Camchain and tensioner seen up close in a cutaway bike engine


Repair And Restoration

From the worst of the bodges to the craft of restoration...

chrome plated spanners and sockets in a plastic tool case

Oh The Shame Sharon's Keeway hasn't run for a while. Will it start? Or is this the end of the road for Zen's adventures...
Z250SL Tappet Check And Adjust A guide on how to check and adjust the tappet shims on Kawasaki's excellent Z250SL. With just a little help from Snod.
Blasted Brake Reservoir Bolts What do you call an ape with a Dremel, a sharpened screwdriver and a hammer next to a motorcycle? Ren, you call it Ren.
Z250SL And CB500X Brake Fluid Change Whether or not the brake fluid needs changing it is getting changed on Sharon's Kwak and Ren's Honda. More mechanical malevolence
CB500X Screen Improvements In the never ending search for motorcycle Nirvana has Ren uncovered The Holy Grail? You'd think so the way he's blabbing on.
Motorcycle, MOT And Horn Ren's having a minor nightmare with perhaps the simplest and most overlooked item that's checked on the MOT. A horn. A simple horn.
CBF125 Rear Brake Shoes Ren's long winded summary of fitting new shoes on the 125. It's easy, there, save yourself the effort.
Bodging Weather Ren's making the most of the good weather to get some spannering done. Oh heck, what's he ruining this time?
CBF125 Exhaust Fitting Ren has the parts he needs to replace the exhaust on the CBF 125. Will the mechanical assassin prevail or are we on course for another or Ren's disasters?
Kawasaki Z250SL Battery Access It is with great fear and trepidation that Ren bravely starts to take Sharon's bike apart. Will they find the battery and will Sharon have to murder Ren.
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Reader's Comments

Tom McQ said :-

1/1//2000 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Cheers tom
1/1//2000 UTC
mick murphy said :-
Hi guys my honda 125 cbf is running at nearly 4000 revs in idle mode .any advie would be appreciated
1/1//2000 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Mick. Check the throttle cables are adjusted, check some idiot has not tried to adjust the throttle stop, this shouldn't need to ever be touched on the CBF 125.

Otherwise you're into the injector and you'll need to know what you're up to in there.
1/1//2000 UTC
RobE said :-
I have a tapping sound from my CBC on idle. Knocks seven or eight times then stops-does this repeatedly. Sounds a bit like a ratchet being turned slowly. Any of you guys come across this
28/5//2017 6:29:52 PM UTC
RobE said :-
CBF of course
28/5//2017 6:31:07 PM UTC
RobE said :-
CBF of course
28/5//2017 6:31:08 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi RobE. It *could* the same problem as I had. Thing is check everything else before you start stripping the motor down.

Check out the links.
28/5//2017 7:53:24 PM UTC
Alfred said :-
I have a dominator nx650 1997 and I have a 1993 model wiring harness want to know wether it will work without any electrical problems.
2/8//2018 6:36:54 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
That's a fair old ask Alfred! You'd need access to the wiring diagrams for each year to see if there were any upgrades or alterations made. I daresay my first port of call would usually be Haynes manuals but I've checked their website and I don't see one listed for the Dommie.

Then I was going to suggest an owner's forum but I'm not doing very well there either. will show you the fiche diagram for each wiring harness for each year. A cursory look suggests the harnesses LOOK the same but that is not guarantee they ARE the same.

Good luck with the work Alfred.
2/8//2018 10:34:12 PM UTC
CrazyFrog said :-
Alfred, you could try asking your question on the Honda Trail Bike forum. They have a section for Dominator riders.
3/8//2018 7:56:03 AM UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Yes, I found them useful for my SLR650. Bob (once of this parish although he seems to have disappeared) posted some interesting stuff there. I have a vague feeling he's returned to the Honda singles after dalliances with various other marques.
3/8//2018 11:18:30 AM UTC

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