Dr Know fixes a reader’s VFR800

Got a prob­lem with your bike? MCN’s me­chan­i­cal medic is on call to help. This week he turns his at­ten­tion to James Sav­ery’s 21,000-mile Honda


MCN’s Bruce Dunn (Dr Know to his pa­tients) has been work­ing with bikes for over 30 years, fix­ing, rid­ing and com­pet­ing on ma­chines of all shapes and sizes. His depth of knowl­edge is un­ri­valled and he’s here to give ail­ing bikes an all-round healthcheck.

This week, our res­i­dent bike whis­perer has James Sav­ery’s 1998 Honda VFR800 in for a thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion. James uses the VFR for his reg­u­lar commute across Cam­bridge, which means it has now clocked up over 21,000 miles. All ser­vice in­ter­vals have been done by the book though, mean­ing it has had very few prob­lems.

“There have only been three is­sues with the bike since I’ve owned it,” ad­mits James. “The first thing was warped brake discs. I even­tu­ally got these re­placed with the orig­i­nal Honda parts be­cause the price was about the same as pat­tern ones. “I then started to no­tice the ride com­fort was a bit wal­lowy, es­pe­cially if I started to go a bit faster. This was helped when I re­placed the shock with a YSS unit, but it still wal­lows when I up the pace. Other than that, I’ve re­placed a cou­ple of bulbs and it’s been fine.” Even with a bike as depend­able as the VFR though, there are still a few ar­eas that James would like the doc­tor to ex­am­ine: “The VFR’s been good, but I’d like Dr Know’s opin­ion on how to get rid of the cor­ro­sion on the right-hand clutch cover and the other is my choice of tyres. And, I’m al­ways keen to im­prove my ma­chine to keep it in top nick.”

See right for de­tails on how to book an ap­point­ment, so that you can have a sum­mer of prob­lem-free mo­tor­cy­cling.

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