(3) index marks

(4) index lines

1.

Place the motorcycle on its side stand with the transmission in neutral and the ignition switch OFF.

2.

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3.

of the swingarm.

4.

number of turns until the correct drive chain slack is obtained. Turn the adjusting bolts counterclockwise to tighten the chain, or clockwise to provide more slack. Adjust the chain slack at a point midway between the drive sprocket and the rear wheel sprocket.

Roll the motorcycle forward. Stop and place it on its side stand. Recheck chain slack. Chain slack should allow the following vertical movement by hand:

1 3/16 − 1 9/16 in (30 − 40 mm)

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5.

Check rear axle alignment by making sides of the swingarm.

Both marks should correspond. If the axle is misaligned, turn the right or left adjusting bolt until the marks are

6.

aligned and recheck chain slack.

Torque the rear axle nut to:

65 lbf·ft (88 N·m , 9.0 kgf·m)

If a torque wrench is not used for this installation, see your Honda dealer as soon as possible to verify proper assembly. Improper assembly may lead to a loss of braking capacity.

Drive Chain

7.

8.

Tighten the adjusting bolts lightly.

Recheck drive chain slack (page 129 ).

Lubrication

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Lubricate every 500 miles (800 km) or sooner if chain appears dry. Lubricant:

SAE 80 or 90 gear oil

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Drive Chain

Lubricate only with SAE 80 or 90 gear oil.

Commercial chain lubricants may contain solvents which could damage the rubber

O-rings.

Removal, Cleaning &

Replacement

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Your motorcycle has an endless (riveted master link) type chain. It should only be removed or replaced by your Honda dealer.

The O-rings can be damaged by steam cleaning, high pressure washers, and certain solvents.

1.

Clean the side surfaces of the chain with a dry cloth. Use a high flashpoint solvent such as kerosene

− not gasoline.

Do not brush the rubber O-rings.

Brushing will damage them. Use of a solvent may also damage the O-rings.

2.

Inspect the drive chain for possible wear or damage.

Replace the drive chain if it has damaged rollers, loose fitting links, damaged

O-rings, or otherwise appears unserviceable.

Replacement Chain:

D.I.D. 525VM2 or

RK 525RO

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Your motorcycle has a maintenance-free type battery. You do not have to check the battery electrolyte level or add distilled water as you would with a conventionaltype battery.

Your battery is a maintenance-f ree type and can be permanently damaged if the cap strip is removed.

Electrical accessories use current from the battery –– even when the ignition is OFF.

Limited operation also allows the battery to discharge. If you have electrical accessories on your motorcycle –– or do not ride frequently, we recommend that you charge the battery frequently (see

Battery Charging,

page 139 ).

Battery

If you do not expect to ride your motorcycle for at least two weeks, we recommend you remove the battery –– or at least disconnect the battery cables

(negative cable first).

If you plan to store your motorcycle, see

Battery Storage,

page 136 .

If your battery seems weak and/or is leaking electrolyte (causing slow starting or other electrical problems), see your

Honda dealer.

WARNING:

Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds.

Wash hands after handling.

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Battery

Battery Storage

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

If you plan to store your motorcycle, we recommend you remove the battery and store it where it can be charged at least every 30 days to maintain its service life.

If you do not remove the battery, we recommend disconnecting the battery cables (negative cable first).

You will get the best storage results from removing the battery and slow (trickle) charging it every 30 days (see

Charging,

page 139 ).

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Before you remove the battery, be sure to read all the information that follows, as well as the information on the battery label.

The battery gives off explosive hydrogen gas during normal operation.

A spark or flame can cause the battery to explode with enough force to kill or seriously hurt you.

Wear protective clothing and a face shield, or have a skilled mechanic do the battery maintenance.

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Battery

The battery is in the battery box behind the right side cover.

Remove the right side cover (page 79 ).

3.

securing it.

4.

Disconnect the negative ( − ) terminal disconnect the positive ( + ) terminal

RIGHT SIDE

(6)

(1)

(2)

(4)

(6)

(3)

(1) strap

(2) hook

(3) battery

(4) battery box

(5) negative ( − ) terminal lead

(6) positive ( + ) terminal lead

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Battery

5.

Charge the battery (see following section), unless you have been riding

6.

regularly.

Store your battery in an easy-to-reach location off the floor, in an area protected from freezing temperatures and direct sunlight.

7.

Clean the battery box after removing the battery for storage. Dry the battery box and, if paint is missing, re-paint the area.

8.

Slow charge the battery (see following section) once every 30 days.

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Battery Charging

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

(1)

Battery

We recommend using a ‘‘trickle’’ charger left connected for long periods without risking damage to the battery. However, do not intentionally leave the charger connected longer than the time period recommended in the charger’s instructions.

Avoid using an automotive-type battery charger. An automotive charger can overheat a motorcycle battery and cause permanent damage.

(1) ‘‘trickle’’ charger

Be sure to read the information that came with your battery charger and follow the instructions on the battery. Improper charging may damage the battery.

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Appearance Care

Frequent cleaning and polishing will keep your Honda looking newer longer.

Frequent cleaning also identifies you as an owner who values your motorcycle. A clean motorcycle is also easier to inspect and service.

General Recommendations

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

To clean your motorcycle, you may use:

− water

− a mild, neutral detergent and water

− a mild spray and wipe cleaner/ polisher

− a mild spray and rinse cleaner/ degreaser and water

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Avoid products that contain harsh detergents or chemical solvents that could damage the metal, paint, and plastic on your motorcycle.

If your motorcycle is still warm from recent operation, give the engine and exhaust system time to cool off.

Park in a shady area. Washing your motorcycle in bright sunlight may cause the finish to fade because water droplets intensify the sun’s brightness. Spotting is also more likely because surface water can dry before you have time to wipe it off.

Clean your motorcycle regularly to protect surface finishes.

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We recommend the use of a garden hose to wash your motorcycle. High pressure washers (like those at coinoperated car washes) can damage certain parts of your motorcycle.

High pressure water (or air) can damage certain parts of your motorcycle.

After cleaning, inspect for damage, wear, and leaks (fuel, oil, coolant, and brake fluid).

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Appearance Care

Washing Your Motorcycle with a

Mild Detergent

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

1.

Rinse your motorcycle thoroughly with

2.

cool water to remove loose dirt.

Fill a bucket with cool water. Mix in a mild, neutral detergent, such as dish washing liquid or a product made especially for washing motorcycles or automobiles.

3.

Wash your motorcycle with a sponge or a soft towel. As you wash, check for heavy grime. If necessary, use a mild cleaner/degreaser to remove the grime.

4.

Clean the headlight and other plastic parts using a cloth or sponge dampened with a solution of mild detergent and water. When cleaning the plastic headlight lens, use more care because it will scratch easier than a glass lens. Rub any soiled area, gently rinsing it frequently with fresh water.

If the inside of the headlight lens appears clouded immediately after washing, it should clear after a few minutes of riding.

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5.

After washing, rinse your motorcycle thoroughly with plenty of clean water to remove any residue. Detergent residue can corrode alloy parts.

6.

Dry your motorcycle with a chamois or a soft towel. Leaving water on the surface to air dry can cause dulling and water spots. As you dry, inspect for chips and scratches.

7.

Lubricate the drive chain to prevent rusting.

8.

Start the engine and let it idle for several minutes. The engine heat will help dry moist areas.

9.

As a precaution, ride your motorcycle at a slow speed and apply the brakes several times. This will help dry the brakes and restore normal braking performance.

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Appearance Care

Clean the Matte Color Painted

Surface

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Use a soft cloth or sponge, plenty of water, and a mild detergent to clean the matte paint. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.

Do not use polishing compounds or wax containing polishing compounds. These can damage or discolor the paint.

To keep your Honda looking new, clean and polish it frequently.

Spray Cleaning Your Motorcycle

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Avoid using spray cleaner products on the tires or suspension components.

Suggestions for using spray cleaner(s) follow:

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Motorcycle Condition

Dust and fingerprint smudges.

Light road grime.

Heavy grime. Oil leaks. Brake dust.

Dull, corroded chrome or aluminum.

Appearance Care

Recommended Cleaning

Apply a spray cleaner/polish and wipe the paint, chrome, glass, and clear plastic.

Spray any difficult-to-reach or very dirty areas with a spray cleaner/degreaser.

Rinse and dry.

Apply a spray cleaner/polish and wipe with a non-abrasive cloth.

Use a spray cleaner/degreaser.

If necessary, rub with a sponge. Rinse and dry.

Apply a spray cleaner/polish and wipe with a non-abrasive cloth.

Apply a high quality chrome/aluminum polish and wipe with a non-abrasive cloth.

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Appearance Care

Painted Aluminum Wheel

Maintenance

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Aluminum may corrode from contact with dirt, mud, or road salt. Clean the wheels after riding through any of these substances. Use a wet sponge and mild detergent. Avoid stiff brushes, steel wool, or cleaners containing abrasives or chemical compounds.

After washing, rinse with plenty of water and dry with a clean cloth.

If the paint is chipped, apply touch-up paint.

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Finishing Touches

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

After washing your motorcycle, consider using a commercially-available spray cleaner/polish or quality liquid or paste wax to finish the job. Use only a nonabrasive polish or wax made specifically for motorcycles or automobiles. Apply the polish or wax according to the instructions on the container.

If a surface on your motorcycle is chipped or scratched, your Honda dealer has touchup paint to match your motorcycle’s color.

Be sure to use your motorcycle’s color code (page paint.

190 ) when you buy touch-up

Appearance Care

If the frame has a chip that exposes the metal, first apply primer (to prevent corrosion) and then apply the touch-up paint. Several thin layers of touch-up paint are better than one thick coat.

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Here’s a few helpful tips on how to store and transport your Honda, and how to be an environmentally responsible motorcycle owner.

Tips

Storing Your Honda ............................

. 150

Transporting Your Motorcycle ...........

. 154

You & the Environment ......................

. 157

Tips

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Storing Your Honda

If you won’t be riding for an extended period, such as during the winter, thoroughly inspect your motorcycle and correct any problem before storing it. That way, needed repairs won’t be forgotten and it will be easier to get your motorcycle running again.

For more information about storage, refer to the

Guide,

Honda Motorcycle Winter Storage

available from your Honda dealer

(USA only).

We suggest you perform the following procedures to keep your motorcycle in top condition. These storage procedures will reduce the deterioration that can occur during storage.

Preparation for Storage

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

This procedure requires a means for draining and disposing of drained fuel

(page

1.

155 ).

Change the engine oil and filter (page

2.

88 ).

Make sure the cooling system is filled with a 50/50% antifreeze solution (page

93 ).

3.

Fill the fuel tank. Make sure the fuel fill cap is properly installed.

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4.

Drain the carburetors into an approved gasoline container and dispose of it in an approved manner (page

155

).

If storage will last longer than one month, carburetor draining is important, to assure proper performance after storage.

Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive. You can be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel.

Stop the engine and keep heat, sparks and flame away.

Handle fuel only outdoors.

Wipe up spills immediately.

Storing Your Honda

5.

To prevent rusting in the cylinders, perform the following:

Remove the spark plug caps from the spark plugs. Using tape or string, secure the caps to any convenient plastic body part so that they are positioned away from the spark plugs.

Remove the spark plugs from the engine and store them in a safe place.

Do not connect the spark plugs to the spark plug caps.

Pour a tablespoon (15

20 cc) of clean engine oil into each cylinder and cover the spark plug holes with a piece of cloth.

(cont’d)

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With the engine stop switch in the

RUN position, press the start button several times to crank the engine and distribute the oil.

Reinstall the spark plugs and spark

6.

plug caps.

Remove the battery and charge it fully.

Store it in an area protected from freezing temperatures and direct sunlight. Slow charge the battery (page

139 ) once a month.

7.

Wash and dry your motorcycle. Wax all painted surfaces. Apply rustinhibiting oil to the chrome pieces.

8.

9.

Lubricate the drive chain (page 133 ).

Inflate the tires to their recommended pressures (page 120 ).

10.

Store your motorcycle in an unheated area, free of dampness, away from sunlight, with a minimum of daily temperature variation.

11.

Place your motorcycle on blocks to lift

12.

both tires off the floor.

Cover your motorcycle with a porous material. Avoid using plastic or similar non-breathing, coated materials that restrict air flow and allow heat and moisture to accumulate.

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Removal from Storage

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

1.

2.

Uncover and clean your motorcycle.

If your motorcycle has been stored for more than four months –– change the engine oil (page 88 ).

3.

If your motorcycle has been stored for more than two months –– ask your

4.

Honda dealer to drain and replace the fuel.

Charge the battery (page 139 ) as

5.

required. Install the battery.

Lubricate the drive chain (page 133 ).

6.

Perform a pre-ride inspection (page 31 ), then test-ride your motorcycle at low speeds.

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Transporting Your Motorcycle

If your motorcycle needs to be transported, it should be carried on a motorcycle trailer, or a truck or trailer with a flatbed area. For information about 24-hour emergency assistance, see page 217 (USA only). Do not tow your motorcycle, as towing can seriously damage the transmission.

When contacting a towing or transporting service, be sure to ask if they have a flatbed area, a loading ramp or power ramp to safely lift the motorcycle, and motorcycle tie-down straps.

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Owning and riding a motorcycle can be enjoyable, but you must do your part to protect nature.

Following are tips on how you can be an environmentally-responsible motorcycle owner.

Choose Sensible Cleaners.

Use a biodegradable detergent when you wash your motorcycle. Avoid aerosol spray cleaners that contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) which damage the atmosphere’s protective ozone layer. Don’t throw cleaning solvents away; see the following guidelines for proper disposal.

You & the Environment

Recycle Wastes.

It’s illegal and thoughtless to put used engine oil in the trash, down a drain, or on the ground.

Used oil, gasoline, coolant, and cleaning solvents contain poisons that can hurt refuse workers and contaminate our drinking water, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Before changing your oil, make sure you have the proper containers. Put oil and other toxic wastes in separate sealed containers and take them to a recycling center. Call your local or state office of public works or environmental services to find a recycling center in your area, and to get instructions on how to dispose of non-recyclable wastes.

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This section discusses the more common problems that can occur with your motorcycle while you’re riding. It tells you how to evaluate each problem and what actions you can take to try to resume riding. If the problem cannot be safely solved, this section also gives instructions on the proper way to have your motorcycle transported.

For information about transporting your motorcycle, see page 154 .

Taking Care of the Unexpected

General Guidelines ..............................

. 158

If Your Engine Quits or

Won’t Start ..........................................

. 159

If You Have a Flat Tire .......................

. 164

If Your Engine Overheats ...................

. 176

If the Low Oil Pressure Indicator lights .....................................................

. 178

If a Fuse Blows ....................................

. 179

If You Crash ........................................

. 183

If You Lose Your Key ........................

. 184

If Your Battery is Low (or Dead) .......

. 185

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General Guidelines

Keeping your motorcycle well-maintained is the best way to reduce the possibility of having a problem on the road. However, since problems can arise even with wellmaintained machines, you may consider subscribing to an emergency roadside service plan. (USA only: For information about the Honda Rider’s Club of America, see page 217 .)

Remember to take along your owner’s manual, the tool kit that came with your motorcycle, and any other items (such as tire repair supplies and additional tools) that might help you solve a problem on your own.

Should you ever have a problem while riding, please follow these guidelines:

Always put personal safety first.

Take time to assess the situation and your options before deciding what to do.

If the problem is relatively minor and you have the tools, supplies, and skills to make a temporary repair, be sure to have permanent repairs made as soon as possible.

Do not continue riding if you are hurt or your motorcycle is not in safe riding condition.

Additional recommendations for specific problems follow.

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Proper operation and maintenance can prevent starting and engine performance problems. In many cases, the cause of the problem may be a simple operational oversight.

If you have a problem starting the engine

− or experience poor engine performance − the following information may help you. If you can’t correct the problem, see your Honda dealer.

If Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start

If your motorcycle won’t start, listen as you press the start button. If you don’t hear the starter motor turning, refer to the

Starter motor doesn’t operate

symptom. If you can hear the starter motor working normally, refer to the

Starter motor works, but the engine won’t start

symptom.

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SYMPTOM:

Starter motor doesn’t operate.

POSSIBLE CAUSE ignition switch OFF engine stop switch OFF

WHAT TO DO

Turn the ignition switch ON.

Turn the engine stop switch to RUN.

transmission not in neutral side stand down (when transmission not in neutral)

Shift into neutral.

Raise the side stand. Put the transmission in blown fuse battery lead loose dead battery neutral, pull the clutch lever in, or raise the side stand.

Replace with a new fuse of the same rating (page

179

).

Tighten the battery lead.

Charge the battery (page

139

). If charging doesn’t help, see your Honda dealer.

faulty starter motor If all possible causes are negative, the starter motor may be faulty. See your Honda dealer.

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If Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start

SYMPTOM:

Starter motor works, but the engine won’t start.

POSSIBLE CAUSE WHAT TO DO out of fuel flooded engine loose or unconnected spark plug caps

Fill the fuel tank.

See F looded Engine (page 44 ).

Install the spark plug caps securely. If the engine still won’t start, see your Honda dealer.

loose battery cables weak battery

Tighten the battery terminal bolts.

Charge the battery (page

139

). If charging doesn’t help, see your Honda dealer.

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If Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start

SYMPTOM:

Engine starts, but stalls as you shift into gear.

POSSIBLE CAUSE WHAT TO DO side stand down Raise the side stand. Start again.

SYMPTOM:

Engine starts, but runs poorly.

POSSIBLE CAUSE idles roughly, too fast, stalls

WHAT TO DO

Check engine idle adjustment (page

105

). If the overheating problem persists, see your Honda dealer.

Check the coolant temperature gauge. Refer to If low oil pressure runs erratically, misfires blubbers (rich fuel mixture)

Y our Engine Over heats, page 176 .

Check the low oil pressure indicator. Refer to If the Low Oil Pr essur e Indicator Lights, page

178 .

See your Honda dealer.

See your Honda dealer.

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If Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start

SYMPTOM:

Engine starts, but runs poorly. (cont’d)

POSSIBLE CAUSE WHAT TO DO sooty exhaust (rich fuel mixture)

See your Honda dealer.

detonates or pings under load

If applicable, switch to the recommended octane gasoline (page 80 ) or change your brand of gasoline. If the problem persists, see your Honda dealer.

See your Honda dealer.

afterfires (backfires) pre-ignition (runs on after ignition switched OFF)

See your Honda dealer.

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If You Have a Flat Tire

A flat tire is always unwelcome, especially if you are far from help. If you think you are losing air, or you hit a pothole or hard object, pull safely to the side of the road so you can inspect the tires and assess the situation. (Be sure to park on a firm, level surface and use the side stand for support.) You should examine the tire treads and sidewalls for foreign objects or damage. If you find a tire that has been punctured or damaged, you have two options.

Option 1:

Have Your Motorcycle Transported

If a tire has a major puncture or a cut in the tread or sidewall, or the bead has come loose from the rim, there is probably not much you can do except have your motorcycle transported to a Honda dealer

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or other qualified service facility. (USA only: For information about 24-hour emergency roadside assistance, see page

217 .) Even with a simple puncture, this may be the safest and least troublesome solution. For transporting instructions, see page 154 .

Option 2:

Make a Temporary Roadside Repair

If a tire has only a minor nail puncture and is not completely flat, you may be able to make an emergency repair that could allow you to continue riding to where you can get the tire replaced or permanently repaired.

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Riding your motorcycle with a temporary tire repair can be risky.

If the temporary repair fails, you can crash and be seriously injured or killed.

If you must ride with a temporary tire repair, ride slowly and carefully and do not exceed 30 mph (50 km/h) until the tire is permanently repaired or replaced.

Due to the uncertainty of any temporary repair, you should ride slowly (not over

30 mph, 50 km/h) and carefully

(preferably without a passenger or cargo) until the tire is replaced or permanently

If You Have a Flat Tire

repaired. Stop frequently and check the air pressure. If the tire is losing pressure, it may be unsafe to continue riding. As the tire gets low, it will affect the handling of your motorcycle (especially with a passenger and cargo) and it may overheat and blow out.

Types of Temporary Repairs

The following types of temporary repairs generally require a source of air to inflate the tire. Possible sources include CO

2 cartridges or cans of compressed air designed to inflate a tire.

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If You Have a Flat Tire

Inflate the tire:

Tubeless tires have some self-sealing ability if they are punctured and the result is usually just a slow leak. If this is the case, you can try inflating the tire to see if it will hold air pressure. If you can see a nail or other object embedded in the tire tread, do not remove it at this time.

Plug the hole:

The idea here is to do something to temporarily stop the leak.

If you have a tubeless tire repair kit, you can pull out the nail and try inserting an external plug in the puncture. Follow the instructions that came with the repair kit and be sure to inflate the tire to the correct pressure.

Should You Repair or Replace a

Tire?

We strongly recommend that you replace, not permanently repair, any tire that is punctured or damaged, even if the tire has only a minor puncture. For a full discussion of repairs and replacement, see page 123 .

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Emergency Front Wheel

Removal/Installation

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Removal

We recommend wheel removal be done only by your Honda dealer or another qualified mechanic. Do not attempt to remove the wheel on your own. Wheel removal requires mechanical skill and professional tools.

If You Have a Flat Tire

LEFT SIDE

(1)

(2)

(1) fixing bolts

(2) brake caliper assembly

1.

Park your motorcycle on a firm, level surface.

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If You Have a Flat Tire

2.

Raise the front wheel off the ground by placing a support block under the engine.

3.

remove the right and left caliper

To avoid damage to the brake hose during removal, support the caliper assembly so that it doesn’t hang from the hose. Do not twist the brake hose.

Avoid getting grease, oil, or dirt on the disc or pad surfaces. Any contamination can cause poor brake performance or rapid pad wear after reassembly.

4.

Loosen the right and left axle pinch

RIGHT FRONT

(4)

(3) axle pinch bolts

(4) axle bolt

(3)

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5.

wheel.

Avoid depressing the brake lever and brake pedal when the wheel is off the motorcycle. This will force the caliper pistons out of the cylinders.

The result will be loss of brake fluid.

If this occurs, the brake system will require service. See your Honda dealer for this service.

If You Have a Flat Tire

LEFT FRONT

(3)

(5)

(5) front axle

Installation

1.

Position the wheel between the fork legs and insert the front axle shaft from the left side, through the left fork leg and wheel hub.

(cont’d)

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If You Have a Flat Tire

2.

shaft with the surface ( 2 ) of the fork leg.

(1)

4.

Tighten the axle pinch bolt on the right fork leg to the specified torque:

16 lbf·ft (22 N·m , 2.2 kgf·m)

5.

Fit the brake disc carefully between the brake pads to avoid damaging the pads.

6.

Install the caliper fixing bolts and tighten to the specified torque:

22 lbf·ft (30 N·m , 3.1 kgf·m)

7.

Temporarily tighten the axle pinch bolts

8.

on the left fork leg until lightly seated.

Operate the front brake and pump the fork several times.

Failure to provide adequate disc-to-caliper body clearance may damage the brake discs and impair braking efficiency.

(2)

(1) index line

(2) surface

3.

Tighten the axle bolt to the specified torque:

43 lbf·ft (59 N·m , 6.0 kgf·m)

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9.

After installing the wheel, apply the brakes several times, then recheck both discs for caliper body to disc clearance.

Do not operate the motorcycle without adequate clearance.

If a torque wrench was not used for installation, see your Honda dealer as soon as possible to verify proper assembly.

Improper assembly may lead to loss of braking capability.

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If You Have a Flat Tire

Emergency Rear Wheel

Removal/Installation

Refer to

Saf ety Precautions

on page 62 .

Removal

We recommend wheel removal be done only by your Honda dealer or another qualified mechanic. Do not attempt to remove the wheel on your own. Wheel removal requires mechanical skill and professional tools.

1.

Park your motorcycle on a firm, level surface.

2.

Raise the rear wheel off the ground by placing a support block under the engine.

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3.

4.

swingarm.

RIGHT REAR

(3)

(2)

(1) axle nut

(2) lock nut

(3) adjusting bolt

5.

Remove the rear axle nut.

(1)

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6.

Remove the drive chain ( 3 ) from the rear sprocket by pushing the rear wheel forward.

LEFT REAR

(4)

(3)

(3) drive chain (4) axle shaft

7.

Remove the axle shaft ( 4 ), side collar, and rear wheel from the swingarm.

If You Have a Flat Tire

Avoid depressing the brake lever and brake pedal when the wheel is off the motorcycle. This will force the caliper pistons out of the cylinders.

The result will be a loss of brake fluid. If this occurs, the brake system will require service.

See your Honda dealer for this service.

Installation

1.

Apply the multi-purpose grease to the inside of the side collars and install the side collars into the rear wheel.

Avoid getting grease, oil, or dirt on the disc or pad surfaces. Any contamination can cause poor brake performance or rapid pad wear after reassembly.

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If You Have a Flat Tire

2.

Reinstall the brake caliper holder onto the swingarm.

brake caliper holder is located in the slot ( 9 ) on the swingarm ( 10 ).

(8)

(9)

(8) lug

(9) slot

(10) swingarm

(10)

3.

Place the rear wheel into the swingarm and install the drive chain over the rear sprocket.

While installing the wheel, carefully fit the brake disc between the brake

4.

pads to avoid damaging the pads.

Install the axle shaft.

5.

Tighten the axle nut to the specified torque:

65 lbf·ft (88 N·m , 9.0 kgf·m)

Failure to provide adequate disc-tocaliper holder clearance may damage the brake discs and impair braking efficiency.

6.

After installing the wheel, adjust the drive chain (page 128 ).

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7.

After installing the wheel, apply the brakes several times, then recheck both discs for caliper holder to disc clearance.

Do not operate the motorcycle without adequate clearance.

If a torque wrench was not used for installation, see your Honda dealer as soon as possible to verify proper assembly.

Improper assembly may lead to loss of braking capability.

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If Your Engine Overheats

Normally, the needle on your temperature gauge will rise to a point about midway between C (cold) and H (hot) and then level off. Hot weather may cause the needle to rise higher than normal. So will temporary stress such as climbing a hill. If you’re stuck in stop-and-go traffic, the needle may climb some, but the radiator fan is designed to prevent overheating. Be aware of these variations as you monitor the gauge.

If the needle moves toward H for no apparent reason, pull safely to the side of the road. If possible, park in a shady area.

Continuing to ride with an overheated engine can cause serious engine damage.

A steaming engine indicates a coolant leak. Shut the engine off and wait until the steaming stops. Look for a leak, but don’t touch the engine or radiator system. Let everything cool off first.

If there’s no obvious problem, leave the engine on so the fan and coolant circulating system can continue working. Monitor the temperature gauge. The needle may drop to the normal range after a brief stop with no load on the engine.

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Check the radiator fan.

If the fan is not working, turn the engine off. Open the fuse box (page

180 ) and check the radiator fan fuse.

If the fuse is blown, replace it with the proper (same rating) spare fuse. Start the engine. If the needle climbs to the red zone and stays there, turn the engine off.

If the radiator fan is working, visually check the coolant level in the reserve tank, located behind the frame (page

94 ). It isn’t necessary to touch the radiator system.

If the reserve tank is low or empty, don’t ride without adding coolant (page 94 ).

After adding coolant, turn the engine on and check the temperature gauge.

If the needle doesn’t drop, do not ride.

The engine needs repair. Transport your

If Your Engine Overheats

motorcycle to a Honda dealer (page

154 ).

If the temperature drops to normal, check the coolant level. If it has gone down, add more coolant.

If you are able to resume riding, continue to monitor the gauge frequently.

If there’s a mild leak, you can ride for awhile, carefully watching the gauge. Be prepared to stop and add more coolant or water. If the leak is bad, transport your motorcycle to a Honda dealer (page 154 ).

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If the Low Oil Pressure Indicator Lights

If you check your engine oil level regularly, you should never see the low oil pressure indicator while riding. Normally, it will only light momentarily when you turn the ignition switch ON. Occasionally, it may flicker at or near idling speed.

Low oil pressure may be caused by an oil leak, a low oil level, or some problem in the engine’s lubrication system.

If the indicator comes on while you’re riding, don’t ignore it. Pull safely to the side of the road. If possible, pull the clutch lever in and coast to a stop. Stop the engine as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Continuing to ride with low oil pressure can cause serious engine damage.

Check for an oil leak.

Then check the oil level. If necessary, add the recommended oil (page 84 ) to the upper level mark. If you must leave your motorcycle to get oil, secure it as much as possible.

After adding oil, start the engine, and check that the low oil pressure indicator goes off. Check for a possible leak.

If the indicator goes off and there is no leak –– resume riding. If there is a leak

–– do not ride the motorcycle until the leak is repaired by a Honda dealer.

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All of the electrical circuits on your motorcycle have fuses to protect them from damage caused by excess current flow (short circuit or overload).

If something electrical on your motorcycle stops working, the first thing you should check for is a blown fuse.

Determine from the chart on the circuit fuse box cover which fuse or fuses control that component. Check those fuses first, but check all the fuses before looking elsewhere for another possible cause of the problem. Replace any blown fuses and check component operation.

If a Fuse Blows

The main fuse (and spare) is located on behind the left side cover.

The circuit fuse box (including spare fuses) is located behind the left side cover.

Recommended Fuses main fuse other fuses

30A

10A, 20A

1.

To prevent an accidental short circuit, turn the ignition switch OFF before checking or replacing the fuses.

(cont’d)

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If a Fuse Blows

2.

the right side cover (page 78 ).

RIGHT SIDE

(1)

(3)

(2)

(4)

(1) main fuse

(2) starter magnetic switch

(3) wire connector

(4) spare main fuse

3.

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4.

Pull the fuse out. If the main fuse is

5.

the starter magnetic switch.

Reconnect the wire connector.

6.

LEFT SIDE

(7)

(5)

(5) fuse box cover

(6) fuse box

(7) spare fuses

(6)

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7.

To check or replace the circuit fuse, pull the old fuse out of its retaining clips with a fuse remover.

Look for a burned wire inside the fuse.

If the fuse is blown ( 8 ), replace it with a spare fuse ( 7 ) of the same rating or lower.

(8)

If a Fuse Blows

8.

9.

Close the fuse box cover.

Install the side cover.

If you do not have a replacement fuse with the proper rating for the circuit, install one with a lower rating.

Replacing a f use with one that has a higher rating greatly increases the chance of damage to the electrical system.

main fuse

(8) blown fuse circuit fuse

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If a Fuse Blows

If you do not have a spare fuse and you cannot ride the motorcycle without fixing the problem, take a fuse of the same rating or a lower rating from one of the other circuits that you can do without temporarily.

If you replace a blown fuse with a spare fuse that has a lower rating, replace the fuse with the correct rating as soon as you can. Also remember to replace any spare fuses that were installed.

If the replacement fuse of the same rating burns out in a short time, there is probably a serious electrical problem on your motorcycle. Leave the blown fuse in that circuit and have your motorcycle checked by your Honda dealer.

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Personal safety is your first priority after any accident. If you or anyone else has been injured, take time to assess the severity of the injuries and whether it is safe to continue riding. Call for emergency assistance if needed. Also follow applicable laws and regulations if another person or vehicle is involved in the accident.

If you decide you are capable of riding safely, carefully inspect your motorcycle for damage and determine if it is safe to ride. Check the tightness of critical nuts and bolts securing such parts as the handlebar, control levers, brakes, and wheels.

If You Crash

If there is minor damage, or you are unsure about possible damage, ride slowly and cautiously. Sometimes, crash damage is hidden or not immediately apparent, so you should have your motorcycle thoroughly checked at a qualified service facility as soon as possible. Also, be sure to have your Honda dealer check the frame and suspension after any serious crash.

If your motorcycle cannot be ridden, see

Transporting Your Motorcycle,

page 154 .

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If You Lose Your Key

You should receive a key number plate safe place.

Be sure to record your key number in the

Quick Reference section at the rear of the manual. You’ll need this number to have a duplicate key made.

A lost key won’t be a problem if you take preventative action. Store one duplicate key in a safe place at home and carry a second duplicate in your wallet.

If you lose your key and aren’t carrying a duplicate, either get your spare or have one made. If you don’t know your key number, call the dealer you purchased your Honda from. They may have it listed in their records. If they don’t, transport

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your motorcycle to them or the nearest

Honda dealer. The dealer will probably have to remove the ignition switch assembly to find the key number so they can make a key for you.

(1)

(1) key number plate

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If Your Battery Is Low (or Dead)

Jump starting is not recommended, especially if you use an automobile battery.

The greater amperage of an automobile battery when the car engine is running can damage your motorcycle’s electrical system.

Bump starting is also not recommended.

If you can’t charge the battery or it appears unable to hold a charge, contact your Honda dealer.

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This section contains dimensions, capacities, and other technical data, plus information on government requirements and how to break-in your motorcycle.

Technical Information

Vehicle Identification ..........................

. 188

Specifications ......................................

. 191

Break-in Guidelines .............................

. 198

High Altitude Carburetor Adjustment . 199

Emission Control Systems ..................

. 200

Oxygenated Fuels ................................

. 206

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Vehicle Identification

Serial Numbers

The frame, VIN, and engine serial numbers are required when you register your motorcycle. They may also be required when ordering replacement parts.

You may record these numbers in the

Quick Reference section at the rear of this manual.

The VIN (vehicle identification number) appears on the Safety Certification Label attached to the left side of the steering head.

LEFT SIDE

(1)

(1) VIN

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RIGHT SIDE

(2)

Vehicle Identification

top of the crankcase.

RIGHT SIDE

(3)

(2) frame number (3) engine number

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Vehicle Identification

Color Label & Code

The color label is attached to the frame under the seat. Remove the seat (page 78 ) to check the label.

The color code is helpful when ordering replacement parts. You may record the color and code in the Quick Reference section at the rear of this manual.

UNDER SEAT

(1)

(1) color label

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Dimensions

overall length overall width overall height wheelbase ground clearance

Weight

dry weight

82.7 in (2,100 mm)

29.1 in (740 mm)

42.1 in (1,070 mm)

55.9 in (1,420 mm)

5.5 in (140 mm)

403 lbs (183 kg)

406 lbs (184 kg) California only

Specifications

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Specifications

Fuel & Lubricants

fuel recommendation fuel tank capacity fuel tank reserve engine oil capacity engine oil recommendation drive chain lubricant cooling system, recommendation cooling system, capacity

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unleaded gasoline, pump octane number of 86 or higher

4.49 US gal (17.0 ) including reserve

0.69 US gal (2.6 ) after disassembly: after draining:

4.4 US qt (4.2 )

4.0 US qt (3.8 ) after draining & oil filter change: 4.0 US qt (3.8 )

API Service Classification SG or higher except oils labeled as energy conserving on the circular API service label, SAE 10W-40, JASO T 903 standard MA,

Pro Honda GN4 or HP4 (without molybdenum additives)

4-stroke oil (USA & Canada) or Honda 4-stroke oil

(Canada only), or an equivalent motorcycle oil

SAE 80 or 90 gear oil

Pro Honda HP Coolant or an equivalent high quality ethylene glycol antifreeze containing corrosion protection inhibitors specifically recommended for use in aluminum engines

2.4 US qt (2.3 )

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Specifications

Capacities

passenger capacity maximum weight capacity operator and one passenger

USA :

Canada :

384 lbs (174 kg)

392 lbs (178 kg) rider, passenger, all cargo and accessories

Engine Specifications

displacement bore & stroke compression ratio spark plug

(standard)

36.6 cu-in (600 cm )

2.56

× 1.78 in (65.0

× 45.2 mm)

12.0 : 1

CR9EH-9 (NGK) or spark plug gap idle speed

U27FER9 (DENSO)

0.03

− 0.04 in (0.8

− 0.9 mm)

1,400 ± 100 rpm

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Specifications

Power Transmission

primary reduction gear ratio, 1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th final reduction standard sprocket sizes final drive

1.863

2.928

2.062

1.647

1.368

1.200

1.086

2.800

drive (engine) sprocket: driven (rear wheel) sprocket: chain

15 teeth

42 teeth

D.I.D. 525VM2 or RK 525RO

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Chassis & Suspension

caster trail tire size, front tire size, rear tire pressure, front

25°30’

3.9 in (98 mm)

120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)

180/55 ZR17M/C (73W)

36 psi (250 kPa , 2.50 kgf/cm )

(cold) tire pressure, rear

(cold)

42 psi (290 kPa , 2.90 kgf/cm )

Electrical

battery generator

12V − 6 Ah

0.343 kW/5,000 rpm

Specifications

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Specifications

Lights

headlight brake/tail light turn signal lights instrument lights turn signal indicator license light

Fuses

main other fuses

12V − 55W

12V − 21/5W

(2 bulbs)

(2 bulbs)

12V − 23/8W

12V − 23W

(front)

(rear)

12V − 1.7W

(2 bulbs)

12V − 1.7W

12V − 5W

(2 bulbs)

30A

10A, 20A

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Torque Specifications

oil drain bolt oil filter front wheel axle

22 lbf·ft (29 N·m , 3.0 kgf·m)

20 lbf·ft (26 N·m , 2.7 kgf·m)

43 lbf·ft (59 N·m , 6.0 kgf·m) bolt front wheel caliper

22 lbf·ft (30 N·m , 3.1 kgf·m) fixing bolts front wheel axle pinch bolts rear wheel axle nut

16 lbf·ft (22 N·m , 2.2 kgf·m)

65 lbf·ft (88 N·m , 9.0 kgf·m)

Specifications

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Break-in Guidelines

Help assure your motorcycle’s future reliability and performance by paying extra attention to how you ride during the first 300 miles (500 km).

During this period, avoid full-throttle starts and rapid acceleration.

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High Altitude Carburetor Adjustment

Your engine’s air-fuel mixture becomes overly rich when operated at high altitudes.

Above 6,500 feet (2,000 m), a rich mixture can cause driveability problems, reduce engine performance, and increase fuel consumption. To compensate, you can have the carburetors adjusted for high altitude riding. See your Honda dealer.

However, the carburetors must be returned to standard factory specifications before riding again at lower altitudes (below

5,000 feet, 1,500 m). See your Honda dealer.

Sustained riding at lower altitudes with the lean high-altitude setting may cause rough idling, stalling, or engine damage from overheating.

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Emission Control Systems

Warranty Compliance

Compliance with the terms of the

Distributor’s Warranties for Honda

Motorcycle Emission Control Systems is necessary in order to keep the emissions system warranty in effect. (USA only)

The Vehicle Emission Control the right swing arm.

The Vacuum Hose Routing Diagram label tank (California only).

(1)

(3)

(2)

(1) vehicle emission control information label

(2) vehicle emission control information label (Canada only)

(3) vacuum hose routing diagram label

(California only)

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Exhaust Emission Requirements

The U. S. Environmental Protection

Agency (EPA), the California Air

Resources Board (CARB), and Transport

Canada require that your motorcycle comply with applicable exhaust emissions standards during its useful life, when operated and maintained according to the instructions provided.

Noise Emission Requirements

The EPA also requires that motorcycles built after January 1, 1983 comply with applicable noise emission standards for one year or 3,730 miles (6,000 km) after the time of sale to the ultimate purchaser, when operated and maintained according to the instructions provided. (USA only)

Emission Control Systems

Source of Exhaust Emissions

The combustion process produces carbon monoxide (CO), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and hydrocarbons (HC). Control of hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen is very important because, under certain conditions, they react to form photochemical smog when subjected to sunlight. Carbon monoxide does not react in the same way, but it is toxic.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. utilizes lean carburetor settings and other systems to reduce carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons.

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Exhaust Emission Control System

Except for California:

The exhaust emission control system consists of lean carburetor settings, and no adjustment should be made except idle speed adjustment with the throttle stop screw.

California only:

The exhaust emission system consists of an oxidation catalyst and a secondary air supply. No adjustments to this system should be made although periodic inspection of the components is recommended.

Secondary Air Injection System

(Calif ornia only)

The secondary air injection system introduces filtered air into the exhaust gases in the exhaust port. The secondary

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air injection system helps improve emission performance.

Evaporative Emission Control System

(California only)

This motorcycle complies with the requirements of the California Air

Resources Board (CARB) evaporative emission regulations. Fuel vapor from the fuel tank and carburetor is directed into the charcoal canister and air cleaner where it is absorbed and stored while the engine is stopped. When the engine is running and the purge control diaphragm valve is open, fuel vapor in the charcoal canister and air cleaner is drawn into the engine through the carburetor.

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Oxidation Catalytic Converter

The oxidation catalytic converter is in the exhaust system. Through chemical reactions, they convert HC and CO in the and water vapor.

Crankcase Emission Control System

The engine is equipped with a closed crankcase system to prevent discharging crankcase emissions into the atmosphere.

Blow-by gas is returned to the combustion chamber through the air cleaner and the carburetor.

Emission Control Systems

Problems That May Affect Motorcycle

Exhaust Emissions

If you are aware of any of the following symptoms, have the vehicle inspected and repaired by your authorized Honda motorcycle dealer.

Symptoms:

1.

Hard starting or stalling after starting

2.

3.

Rough idle

Misfiring or backfiring during

4.

5.

acceleration

After-burning (backfiring)

Poor performance (driveability) and poor fuel economy

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Emission Control Systems

Noise Emission Control System

TAMPERING WITH THE NOISE

CONTROL SYSTEM IS PROHIBITED:

U. S. federal law prohibits, or Canadian provincial laws may prohibit the following removal or rendering inoperative by any person, other than for purposes of maintenance, repair or replacement, of any device or element of design incorporated into any new vehicle for the purpose of noise control prior to its sale or delivery to the ultimate purchaser or while it is in use; device or element of design has been removed or rendered inoperative by any person.

AMONG THOSE ACTS PRESUMED

TO CONSTITUTE TAMPERING ARE

THE FOLLOWING ACTS:

1.

Removal of, or puncturing the muffler, baffles, header pipes or any other component which conducts exhaust gases.

2.

Removal of, or puncturing of any part of the intake system.

3.

4.

Lack of proper maintenance.

Replacing any moving parts of the vehicle, or parts of the exhaust or intake system, with parts other than those specified by the manufacturer.

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This motorcycle is equipped with an oxidation catalytic converter.

The catalytic converter contains precious metals that serve as catalysts, promoting chemical reactions to convert the exhaust gasses without affecting the metals.

The catalytic converter acts on HC and

CO. A replacement unit must be an original Honda part or its equivalent.

The catalytic converter must operate at a high temperature for the chemical reactions to take place. It can set fire to any combustible materials that come near it. Park your motorcycle away from high grasses, dry leaves, or other flammables.

Catalytic Converter (California Only)

A defective catalytic converter contributes to air pollution, and can impair your engine’s performance. Follow these guidelines to protect your motorcycle’s catalytic converter.

Always use unleaded gasoline. Even a small amount of leaded gasoline can contaminate the catalyst metals, making the catalytic converter ineffective.

Keep the engine tuned-up.

Have your motorcycle diagnosed and repaired if it is misfiring, backfiring, stalling or otherwise not running properly.

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Oxygenated Fuels

Some conventional gasolines are being blended with alcohol or an ether compound. These gasolines are collectively referred to as oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air standards, some areas of the United States and Canada use oxygenated fuels to help reduce emissions.

If you use an oxygenated fuel, be sure it is unleaded and meets the minimum octane rating requirement.

Before using an oxygenated fuel, try to confirm the fuel’s contents. Some states/ provinces require this information to be posted on the pump.

The following are the EPA-approved percentages of oxygenates:

ETHANOL (ethyl or grain alcohol) 10% by Volume

You may use gasoline containing up to

10% ethanol by volume. Gasoline containing ethanol may be marketed under the name ‘‘Gasohol’’.

MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) 15% by Volume

You may use gasoline containing up to

15% MTBE by volume.

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METHANOL (methyl or wood alcohol)

5% by Volume

You may use gasoline containing methanol containing up to 5% methanol by volume as long as it also contains cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors to protect the fuel system. Gasoline containing more than 5% methanol by volume may cause starting and/or performance problems. It may also damage metal, rubber, and plastic parts of your fuel system.

If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another service station or switch to another brand of gasoline.

Oxygenated Fuels

Fuel system damage or performance problems resulting from the use of an oxygenated fuel containing more than the percentages of oxygenates mentioned above are not covered under warranty.

Oxygenated fuels can damage paint and plastic. Be careful not to spill fuel when filling the fuel tank. Wipe up any spills immediately.

Oxygenated f uels can damage paint and plastic. Damage caused by spilled f uel is not covered by warranty.

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This section contains information on your warranty and how to get an official Honda service manual.

Consumer Information

Authorized Manuals ............................

. 210

Warranty Coverage .............................

. 213

Warranty Service .................................

. 214

Contacting Honda ................................

. 215

Your Honda Dealer .............................

. 216

The Honda Rider’s Club

(USA only) ..........................................

. 217

Reporting Safety Defects

(USA only) ..........................................

. 218

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Authorized Manuals

The Service Manual (Publication Item No.

61MBZ00 ) used by your authorized Honda dealer is available from Helm, Inc. (USA only, Canada: See your Honda dealer to order authorized manuals.)

Also available, but not necessary, to service your model is the Honda Common Service

Manual (Publication No. 61CM001 ), which explains theory of operation and basic service information for various systems common to all Honda motorcycles, motor scooters and

ATVs.

These Honda manuals are written for the professional technician, but most mechanicallycapable owners should find them easy to use if they have the proper tools and observe proper safety standards. Special Honda tools are necessary for some procedures.

Publication Item No.

Description

61MBZ00

61CM001

2004 CB600F Service Manual

Common Service Manual

31MBZ600 2004 CB600F Owner’s Manual

Pr ices ar e subject to change without notice and without incur r ing obligation.

Price Each

$60.00

$48.00

$16.00

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Order On-Line: www.helminc.com

Order Toll Free: 1-888-CYCLE93

(1-888-292-5393)

(NOTE: For Credit Card Orders Only)

Monday

Friday 8:00 AM

6:00 PM EST

OR

By completing this form you can order the materials desired. You can pay by check or money order, or charge to your credit card. Mail to Helm, Inc. at the address shown on the back of this order form (USA only).

Canada: See your Honda dealer to order authorized manuals.

Publication

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Price

Each

Total

Price

Prices are subject to change without notice and without incurring obligation.

Orders are mailed within 10 days. Please allow adequate time for delivery.

Sub Total

Mich. Purchasers

Add 6 % Sales Tax

Handling Charge

Grand Total

$4.00

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P

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NOTE: Dealers and Companies please provide dealer or company name, and also the name of the person to whose attention the shipment should be sent.

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Your new Honda is covered by these warranties:

Motorcycle Limited Warranty

Exhaust Emission Warranty

Noise Control Warranty

There are responsibilities, restrictions, and exclusions which apply to these warranties.

Please read the Warranties Booklet given to you by your Honda dealer at the time of purchase. Be sure to keep your Honda owner’s card with your Warranties

Booklet (USA only).

It is important to realize that your warranty applies to defects in material or workmanship of your Honda. Your warranty coverage does not apply to normal wear or deterioration associated with using the motorcycle.

Warranty Coverage

Your warranty coverage will not be voided if you choose to perform your own maintenance. However, you should have the proper tools and service information and be mechanically qualified. Failures that occur due directly to improper maintenance are not covered.

Almost all of your warranty coverage can be extended through the Honda Protection

Plan (USA only). For more information, see your Honda dealer.

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Warranty Service

Please remember that recommended maintenance interval servicing is not included in your warranty coverage.

Additionally, your warranty does not apply to the normal wear of items (such as brakes, tires, etc.).

If you believe you have a problem with your motorcycle, call the service department of your Honda dealer. Make an appointment for an inspection and diagnosis. Remember, as the owner of the motorcycle, you will be asked to authorize that inspection. Your dealer will give you the results of the inspection. If the problem is covered under warranty, your dealer will perform the warranty repairs for you.

If you have questions about warranty coverage or the nature of the repair, it is best to talk to the service manager of your

Honda dealer.

Sometimes, in spite of the best intentions of all concerned, a misunderstanding may occur. If you aren’t satisfied with your dealer’s handling of the situation, we suggest you discuss your problem with the appropriate member of the dealership’s management team. If the problem has already been reviewed with the Service

Manager, Parts Manager, Sales Manager, etc., contact the Owner of the dealership or their designated representative.

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Your owner’s manual was written to cover most of the questions you might ask about your Honda. Any questions not answered in the owner’s manual can be answered by your Honda dealer. If your dealer doesn’t have the answer right away, they will get it for you.

If you have a difference of opinion with your dealer, please remember that each dealership is independently owned and operated. That’s why it’s important to work to resolve any differences at the dealership level.

If you wish to comment on your experiences with your Honda or with your dealer, please send your comments to the following address (USA only):

Contacting Honda

Motorcycle Division, American Honda

Motor Co., Inc., P.O. Box 2220, Torrance,

CA 90509-2220, mailstop: 100-4W-5B, telephone: (310) 532-9811.

Canada: Refer to the Warranties Booklet that was supplied with your vehicle.

Please include the following information in your letter: name, address, and telephone number product model, year, and frame/VIN serial number date of purchase dealer name and address

We will likely ask your Honda dealer to respond, or possibly acknowledge your comments directly.

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Your Honda Dealer

Once you purchase your new Honda, get familiar with the organization of your

Honda dealer so you can utilize the full range of services available.

The service department is there to perform regular maintenance and unexpected repairs. It has the latest available service information from Honda. The service department will also handle warranty inspections and repairs.

The parts department offers Genuine

Honda parts, Pro Honda products,

Hondaline accessories (USA only), and

Honda accessories and products (Canada only). The same quality that went into your Honda can be found in Genuine

Honda replacement parts. You’ll also find comparable quality in the accessories and

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products available from the parts department.

The sales department offers the Honda

Protection Plan to extend almost all of your warranty coverage (USA only).

Your Honda dealer can inform you about competition and other riding events in your area. You’ll also find that your dealer is a source of information about American

Honda’s Rider Education Centers and the

Honda Rider’s Club of America (USA only).

We’re sure you’ll be as pleased with the service your Honda dealer continues to provide after the sale as you are with the quality and dependability of your Honda.

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The Honda Rider’s Club (USA only)

One of the best ways to get the most enjoyment from owning your Honda is to join the Honda Rider’s Club of America

(HRCA). Your purchase of a new motorcycle, scooter or ATV from a participating Honda dealer entitles you to a complimentary one-year membership.

The HRCA has hundreds of dealersponsored chapters throughout the USA.

Some of the HRCA membership benefits include:

24-hr. emergency roadside assistance for your Honda or transport vehicle.

Transportation for your Honda or transport vehicle to the nearest Honda dealer or service facility if roadside assistance can’t get you going again.

Reimbursement (to $75) for motorcycle and scooter rider training from the

Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Free

ATV rider training is available from the

Specialty Vehicle Institute of America with the purchase of a new Honda ATV.

A subscription to

Honda Red Rider,

a bi-monthly insider’s magazine for all members.

Special members-only HRCA website.

Discounts from HRCA partners for both on and off-road riding schools and adventure packages.

Hospitality at national events.

Optional insurance, club pin, patch, etc.

Contact your Honda dealer for more information or call: 1-800-847-HRCA.

For a complete list of all HRCA benefits and services, refer to your HRCA membership benefits manual or visit our website at www.honda.com.

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Reporting Safety Defects (USA only)

If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway

Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying American Honda

Motor Co., Inc.

If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or American

Honda Motor Co., Inc.

To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at

1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in

Washington, D.C. area) or write to:

NHTSA, U.S. Department of

Transportation, Washington, D.C. 20590.

You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the

Hotline.

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Table of Contents

The following presents the contents of each section of your owner’s manual.

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY ..................

. 1

Important Safety Information .................

. 2

Accessories & Modifications ..................

. 5

Safety Labels ...........................................

. 7

INSTRUMENTS & CONTROLS .......

. 9

Component Locations ...........................

. 10

Gauges & Indicators ..............................

. 13

Controls & Features

Choke lever ........................................

. 22

Ignition Switch ..................................

. 23

Start Button ........................................

. 24

Engine Stop Switch ...........................

. 24

Headlight Dimmer Switch ................

. 25

Turn Signal Switch ............................

. 25

Horn Button .......................................

. 26

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LEFT Switch .....................................

. 26

RIGHT Switch ...................................

. 26

BEFORE RIDING ...............................

. 26

Are You Ready to Ride ? .....................

. 28

Protective Apparel .............................

. 28

Rider Training ...................................

. 30

Is Your Motorcycle Ready to Ride

...

. 31

Pre-ride Inspection ............................

. 31

Load Limits & Guidelines .....................

. 34

Loading ..............................................

. 34

Load Limits .......................................

. 35

Loading Guidelines ...........................

. 35

Luggage Tie-Down Hooks ................

. 37

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BASIC OPERATION & RIDING .....

. 39

Safe Riding Precautions ........................

. 40

Starting & Stopping the Engine ............

. 41

Preparation .........................................

. 41

Starting Procedure .............................

. 42

Flooded Engine ..................................

. 44

How to Stop the Engine ....................

. 45

Shifting Gears ........................................

. 46

Braking ..................................................

. 48

Parking ...................................................

. 50

Riding with a Passenger or Cargo .........

. 55

SERVICING YOUR HONDA ...........

. 57

Bef ore You Service Your Honda

The Importance of Maintenance ...........

. 60

Maintenance Safety ...............................

. 61

Important Safety Precautions ............

. 62

Periodic Maintenance ............................

. 64

Maintenance Schedule ..........................

. 66

Maintenance Record ..............................

. 71

Table of Contents

Service Preparations

Component Locations ...........................

. 73

Tool Kit ..................................................

. 76

Owner’s Manual Storage .......................

. 77

Seat Removal .........................................

. 78

Side Cover Removal ..............................

. 79

(cont’d)

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SERVICING YOUR HONDA (cont’d)

Service Procedures

Fluids & Filters

Fuel ........................................................

. 80

Engine Oil & Filter ................................

. 83

Coolant ...................................................

. 93

Air Cleaner ............................................

. 97

Engine

Throttle ..................................................

. 99

Clutch System ......................................

. 101

Engine Idle Speed ................................

. 105

Spark Plugs ..........................................

. 107

Chassis

Suspension ...........................................

. 111

Brakes ..................................................

. 114

Tires .....................................................

. 120

Side Stand ............................................

. 127

Drive Chain ..........................................

. 128

Electrical

Battery ..................................................

. 135

Appearance Care .................................

. 140

TIPS .....................................................

. 149

Storing Your Honda ............................

. 150

Transporting Your Motorcycle ...........

. 154

You & the Environment ......................

. 155

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TAKING CARE OF THE

UNEXPECTED .................................

. 157

General Guidelines ..............................

. 158

If You Have a Flat Tire .......................

. 164

If Your Engine Overheats ...................

. 176

If the Low Oil Pressure Indicator

Lights ...................................................

. 178

If a Fuse Blows ....................................

. 179

If You Crash ........................................

. 183

If You Lose Your Key ........................

. 184

If Your Battery is Low (or Dead) .......

. 185

TECHNICAL INFORMATION .....

. 187

Vehicle Identification ..........................

. 188

Specifications ......................................

. 191

Break-in Guidelines .............................

. 198

High Altitude Carburetor Adjustment . 199

Emission Control Systems ..................

. 200

Table of Contents

Oxygenated Fuels ................................

. 206

CONSUMER INFORMATION ......

. 209

Authorized Manuals ............................

. 210

Warranty Coverage .............................

. 213

Warranty Service .................................

. 214

Contacting Honda ................................

. 215

Your Honda Dealer .............................

. 216

The Honda Rider’s Club

(USA only) ..........................................

Reporting Safety Defects

. 217

(USA only) ..........................................

. 218

TABLE OF CONTENTS .................

. 220

INDEX ................................................

. 224

QUICK REFERENCE

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Index

A

accessories ...............................................

. 5 air cleaner ...............................................

. 97 air pressure, tires ..................................

. 120

American Honda, contacting ...............

. 213 apparel, protective appearance care

.................................

...................................

. 28

. 140

B

battery ..................................................

. 135 brakes, fluid ..................................................

. 115 front lever adjustment .....................

. 114 pad wear ...........................................

. 118 braking ...................................................

. 48 break-in guidelines ..............................

. 198

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C

capacity, fuel .........................................

. 81 care, appearance ..................................

. 140 chain, drive ..........................................

. 128 cleaner, air ..............................................

. 96 cleaning, appearance care ...................

. 140 clutch system .......................................

. 101 color label ............................................

. 190 compartment, owner’s manual .................................

. 77 tool kit ................................................

. 76 component locations, indicators and controls ......................

. 10 maintenance .......................................

. 73 consumer information .........................

. 209 coolant ....................................................

. 93 coolant temperature gauge ....................

. 16

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. 215

D

defects, safety ......................................

. 218 digital clock ...........................................

. 19 display, odometer/tripmeter/clock ..................

. 17 drive chain ...........................................

. 128

E

emission control systems .....................

. 200 engine, flooded ...............................................

. 44 idle speed .........................................

. 105 low oil pressure ................................

. 178 number .............................................

. 188 oil .......................................................

. 83 overheats ..........................................

. 176

Index

pinging ...............................................

. 80 starting ...............................................

. 41 stop switch .........................................

. 24 stopping ..............................................

. 45 won’t start ........................................

. 159 environment .........................................

. 155

F

flat tire ..................................................

. 164 flooded engine .......................................

. 44 frame number fuel,

......................................

. 189 oxygenated .......................................

. 205 recommendation ................................

. 81 tank capacity ......................................

. 80 fuses .....................................................

. 179

Index

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Index

G

gap, spark plug .....................................

. 109 gasohol .................................................

. 206 gasoline ..................................................

. 80 gauges, indicators & displays ................

. 13

H

headlight dimmer switch .......................

. 25 helmet holder .........................................

. 52 high altitude carburetor adjustment ....

. 199 high beam indicator ...............................

. 15

Honda, contacting ........................................

. 215

Rider’s Club .....................................

. 217 dealer ................................................

. 216

Honda service manual .........................

. 210 horn button .............................................

. 26

226

Index

I

identification, vehicle ..........................

. 188 idle speed, engine ................................

. 105 ignition cutoff system, side stand .......

. 127 ignition switch .......................................

. 19 indicators ................................................

. 13 inspection, pre-ride ................................

. 31

K

key, lost ................................................

. 184 kit, tool ...................................................

. 76

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L

labels, safety ............................................

. 7 lamp check .............................................

. 14 left switch ..............................................

. 26 limit, weight ...........................................

. 35 load limits ..............................................

. 35 loading guidelines ..................................

. 35 location, components, indicators & controls .........................

. 10 maintenance .......................................

. 73 lock, steering ..........................................

. 51

Index

M

maintenance, importance .........................................

. 60 periodic ..............................................

. 64 record .................................................

. 71 safety ..................................................

. 61 schedule .............................................

. 66 manual, service ....................................

. 210 matte color painted surface, clean ......

. 144 maximum weight limit ..........................

. 35 modifications ...........................................

. 6

N

numbers, serial .....................................

. 188

Index

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Index

O

odometer ...........................................

. 13,18 oil, engine .................................................

. 83 low pressure .....................................

. 178 operating controls ..................................

. 18 overheat, engine ...................................

. 176 owner’s manual storage .........................

. 73 oxygenated fuels ..................................

. 206

P

parking ...................................................

. 50 pinging, engine ......................................

. 80 plugs, spark ..........................................

. 107 pre-load, rear suspension .....................

. 113 pre-ride inspection .................................

. 31 problems, unexpected ..........................

. 157

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protective apparel ..................................

. 28

R

removal, seat .....................................................

. 78 side cover ...........................................

. 79 reporting safety defects .......................

. 218 rider training ......................................

. 2, 30

Rider’s Club, Honda ............................

. 217 riding, basic operation ...................................

. 39 clothing ..............................................

. 28 precautions .........................................

. 40 safety ....................................................

. 2 safety precautions ..............................

. 40 with passenger or cargo .....................

. 55 right switch ............................................

. 26

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S

safety, important precautions ........................

. 60 labels ....................................................

. 7 reporting defects ..............................

. 218 riding precautions ..............................

. 40 schedule, maintenance ...........................

. 66 seat removal ...........................................

. 78 serial numbers ......................................

. 188 service, customer ...........................................

. 215 manuals ............................................

. 210 warranty ...........................................

. 214 shifting gears .........................................

. 46 side stand .............................................

side stand ignition cutoff system

. 127

..........

. 37 spark knock ............................................

. 80 spark plugs ...........................................

. 107

Index

specifications .......................................

. 191 speedometer ...........................................

. 13 stand, side ............................................

. 127 start button .............................................

. 24 starting, engine .................................................

. 41 troubleshooting ................................

. 159 steering lock ...........................................

. 50 stop switch, engine ................................

. 24 stopping engine ......................................

. 45

Index

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Index

storage, motorcycle .......................................

. 150 owner’s manual suspension,

.................................

. 73 rear suspension adjustment .............

. 112 rear suspension spring pre-load .......

. 113 switch, engine stop .........................................

. 24 headlight dimmer ...............................

. 25 ignition ...............................................

. 26 left ......................................................

. 26 right ....................................................

. 26 turn signal ..........................................

. 25

T

tachometer ........................................

temperature gauge, coolant

. 13,16

...................

. 16 theft prevention tips ...............................

. 53 throttle ....................................................

. 99 tires, air pressure .......................................

. 120 flat ....................................................

. 164 replacing ..........................................

. 124 tool kit ....................................................

. 76 training, rider .....................................

. 2, 30 transporting your motorcycle ..............

. 154 tripmeter ............................................

. 13,26 trouble, unexpected .............................

. 157 troubleshooting, starting ......................

. 159 turn signal indicators .............................

. 13

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V

vehicle identification no. (VIN) ..........

. 188

W

warranty, coverage ...........................................

. 213 extended ...........................................

. 213 service ..............................................

. 214 washing your motorcycle ....................

. 140 weight limit ............................................

. 35 wheels, front removal ...................................

. 167 rear removal .....................................

. 172

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The following is a brief, but important collection of information you need to know about your Honda. You’ll also find space to record important notes.

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How To Avoid Costly Repairs

The engine of your Honda can be the most expensive component to repair. Proper maintenance, especially the use of the recommended fluids and filters, prevents premature wear and damage.

Frequent causes of costly repairs are:

Engine oil: insufficient quantity, improper oil.

Air cleaner: dirty, leaking because of improper installation (poor seal).

Record important information on the following page:

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VIN/Frame No.

Engine No.

Frame No.

Ignition Key No.

Color Label

Owner’s Name

Address

City/State

Phone

Dealer’s Name

Address

City/State

Phone

Service Mgr.

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Scheduled

Maintenance

Pre-ride

Inspection

Periodic

Checks

Fuel/Capacity

Engine Oil

Coolant

Maximum

Weight

Capacity

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Initial: 600 miles (1,000 km)

Regular: every 4,000 miles (6,400 km)

Check the following items each time before you ride (page 31 ): tires, chain, leaks, loose parts, throttle, brakes, indicators, lights.

Check the following items monthly (page

65

): tires, fluids, lights, freeplay, drive chain, fuses, nuts & bolts.

unleaded gasoline, pump octane number 86 or higher

4.49 US gal (17.0 ) reserve:

0.69 US gal (2.6 )

API Service Classification SG or higher except oils labeled as energy conserving on the circular API service label,

SAE 10W-40, JASO T 903 standard MA,

Pro Honda GN4 or HP4 (without molybdenum additives) 4-stroke oil or equivalent ethylene glycol antifreeze (silicate-free) for aluminum engines in 50/50 solution with Pro Honda HP Coolant or an equivalent distilled water

384 lbs (174 kg)

392 lbs (178 kg) Canada rider, passenger, all cargo and accessories

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Tires

Tire Pressure

(cold)

Spark Plugs

Fuses

Front:

120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)

MICHELIN Pilot ROAD S or

BRIDGESTONE BT-56F RADIAL N

Rear: 180/55 ZR17M/C (73W)

MICHELIN Pilot ROAD S or

BRIDGESTONE BT-56R RADIAL G

Front:

Rear: standard: main : other:

36 psi (250 kPa , 2.50 kgf/cm )

42 psi (290 kPa , 2.90 kgf/cm )

CR9EH-9 (NGK)

30A

10A, 20A or U27FER9 (DENSO)

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