‘Steering head bearings didn’t always get enough grease at the factory’
‘ These are nice machines. Comfy and they rarely go wrong’
“There can be problems with the camchain tensioner. Once the engine is warm, blip the throttle and listen for a rattling sound on the over-run once the throttle is shut. That means a replacement camchain tensioner, which is approximately £100.
“There was the odd issue with the charging system so use a multimeter to check the battery is showing around 14.7V when the engine is running. The other trouble in the electrics was that the ABS light would show as a fault and that was due to a break in the wire at the rear of the bike. That was quite unusual, but it did happen sometimes so check on a test ride that the ABS light goes off once you reach 10mph.
“If the light doesn’t go out, it would need to go to a Honda dealer so they can put it on the diagnostic machine and get the error code. It’s not a massively expensive fix and it’s not that common that it goes wrong, but I’ve seen a handful of bikes with the issue, which used to happen to the Hornets as well.
“If it is the wire that’s failed, you have to take the undertray off, so you’re looking at three or four hours labour, and that’s if the person knows what they are looking for.
“Another thing to look at is steering head bearings, which sometimes didn’t have enough grease in them from the factory. This made them a little tight and they became a little notchy in the centre. If you raise the front wheel and turn the bars in either direction you’ll feel a notch. If it’s a serious case you’d feel it without raising the wheel.
“Also, if the bike has crash mushrooms fitted, be aware that if bolts have not been greased properly then trying to remove them can snap the lug on the front of the engine. That is a mega expensive repair as we have had some occasions where we had to get the cases welded.
“Squirt them with a light oil or penetrant and let it soak in. Then get a breaker bar and see if they will undo, but if you face massive resistance then leave them alone.
“Overall this generation of CBRS were nice machines – comfortable, rarely go wrong and good all-rounders that got a bit unfairly overlooked.”
Look here Check for notchy head bearings. A well-cared for drive chain is a good sign
SCOTT BULLET Workshop manager at leading Honda dealer Doble Motorcycles