Honda CBR Maintence

Keep the bike in good shape


There are a few things you need to do in order to keep your CBR running good. Changing the oil, tires, and maintaining fluid levels are all things your motorcycle needs to smoothly run. All of these things are minor and can easily be done by someone who isn’t mechanically inclined.

Changing the oil is the most important. Honda recommends you do so every 8,000 miles. It’s easy to do and cheap. Remove the right hand side fairing to give access to the engine. Unscrew the drain plug at the bottom of the motorcycle and allow the oil to drain out. Unscrew the filter with a filter wrench and replace it with a new one. Replace the drain plug and add in the new oil with a funnel (3 quarts).

You also have to keep proper levels of coolant. You can use water, however it freezes in the winter. Remove the black rubber cap on the right hand side of the bike. The reservoir is white and fairly hard to miss. Add in coolant till it’s near the top, or alternatively mix it with water.

Lubing your chain is another important step in keeping your bike running smoothly. This is easier with two people or a jack. Have one person push the bike forward while you spray an even layer of lube on the entire chain.

Your tires are important for having the best possible traction. You can wear down the tires on your CBR until there’s literally metal showing. However, this is not safe and you should take care of it much sooner. You should remove the entire tire and wheel in question and take it in to your local Honda dealer for repair.

Keeping your clutch and rear brake fluid levels up to par is crucial. Failure to do so may result in loss of brakes and clutch. However, it takes a long time for this to happen so you don’t have to worry about it that often. I suggest checking the levels once every riding season.

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