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Preparing your Honda CBR250R for the Season

Updated on September 6, 2014

The riding season in northeast Ohio is from late April until late October. This means that your motorcycle has to hibernate for six months. It is very important to prepare your motorcycle after its long winter slumber.

Step 1 Give your Honda CBR250R a good wash

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I use Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo to wash my motorcycles.I then use a soft chamois to thoroughly dry the bike.
I use Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo to wash my motorcycles.
I use Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo to wash my motorcycles.
I then use a soft chamois to thoroughly dry the bike.
I then use a soft chamois to thoroughly dry the bike.

Step 2 Remove Right Upper Fairing

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Remove hex bolt located on silver part of the fairing.Remove hex bolt on the lower inside of the fairing. You get to it by reaching under the forks from the left side of the bike.Remove last hex bolt located on the inside of the fairing directly under the right front turn signal.Gently pull up on the upper fairing toward the back to release clip holding the fairing in place.Gently pull up the upper fairing toward the front to release clip holding the fairing in place.Now you can access all of the hex bolts to remove the lower right-hand fairing.
Remove hex bolt located on silver part of the fairing.
Remove hex bolt located on silver part of the fairing.
Remove hex bolt on the lower inside of the fairing. You get to it by reaching under the forks from the left side of the bike.
Remove hex bolt on the lower inside of the fairing. You get to it by reaching under the forks from the left side of the bike.
Remove last hex bolt located on the inside of the fairing directly under the right front turn signal.
Remove last hex bolt located on the inside of the fairing directly under the right front turn signal.
Gently pull up on the upper fairing toward the back to release clip holding the fairing in place.
Gently pull up on the upper fairing toward the back to release clip holding the fairing in place.
Gently pull up the upper fairing toward the front to release clip holding the fairing in place.
Gently pull up the upper fairing toward the front to release clip holding the fairing in place.
Now you can access all of the hex bolts to remove the lower right-hand fairing.
Now you can access all of the hex bolts to remove the lower right-hand fairing.

Step 3 Remove Right Lower Fairing

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Remove hex bolt from the front of the lower fairing.Remove the Philips screw that holds both half of the lower fairing together.You now have access to the oil filter cover!
Remove hex bolt from the front of the lower fairing.
Remove hex bolt from the front of the lower fairing.
Remove the Philips screw that holds both half of the lower fairing together.
Remove the Philips screw that holds both half of the lower fairing together.
You now have access to the oil filter cover!
You now have access to the oil filter cover!

Step 4 Drain the Engine Oil

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Remove oil filter cap so that a vacuum does not occur in the crankcase while the oil is draining.A friend of mine taught me a trick of placing black iron gas pipe over the handle of the ratchet to convert it into a make shift breaker bar.Let the oil drain into the pan. Move the bike to an upright position until the remaining oil trickles out.Make sure you do not loose the crush washer. This forms an oil tight seal between the bolt and the engine block.
Remove oil filter cap so that a vacuum does not occur in the crankcase while the oil is draining.
Remove oil filter cap so that a vacuum does not occur in the crankcase while the oil is draining.
A friend of mine taught me a trick of placing black iron gas pipe over the handle of the ratchet to convert it into a make shift breaker bar.
A friend of mine taught me a trick of placing black iron gas pipe over the handle of the ratchet to convert it into a make shift breaker bar.
Let the oil drain into the pan. Move the bike to an upright position until the remaining oil trickles out.
Let the oil drain into the pan. Move the bike to an upright position until the remaining oil trickles out.
Make sure you do not loose the crush washer. This forms an oil tight seal between the bolt and the engine block.
Make sure you do not loose the crush washer. This forms an oil tight seal between the bolt and the engine block.

Step 5 Replace Oil Filter, install Oil Drain Bolt

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The oil filter cover, centered in this picture, is held in place by four bolts.Observe the orientation of the old oil filter.The oil filter cover has a spring behind it to keep the oil filter in place.Compare the oil filter installed in the CBR250R to the replacement and make sure they are the same size.Drain the old oil filter into a suitable container before disposing.Use a lint free shop towel to wipe out the cavity where the oil filter is installed. Notice that the gasket is still attached to crankcase.Use a lint free shop towel to clean the mating surface of the oil filter cap and spring.Coat the new oil filter grommet with oil then press on to the nipple in the middle of the oil filter cavity.Install the spring then press the oil filter cap up against the crankcase cover making sure the bolt holes line up.Hand tighten the four oil filter cap bolts then torque to 9 ft-lb using a torque wrench. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN, CRANKCASE COVER IS MADE OF SOFT ALUMINUM!
The oil filter cover, centered in this picture, is held in place by four bolts.
The oil filter cover, centered in this picture, is held in place by four bolts.
Observe the orientation of the old oil filter.
Observe the orientation of the old oil filter.
The oil filter cover has a spring behind it to keep the oil filter in place.
The oil filter cover has a spring behind it to keep the oil filter in place.
Compare the oil filter installed in the CBR250R to the replacement and make sure they are the same size.
Compare the oil filter installed in the CBR250R to the replacement and make sure they are the same size.
Drain the old oil filter into a suitable container before disposing.
Drain the old oil filter into a suitable container before disposing.
Use a lint free shop towel to wipe out the cavity where the oil filter is installed. Notice that the gasket is still attached to crankcase.
Use a lint free shop towel to wipe out the cavity where the oil filter is installed. Notice that the gasket is still attached to crankcase.
Use a lint free shop towel to clean the mating surface of the oil filter cap and spring.
Use a lint free shop towel to clean the mating surface of the oil filter cap and spring.
Coat the new oil filter grommet with oil then press on to the nipple in the middle of the oil filter cavity.
Coat the new oil filter grommet with oil then press on to the nipple in the middle of the oil filter cavity.
Install the spring then press the oil filter cap up against the crankcase cover making sure the bolt holes line up.
Install the spring then press the oil filter cap up against the crankcase cover making sure the bolt holes line up.
Hand tighten the four oil filter cap bolts then torque to 9 ft-lb using a torque wrench. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN, CRANKCASE COVER IS MADE OF SOFT ALUMINUM!
Hand tighten the four oil filter cap bolts then torque to 9 ft-lb using a torque wrench. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN, CRANKCASE COVER IS MADE OF SOFT ALUMINUM!

CBR250R Maintenance Items on Amazon

K&N KN-112 Motorcycle/Powersports High Performance Oil Filter
K&N KN-112 Motorcycle/Powersports High Performance Oil Filter

This is the new oil filter I used during the oil change on my CBR250R.

 

Step 6 Reinstall Lower and Upper Fairing

Follow steps 2 and 3, in reverse order, to install the Right Lower and Upper Fairings.

Step 7 Refill Engine Oil

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Bike must be upright when checking oil leveI. I use a small piece of wood to make level. BE CAREFUL AS THE BIKE CAN BE EASILY TIPPED IN THIS POSITION.Fill with 10W30 motor oil, a little at a time. Remember the CBR250R only requires 1.6 US Quarts of motor oil.Check oil level periodically during refill. Oil level is correct when between the lower and upper horizontal marks next to the sight glass.Install oil filler cap.
Bike must be upright when checking oil leveI. I use a small piece of wood to make level. BE CAREFUL AS THE BIKE CAN BE EASILY TIPPED IN THIS POSITION.
Bike must be upright when checking oil leveI. I use a small piece of wood to make level. BE CAREFUL AS THE BIKE CAN BE EASILY TIPPED IN THIS POSITION.
Fill with 10W30 motor oil, a little at a time. Remember the CBR250R only requires 1.6 US Quarts of motor oil.
Fill with 10W30 motor oil, a little at a time. Remember the CBR250R only requires 1.6 US Quarts of motor oil.
Check oil level periodically during refill. Oil level is correct when between the lower and upper horizontal marks next to the sight glass.
Check oil level periodically during refill. Oil level is correct when between the lower and upper horizontal marks next to the sight glass.
Install oil filler cap.
Install oil filler cap.
Valvoline Premium Conventional 10W-30 Motor Oil - 5qt (779307)
Valvoline Premium Conventional 10W-30 Motor Oil - 5qt (779307)

This is the motor oil I refilled my CBR250R with.

 

Step 8 Install the Battery

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I keep my CBR250R battery in our nice warm basement over the winter. I recharge the battery on a weekly basis using my Battery Tender.The battery compartment is under the seat on the CBR250R. You use the key to open the compartment under the seat.Push the rear seat forward and pull the seat up once the seat is unlocked with the key.The front seat is held in place in the back by two hex head bolts. Remove then push seat forward and pull up.Remove the metal battery strap, it is held in place with one bolt.Attach the battery cables to the proper terminals of the battery. Use a ratchet to secure the metal battery strap in place.I insert the key into ignition and turn to the ON position to make sure the battery is working.
I keep my CBR250R battery in our nice warm basement over the winter. I recharge the battery on a weekly basis using my Battery Tender.
I keep my CBR250R battery in our nice warm basement over the winter. I recharge the battery on a weekly basis using my Battery Tender.
The battery compartment is under the seat on the CBR250R. You use the key to open the compartment under the seat.
The battery compartment is under the seat on the CBR250R. You use the key to open the compartment under the seat.
Push the rear seat forward and pull the seat up once the seat is unlocked with the key.
Push the rear seat forward and pull the seat up once the seat is unlocked with the key.
The front seat is held in place in the back by two hex head bolts. Remove then push seat forward and pull up.
The front seat is held in place in the back by two hex head bolts. Remove then push seat forward and pull up.
Remove the metal battery strap, it is held in place with one bolt.
Remove the metal battery strap, it is held in place with one bolt.
Attach the battery cables to the proper terminals of the battery. Use a ratchet to secure the metal battery strap in place.
Attach the battery cables to the proper terminals of the battery. Use a ratchet to secure the metal battery strap in place.
I insert the key into ignition and turn to the ON position to make sure the battery is working.
I insert the key into ignition and turn to the ON position to make sure the battery is working.

Step 9 Check Tire Pressure

It is important to keep the tires at the specified tire pressure. Do not overinflate the tires! Tire pressure is specified on rear swing arm sticker.
It is important to keep the tires at the specified tire pressure. Do not overinflate the tires! Tire pressure is specified on rear swing arm sticker.

Step 10 Check Brake Fluid Levels

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Front Brake Fluid Reservoir is located on right handle bar. Check when CBR250R is upright, it should be above the LWR mark.Rear Brake Fluid Reservoir is located next to rear shock. Check when CBR250R is upright, it should be between Lower and Upper mark.
Front Brake Fluid Reservoir is located on right handle bar. Check when CBR250R is upright, it should be above the LWR mark.
Front Brake Fluid Reservoir is located on right handle bar. Check when CBR250R is upright, it should be above the LWR mark.
Rear Brake Fluid Reservoir is located next to rear shock. Check when CBR250R is upright, it should be between Lower and Upper mark.
Rear Brake Fluid Reservoir is located next to rear shock. Check when CBR250R is upright, it should be between Lower and Upper mark.

Step 11 Clean the Crankcase Breather

Condensation in the form of oily water builds up in the breather. Unscrew cap and let drain into oil pan.

Step 12 Check Lighting

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Turn the ignition switch to the On position but do not start CBR250R. Side marker lights and headlight should illuminate. Check front turn signals.Rear taillight marker should illuminate. Turn signals on the back do not have marker filaments.Check left rear turn signal.Check right rear turn signal.I put a rubber band around brake lever, this applies just enough pressure to actuate the rear brake light.
Turn the ignition switch to the On position but do not start CBR250R. Side marker lights and headlight should illuminate. Check front turn signals.
Turn the ignition switch to the On position but do not start CBR250R. Side marker lights and headlight should illuminate. Check front turn signals.
Rear taillight marker should illuminate. Turn signals on the back do not have marker filaments.
Rear taillight marker should illuminate. Turn signals on the back do not have marker filaments.
Check left rear turn signal.
Check left rear turn signal.
Check right rear turn signal.
Check right rear turn signal.
I put a rubber band around brake lever, this applies just enough pressure to actuate the rear brake light.
I put a rubber band around brake lever, this applies just enough pressure to actuate the rear brake light.

Step 13 Check Clutch Lever Freeplay

Check Clutch Lever freeplay, It should travel 3/8 inch before engaging the clutch.
Check Clutch Lever freeplay, It should travel 3/8 inch before engaging the clutch.

Step 14 Check Engine Coolant Level

The coolant level window is just behind the crankcase cover on the right-hand side of the bike. Bike must be in upright position when checking.
The coolant level window is just behind the crankcase cover on the right-hand side of the bike. Bike must be in upright position when checking.

Step 15 Wax CBR250R

I use Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax with a clean chamois on the painted and plastic surfaces.
I use Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Wax with a clean chamois on the painted and plastic surfaces.
Meguiar's G17516 Ultimate Quik Wax
Meguiar's G17516 Ultimate Quik Wax

I use this Meguiar's Ultimate Quick Wax on all painted and plastic surfaces of my CBR250R.

 

Step 16 Clean Lenses

I use Meguiar's Perfect Clarity Glass Cleaner to clean the headlight, turn signal lenses, and windshield.

Step 17 Cover CBR250R when not in use

Cover your motorcycle with a breathable cover when not in use. Make sure you let if cool off, especially the exhaust, before covering.

Conclusion

You can keep your Honda CBR250R running in tip-top shape and looking good each season by following my 17 simple steps in this Hub.

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