MAJOR COMPONENTS ( Information you need to operate this motorcycle )


If the Pre-ride Inspection is not performed, sever personal injury or vehicle damage may result.


Front Brake

Brakes are items of personal safety and should always be maintained in
proper adjustment. The distance the brake lever moves before the brake
starts to engage is called free play. Measured at the tip of the front
brake lever, free play should be maintained at:

  • 20 – 30 mm ( 3/4 – 1/4 in )

Minor adjustments can be made with the brake cable adjuster (2) at the

  1. Loosen the lock nut (1) and turn the adjuster (2). Tighten the lock nut
    (1) and check the adjustment.
  2. If the adjuster is threaded out near its limit or if the correct free play
    cannot be obtained, loosen the lock nut (1) and turn in the cable adjuster
    (2) completely. Tighten the lock nut (1).
  3. At the lower end of the cable, loosen the lock nut (4). Turn the adjusting
    nut (3) to obtain the specified free play. Tighten the lock nut (4) and
    check the adjustment.
If proper adjustment cannot be obtained by this method, see your authorized
Honda dealer.

Other Checks:

Check the brake cable for kinks or signs of wear that could cause sticking
or failure. Lubricate the brake cable with a commercially available cable
lubricant to prevent premature wear and corrosion.

Rear Brake


  1. Place the motorcycle on its side stand.
  2. Measure the distance the rear brake pedal (1) moves before the brake stars
    to take hold. Free play should be:

    20 – 30 mm ( 3/4 – 1/4 in )

  3. Make free play adjustments by turning the adjusting nut (2) at the brake

    • Make sure the cut-out on the adjusting nut is seated on the brake arm pin
      (3) after making final free play adjustment.
    • If proper adjustment cannot be obtained by this method, see your authorized
      Honda dealer.
  4. Apply each brake several times and check for free wheel rotation 
    when released.

Other Checks:

Make sure the brake rod, brake arm, spring and fasteners are in good condition.


Each shock absorber (1) has five adjustment positions for different load
or riding conditions. Use the handle lever (2) to adjust the rear shocks.
Position I is for light loads and smooth road conditions, and standard. 
Position II to V increase spring preload for a stiffer rear suspension,
and can be used when the motorcycle is heavily loaded. Be certain to adjust
both shock absorbers to the same position.



  1. The clutch is adjusted with the engine off. Remove the cover protector
    (1) and loosen the adjuster lock nut (2).
  2. Turn the clutch adjuster (3) clockwise one turn; do not turn excessively.
  3. Slowly turn the adjuster counterclockwise until a slight resistance is
  4. From this position, turn the adjuster clockwise 1/8 turn, and tighten the
    lock nut.
  5. After adjustment, test ride the motorcycle to be certain the clutch operates

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.

If proper adjustment cannot be obtained or the clutch does not work correctly,
see your authorized Honda dealer.


Fuel Cock

The three way fuel cock (1) is on the left underneath the fuel tank.

OFFWith the fuel cock in the OFF position, fuel cannot flow from the tank
to the carburetor. Turn the valve off whenever the motorcycle is not in
ONWith the fuel cock in the ON position, fuel will flow from the main fuel
supply to the carburetor.
RESWith the fuel cock in the RES position, fuel will flow from the reserve
fuel supply to the carburetor. Use the reserve fuel only when the main
supply is gone. Refill the tanks as soon as possible after switching to
RES. The reserve fuel supply is:

0.9 L ( 0.2 US gal, 0.2 Imp gal )


  • To avoid running out of fuel that may result in a sudden stop, learn how
    to operate the fuel valve when riding the motorcycle.
  • Be careful not to touch any hot engine parts while operating the fuel cock.
Remember to check that the fuel cock is in the ON position each time you
refuel. If the cock is left in the RES position, you may run out of fuel
with no reserve

Fuel Tank

The fuel tank is located under the seat. Lift up the seat, then remove
the fuel fill cap (1) by turning it counterclockwise. Fuel tank capacity

4.8 L ( 1.3 US gal, 1.1 Imp gal )

Install the fuel fill cap by turning it clockwise. Use unleaded or low-lead
petrol with a research octane number of 91 or higher. We recommend that
you use unleaded petrol because it produces fewer engine and spark plug
deposits and extends the life of exhaust system components.


Use unleaded petrol with a research octane number of 91 or higher.

If “ spark knock ” or “ pinking ” occurs at a steady engine speed under
normal load, change brands of petrol. If spark knock or pinking persists,
consult your authorized Honda dealer. Failure to do so is considered misuse,
and damage caused by misuse is not covered by Honda’s Limited warranty.
  • Petrol is extremely flammable and is explosive under certain conditions.
    Refuel in a well-ventilated area with the engine stopped. Do not smoke
    or allow flames or sparks in the area where petrol is stored or where the
    fuel tank is refueled.
  • Do not overfill the tank ( there should be no fuel in the filler neck (2)
    ). After refueling, make sure the fuel fill cap is closed securely.
  • Be careful not to spill fuel when refueling. Spilled fuel or fuel vapor
    may ignite. If any fuel is spilled, make sure the area is dry before staring
    the engine.
  • Avoid repeated or prolonged contact with skin or breathing of vapor. KEEP

Petrol Containing Alcohol

If you decide to use a petrol containing alcohol ( gasohol ), be sure it’s
octane rating is at least as high as that recommended by Honda. There are
two types of “gasohol”: one containing ethanol, and the other containing
methanol. Do not use petrol that contains more than 10 % ethanol. Do not
use petrol containing methanol ( methyl or wood alcohol ) that does not
also contain cosolvents and corrosion inhibitors for methanol. Never use
petrol containing more than 5 % methanol, even if it has cosolvents and
corrosion inhibitors.

  • Fuel system damage or engine performance problem resulting from the use
    of fuels that contain alcohol is not covered under the warranty. Honda
    cannot endorse the use of fuels containing methanol since evidence of their
    suitability is as yet incomplete.
  • Before buying fuel from an unfamiliar station, try to find out the fuel
    contains alcohol, if it does, confirm the type and percentage of alcohol
    used. If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms while using a petrol
    that contains alcohol, or one that you think contains alcohol, switch to
    a petrol that you know does not contain alcohol.


Engine Oil Level Check

Check the engine oil level each day before riding the motorcycle. The level
must be maintained between the upper (2) and lower (3) marks on the dipstick

  1. Start the engine and let it idle for a few minutes.
  2. Stop the engine and hold the motorcycle in an upright position on firm,
    level ground.
  3. After a few minutes, remove the oil filler cap/dipstick, wipe it clean,
    and reinsert the dipstick without screwing it in. The oil level should
    be between the upper and lower marks on the dipstick.
  4. If required, add the specified oil up to the upper level mark. Do not overfill.
  5. Reinstall the oil filler cap/dipstick, check for oil leaks.
Running the engine with insufficient oil can cause serious engine damage.


Proper air pressure will provide maximum stability, riding comfort and
tyre life. Check tyre pressure frequently and adjust if necessary.

Tyre pressure should be checked before you ride while the tyres are “
cold ”.

Select the right replacement tyre in accordance with the following specifications:

Cold tyre
pressures kPa ( kg/cm2, psi )
Front: 175 ( 1.75, 25 )
Rear : 225 ( 2.25, 33 )
Tyre sizeFront: 2.75 – 17 41P
Rear : 2.75 – 17 41P

Check the tyres for cuts, imbedded nails, ore other sharp objects. See
your authorized Honda Dealer for replacement of damaged tyres or punctured
inner tubes.

  • Do not attempt to patch a damaged tyre or inner tube. Wheel balance and
    tyre reliability may be impaired.
  • Improper tyre inflation will cause abnormal tread wear and create a safety
    hazard. Underinflation may result in the tyre slopping on, or coming off
    of the rim causing tyre deflation that may result in a loss of vehicle
  • Operation with excessively worn tyre is hazardous and will adversely affect
    traction and handling.