Second service done by myself – nothing too interesting to report, spark plug was a good ‘tan’ colour, no metal fragments in the (dirty) old engine oil and nothing had ‘failed’ as such. Valve clearances had opened up a little (within 0.04mm or so) since the last service. I expect them to settle down as the miles pile up.
Procedure was the same for the 2’500 mile service, apart from the following:
- Replaced the spark plug with a new CPR8EA-9. Those who are more observant will see that I’m using the higher heat range (or colder) plug than standard. This is because much of my 30 mile commute is with the engine running between 7’000 and 8’000 rpm in 5th gear at a speed of around 55mph. Judging by the colour of the old plug (which is the same type) and lack of carbon/soot build up on it, things are working properly so I’ll definitely be sticking with them.
- Checked torque of critical chassis nuts/bolts/fasteners (found nothing to be loose though). This actually takes quite a while, especially where there are panels/fairing in the way.
The fairings on the CBF125 are starting to become a bit of an annoyance. I spent quite a while trying to get a screw to line up with its hole in the front left cowling. For superfluous pieces of plastic that serve no function other than aesthetics, they sure do waste a lot of time! Oh well I guess they do provide some protection to the electrics from the elements.
Brake pads are starting to look a little bit on the low side, maybe 2mm or so until the wear indicators run out. They’ll be definitely due a change next time. The Conti-Go! tyres have been wearing quite slowly, which is great. Plenty of tread left on both of them. To be honest I hope to get around 8’000 miles out of the rear before it’s worn out.
I also took the opportunity to apply copper grease to the threads of various fasteners in preparation for winter. I know all too well what a nightmare it is when a bolt head snaps off in the socket when you’re trying to undo it. Usually means lots of time wasted with ‘easy-outs’ (anything but easy!) or a drill, trying to get rid of the remains, then tapping a new thread or cleaning out the old one. The British winter is harsh on our bikes and I shall be posting a little survival guide for both you and your bike soon… Stay tuned!