This manual should be considered a permanent part

This manual should be considered a permanent part
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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.
The vehicle pictured on the front cover may not match your vehicle.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 2006
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2007
Honda CRF50F
OWNER’S MANUAL
FOR OFF-ROAD USE ONLY
This vehicle is designed and manufactured for off-road use only.
USA only:
It conforms to US EPA Noise Emission regulations, but does not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards or US EPA On Highway Exhaust Emission regulations, and operation on public streets, roads, or
highways is illegal. The vehicle is equipped with a USDA qualified spark arrester. Obey local laws and
regulations.
It conforms to US EPA and California exhaust emission regulations for off-road motorcycles.
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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
DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION.
These signal words mean:
Safety Messages
and one of three signal words:
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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 book 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.
Basic Operation & Riding ........................ 29
How to start and stop the engine, shift
gears, and brake. Also, riding
precautions.
Introduction
Motorcycle Safety .....................................
Important safety information, a special
message for parents, precautions about
loading, accessories, and modifications,
and the location of safety labels.
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Operating Controls ................................... 13
The location, function, and operation of
the throttle, brakes, and other basic
controls.
Before Riding ............................................ 23
The importance of wearing a helmet
and other protective gear, plus how to
make sure you and your motorcycle are
ready to ride.
Contents
Servicing Your Honda .............................. 41
Why your motorcycle needs regular
maintenance, what you need to know
before servicing your Honda, a
maintenance schedule, and instructions
for specific maintenance items.
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Contents
Tips ............................................................. 111
How to transport and store your
motorcycle, and how to be an
environmentally-responsible rider.
Index ........................................................... 158
Quick Reference
Handy facts about fuel, engine oil, tire sizes,
and air pressures.
Taking Care of the Unexpected ............... 121
What to do if you have a flat tire, your
engine won’t start, etc.
Technical Information.............................. 129
ID numbers, technical specifications,
and other technical facts.
Consumer Information ............................ 145
Information on warranties and how to
get Honda service manuals.
Table of Contents ...................................... 154
Sequential listing of topics in this
owner’s manual.
Contents
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Introduction
Congratulations on choosing your Honda offroad 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.
Your Honda was designed as a recreational
motorcycle for off-road use by one rider only.
It’s an ideal bike for younger, beginning riders.
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 the preride and other periodic checks detailed in this
manual.
Introduction
We also recommend that you read the 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 table of contents, a detailed list of
topics at the beginning of each section, 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.
Read the Warranties Booklet (page 149 )
thoroughly so you understand the coverages
that protect your new Honda and are aware
of your rights and responsibilities.
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Introduction
Whenever you ride, tread lightly. By staying
on established trails and riding only in
approved areas, you help protect the
environment and keep off-road riding areas
open for the future.
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.
If you have any questions, or if you ever need a
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.
You may also want to visit our website at
www.honda.com.
Happy riding!
Introduction
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Motorcycle Safety
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 a special message for
parents and location information for the safety
labels on your motorcycle.
Important Safety Information .......................... 2
Important Message to Parents .......................... 5
Loading, Accessories & Modifications ........... 8
Loading ........................................................ 8
Accessories & Modifications..................... 10
Safety Labels.................................................. 12
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.
This motorcycle has been designed for younger
riders. However, not all youngsters are
physically or emotionally ready to ride.
Therefore, before parents allow any youngster
to ride this motorcycle, we urge them to
carefully read the Important Message to
Parents beginning on page 5 and the Parents,
Youngsters and Of f -Highway Motorcycles
booklet that came with the motorcycle (USA
only).
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.
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Motorcycle Safety
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.
We also recommend that you wear eye
protection, sturdy boots, gloves, and other
protective gear (page 24 ).
Never Carry a Passenger
Your motorcycle is designed for one person
only. There are no handholds, footrests, or seat
for a second person−so never carry a
passenger. A passenger could interfere with
your ability to move around to maintain your
balance and control of the motorcycle.
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Important Safety Information
Ride Off-Road Only
Your motorcycle is designed and manufactured
for off-road use only. The tires are not made
for pavement, and the motorcycle does not
have turn signals and other features required
for use on public roads. If you need to cross a
paved or public road, get off and walk your
motorcycle across.
Take Time to Learn and Practice
Developing off-road riding skills is a gradual,
step-by-step process. Start by practicing at low
speeds in a safe area and slowly build your
skills. Personal instruction from an experienced
rider can also be valuable.
Be Alert for Off-Road Hazards
The terrain can present a variety of challenges
when you ride off-road. Continually ‘‘read’’
the terrain for unexpected turns, drop-offs,
rocks, ruts, and other hazards. Always keep
your speed low enough to allow time to see and
react to hazards.
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.
If you need assistance, ask your dealer about
riding groups in your area.
Also be sure to read the Tips & Practice Guide
f or the Of f -Highway Motorcyclist booklet that
came with your motorcycle (USA only).
Motorcycle Safety
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Important Safety Information
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.
Having a breakdown can be difficult,
especially if you are stranded off-road far from
your base. To help avoid problems, inspect
your motorcycle before every ride and perform
all recommended maintenance.
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Motorcycle Safety
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Important Message to Parents
Your child’s safety is very important to Honda.
That’s why we urge you to read this message
before you let any young person ride this
motorcycle. Off-road riding can be fun. But, as
with riding a bicycle, bad judgment can result
in injury, and we don’t want that to happen! As
a parent, you can help prevent accidents by
making good decisions about if, when, and
how your youngster rides this motorcycle.
Riding Readiness
The first decision you’ll need to make is
whether your youngster is ready to ride. Riding
readiness varies widely from one person to
another, and age and size are not the only
factors.
PHYSICAL ABILITY is an important
consideration. For example, riders must be big
enough to hold the motorcycle up, get on, and
comfortably sit on the seat with both feet
touching the ground. They should also be able
to easily reach and work the brakes, throttle,
and all other controls.
ATHLETIC ABILITY is necessary for riding a
motorcycle. Generally speaking, your
youngster should be good at riding a bicycle
before getting on a motorcycle. Can your
youngster judge speeds and distances while
riding a bicycle and react with proper hand and
foot actions? Anyone who does not have good
coordination, balance, and agility is not ready
to ride this motorcycle.
Motorcycle Safety
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Important Message to Parents
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL MATURITY
are requirements for safe riding. Does your
youngster think through problems and come to
logical solutions? On a bicycle, does your
youngster obey safe riding rules? Be honest!
Young people who take unnecessary risks,
make bad judgments, and don’t obey rules are
not ready to ride this motorcycle.
Instruction and Supervision
If you decide that your youngster is ready to
safely operate this motorcycle, make sure both
of you carefully read and understand the
owner’s manual before riding. Also be sure that
your youngster has a helmet and other
appropriate riding equipment and always wears
it when operating the vehicle or sitting on it.
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Motorcycle Safety
GOOD INSTRUCTION is an important part of
hands-on training. The teacher can either be
you or another responsible adult who has
experience with off-road motorcycle riding.
(For help in finding a qualified instructor, talk
with your Honda dealer.) Even if you’re not the
main teacher, it’s up to you to ensure your
youngster’s safety. Remember, learning to ride
a motorcycle is a gradual, step-by-step process.
It takes time, patience, and practice−many
hours over a period of weeks or months.
To help your youngster build confidence as
they’re learning to ride, this Honda was
delivered with a speed restrictor that limits top
speed. We recommend that all beginning riders
start off with the speed restrictor installed. It
may be adjusted to gradually increase
maximum speed as the beginner becomes more
familiar with riding their Honda motorcycle.
For adjustment and removal instructions, see
page 71 .
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Important Message to Parents
SUPERVISION is another important obligation
of parents. Even after youngsters have become
skilled off-road riders, they should always ride
with adult supervision. It helps to regularly
remind young riders of basic safety rules and
precautions. And remember, it’s your
responsibility to see that the motorcycle is
properly maintained and kept in safe operating
condition.
SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE RIDING must be
an on-going commitment−by you and your
youngster. When you both put safety first, you
can enjoy more peace of mind, and your
youngster can enjoy more hours of safe offroad riding.
For your convenience, this CRF50F comes
with an ignition switch and key. Remove the
key when the motorcycle is parked to help
prevent unauthorized use.
Motorcycle Safety
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Loading, Accessories & Modifications
Your Honda was designed as a rider-only
motorcycle. It was not designed to carry a
passenger or cargo. A passenger or cargo could
interfere with your ability to move around to
maintain your balance and control of the
motorcycle.
In addition, exceeding the weight limits or
carrying an unbalanced load can seriously
affect your motorcycle’s handling, braking,
and stability. Adding accessories or making
modifications that change this motorcycle’s
design and performance can also make it
unsafe. Also, the weight of any accessories will
reduce the maximum load the motorcycle can
carry.
More specific information on load limits,
accessories, and modifications follows.
Loading
How much weight you put on your motorcycle,
and how you load it, are important to your
safety. If you decide to carry cargo, you should
be aware of the following information.
Overloading or carrying a passenger
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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Loading, Accessories & Modifications
Load Limits
Following are the load limits for your
motorcycle:
Maximum weight capacity
= 88 lbs (40 kg)
Includes the weight of the rider and any
accessories.
Place weight as close to the center of the
motorcycle as possible.
Do not attach large or heavy items (such as a
sleeping bag or tent) to the handlebar, fork,
or front fender.
Make sure that all cargo is tied down
securely.
Never exceed the maximum weight limit.
Check that both tires are inflated properly.
Loading Guidelines
As discussed on page 8 , we recommend that
you do not carry any cargo on this motorcycle.
However, if you decide to carry cargo, ride at
reduced speeds and follow these commonsense guidelines:
Keep cargo small and light. Make sure it
cannot easily be caught on brush or other
objects, and that it does not interfere with
your ability to shift position to maintain
balance and stability.
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Loading, Accessories & Modifications
Before you consider making any modifications
or adding an accessory, be sure to read the
following information.
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 dealer for assistance and always follow
this guideline:
Improper accessories or modifications
can cause a crash in which you can be
seriously hurt or killed.
Make sure the accessory does not reduce
ground clearance and lean angle, limit
suspension travel or steering travel, alter
your riding position, or interfere with
operating any controls.
Accessories & Modifications
Modifying your motorcycle or using nonHonda accessories can make your motorcycle
unsafe.
Follow all instructions in this owner’s
manual regarding modifications and
accessories.
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Loading, Accessories & Modifications
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.
We also advise you not to make any
modifications or remove any equipment (such
as the USDA qualified spark arrester or
emission control system components) that
would make the motorcycle illegal in your area.
Motorcycle Safety
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Safety Labels
This page shows the locations of safety labels on your motorcycle. Some labels warn you of
potential hazards that could cause serious injury. Others 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.
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Operating Controls
When you ride off-road, you need to operate
the throttle, brakes, and other controls without
stopping to look at them. Read this section
carefully before you ride. It describes the
location, function, and operation of all the
basic controls on your motorcycle.
Operation Component Locations ................... 14
Operating Controls ......................................... 17
Fuel Valve .................................................. 17
Choke Lever ............................................... 18
Ignition Switch ........................................... 19
Engine Stop Switch.................................... 20
Front Brake Lever ...................................... 20
Throttle ....................................................... 20
Shift Lever ................................................. 21
Rear Brake Pedal........................................ 21
Kickstarter .................................................. 21
Side Stand .................................................. 21
Operating Controls
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Operation Component Locations
front brake lever
throttle grip
engine stop switch
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Operating Controls
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Operation Component Locations
kickstarter
ignition switch
rear brake pedal
Operating Controls
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Operation Component Locations
fuel valve
choke lever
shift lever
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Operating Controls
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Operating Controls
ON
Turning the fuel valve ON before attempting to
start the engine allows fuel to flow from the
fuel tank to the carburetor.
Fuel Valve
ON
OFF
RES
OFF
Turning the fuel valve OFF after stopping the
engine prevents the flow of fuel from the fuel
tank to the carburetor.
The three-way fuel valve is used to control the
flow of fuel from the fuel tank to the
carburetor.
RES
Turning the fuel valve to RES allows fuel to
flow from the reserve fuel supply to the
carburetor.
Operating Controls
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Operating Controls
The reserve fuel supply is:
0.24 US gal (0.9 )
The tank should be refilled as soon as possible
after switching to reserve, and the fuel valve
should be returned to the ON position after
refueling to avoid running out of fuel with no
reserve.
ON
Used to start a cold engine with air temperature
below 35°C (95°F).
DETENT
Used to warm a cold engine immediately after
starting with air temperature below 35°C
(95°F).
Choke Lever
LEFTSIDE
A
○
(1)
B
○
C
○
(1) choke lever
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The choke lever is used for starting the engine
(page 32 ). The choke increases the percentage
of fuel in the fuel/air mixture delivered to the
engine.
Operating Controls
(A) fully ON
(B) detent position
(C) fully OFF
OFF
Used for normal operation, for restarting a
warm engine, or starting a cold engine with air
temperature above 35°C (95°F).
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Operating Controls
RIGHT SIDE (under fuel tank)
Ignition Switch
The ignition switch ( 1 ) is used to prevent
unauthorized use of the motorcycle.
OFF
ON
Before riding, insert the key and turn it to the
right for the ON position.
Key
Position
OFF
ON
Function
The engine cannot be
operated.
With the engine stop
switch at RUN and the
transmission in
neutral, the engine
can be started.
Key Removal
The key can
be removed.
The key
cannot be
removed.
(1) ignition switch
OFF
(1)
ON
After parking the motorcycle, remove the key.
Operating Controls
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Operating Controls
Engine Stop Switch
Throttle
The engine stop switch is used to turn the
engine off during normal riding situations. To
operate, turn the switch to either OFF position.
The switch must be in the RUN position to start
the engine.
The throttle controls engine rpm (speed). To
increase engine rpm, rotate the grip toward you.
To reduce engine rpm, rotate the grip away
from you. The throttle will automatically return
to the closed position (engine idle) when you
remove your hand.
Front Brake Lever
The front brake lever is used to slow or stop
your motorcycle. To operate, pull the lever. For
information on braking techniques, see
page 37 .
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Operating Controls
Shift Lever
Kickstarter
The shift lever is used to select the next higher
or lower gear in the transmission. To operate,
raise the shift lever (after closing the throttle)
to engage the next higher gear or depress the
shift lever to engage the next lower gear. See
Shif ting Gears, page 35 .
The kickstarter is used to start the engine. To
operate, swing the kickstarter out from its
stored position and depress it through its entire
stroke. See Starting Procedure, page 32 .
Side Stand
Rear Brake Pedal
The rear brake pedal is used to slow or stop
your motorcycle. To operate, depress the pedal.
For information on braking techniques, see
page 37 .
The side stand is used to support your
motorcycle while parked (page 38 ). To operate,
use your foot to lower the stand. Before riding,
raise the stand.
Operating Controls
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Operating Controls
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Before Riding
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, and how to
perform the recommended pre-ride inspection
of your Honda. If you’re a parent, be sure you
also read the Important Message to Parents on
page 5 .
Are You Ready to Ride?.............................. 24
Protective Apparel ..................................... 24
Is Your Motorcycle Ready to Ride? ............ 26
Pre-ride Inspection ..................................... 27
Before Riding
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Are You Ready to Ride?
Before you ride your motorcycle for the first
time, we strongly recommend that you:
read this owner’s manual
make sure you understand all the safety
messages
know how to operate all the controls
Before each ride, we also suggest that you
make sure you:
are in good physical and mental condition
are free of alcohol and drugs
are wearing an approved motorcycle helmet
(with chin strap tightened securely), eye
protection, and other protective clothing
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Before Riding
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 jersey, shirt, or jacket
whenever you ride. Although complete
protection is not possible, wearing the 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?
Not wearing a helmet increases the
chance of serious injury or death in a
crash.
Be sure you always wear a helmet,
eye protection and other protective
apparel when you 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 have a chin strap that can
be tightened securely.
(USA only). Always wear a face shield or
goggles to protect your eyes and help your
vision.
Additional Riding Gear
In addition to a helmet and eye protection, we
also recommend:
Sturdy off-road motorcycle boots to help
protect your feet, ankles, and lower legs.
Off-road motorcycle gloves to help protect
your hands.
Riding pants with knee and hip pads, a riding
jersey with padded elbows, and a chest/
shoulder protector.
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
Before Riding
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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 because off-road riding can be tough on a
motorcycle and you don’t want to have a
breakdown far from help.
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.
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Before Riding
Note to Parents:
If a youngster will be perf orming any of the
f ollowing pre-ride inspection procedures, it’s
your responsibility to provide caref ul
supervision and make sure they are perf ormed
saf ely.
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Is Your Motorcycle Ready to Ride?
Fuel
Check the level and add fuel
(page 57 ) if needed. Also make
sure the fuel fill cap is securely
fastened.
Drive Chain
Check the condition and slack.
Adjust and lubricate if needed.
Also check the chain slider for
wear and replace if needed
(page 100 ).
Cables
Check the cable housings for
wear. Check the fittings for
looseness. Replace or tighten as
needed.
Nuts &
Bolts
Use a wrench to make sure all
accessible nuts, bolts, and
fasteners are tight.
Spark Plug
& Cap
Check for looseness (page 78 ).
Pre-ride Inspection
Check the following items before you get on
the motorcycle:
Tires
Use a gauge to check the air
pressure. Adjust if needed. Also
look for signs of damage or
excessive wear (page 95 ).
Spokes &
Rims
Make sure the spokes are tight.
Also check the rims for damage
(page 90 ).
Leaks
Look under the motorcycle for
signs of leaking fluids (fuel,
engine oil).
Engine Oil
Check the level and add oil if
needed (page 63 ).
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Is Your Motorcycle Ready to Ride?
Check these items after you get on the
motorcycle:
Throttle
Check the freeplay and adjust if
needed. Rotate the throttle to
make sure it moves smoothly
without sticking, and snaps shut
automatically when it is released,
in all steering positions
(page 69 ).
Brakes
Squeeze the front brake lever
and step on the rear brake pedal
to check that the controls
operate normally (page 85 , 87 ).
Adjust freeplay, if necessary.
(pages 85 , 87 ).
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Before Riding
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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Basic Operation & Riding
This section gives basic information on how to
begin riding your motorcycle. It includes how
to start and stop your engine, how to use the
throttle and brakes, and what to do when you’re
through riding.
For more advanced information−how to make
turns, ride on hills, etc., see the Tips & Practice
Guide f or the Of f -Highway Motorcyclist
booklet that came with your Honda (USA only).
Safe Riding Precautions................................. 30
Starting & Stopping the Engine ..................... 32
Preparation ................................................. 32
Starting Procedure...................................... 32
Flooded Engine .......................................... 34
How to Stop the Engine ............................. 34
Shifting Gears ................................................ 35
Braking ........................................................... 37
Parking ........................................................... 38
Post-ride Inspection ....................................... 39
To protect your new engine and enjoy optimum
performance and service life, refer to Break-in
Guidelines (page 137 ).
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Safe Riding Precautions
Before riding your motorcycle for the first time,
please review the Important Saf ety
Inf ormation beginning on page 2 and the
previous section, titled Bef ore Riding.
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 up your skills and get
accustomed to your motorcycle’s size and
weight.
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.
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Your motorcycle is not equipped with lights.
Do not ride at night.
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Speed Restrictor for New Riders
The motorcycle is equipped with a throttle
limiter to restrict top speed. The throttle limiter
screw in the lower throttle housing can be
adjusted to limit throttle grip movement (page
71 ).
Use the throttle limiter with the transmission
set in first gear until your youngster becomes
familiar with operating the motorcycle.
Before each ride, check the throttle limiter
screw measurement and the restriction of
throttle grip movement.
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Starting & Stopping the Engine
Always follow the proper starting procedure
described below.
Starting Procedure
Preparation
To restart a warm engine, follow the procedure
for High Air Temperature.
Before starting, insert the key and turn the
ignition switch ON.
Normal Air Temperature
10°−35°C (50°−95°F)
Make sure that the transmission is in neutral
and the engine stop switch is at RUN. Turn the
fuel valve ON.
LEFTSIDE
A
○
(1)
B
○
C
○
(1) choke lever
(A) fully ON
(B) detent position
(C) fully OFF
1. Pull the choke lever ( 1 ) up all the way to
fully ON (A ).
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Starting & Stopping the Engine
2. With the throttle slightly open, operate the
kickstarter. Kick from the top of the stroke
through to the bottom with a rapid,
continuous motion.
Allowing the kickstarter to snap back f reely
against the pedal stop can damage the engine
case.
3. Immediately after the engine starts, push the
choke lever down to the detent position (B ).
4. About a quarter-minute after the engine
starts, push the choke lever down all the way
to fully OFF (C ).
5. If idling is unstable, open the throttle slightly.
High Air Temperature
35°C (95°F) or above
1. Do not use the choke.
2. Start the engine following step 2 under
Normal Air Temperature.
Low Air Temperature
10°C (50°F) or below
1. Follow steps 1 − 2 under Normal Air
Temperature.
2. Warm up the engine by opening and closing
the throttle slightly.
3. Continue warming up the engine until it idles
smoothly and responds to the throttle with
the choke lever ( 1 ) OFF ( C).
Extended use of the choke may impair piston
and cylinder wall lubrication and damage the
engine.
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Starting & Stopping the Engine
Flooded Engine
How to Stop the Engine
If the engine fails to start after repeated
attempts, it may be flooded with excess fuel.
To clear a flooded engine:
To stop the engine, shift into neutral, turn the
engine stop switch to either OFF.
1. Turn the engine stop switch OFF.
2. Push the choke lever down all the way to
OFF.
3. Open the throttle fully.
4. Crank the engine several times with the
kickstarter.
5. Turn the engine stop switch to RUN.
6. Follow the High Air Temperature starting
procedure (page 33 ).
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Shifting Gears
3. Release the front brake. Gradually open the
throttle.
4. When you attain a moderate speed, close the
throttle and raise the shift lever. After
shifting, apply the throttle.
5. To continue shifting up to each higher gear,
repeat step 4 .
6. To shift down to a lower gear, close the
throttle and depress the shift lever. After
shifting, apply the throttle.
Remember to close the throttle before
shifting.
Your motorcycle has three forward gears.
To start riding, after the engine has been
warmed and the side stand raised:
Improper shif ting may damage the engine,
transmission, and drive train.
1. Close the throttle and pull the front brake
lever in.
2. Raise the shift lever from neutral up to first
gear.
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Shifting Gears
Learning when to shift gears comes with
experience. Upshift to a higher gear or reduce
throttle before engine rpm (speed) gets too high.
Downshift to a lower gear before you feel the
engine laboring (lugging) at low rpm.
Downshif ting can help slow your motorcycle,
especially on downhills. However,
downshif ting when engine rpm is too high can
cause engine damage.
To prevent transmission damage, do not coast
or tow the motorcycle f or long distances with
the engine of f .
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Braking
To slow or stop, apply the front brake and rear
brake pedal smoothly, while downshifting to
match your speed. Gradually increase braking
as you feel the brakes slowing your speed. For
support, put your left foot down first, then your
right foot when you are through using the rear
brake.
For maximum braking, close the throttle and
firmly apply the brake lever and pedal controls.
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.
Generally, reduce your speed or complete
braking before beginning a turn. Avoid braking
or closing the throttle quickly while turning.
Either action may cause one or both wheels to
slip. Any wheel slip will reduce your control of
your motorcycle.
When riding in wet or rainy conditions, or on
loose surfaces, the ability to maneuver and stop
will be reduced. All of your actions should be
smooth under these conditions. Rapid
acceleration, braking or turning may cause loss
of control. For your safety, exercise extreme
caution when braking, accelerating, or turning.
When descending a long, steep grade, use
engine compression braking by downshifting,
with intermittent use of both brakes.
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Parking
Lower the side stand to support your
motorcycle. Turn the ignition switch OFF and
remove the key. If you’re through riding for
the day, also turn the fuel valve OFF. Always
choose a level place to park.
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Post-ride Inspection
When you return home after riding, thoroughly
clean your motorcycle and remove any dirt,
mud, brush, rocks or other objects you may
have picked up along the way.
After cleaning, carefully inspect your
motorcycle for leaks or damage.
Be sure to lubricate the drive chain (page 104 )
to prevent rusting.
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Servicing Your Honda
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.
To help keep your motorcycle in good shape,
this section includes a Maintenance Schedule
for required servicing and step-by-step
instructions for specific maintenance tasks.
You’ll also find important safety precautions,
information on oils, and tips for keeping your
Honda looking good.
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 138 .
An optional tool kit may be available. Check
with your Honda dealer’s parts department.
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 .................... 43
Maintenance Safety........................................ 45
Important Safety Precautions..................... 45
Maintenance Schedule ................................... 47
Maintenance Record ...................................... 51
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Service Preparations
Maintenance Component Locations .............. 52
Seat Removal ................................................. 55
Front Fork Protector Removal ....................... 56
Service Procedures
Fluids & Filters
Fuel ................................................................. 57
Engine Oil ...................................................... 60
Air Cleaner ..................................................... 66
Engine
Throttle ........................................................... 69
Clutch System ................................................ 72
Valve Clearance ............................................. 74
Engine Idle Speed .......................................... 77
Spark Plug ...................................................... 78
Spark Arrester ................................................ 80
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Chassis
Suspension ..................................................... 82
Brakes ............................................................. 85
Wheels ............................................................ 90
Tires & Tubes................................................. 95
Side Stand ...................................................... 99
Drive Chain .................................................. 100
Appearance Care .......................................... 107
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The Importance of Maintenance
A well-maintained motorcycle is essential for
safe, economical, and trouble-free riding. It
will also help reduce air pollution. Careful preride inspections and good maintenance are
especially important because your motorcycle
is designed to be ridden over rough off-road
terrain.
To help you properly care for your motorcycle,
this section of the manual provides a
Maintenance Schedule. The service intervals in
this schedule are based on average riding
conditions.
More frequent service is needed if you subject
your motorcycle to severe use (such as
competition) or ride in unusually wet or dusty
areas.
Frequent servicing of the air cleaner is
especially important to help you avoid a
possible costly engine repair.
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.
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.
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The Importance of Maintenance
Remember, proper maintenance is the owner’s
responsibility. Be sure to inspect your
motorcycle before each ride and follow the
Maintenance Schedule in this section.
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Note to Parents:
As a parent, it’s up to you to make sure that
this motorcycle is properly maintained and
kept in saf e operating condition. For
youngsters, learning how to take care of a
motorcycle and perf orm basic maintenance
can be an important part of their riding
experience. However, if you allow a youngster
to perf orm or assist in any maintenance task,
such as f illing the tank with gasoline, you
should provide close supervision to make sure
that it is perf ormed saf ely.
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Maintenance Safety
The maintenance section includes instructions
on how to perform some important
maintenance tasks. 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.
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.
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.
Burns from hot motorcycle parts. Let the
engine and exhaust system cool before
touching.
Injury from moving parts. Do not run the
engine unless instructed to do so.
(cont’d)
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Maintenance Safety
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 a non-flammable (high
flash point) solvent such as kerosene−not
gasoline−to clean parts. Keep cigarettes,
sparks, and flames away from all fuelrelated parts.
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Maintenance Schedule
To maintain the safety and reliability of your
motorcycle, regular inspection and service is
required as shown in the Maintenance Schedule
that follows.
The Maintenance Schedule lists items that can
be performed with basic mechanical skills and
hand tools. Procedures for these items are
provided in this manual.
The Maintenance Schedule also includes items
that involve more extensive procedures and
may require special training, tools, and
equipment. Therefore, we recommend that you
have your Honda dealer perform these tasks
unless you have advanced mechanical skills
and the required tools. Procedures for items in
this schedule are provided in a service manual
available for purchase from your dealer
(page 146 ).
Because your motorcycle does not have an
odometer, service intervals in the maintenance
schedules are expressed in terms of riding days
as well as miles. To avoid overlooking required
service, we urge you to develop a convenient
way to record the number of days and/or miles
you ride.
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.
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Maintenance Schedule
Perform the pre-ride inspection (page 27 ) at
each scheduled maintenance period.
Summary of Maintenance Schedule Notes and
Procedures:
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.
NOTE:
1. Service more frequently when ridden in wet
or dusty conditions.
*
Should be serviced by your Honda dealer,
unless the owner has the proper tools and
service data and is mechanically qualified.
Refer to the official Honda Service Manual
(page 146 ).
**
In the interest of safety, we recommend
these items be serviced only by your Honda
dealer.
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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
Frequency
Items
Fuel Line
Throttle Operation
Air Cleaner
Spark Plug
Valve Clearance
Engine Oil
Engine Oil Strainer Screen
Engine Oil Centrifugal Filter
Engine Idle Speed
*
**
Whichever
Comes First
mi
km
Note
Month
Initial
Maint.
100
150
1
Note 1
Regular Maint. Interval
600
1,000
6
I
R
C
I
I
R
I
I
1,200
2,000
12
I
I
C
I
I
R
C
C
I
1,800
3,000
18
C
I
I
R
I
2,400
4,000
24
I
I
C
I
I
R
C
C
I
Refer
to
page:
−
69
66
78
74
60
−
−
77
Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless the owner has the proper tools and service data and is mechanically qualified.
Refer to the official Honda Service Manual (page 146 ).
In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda dealer.
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Maintenance Schedule
Frequency
Items
Drive Chain
Drive Chain Slider
Brake Shoe Wear
Brake System
Clutch System
Side Stand
Suspension
Spark Arrester
Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners
Wheels/Tires
Steering Head Bearings
*
**
50
Whichever
Comes First
mi
km
Note
Month
Note 1
Initial
Maint.
100
150
1
I, L
I
I
Regular Maint. Interval
600
1,000
6
1,200
2,000
12
1,800
3,000
18
2,400
4,000
24
I
I
I
I
I
I
100
101
88
85
72
99
82
80
I
I
I
−
90, 95
−
I, L: every 300 mi (500 km) or 3 month
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
C: every 1,000 mi (1,600 km) or
every 100 operating hours
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
Refer
to
page:
Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless the owner has the proper tools and service data and is mechanically qualified.
Refer to the official Honda Service Manual (page 146 ).
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. Use the space under Notes to record anything you want to remind yourself about or
mention to your dealer. Of course, if you find any problem while servicing your motorcycle, be sure
it is corrected as soon as possible.
Miles
(km)
600 (1,000)
1,200 (2,000)
1,800 (3,000)
2,400 (4,000)
3,000 (5,000)
3,600 (6,000)
4,200 (7,000)
4,800 (8,000)
5,200 (9,000)
Date
Performed By:
Notes
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Maintenance Component Locations
front brake lever
throttle grip
fuel fill cap
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Maintenance Component Locations
engine oil filler cap/dipstick
clutch adjuster
spark plug
spark arrester
engine oil
drain bolt
(under engine)
rear brake
pedal
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Maintenance Component Locations
engine idle speed
air cleaner
choke lever
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drive chain
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Seat Removal
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
(1)
(4)
(5)
(2)
Installation
1. Position the prongs ( 5 ) under the seat into
the spaces for them in the frame.
2. Install the bolts and screws and tighten them,
then install the clips.
(3)
(1) clips
(2) screws
(3) bolts
Removal
1. Remove the clips ( 1 ) and screws ( 2 ) on the
fuel tank shroud.
2. Remove the bolts ( 3 ) under the rear fender.
3. Slide the seat ( 4 ) with fuel tank shroud and
rear cowl back.
(4) seat
(5) prongs
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Front Fork Protector Removal
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
LEFT FRONT
(2)
(3)
RIGHT FRONT
(4)
(4)
Removal
1. Remove the two bolts ( 1 ) securing the front
fork protector.
2. Remove the front brake cable ( 2 ) from the
cable guide ( 3 ).
3. Remove the front fork protector ( 4 ).
Installation
1. Attach the fork protector on the front fork.
2. Install the front brake cable to the cable
guide.
3. Install the securing bolts and tighten them.
(1)
(1) bolts
(2) front brake cable
56
(1)
(3) cable guide
(4) front fork protector
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Fuel
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
Fuel Recommendation
Type
Pump Octane Number
unleaded
86 (or higher)
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 142 .
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.
We recommend that you use unleaded fuel
because it produces fewer engine deposits and
extends the life of exhaust system components.
Never use stale or contaminated gasoline or an
oil/gasoline mixture. Avoid getting dirt, dust,
or water in the fuel tank.
Use of lower octane gasoline can cause
persistent ‘‘pinging’’ or ‘‘spark knock’’ (a
louder 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.)
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Fuel
1. To open the fuel fill cap ( 1 ), pull the
breather tube ( 2 ) away from the front
number plate ( 3 ). Turn the fuel fill cap
counterclockwise and remove it.
2. Add fuel until the level reaches the bottom
of the filler neck ( 4 ). Avoid overfilling the
tank. There should be no fuel in the filler
neck.
Refueling Procedure
Fuel Tank Capacity, including reserve:
0.79 US gal (3.0 )
Reserve Capacity:
0.24 US gal (0.9 )
(4)
(2)
(3)
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.
(1)
(1) fuel fill cap
(2) breather tube
58
(3) front number plate
(4) filler neck
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Fuel
3. After refueling, turn the fuel fill cap
clockwise until it is secure.
4. Check that the breather tube is properly
seated in the front number plate.
If you replace the fuel fill cap, use only a
genuine Honda replacement part.
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Engine Oil
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
Oil Recommendation
Using the proper oil, 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
held 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.
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API classification
viscosity (weight)
JASO T 903 standard
suggested oil**
SG or higher except
oils labeled as
energy conserving
on the circular API
service label
SAE 10W-30*
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
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Engine Oil
*
For normal air temperatures. See next page
for additional temperature/viscosity
information.
**
Suggested oils are equal in performance to
SJ oils that are not labeled as energy
conserving on the circular API service label.
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.
NOT RECOMMENDED
OK
Do not use non-detergent, vegetable, or
castor based racing oils.
(cont’d)
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Engine Oil
Other viscosities shown in the following chart
may be used when the average temperature in
your riding area is within the indicated range.
JASO T 903 standard
The JASO T 903 standard is an index for
engine oils for 4-stroke motorcycle engines.
There are two classes: MA and MB.
Oil conforming to the standard is labeled on the
oil container. For example, the following label
shows the MA classification.
(1)
(2)
(1) code number of the sales company of the oil
(2) oil classification
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Engine Oil
Checking & Adding Oil
RIGHT SIDE
(1)
(2)
(3)
(1) oil filler cap/dipstick
(2) upper level mark
(3) lower level mark
3. Start the engine and let it idle for 3-5
minutes. Stop the engine. Wait 2-3 minutes.
4. Immediately unscrew and remove the oil
filler cap/dipstick. Wipe it clean.
5. Hold the motorcycle upright.
6. Insert the oil filler cap/dipstick until it seats,
but do not screw it in.
7. Remove the oil filler cap/dipstick and check
the oil level.
If the oil is at or near the upper level mark
( 2 ), you do not have to add oil.
If the oil is below or near the lower level
mark ( 3 ), add the recommended oil until
it reaches the upper level mark. (Do not
overfill.)
8. Insert the oil filler cap/dipstick and screw it
in tightly.
9. Check for oil leaks.
1. Park your motorcycle on a firm, level
surface.
2. Clean around the oil filler cap/dipstick ( 1 )
and nearby surfaces.
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Engine Oil
Changing Engine Oil
RIGHT SIDE
(2)
(1)
(1) oil drain bolt
(2) sealing washer
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1. 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.
2. Park your motorcycle on a firm, level
surface.
3. Remove the oil filler cap/dipstick.
4. Place a drain pan under the crankcase.
5. Unscrew and remove the oil drain bolt.
6. After most of the oil is drained, gently tilt
the motorcycle from side to side to drain the
remaining oil.
7. Pour the drained oil into a suitable container
and dispose of it in an approved manner
(page 119 ).
Improper disposal of drained f luids is harmf ul
to the environment.
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Engine Oil
8. Remove the old sealing washer ( 2 ) and
install a new sealing washer on the drain bolt.
9. Install the oil drain bolt and tighten to the
specified torque:
18 lbf·ft (24 N·m , 2.5 kgf·m)
10.Pour the recommended oil into the crankcase,
approximately:
0.6 US qt (0.6 )
11.Install the oil filler cap/dipstick securely.
12.Start the engine and let it idle for 3-5
minutes. Stop the engine. Wait 2-3 minutes.
13.With the motorcycle held upright on level
ground, check the oil level.
If needed, add oil (page 62 ) until it reaches
the upper level mark. (Do not overfill.)
14.Check for oil leaks.
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Air Cleaner
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
Proper air cleaner maintenance is very
important for off-road vehicles. A dirty, watersoaked, worn-out, or defective air cleaner will
allow dirt, dust, mud, and other impurities to
pass into the engine.
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 equal quality.
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Using the wrong air cleaner can result in
premature engine damage.
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
Cleaning
LEFT SIDE
(2)
(1)
(1) attaching screws
(2) air cleaner housing cover
(4)
(5)
1. Remove the two attaching screws ( 1 ) and
the air cleaner housing cover ( 2 ).
2. Remove the air cleaner ( 3 ).
3. Gently wash the air cleaner in clean, nonflammable (high flash point) solvent such as
kerosene−not gasoline. After cleaning,
gently squeeze out the remaining solvent.
Avoid twisting or wringing the air cleaner.
This can tear the foam.
4. Inspect for tears or cracks in the foam or
seams of the air cleaner. Replace the air
cleaner if it is damaged.
5. Allow the air cleaner to dry thoroughly
before applying oil. A wet air cleaner will
not fully absorb the oil.
(3)
(3) air cleaner
(4) projection (air cleaner housing cover)
(5) projection (air cleaner housing)
(cont’d)
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Air Cleaner
6. Pour clean Pro Honda Foam Filter Oil or an
equivalent (Canada: Honda Foam Filter Oil
or an equivalent) over the entire surface of
the air cleaner. Use both hands to evenly
spread the oil into the air cleaner. Gently
squeeze out any excess oil. (To keep your
hands dry, place the air cleaner in a clean
plastic bag before spreading the oil into the
air cleaner.)
7. Clean the inside of the air cleaner housing.
Install the air cleaner.
8. Install the air cleaner housing cover, aligning
its projection ( 4 ) with the projection ( 5 ) on
the air cleaner housing.
9. Install and tighten the two attaching screws.
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Throttle
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
Inspection
Check freeplay ( 1 ).
Freeplay: 1/16−3/16 in (2.0−4.0 mm)
Throttle Freeplay
If necessary, adjust to the specified range.
RIGHT SIDE
(1)
Adjustment
1. Pull the rubber dust cover ( 2 ) back.
2. Loosen the lock nut ( 3 ) on the throttle cable
mechanism.
3. Turn the adjuster ( 4 ).
4. Tighten the lock nut. Return the dust cover
to its normal position.
5. After adjustment, check for smooth rotation
of the throttle grip from fully closed to fully
open in all steering positions.
(1) freeplay
(2)
(3)
(4)
(2) rubber dust cover
(3) lock nut
If you can’t get the freeplay within the
specified range, contact your Honda dealer.
(4) adjuster
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Throttle
Throttle Inspection
(2)
(1)
(1) throttle
(2) throttle cable
1. Check that the throttle assembly is
positioned properly and the securing bolts
are tight.
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2. Check for smooth rotation of the throttle ( 1 )
from fully open to fully closed in all steering
positions. If there is a problem, see your
Honda dealer.
3. Inspect the condition of the throttle cable ( 2 )
from the throttle grip down to the carburetor.
If the cable is kinked or chafed, have it
replaced.
4. Check the cable for tension or stress in all
steering positions.
5. Lubricate the cable with a commerciallyavailable cable lubricant to prevent
premature rust and corrosion.
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Throttle
Throttle Limiter Adjustment
RIGHT HANDLEBAR
(1)
1. Loosen the lock nut ( 1 ).
2. Turn the throttle limiter screw ( 2 ) clockwise
to reduce throttle grip movement or
counterclockwise to increase throttle grip
movement.
The throttle limiter screw measurement ( 3 )
is 13/16 in (21 mm) when the throttle is fully
open; less than 13/16 in (21 mm) when the
throttle opening (and maximum engine
speed) is restricted.
(3)
(2)
(1) lock nut
(2) throttle limiter screw
(3) throttle limiter screw measurement
3. Hold the screw in place and tighten the lock
nut.
To prevent moisture or debris (dirt, sand,
pebbles, sticks, etc.) from entering the throttle
housing, do not remove the throttle limiter
screw.
Moisture and debris may interfere with proper
throttle operation.
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Clutch System
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
Inspection
The engine should start easily with the
kickstarter without the clutch slipping. When
shifting gears, the clutch operation should be
smooth and light, especially when shifting into
neutral.
(1)
(1) adjuster lock nut
(2) clutch adjuster
(2)
Adjustment
1. Loosen the adjuster lock nut ( 1 ).
2. Turn the clutch adjuster ( 2 ) clockwise one
turn; do not turn excessively.
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Clutch System
3. Slowly turn the adjuster counterclockwise
until a slight resistance is felt.
4. From this position, turn the adjuster
clockwise 1/8 to 1/4 turn, and tighten the
lock nut.
5. After adjustment, test ride the motorcycle to
be certain the clutch operates properly.
If you can’t get proper adjustment, or the
clutch does not work properly, see your
Honda dealer.
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Valve Clearance
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
LEFT SIDE
Excessive valve clearance will cause noise and
eventual engine damage. Little or no clearance
will prevent the valve from closing and cause
valve damage and power loss. Check valve
clearance when the engine is cold at the
intervals specified in the Maintenance Schedule.
(4)
The checking or adjusting of the clearance
should be performed while the engine is cold.
The clearance will change as engine
temperature rises.
(4)
(1)
(3)
(1) left crankcase cover
(2) bolts A
(3) bolt B
(4) adjusting hole caps
(2)
1. Remove the left crankcase cover ( 1 ) by
removing the bolts A ( 2 ) and bolt B ( 3 ).
2. Remove the adjusting hole caps ( 4 ).
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Valve Clearance
LEFT SIDE
(6)
(5)
(5) T mark
(6) index mark
The adjustment must be made when the piston
is at the top of the compression stroke when
both the intake and exhaust valves are closed.
This condition can be determined by moving
the rocker arms. If they are free, it is an
indication that the valves are closed and that the
piston is on the compression stroke. If they are
tight and the valves are open, rotate the
flywheel 360° and realign the T mark to the
index mark.
3. Rotate the generator flywheel
counterclockwise until the T mark ( 5 ) on the
flywheel lines up with the index mark ( 6 ) on
the crankcase. In this position, the piston
may either be on the compression or exhaust
stroke.
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Valve Clearance
LEFT SIDE
5. If it is necessary to make an adjustment,
loosen the adjusting screw lock nut ( 9 ) and
turn the adjusting screw so there is a slight
resistance when the feeler gauge is inserted.
(7)
(8)
(9)
(7) feeler gauge
(8) adjusting screw
(9) adjusting screw lock nut
4. Check the clearance of both valves by
inserting a feeler gauge ( 7 ) between the
adjusting screw ( 8 ) and the valve stem.
Clearance should be:
0.002 in (0.05 mm)
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After completing the adjustment, tighten the
adjusting screw lock nut while holding the
adjusting screw to prevent it from turning.
Finally, recheck the clearance to make sure
that the adjustment has not been disturbed.
6. Install the left crankcase cover.
7. Install and tighten the bolts A, bolt B and
adjusting hole caps.
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Engine Idle Speed
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
LEFT SIDE
(1)
The engine must be at normal operating
temperature for accurate idle speed adjustment.
Ten minutes of stop-and-go riding is sufficient.
Do not attempt to compensate for faults in
other systems by adjusting idle speed. See your
Honda dealer for regularly scheduled
carburetor adjustments.
(+)
(−)
(1) throttle stop screw
1. Warm up the engine, shift to neutral and
place the motorcycle on its stand.
2. Connect a tachometer, following the
tachometer manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Adjust idle speed with the throttle stop screw
( 1 ).
Idle Speed: 1,700 ± 100 rpm
(+) increase rpm
(−) decrease rpm
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Spark Plug
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
Use only the recommended type of spark plugs
in the recommended heat range.
Spark Plug Recommendation
The recommended standard spark plug is
satisfactory for most riding conditions.
However, if you plan to ride for extended
periods at high speeds or near maximum power
(high engine rpm) in hot climates, or plan
extended riding in cold climates, a different
plug may be recommended.
Standard
For cold climate
(below 5°C, 41°F)
For extended high
speed riding
Using spark plugs with an improper heat range
can cause engine damage.
(2)
(3)
CR6HSA (NGK) or
U20FSR-U (DENSO)
CR5HSA (NGK) or
U16FSR-U (DENSO)
CR7HSA (NGK) or
U22FSR-U (DENSO)
(1) center electrode
(2) side electrode
(3) spark plug gap
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Spark Plug
1. Clean any dirt from around the spark plug
base.
2. Disconnect the spark plug cap.
3. Remove the spark plug with a plug wrench.
4. Inspect the spark plug electrodes for wear.
The center electrode ( 1 ) should have square
edges. The side electrode ( 2 ) should not be
eroded. The insulator should not be cracked
or chipped.
5. Check the spark plug gap ( 3 ), using a wiretype feeler gauge. If adjustment is necessary,
bend the side electrode carefully. The gap
should be:
0.024−0.028 in (0.60−0.70 mm)
Make sure the plug washer is in good
condition.
If you have to install a new plug, first check
the gap.
6. With the plug washer attached, thread the
spark plug in by hand (to prevent crossthreading).
7. Tighten the spark plug:
If the old plug is good:
1/8 turn after it seats.
If installing a new plug, tighten it twice to
prevent loosening:
a) First, tighten the plug:
NGK:
1 turn after it seats.
DENSO: 3/4 turn after it seats.
b) Then loosen the plug.
c) Next, tighten the plug again:
1/8 turn after it seats.
An improperly tightened spark plug 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.
8. Reinstall the spark plug cap. Take care to
avoid pinching any cables or wires.
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Spark Arrester
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
RIGHT REAR
(3)
The spark arrester must be serviced every 100
operating hours to maintain its efficiency.
Regular servicing prevents carbon buildup
(which can diminish engine performance) and
also complies with USDA regulations for
regular maintenance to assure proper function.
The spark arrester prevents random sparks
from the combustion process in your engine
from reaching the environment.
(4)
(2)
(1)
(1) bolts
(2) spark arrester
(3) gasket
(4) muffler
1. Allow the engine and muffler to cool.
2. Remove the three bolts ( 1 ), the spark
arrester ( 2 ), and the gasket ( 3 ) from the
muffler ( 4 ).
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Spark Arrester
3. Use a brush to remove carbon deposits from
the spark arrester screen. Be careful to avoid
damaging the spark arrester screen. The
spark arrester must be free of breaks and
holes. Replace, if necessary. Check the
gasket. Replace, if necessary.
4. Install the spark arrester and the gasket in the
muffler and tighten the three bolts securely.
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Suspension
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
Front Suspension Inspection
Loose, worn, or damaged suspension
components may adversely affect the handling
and stability of your motorcycle. If any
suspension components appear worn or
damaged, see your Honda dealer for further
inspection. Your dealer is qualified to
determine whether or not replacement parts or
repairs are needed.
(1)
(2)
(1) mounting bolts
(2) mounting nuts
1. Check fork operation. Pull the front brake
lever in, to lock the brake. Then pump up
and down on the fork legs several times. The
suspension should function smoothly. There
should be no oil leakage.
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Suspension
2. Check the security of all fork mounting bolts
( 1 ) and handle bar mounting nuts ( 2 ). If any
front suspension components appear worn or
damaged, see your Honda dealer for further
inspection.
RIGHT SIDE
(2)
Rear Suspension Inspection
LEFT SIDE
(2)
(1) swingarm bushing
(2) shock absorber attachment points
(1)
(1)
1. Place the motorcycle on a maintenance stand.
Push hard against the side of the rear wheel
and feel for any freeplay which indicates
worn swingarm bushings ( 1 ).
(1) swingarm bushing
(2) shock absorber attachment points
(cont’d)
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Suspension
2. Check that the fasteners for the shock
absorber attachment points ( 2 ) are secure.
3. Check for oil leaks in the shock absorber. If
any rear suspension components appear
worn or damaged, see your Honda dealer for
further inspection.
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Brakes
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
Front Brake Lever Freeplay
Inspection
Check freeplay by pulling in slowly on the
front brake lever ( 1 ) until the brake starts to
engage.
Freeplay: 3/8−13/16 in (10−20 mm)
RIGHT SIDE
(1)
If necessary, adjust to the specified range.
(1) front brake lever
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Brakes
LEFT FRONT
(2)
(3)
(−)
(+)
(2) adjusting nut
(3) brake arm pin
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(−) decrease freeplay
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Adjustment
1. Turn the front brake adjusting nut ( 2 ). Make
sure the cut-out on the adjusting nut is seated
on the brake arm pin ( 3 ).
2. Apply the brake, release it, then spin the
wheel and check that it rotates freely. Repeat
this procedure several times.
3. Check the freeplay. If you cannot adjust the
freeplay properly, see your Honda dealer.
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Brakes
Inspection
1. Place your motorcycle on its side stand.
2. Check freeplay by slowly depressing the
brake pedal ( 1 ) until the brake starts to
engage.
Freeplay: 3/8−13/16 in (10−20 mm)
Rear Brake Pedal Freeplay
RIGHT SIDE
(1)
If necessary, adjust to the specified range.
(1) rear brake pedal
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Brakes
RIGHT REAR
(2)
Brake Shoe Wear
(3)
(−)
(+)
(2) adjusting nut
(3) brake arm pin
(+) increase freeplay
(−) decrease freeplay
Adjustment
1. Turn the rear brake adjusting nut ( 2 ). Make
sure the cut-out on the adjusting nut is seated
on the brake arm pin ( 3 ).
2. Apply the brake, release it, and then spin the
wheel and check that it rotates freely. Repeat
this procedure several times.
3. Check the freeplay. If you can’t adjust the
freeplay properly, see your Honda dealer.
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The front and rear brakes are equipped with
external brake wear indicators that let you
check brake wear without disassembly.
Application of the brake control (lever or
pedal) causes the arrow on the brake arm to
move toward a reference mark on the brake
panel.
LEFT FRONT
(2)
(1)
(4)
(1) arrow
(2) brake arm
(3) reference mark
(4) brake panel
(3)
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Brakes
RIGHT REAR
Other Inspections & Lubrication
(2)
(1)
(3)
(4)
(1) arrow
(2) brake arm
(3) reference mark
(4) brake panel
1. Place your motorcycle on its side stand.
2. Apply the brake control (lever or pedal) and
check the movement of the arrow ( 1 ) on the
brake arm ( 2 ). Replace the brake shoes if the
arrow aligns with the reference mark ( 3 ) on
the brake panel ( 4 ) upon full application of
the brake. If replacement is necessary, see
your Honda dealer.
Check that the front lever and rear pedal
assemblies are positioned properly and the
securing bolts are tight.
Check the front brake cable for kinks or
signs of wear that could cause sticking or
failure.
Lubricate the front brake cable with a
commercially-available cable lubricant to
prevent premature wear and corrosion.
Front: Make sure the brake arm, spring, and
fasteners are in good condition.
Rear: Make sure the brake rod, brake arm,
spring, and fasteners are in good condition.
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Wheels
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
Wheel Rims & Spokes
Maintenance of spoke tension and wheel
trueness (roundness) is critical to safe
motorcycle operation. During the first 100
miles (150 km), spokes will loosen more
rapidly due to the initial seating of the parts.
Excessively loose spokes may result in
instability at high speeds and the possible loss
of control. Loose spokes may also cause rim or
spoke damage (not covered by warranty). It’s
also important that the rim locks are secure to
prevent tire slippage.
It is not necessary to remove the wheels to
perform the recommended service in the
Maintenance Schedule. However, information
for wheel removal is provided for emergency
situations.
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REAR
(1)
(2)
(1) wheel rim
(2) spoke
1. Inspect the wheel rims ( 1 ) and spokes ( 2 )
for damage.
2. Tighten any loose spokes.
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Wheels
3. Rotate the wheel slowly to see if it appears
to ‘‘wobble.’’ If it does, the rim is out of
round or not ‘‘true.’’ If the wobble is
noticeable, see your Honda dealer for
inspection.
Front Wheel Removal
(4)
Removal
1. Raise the front wheel off the ground by
placing a maintenance stand or support block
under the engine. Secure the rear of the
motorcycle with tie-down straps.
2. Remove the front fork protector (page 56 ).
3. Unscrew the front brake adjusting nut ( 1 ).
Pull the front brake lever in and disconnect
the brake cable ( 2 ) from the brake arm ( 3 ).
4. Remove the front axle nut ( 4 ) and front axle
shaft.
5. Remove the wheel.
6. Pull the brake assembly out carefully.
(2)
(6)
(1)
(3)
(1) brake adjusting nut
(2) brake cable
(3) brake arm
Take care to prevent getting grease, oil, or dirt
on the brake shoe surfaces. This can cause poor
brake performance or rapid brake shoe wear
after reassembly.
(5)
(4) front axle nut
(5) lug
(6) slot
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Wheels
Installation
1. Reverse the removal procedure. Make sure
the lug ( 5 ) on the fork leg is located in the
slot ( 6 ) in the brake panel.
2. Torque the axle to:
35 lbf·ft (46 N·m , 4.8 kgf·m)
3. Check front brake adjustment (page 85 ).
If a torque wrench was not used to install the
wheel, see your Honda dealer as soon as
possible to verify proper assembly. Improper
assembly may lead to loss of braking capacity.
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Wheels
Rear Wheel Removal
LEFT REAR
RIGHT REAR
(2)
(1)
(3)
(4)
(1) adjuster
(2) brake rod
(3) brake arm
(4) lock nut
(5) (7)
(6)
(5)
(4)
(5) adjusting nut
(6) rear axle nut
(7) rear axle shaft
Removal
1. Raise the rear wheel off the ground by
placing a maintenance stand or support block
under the engine. Secure the front of the
motorcycle with tie-down straps.
2. Unscrew the rear brake adjuster ( 1 ). Press
the rear brake pedal and disconnect the brake
rod ( 2 ) from the brake arm ( 3 ).
3. Loosen the lock nut ( 4 ) and adjusting nut
( 5 ) on the chain adjuster on both sides.
4. Unscrew the rear axle nut ( 6 ). Pull the rear
axle shaft ( 7 ) out. Push the wheel forward
and derail the drive chain from the rear
sprocket. Remove the wheel.
Take care to prevent getting grease, oil, or dirt
on the brake shoe surfaces. This can cause poor
brake performance or rapid brake shoe wear
after reassembly.
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Wheels
RIGHT REAR
(10)
(8)
(9)
Installation
1. Reverse the removal procedure. Make sure
the lug ( 8 ) on the swingarm is located in the
slot ( 9 ) in the brake panel (10). Check that
the chain adjusters are installed properly.
2. Adjust the drive chain (page 102 ).
3. Torque the axle nut to:
35 lbf·ft (46 N·m , 4.8 kgf·m)
4. Adjust the rear brake (page 87 ).
5. Apply the rear brake, release it, then spin the
wheel and check that it rotates freely. Repeat
this procedure several times.
If a torque wrench was not used to install the
wheel, see your Honda dealer as soon as
possible to verify proper assembly. Improper
assembly may lead to loss of braking capacity.
(8) lug
(9) slot
(10) brake panel
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Tires & Tubes
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
To safely operate your motorcycle, the tires
must be the proper type (off-road) and size, in
good condition with adequate tread, and
correctly inflated.
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.
and our recommendations on tire repair and
replacement.
Air Pressure
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.
Underinflated tires can also cause wheel
damage in rocky terrain. Overinflated tires
make your motorcycle ride harshly, are more
prone to damage from surface hazards, and
wear unevenly.
Make sure the valve stem caps are secure. If
necessary, install a new cap.
The following pages give detailed information
on how and when to check your air pressure,
how to inspect your tires for wear and damage,
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Tires & Tubes
Always check air pressure when your tires are
‘‘cold.’’ If you check air pressure when your
tires are ‘‘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 correct ‘‘cold’’ tire pressures are:
Front
Rear
15 psi (100 kPa , 1.0 kgf/cm )
18 psi (125 kPa , 1.25 kgf/cm )
Inspection
A flat tire or blowout is inconvenient and may
even cause an accident. Take time to inspect
your tires and wheels before you ride. For more
information about handling flat tires, see
page 124 .
(1)
If you decide to adjust tire pressures for a
particular riding condition, make changes a
little at a time.
(1) tire tread depth
(2) spoke nut
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Tires & Tubes
Inspect carefully for bumps or bulges in the
side of the tire or the tread. Replace any tire
that has a bump or bulge.
Look closely for cuts, slits, or cracks in the
tires. Replace a tire if you can see fabric or
cord.
Check for rocks or other objects embedded
in the tire or tread. Remove any objects.
Measure tread depth ( 1 ). Replace the tire
before depth at the center reaches 0.12 in
(3 mm), or any time you notice a reduction
in traction.
Check the position of both valve stems. A
tilted valve stem indicates the tube is
slipping inside the tire or the tire is slipping
on the rim. See your Honda dealer.
Tube Replacement
If a tube is punctured or damaged, you should
replace it as soon as possible. A repaired tube
may not have the same reliability as a new one,
and it may fail while you are riding. For
information on making a temporary repair, see
page 124 .
Use a replacement tube equivalent to the
original.
We recommend that tubes be replaced by your
Honda dealer. Replacing a tube requires
removing and reinstalling the wheel. Any time
a tube is replaced, carefully inspect the tire as
described on page 96 .
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Tires & Tubes
Tire Replacement
The tires that came on your motorcycle were
designed to provide a good combination of
handling, braking, durability, and comfort
across a broad range of riding conditions.
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.
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Front
Rear
Type
2.50-10 33J
2.50-10 33J
bias-ply, tube
Use a replacement tire equivalent to the
original.
Replace the tube any time you replace a tire.
The old tube will probably be stretched and,
if installed in a new tire, could fail.
Have the wheel balanced after a new tire is
installed.
We recommend that tires be replaced by
your Honda dealer.
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Side Stand
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
LEFT SIDE
1. Check the side stand spring ( 1 ) for damage
and loss of tension.
2. Check the side stand assembly for freedom
of movement.
If the side stand is stiff or squeaky, clean the
pivot area and lubricate the pivot bolt with
clean engine oil.
(1)
(1) side stand spring
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Drive Chain
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
Inspection
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.
LEFT SIDE
(1)
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.
(1) drive chain
It is not necessary to remove or replace the
drive chain to perform the recommended
service in the Maintenance Schedule.
100 Servicing Your Honda
1. Check slack in the lower drive chain ( 1 ) run
midway between the sprockets. Drive chain
slack should allow the following vertical
movement by hand:
9/16−1 in (15−25 mm)
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Drive Chain
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.
if needed.
4. Check the chain slider ( 2 ) for wear. If the
ridge ( 3 ) in the center of the slider is worn,
have your Honda dealer replace the chain
slider.
LEFT SIDE
Excessive chain slack may allow the drive
chain to damage the engine cases.
3. Inspect the drive chain for:
damaged rollers
loose pins
dry or rusted links
kinked or binding links
excessive wear
Replace the drive chain (page 105 ) if it has
damaged rollers, loose pins, or kinks that
cannot be freed. Lubricate the drive chain
(page 104 ) if it appears dry or shows signs
of rust. Lubricate any kinked or binding
links and work them free. Adjust chain slack
(2)
(3)
(3)
(2) chain slider
(3) ridge
(cont’d)
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Drive Chain
5. Replace the drive chain if chain slack is
excessive when the rear axle is moved to the
farthest limit of adjustment. Excessive slack
indicates the chain is worn beyond its service
limit.
To check the chain’s service limit, remove
the drive chain (page 105 ). Then measure
the distance between a span of 77 pins,
from pin center to pin center. If the distance
exceeds the service limit, the drive chain is
worn out and should be replaced.
102 Servicing Your Honda
Measure a span of 77 pins
New Chain:
Service Limit:
38.5 in (978 mm)
39.3 in (997 mm)
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Drive Chain
6. Inspect the front and rear sprocket teeth for
excessive wear or damage. If necessary, have
your Honda dealer replace a worn sprocket.
Adjustment
LEFT SIDE
Damaged Sprocket
Teeth
(4)
Worn Sprocket
Teeth
REPLACE
REPLACE
(5)
(1)
(3)
Normal Sprocket Teeth
GOOD
Use of a new chain with worn sprockets will
cause rapid chain wear.
(1) rear axle nut
(2) lock nut
(3) adjusting nut
(2)
(4) adjuster index mark
(5) graduated scale
1. Loosen the rear axle nut ( 1 ).
2. Loosen the lock nuts ( 2 ) on both sides of the
swingarm.
(cont’d)
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Drive Chain
3. Turn the adjusting nuts ( 3 ) on the right and
left chain adjusters an equal number of turns
to increase or decrease chain slack.
4. Align the chain adjuster index marks ( 4 )
with the graduated scales ( 5 ) on both sides
of the swingarm.
5. Torque the rear axle nut to:
35 lbf·ft (46 N·m , 4.8 kgf·m)
Lubrication
If a torque wrench is not used for this
installation, see your Honda dealer as soon as
possible to verify proper assembly.
6. Tighten the adjusting nuts lightly. Then,
while holding the adjusting nuts with a
wrench, tighten the lock nuts.
7. Recheck drive chain slack.
8. Check rear brake pedal freeplay and adjust
as necessary (page 87 ). Freeplay is affected
when repositioning the rear wheel to adjust
drive chain slack.
104 Servicing Your Honda
Lubricate every 300 miles (500 km) or sooner
if chain appears dry.
Turn the rear wheel by hand. Saturate each
chain link joint so that the lubricant penetrates
between the link plates, pins, bushings, and
rollers.
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Drive Chain
Removal, Cleaning & Replacement
LEFT SIDE
(1)
When the drive chain becomes extremely dirty,
it should be removed and cleaned prior to
lubrication.
1. Remove the master link retaining clip ( 1 )
with pliers. Do not bend or twist the clip.
Remove the master link. Remove the drive
chain.
2. Clean the drive chain with a non-flammable
(high flash point) solvent such as kerosene−
not gasoline−and allow it to dry.
3. Inspect the drive chain for possible wear or
damage. Replace the drive chain if it has
damaged rollers, loose fitting links, or
otherwise appears unserviceable.
(1) master link retaining clip
(cont’d)
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Drive Chain
4. Inspect the sprocket teeth for wear or
damage. We recommend replacing the
sprocket whenever a new chain is installed.
5. Lubricate the drive chain.
6. Pass the chain over the sprockets and join the
ends of the chain with the master link. For
ease of assembly, hold the chain ends against
adjacent rear sprocket teeth while inserting
the master link. Install the master link
retaining clip so that the closed end of the
retaining clip will face the direction of
forward wheel rotation.
106 Servicing Your Honda
More About: Drive Chain
The master link is the most critical element
of drive chain security. Master links are
reusable, as long as they remain in excellent
condition. We recommend installing a new
master link retaining clip when the drive
chain is reassembled.
You may find it easier to install a new chain
by connecting it to the old chain with a
master link and pulling the old chain to
position the new chain on the sprockets.
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Appearance Care
Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page 45 .
General Recommendations
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.
While you’re cleaning, be sure to look for
damage, wear, and gasoline or oil leaks.
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
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.
(cont’d)
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Appearance Care
We recommend the use of a garden hose to
wash your motorcycle. High pressure
washers (like those at coin-operated car
washes) can damage certain parts of your
motorcycle. If you use a high pressure
washer, avoid spraying the following areas:
wheel hubs
muffler outlet
area under seat
engine stop switch
under fuel tank
drive chain
carburetor
High pressure water (or air) can damage
certain parts of your motorcycle.
108 Servicing Your Honda
Washing Your Motorcycle with a Mild
Detergent
1. Rinse your motorcycle thoroughly with cool
water to remove loose dirt.
2. 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. After washing, rinse your motorcycle
thoroughly with plenty of clean water to
remove any residue.
5. Dry your motorcycle with a chamois or a
soft towel.
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Appearance Care
6. Lubricate the drive chain to prevent rusting.
7. Start the engine and let it idle for several
minutes. The engine heat will help dry moist
areas.
8. As a precaution, ride 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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Tips
Here’s helpful advice on how to prepare for an
off-road adventure, how to transport and store
your Honda, and how to be an environmentally
responsible motorcycle owner.
Preparing for a Ride ..................................... 112
Transporting Your Honda ............................ 114
Storing Your Honda ..................................... 116
You & the Environment............................... 119
Tips
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Preparing for a Ride
A safe and enjoyable ride begins with good
planning and preparation. Always ride with at
least one other person in case you have trouble,
and let someone know where you’re going and
when you expect to return.
Before riding in an unfamiliar area, find out in
advance if you need special permits, get maps
so you can study the terrain, and talk to other
riders who know the area. The Forest Service
and the Bureau of Land Management (USA
only), the Ministry of Natural Resources
(Canada only), riding clubs, and off-road
magazines are good sources of information.
112 Tips
What to Take to the Riding Area
Along with your motorcycle and riding gear,
you should take along some tools and supplies
in case you have a problem. For some of the
difficulties you might encounter, see Taking
Care of the Unexpected, which begins on page
121 .
We recommend that you always take water,
food, a first aid kit, and your owner’s manual.
Other items you should consider loading on
your truck or trailer include:
a tool kit
tire repair supplies and tools, tubes, and tires
extra parts, such as a drive chain and master
links, control levers, cables, and spark plugs
wire, duct tape, and rope
extra gasoline
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Preparing for a Ride
For safety, all refueling should be done at a gas
station on the way to the riding area or at your
base camp.
If you decide to take some tools, spare parts, or
other supplies on the trail, be sure you can
carry them safely and know how to use them.
Also, be sure to follow the loading guidelines
and weight limit (page 9 ).
What to Take on the Trail
What you take with you during a ride depends
on the kind of terrain, how long you expect to
ride, how far you might go from your base
camp or help, and how experienced you or your
companions are in making repairs.
Tips
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Transporting Your Honda
If you use a truck or motorcycle trailer to
transport your Honda, we recommend that you
follow these guidelines:
Use a loading ramp.
Make sure the fuel valve is off.
Secure the motorcycle in an upright position,
using motorcycle tie-down straps. Avoid
using rope, which can loosen and allow the
motorcycle to fall over.
To secure your motorcycle, brace the front
wheel against the front of the truck bed or
trailer rail. Attach the lower ends of two straps
to the tie-down hooks on your vehicle. Attach
the upper ends of the straps to the handlebar
(one on the right side, the other on the left),
close to the fork.
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Transporting Your Honda
Check that the tie-down straps do not contact
any control cables or electrical wiring.
Tighten both straps until the front suspension is
compressed about half-way. Too much
pressure is unnecessary and could damage the
fork seals.
Use another tie-down strap to keep the rear of
the motorcycle from moving.
We recommend that you do not transport your
motorcycle on its side. This can damage the
motorcycle, and leaking gasoline could be a
hazard.
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.
116 Tips
For more information about storage, refer to
the Honda Motorcycle Winter Storage Guide,
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.
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Storing Your Honda
Preparation for Storage
1. Change the engine oil (page 64 ).
2. Fill the fuel tank. Make sure the fuel fill cap
is properly installed.
3. Check that the fuel valve is OFF.
4. Drain the carburetor into an approved
gasoline container and dispose of it in an
approved manner (page 119 ). 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.
(cont’d)
Tips
117
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Storing Your Honda
5. Wash and dry your motorcycle.
6. Lubricate the drive chain.
7. Inflate the tires to their recommended
pressures (page 95 ).
8. Store your motorcycle in an unheated area,
free of dampness, away from sunlight, with
a minimum of daily temperature variation.
9. Cover your motorcycle with a porous
material. Avoid using plastic or similar nonbreathing, coated materials that restrict air
flow and allow heat and moisture to
accumulate.
118 Tips
Removal from Storage
1. Uncover and clean your motorcycle.
2. If your motorcycle has been stored for more
than four months−change the engine oil
(page 64 ).
3. If your motorcycle has been stored for more
than two months−drain and replace the fuel.
4. Lubricate the drive chain.
5. Perform a pre-ride inspection (page 27 ),
then test-ride your motorcycle at low speeds.
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You & the Environment
Owning and riding a motorcycle can be
enjoyable, but you must do your part to protect
nature. When you show respect for the land,
wildlife, and other people, you also help
preserve the sport of off-road riding.
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.
Tread Lightly. Stay on existing roads and
trails, avoid surfaces that are easily damaged,
and ride only in areas approved for off-road
vehicles.
Keep the Noise Down. Loud motorcycles
can be offensive. Ride as quietly as possible,
don’t remove your spark arrester, and don’t
modify the muffler or any other part of your
air intake and exhaust systems. Such
modifications not only increase noise, they
also reduce engine performance and may be
illegal.
(cont’d)
Tips
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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,
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 get instructions on
how to dispose of non-recyclable wastes.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
With all the challenges you can encounter offroad, there’s a chance that sometime something
may go wrong. This section gives practical
advice to help you deal with a wide range of
problems. Take time to read this section before
you ride. Also review the tips in Preparing f or
a Ride (page 112 ).
General Guidelines....................................... 122
If Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start ........... 123
If You Have a Flat Tire................................ 124
If You Crash................................................. 125
If You Lose Your Key ................................. 126
If a Component Fails ................................... 127
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
General Guidelines
If something goes wrong during a ride, the first
thing to do is stop as soon as you safely can.
Do not continue riding if you have a flat tire, or
you hear an unusual noise, or your motorcycle
just doesn’t feel right. If you continue riding,
you could cause more damage and endanger
your own safety.
After a stop, take time to assess the situation.
Carefully inspect your motorcycle to identify
the problem, then consider your options before
you decide what to do.
If a problem is relatively minor and you have
the tools, supplies, and skills to make a
permanent repair, you may be able to fix it on
the trail and continue riding. Or, you may be
able to make a temporary repair that allows you
to slowly ride back to your base where you can
make a permanent repair or get help.
When a problem is more serious−or you don’t
have the tools, supplies, experience, or time to
deal with it−you need to choose the safest way
to get yourself and your motorcycle back to
base. For example, if you are close enough,
you (or you and another person) might be able
to push it back.
Whatever the problem, the most important rules
are:
Always put personal safety first.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
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.
If Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start
The next area to check is the fuel system:
Make sure there is enough gas in the tank
and the fuel valve is at the ON or RES
position.
Check the fuel fill cap vent tube to see if it is
pinched or obstructed.
Turn the fuel valve OFF, disconnect the fuel
line that goes from the fuel valve to the
carburetor, then momentarily turn the fuel
valve ON. If fuel does not flow out, there is
an obstruction in the fuel tank or the fuel
valve.
If the engine wasn’t making any unusual noises
before it quit running, and it feels normal when
you operate the kickstarter, you can probably
rule out a major mechanical problem.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
If the fuel system appears to be okay, check the
ignition system (this requires a spark plug
wrench):
Check that the spark plug cap isn’t loose or
disconnected.
Disconnect the spark plug cap and remove
the spark plug. Connect the spark plug cap to
the spark plug and ground the threaded
portion of the spark plug on the cylinder
head.
Operate the kickstarter while you watch the
spark plug. If it sparks, the ignition system is
probably working. If there is no spark, install
a new spark plug, if you have one with you.
If there is still no spark, there is a problem in
the ignition system.
If you cannot identify or correct the problem,
you will have to push your motorcycle back to
your base or get some help.
124 Taking Care of the Unexpected
If You Have a Flat Tire
How you handle a flat tire on the trail depends
on how serious the tube or tire damage is, and
what tools and supplies you have with you.
If you have a slow leak or a minor puncture,
there are two ways to try making a temporary
repair:
Use an aerosol tire sealer to seal the puncture
and inflate the tube. (This can be done
without removing the tire or wheel.)
Use a tube patch kit to repair the puncture.
(This requires removing the tire.)
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
If the leak is more serious, or a temporary
repair doesn’t hold, the tube must be replaced.
The tire will also need to be replaced if it is
damaged (page 98 ). Replacing a tube or tire
involves removing and re-installing the wheel
(pages 91 , 93 ).
If you are unable to repair a flat tire on the trail,
you will need to push the motorcycle back to
your base or send for help. We strongly
recommend that you do not try to ride with a
flat tire. The motorcycle will be hard to handle,
and if the tire comes off the rim, it may lock up
the wheel and cause you to crash.
If You Crash
Personal safety is your first priority after an
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. If you
cannot ride safely, send someone for help. Do
not ride if you will risk further injury.
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.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
If there is minor damage, or you are unsure
about possible damage but decide to try riding
the motorcycle back to your base, ride slowly
and cautiously.
Sometimes, crash damage is hidden or not
immediately apparent. When you get home,
thoroughly check your motorcycle and correct
any problems you find. Also, be sure to have
your Honda dealer check the frame and
suspension after any serious crash.
126 Taking Care of the Unexpected
If You Lose Your Key
Be sure to record your key number in the Quick
Ref erence section at the rear of the manual.
You’ll need this number to have a duplicate
key made.
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 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.
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Taking Care of the Unexpected
If a Component Fails
The drive chain, master link, brake lever or
pedal, control cables, and other components
can be damaged as you ride in dense brush or
over rocky terrain. Making a trailside repair
depends on how serious the damage is and
what tools and supplies you have with you.
If any component of the front brake system
is damaged, you may be able to ride
carefully back to your base using the rear
brake for slowing or stopping.
If you damage a throttle cable or other
critical component, your motorcycle may be
unsafe to ride. Carefully assess the damage
and make any repairs that you can. But if
there is any doubt, it’s best to be
conservative and safe.
If the drive chain comes off because the
master link clip gets knocked off, you may
be able to put the chain back on with a new
master link. However, if the chain breaks or
does other damage when it comes off, you
may not be able to make a trailside repair.
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Technical Information
This section contains dimensions, capacities,
and other technical data, plus information on
government requirements and how to break-in
your motorcycle.
Vehicle Identification .................................. 130
Specifications ............................................... 132
Break-in Guidelines ..................................... 137
Emission Control Systems ........................... 138
Oxygenated Fuels......................................... 142
Technical Information
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Vehicle Identification
LEFT SIDE
Serial Numbers
The 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 Ref erence section at the
rear of the manual.
The VIN ( 1 ) is stamped on the left side of
the steering head.
(1)
(1) VIN
LEFT SIDE
The engine number ( 2 ) is stamped on the left
side of the engine.
(2)
(2) engine number
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Vehicle Identification
LEFT SIDE
Color Label & Code
(1)
The color label ( 1 ) is attached to the left side
of the frame down tube.
The color code is helpful when ordering
replacement parts. You may record the color
and code in the Quick Ref erence section at the
rear of the manual.
(1) color label
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Specifications
Dimensions
Overall length
Overall width
Overall height
Wheelbase
51.3 in (1,302 mm)
22.9 in (581 mm)
30.5 in (774 mm)
35.9 in (911 mm)
Fuel & Lubricants
Fuel tank capacity
Fuel tank reserve
Fuel
recommendation
Air cleaner oil
Engine oil capacity
132 Technical Information
0.79 US gal (3.0 )
including reserve
0.24 US gal (0.9 )
unleaded gasoline,
pump octane
number of 86 or
higher
Pro Honda (USA
only) or Honda
(Canada only) Foam
Filter Oil or an
equivalent
after draining:
0.6 US qt (0.6 )
after disassembly:
0.8 US qt (0.8 )
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Specifications
Fuel & Lubricants
Engine oil
recommendation
API Service
Classification SG or
higher except oils
labeled as energy
conserving on the
circular API service
label, SAE 10W-30,
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
Fuel & Lubricants
Drive chain
lubricant
Capacities
Passenger
capacity
Maximum weight
capacity
Cargo capacity
Pro Honda Chain
Lube or an
equivalent, or SAE
80 or 90 gear oil
operator only;
no passenger
88 lbs (40 kg)
none
Engine Specifications
3.01 cu-in (49.4 cm )
Displacement
1.54 × 1.63 in
Bore & stroke
(39.0 × 41.4 mm)
10.0 : 1
Compression ratio
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Specifications
Engine Specifications
0.002 in
Intake:
Valve clearance
(0.05 mm)
(cold)
Exhaust: 0.002 in
(0.05 mm)
CR6HSA (NGK) or
Spark plug
U20FSR-U (DENSO)
(standard)
CR5HSA (NGK) or
Spark plug
U16FSR-U (DENSO)
(cold climate;
below 5°C, 41°F)
CR7HSA (NGK) or
Spark plug
U22FSR-U (DENSO)
(extended high
speed riding)
0.024−0.028 in
Spark plug gap
(0.60−0.70 mm)
1,700 ± 100 rpm
Idle speed
134 Technical Information
Power Transmission
Primary reduction
Gear ratio, 1st
2nd
3rd
Final reduction
Final drive
4.058
3.272
1.667
1.190
2.642
chain
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Specifications
Power Transmission
Drive chain
freeplay
New chain length
Used chain service
limit length
9/16−1 in
(15−25 mm)
38.5 in (978 mm)
distance between a
span of 77 pins
39.3 in (997 mm)
distance between a
span of 77 pins
Chassis & Suspension
Caster
Trail
Tire size, front
Tire size, rear
Tire type
Tire pressure, front
(cold)
Tire pressure, rear
(cold)
Suspension, front
Suspension, rear
25°00’
1.3 in (32 mm)
2.50-10 33J
2.50-10 33J
bias-ply, tube
15 psi
(100 kPa , 1.0 kgf/cm )
18 psi
(125 kPa , 1.25 kgf/cm )
3.79 in (96.3 mm)
cushion stroke
3.4 in (87 mm)
axle travel
2.8 in (70 mm)
axle travel
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Specifications
Torque Specifications
18 lbf·ft (24 N·m ,
Engine oil drain bolt
2.5 kgf·m)
35 lbf·ft (46 N·m ,
Wheel axles
4.8 kgf·m)
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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 operating day or
15 miles (25 km).
During this period, avoid full-throttle starts and
rapid acceleration.
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Emission Control Systems
Exhaust Emission Requirements (USA only)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) and the California Air Resources Board
(CARB) require that your motorcycle comply
with applicable exhaust emission 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
1,865 miles (3,000 km) after the time of sale to
the ultimate purchaser, when operated and
maintained according to the instructions
provided. (USA only)
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The Vehicle Emission Control Information
Label ( 1 ) is attached to the inside of the left
side cover.
LEFT SIDE
(1)
(1) vehicle emission control
information label
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Emission Control Systems
Source of 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.
Exhaust Emission Control System
The exhaust emission control system is
composed of appropriate carburetor settings.
No adjustments should be made except for an
idle speed adjustment with the throttle stop
screw or carburetor adjustment for high altitude
operation. The exhaust emission control system
is separate from the crankcase emission control
system.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. utilizes various systems
to reduce carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen
and hydrocarbons.
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.
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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 acts or the causing
thereof: (1) The 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; or (2) the use of the vehicle after such
device or element of design has been removed
or rendered inoperative by any person.
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AMONG THOSE ACTS PRESUMED TO
CONSTITUTE TAMPERING ARE THE
ACTS LISTED BELOW:
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. Lack of proper maintenance.
4. 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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Emission Control Systems
Problems that May Affect Motorcycle
Emissions
If you are aware of any of the following
symptoms, have the vehicle inspected and
repaired by your Honda Motorcycle Dealer:
1. Hard starting or stalling after starting
2. Rough idle
3. Misfiring or backfiring during acceleration
4. After-burning (backfiring)
5. Poor performance (driveability) and poor
fuel economy
Federal regulations prohibit removing or
disabling a device or element of design that
may affect your engine’s emission
performance unless your motorcycle will be
used exclusively in competition. If you modify
your engine for use in sanctioned competition
events, you must deface or destroy the
emission control information label.
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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:
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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.
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 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.
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Oxygenated Fuels
If you notice any undesirable operating
symptoms, try another service station or switch
to another brand of gasoline.
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 f uels can damage paint and
plastic. Damage caused by spilled f uel is 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.
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Consumer Information
This section contains information on your
warranty and how to get an official Honda
service manual.
Authorized Manuals ......................................146
Warranty Coverage .......................................149
Warranty Service...........................................150
Contacting Honda .........................................151
The Honda Rider’s Club (USA only) ...........152
Your Honda Dealer .......................................153
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Authorized Manuals
The Service Manual 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
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 mechanically-capable
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.
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Common Service Manual
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$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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Orders are mailed within 10 days. Please allow adequate time for
delivery.
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Price
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Warranty Coverage
Your new Honda is covered by these
warranties:
Motorcycle Limited Warranty
Exhaust Emission Warranty (USA only)
Noise Control Warranty (USA only)
There are responsibilities, restrictions, and
exclusions which apply to these warranties.
Please read the Honda Motorcycle Warranties
Booklet given to you by your Honda dealer at
the time of purchase. Be sure to keep your
Honda owner’s card (USA only) with your
Warranties Booklet.
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 or lack of 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.
It is important to realize that your warranty for
your Honda applies to defects in material or
factory workmanship. Your warranty coverage
does not apply to normal wear or deterioration
associated with using the motorcycle.
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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
Honda, 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.
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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 his
designated representative.
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Contacting Honda
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 he doesn’t have the answer
right away, he 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):
Motorcycle Division, American Honda Motor
Co., Inc., P.O. Box 2220, Torrance, CA 905092220, mailstop: 100-4C-7B, telephone: (866)
784-1870.
Canada: Refer to the warranty booklet that was
supplied with your vehicle.
Please include the following information in
your letter:
name, address, and telephone number
product model, year, and VIN
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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The Honda Rider’s Club (USA only)
One of the best ways to get the most enjoyment
from owning and riding your Honda is through
the Honda Rider’s Club of America. Your
purchase of a new motorcycle, scooter, ATV or
PWC from a participating U.S. Honda dealer
entitles you to a complimentary one-year
membership in the Club. There are hundreds of
HRCA Chapter-sponsoring dealers across the
USA with events and activities almost every
weekend. Membership benefits include:
24-hour, toll-free roadside assistance for
your new Honda (includes roadside
assistance for your transport vehicle [up to
one ton] as long as your Honda is aboard or
in tow). For street-legal motorcycles and
scooters only.
An exclusive HRCA website complete with
access to the official Honda Common
Service Manual, contests, insider
information and more.
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Reimbursement (up to $75) for successful
completion of a Motorcycle Safety
Foundation training course. Separate,
complimentary training from the Specialty
Vehicle Institute of America for purchasers
of new ATVs.
One full year of Honda Red Rider magazine
(six issues).
Discounts from HRCA partners for
experienced rider courses.
Discounted vehicle insurance from the
HRCA’s insurance partner.
Racing contingency programs and assistance
at selected dual-sport, off-road and
motocross events for off-road motorcycles
and selected ATVs.
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The Honda Rider’s Club (USA only)
If you purchased an of f -road motorcycle, ATV
or PWC, your benef its do not include roadside
assistance or trip interruption protection.
Contact your Honda dealer for more
information or call:
1-800-847-4722 or log on to
www.hrca.honda.com.
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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
products available from the parts department.
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The sales department offers the Honda
Protection Plan to extend almost all of your
warranty coverage (USA only).
Your 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
(USA only) about American Honda’s Rider
Education Centers and the Honda Rider’s Club
of America.
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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Table of Contents
The following presents the contents of each
section of your owner’s manual.
MOTORCYCLE SAFETY ........................... 1
Important Safety Information .......................... 2
Important Message to Parents .......................... 5
Loading, Accessories & Modifications ........... 8
Loading ........................................................ 8
Accessories & Modifications..................... 10
Safety Labels.................................................. 12
OPERATING CONTROLS........................ 13
Operation Component Locations ................... 14
Operating Controls ......................................... 14
Fuel Valve .................................................. 17
Choke Lever ............................................... 18
Ignition Switch ........................................... 19
Engine Stop Switch.................................... 20
Front Brake Lever ...................................... 20
Throttle ....................................................... 20
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Shift Lever ................................................. 21
Rear Brake Pedal........................................ 21
Kickstarter .................................................. 21
Side Stand .................................................. 21
BEFORE RIDING ....................................... 23
Are You Ready to Ride?.............................. 24
Protective Apparel ..................................... 24
Is Your Motorcycle Ready to Ride? ............ 26
Pre-ride Inspection ..................................... 27
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BASIC OPERATION & RIDING.............. 29
Safe Riding Precautions................................. 30
Starting & Stopping the Engine ..................... 32
Preparation ................................................. 32
Starting Procedure...................................... 32
Flooded Engine .......................................... 34
How to Stop the Engine ............................. 34
Shifting Gears ................................................ 35
Braking ........................................................... 37
Parking ........................................................... 38
Post-ride Inspection ....................................... 39
SERVICING YOUR HONDA .................... 41
Bef ore You Service Your Honda
The Importance of Maintenance .................... 43
Maintenance Safety........................................ 45
Important Safety Precautions..................... 45
Maintenance Schedule ................................... 47
Maintenance Record ...................................... 51
Service Preparations
Maintenance Component Locations .............. 52
Seat Removal ................................................. 55
Front Fork Protector Removal ....................... 56
(cont’d)
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SERVICING YOUR HONDA (cont’d)
Service Procedures
Fluids & Filters
Fuel ................................................................. 57
Engine Oil ...................................................... 60
Air Cleaner ..................................................... 66
Engine
Throttle ........................................................... 69
Clutch System ................................................ 72
Valve Clearance ............................................. 74
Engine Idle Speed .......................................... 77
Spark Plug ...................................................... 78
Spark Arrester ................................................ 80
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Chassis
Suspension ..................................................... 82
Brakes ............................................................. 85
Wheels ............................................................ 90
Tires & Tubes................................................. 95
Side Stand ...................................................... 99
Drive Chain .................................................. 100
Appearance Care .......................................... 107
TIPS ............................................................. 111
Preparing for a Ride ..................................... 112
Transporting Your Honda ............................ 114
Storing Your Honda ..................................... 116
You & the Environment............................... 119
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TAKING CARE OF THE
UNEXPECTED .......................................... 121
General Guidelines....................................... 122
If Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start ........... 123
If You Have a Flat Tire................................ 124
If You Crash................................................. 125
If You Lose Your Key ................................. 126
If a Component Fails ................................... 127
CONSUMER INFORMATION ............... 145
Authorized Manuals ..................................... 146
Warranty Coverage ...................................... 149
Warranty Service.......................................... 150
Contacting Honda ........................................ 151
The Honda Rider’s Club (USA only) .......... 152
Your Honda Dealer ...................................... 154
TABLE OF CONTENTS .......................... 156
TECHNICAL INFORMATION .............. 129
Vehicle Identification .................................. 130
Specifications ............................................... 132
Break-in Guidelines ..................................... 137
Emission Control Systems ........................... 138
Oxygenated Fuels......................................... 142
INDEX ......................................................... 160
QUICK REFERENCE
Table of Contents
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Index
A
accessories ...................................................... 10
air cleaner ....................................................... 66
air pressure, tires ............................................ 95
altering your motorcycle ................................ 11
arrester, spark ................................................. 80
B
brakes,
cable inspection/lubrication ....................... 89
lever, front .................................................. 20
pedal, rear ................................................... 21
shoe wear.................................................... 88
braking ........................................................... 37
break-in guidelines ....................................... 137
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C
capacity, fuel .................................................. 58
carburetor,
idle speed.................................................... 77
choke lever ..................................................... 18
cleaner, air ...................................................... 66
cleaning, appearance care ............................ 107
clearance, valve .............................................. 74
clutch system, adjustment .............................. 72
color label ..................................................... 131
consumer information .................................. 145
controls, operating.......................................... 13
customer service........................................... 151
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Index
D
drive chain .................................................... 100
E
education, rider ........................................ 3, 153
emission control systems ............................. 138
engine number .............................................. 130
engine,
flooded ....................................................... 34
idle speed.................................................... 77
pinging ....................................................... 57
starting ........................................................ 32
stop switch.................................................. 20
stopping ...................................................... 34
won’t start ................................................ 123
environment, protecting ............................... 119
F
filter, air.......................................................... 66
flat tire .......................................................... 124
flooded engine, starting ................................. 34
fork ................................................................. 82
front brake,
lever ............................................................ 20
lever freeplay ............................................. 85
front fork protector, removal ......................... 56
front suspension ............................................. 82
front wheel removal ....................................... 91
fuel,
recommendation......................................... 57
oxygenated ............................................... 142
tank capacity .............................................. 58
valve ........................................................... 17
Index
161
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Index
G
gap, spark plug ............................................... 78
gasohol ......................................................... 142
gasoline .......................................................... 57
gears, shifting ................................................. 35
H
Honda, contacting ........................................ 151
Honda service manual .................................. 146
I
idle speed, engine ........................................... 77
inspection,
post-ride ..................................................... 39
pre-ride ....................................................... 27
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K
key, lost ........................................................ 126
kickstarter ....................................................... 21
L
lever,
front brake .................................................. 20
shift ............................................................ 21
limit, weight ..................................................... 9
loading .............................................................. 8
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Index
M
maintenance,
component locations .................................. 52
record ......................................................... 51
safety .......................................................... 45
schedule...................................................... 47
manual, service............................................. 146
modifications ................................................. 11
P
parking ........................................................... 38
pedal, rear brake ............................................. 21
pinging, engine............................................... 57
plug, spark ...................................................... 78
post-ride inspection ........................................ 39
pre-ride inspection.......................................... 27
R
O
oil, engine ....................................................... 60
operating controls........................................... 13
operation component locations ...................... 14
over-revving ................................................... 35
oxygenated fuels .......................................... 142
reserve capacity, fuel tank ............................. 58
rider training............................................. 3, 153
riding,
basic operation ........................................... 29
before ......................................................... 23
clothing....................................................... 24
precautions ................................................. 30
safety ............................................................ 2
Index
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Index
S
schedule, maintenance ................................... 47
service,
customer ................................................... 151
manuals .................................................... 146
warranty ................................................... 150
shifting gears .................................................. 35
shoe, brake ..................................................... 87
side stand .................................................. 21, 97
spark arrester .................................................. 80
spark knock .................................................... 57
spark plug ....................................................... 78
specifications ............................................... 132
stand, side ................................................. 21, 99
starting, engine ............................................... 32
stop switch, engine ......................................... 20
stopping engine .............................................. 34
storage .......................................................... 116
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suspension,
front ............................................................ 82
rear.............................................................. 83
T
throttle
freeplay ...................................................... 69
limiter ................................................... 31, 71
operation..................................................... 20
tires,
air pressure ................................................. 95
flat ............................................................ 124
replacing ..................................................... 98
towing............................................................. 35
training, rider............................................ 3, 153
transporting .................................................. 114
troubleshooting, starting .............................. 123
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Index
U
unexpected problems ................................... 121
V
valve, fuel....................................................... 17
vehicle identification no. (VIN)................... 130
W
warranty,
coverage ................................................... 149
extended ................................................... 149
service ...................................................... 150
washing your motorcycle ............................. 108
weight limit ...................................................... 9
wheels............................................................. 90
Index
165
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Quick Reference
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.
How To Avoid Costly Repairs
Your Honda engine 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 engine repairs are:
Engine oil: insufficient quantity, improper
oil.
Air cleaner: dirty, cleaned but not oiled,
leaking because of improper installation
(poor seal).
Quick Reference
Frequent causes of costly chassis repair are:
Chain: A loosely adjusted chain or a chain
stretched because of lack of lubrication may
come off and damage an engine case or
wheel hub.
Spokes: Loose spoke may break and damage
the wheel hub or rim.
Record important information on the following
page:
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Quick Reference
Record important information here:
VIN
Engine No.
Ignition Key No.
Color Label
Owner’s:
Name
Address
City/State
Phone
Dealer’s:
Name
Address
City/State
Phone
Service Mgr.
Quick Reference
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Quick Reference
Initial Maintenance
Regular
Maintenance
Pre-ride Inspection
Fuel/Capacity
Engine Oil
Maximum Weight
Capacity
Tires
Tire Pressure (cold)
Spark Plug
Quick Reference
about 100 miles (150 km) or 1 month.
about every 600 miles (1,000 km) or 6 months.
Check the following items each time before you ride (page 27 ): tires, spokes & rims,
leaks, engine oil, fuel, drive chain, cables, nuts & bolts, spark plug & cap, throttle, and
brakes.
unleaded gasoline, pump octane number of 86 or higher
tank: 0.79 US gal (3.0 )
reserve: 0.24 US gal (0.9 )
API Service Classification SG or higher except oils labeled as energy conserving on the
circular API service label, SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA,
Pro Honda GN4 or HP4 (without molybdenum additives) 4-stroke oil or equivalent
88 lbs (40 kg)
rider only (no passenger or cargo) and any accessories
Front: 2.50-10 33J , Rear: 2.50-10 33J
Type: bias-ply, tube
Front: 15 psi (100 kPa , 1.0 kgf/cm )
18 psi (125 kPa , 1.25 kgf/cm )
Rear:
CR6HSA (NGK) or U20FSR-U (DENSO)
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