One thing I’m asked a lot is “What tools do you need to keep your bike serviced?”. So much so that this post has really been a long time coming. So without further ado, here’s a breakdown of the various bits and bobs that I need to help keep this little bike rolling.
Today we reached a bit of a milestone in this little CBF’s life. It’s travelled just over 24’900 miles, which is the approximate distance around the Equator. So we can safely say this bike can ride around the entire planet! Might have a nice curry later to celebrate. And here’s the proof… Nom.
What is it they say? Bike issues are like busses; nothing happens for ages then three come along at once! Changed the fork oil for the first time, replaced the chain’s master link, which had decided to eat one of its o-rings and had to deal with a rather unique speedo issue…
I’d really like to thank everyone who’s taken the time to read, follow and post messages on this blog. I never thought it’d take off in the way that it did and I’m so delighted to know that it’s helped so many people.
This is just a little message to let you all know that, despite my lack of posting over the last few months, I’m still here but the blog is taking a back seat as my wife and I have just had a new baby boy (well that was 7 weeks ago – time flies). I still pick up all the messages but won’t be so frequent with my replies for the time being and I’ll be slowing down with new posts unless something ground-breaking occurs.
For those amongst us who celebrate at this time of year, I’d like to wish you a happy festive season, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever it is you partake in! And have a wonderful and prosperous happy new Gregorian year!
Since the arrival of the Haynes manual, I’ve not thought it overly necessary to keep posting how-to’s, unless I were undertaking an undocumented procedure. Performing a partial strip down and service of the front brake calliper is one such procedure. I do this every 2’500 miles, as I ride during winter when the calliper and its components are extremely vulnerable to road salt. If left unchecked, the brake will bind, internal components will seize and sorting out that mess will be complicated and possibly expensive. A stitch in time saves nine and all that… Continue reading
So after thousands of miles of uneventful riding, the engine decided to start ‘marking its territory’. Little drips of oil appeared below the engine whenever I parked up and left the bike for a while. Maybe it had seen a Harley and was envious, or maybe it was just a sign of something being faulty. After all, this is the sort of thing you start to get happening after the miles start to clock up.
Well well well, a few months have flown by, and the blog has been left a little neglected. So what better way to resurrect things than with the news that Haynes have released a service and repair manual for our beloved CBF125!
Let’s take a closer look… Continue reading
Ouch indeed… Crashed on the A13 on Tuesday (the 13th, strangely enough) – suddenly lost all control of the front whilst going straight on, travelling at around 40-50mph. The stink of diesel on the roads was immense, but I couldn’t see any at that point. Just before, I had been trying to avoid a mile-long slick in the middle of the left lane that I could just about make out – visibility was poor because of the heavy rain. Suffice to say, the driver of whatever vehicle was responsible is not on my ‘most popular’ list at the moment. Enjoy the video…
As far as timing goes, this worked out quite nicely, as it’s just at that point where winter is about to well and truly set in. Us southern softies have had it quite good with regards to snow so far, although we’ve seen a few sub-zero mornings and some strong winds over the last week or so. Continue reading
At 7’500 miles, the service schedule dictates that the engine oil filter strainer is cleaned. This is located inside the engine, and such, is not so straightforward to get at. Small capacity engines like our beloved CBF’s, don’t tend to have much in the way of oil filtering – they rely more on regular oil changes to keep everything running smoothly and don’t have an external, throw-away filter that you replace every-other oil change, unlike bigger engines. if this small strainer gets blocked with dirt/sludge, it’s curtains for the engine. So how do we check out the internal oil filter on the CBF125? Read on… Continue reading