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Repair And Restoration

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

chrome plated spanners and sockets in a plastic tool case

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.
Project Zen - Paint Job On A Keeway RKS 125cc  Sharon has been busy. Very busy. Very busy indeed. Prepare your eyes for a feast of colour.
Handguard Upgrade Ren is in bodging mode once again. The handguards are due an upgrade and Ren's colleague has just the right solution. Thing is - what will the finished product look like?
Latchy's Rusty Stand. Latchy hates rust and there's some rust on his winter hack's centre stand. So what can the innovative and ingenious mechanical artist do to solve the problem?
70,000 Mile Tappet Check With the 125 now reaching 70k Ren checks the tappets once again. How does everything look inside the top end?
Poorly FZS600 Fazer Despite Stephen's years of experience tinkering with troublesome 2 wheelers he's still capable of making life hard for himself. This time his angst is brought on by his latest winter hack.
Replacing The CBF125 Clutch It's time for Ren to replace the worn out clutch on the CBF125. Is this to be another mechanical cock-up or is there a risk he might do something right for once?
CBF125 Spark Plug And Compression Being tighter than cramp Ren is making excuses to use spark plugs from the 500 in the 125. Is there any science behind this or is he talking trash? Compression test on the worn out 125 as well.
Z250SL Radiator Fan Protector Rather than bodge the radiator fan cover between Sharon and Ren they create a better looking and more permanent fixture.
Z250SL Cooling Fan Cowl Bodge Ren's been bodging Sharon's bike and he's lived to tell the tale. Come on Kawasaki, sort yaselves out.
CB500X Major Service It's time for Ren to man up and service the 500. This is the title page to bring the details together.
Changing The Chain Pocket Pete has Ren over to help fit the new chain on his CB500X. Is Ren up to the task, will Sharon eat Pete out of house and home and will the bike ever be the same?
CB500X Broken Footrest Bodge When Pocket Pete snaps his footrest off Ren uses an old trick he's learnt in the past. Is it enough to get Pocket home?
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Tom McQ said :-

Ren - The Ed said :-
Cheers tom
mick murphy said :-
Hi guys my honda 125 cbf is running at nearly 4000 revs in idle mode .any advie would be appreciated
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.
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
28/05/2017 18:29:52 UTC
RobE said :-
CBF of course
28/05/2017 18:31:07 UTC
RobE said :-
CBF of course
28/05/2017 18:31:08 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi RobE. It *could* be...possibly...perhaps...be the same problem as I had. Thing is check everything else before you start stripping the motor down.

Check out the links.

28/05/2017 19:53:24 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.
02/08/2018 18:36:54 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.

https://www.lingshondaparts.com 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.
02/08/2018 22:34:12 UTC
CrazyFrog said :-
Alfred, you could try asking your question on the Honda Trail Bike forum. They have a section for Dominator riders.

www.xrv.org.uk/forums/forum.php ...
03/08/2018 07:56:03 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.
03/08/2018 11:18:30 UTC

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