‘Honda ex­tended the war­ranty to 7 years’

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‘ The brake fluid needs chang­ing ev­ery two years and isn’t cheap’

“This gen­er­a­tion of Fireblade is great, but we have seen some prob­lems with the early 2008 bikes hav­ing ex­ces­sive crank noise.

“There’s an easy check you can do to see if the bike you’re look­ing at is af­fected. Pull the clutch in and in­crease the revs, then re­lease the clutch to the bit­ing point and hold it for a few sec­onds. If the whin­ing noise gets qui­eter or goes then it’s more than likely go­ing to need a new crank­shaft. This is an ex­pen­sive job as the en­gine will need to be taken out and the lower part of the crank­case re­moved. Honda kindly ex­tended the war­ranty for seven years so most that had is­sues were fixed. But, if you’re par­tic­u­larly handy with the span­ners, you can buy a kit from Honda to re­place it your­self! “There was also a re­call on the clutch so it’s worth check­ing with your Honda dealer to see if there is any up­grade work out­stand­ing on the bike you are look­ing at. It’s worth check­ing the oil, too, as these Blades had a ten­dency to use a bit of oil – typ­i­cally a pint ev­ery 1000 miles, and more so when used hard!

“You should also check the fair­ing pan­els as a lot of them break es­pe­cially by the V-shaped area where the fair­ing meets the bel­ly­pan.

“Check for ABS is­sues on early 2009 mod­els by mak­ing sure the light goes out once the bike ex­ceeds 5mph. If the light fails to ex­tin­guish as you move away it means there’s a fault which needs to be checked out by a Honda dealer. Also, look in the ser­vice his­tory for a brake fluid change as it needs do­ing ev­ery two years and isn’t cheap.

“Later bikes (2010 to cur­rent) didn’t have many is­sues. The fair­ing panel clips still get dam­aged even though they changed the de­sign slightly, and brake calipers are prone to cor­ro­sion if not cared for prop­erly which can cost a few quid to sort.”

Check the age of the brake fluid and that the ABS light goes out as you ride

SCOTT BUL­LET Work­shop man­ager and Honda ap­proved tech­ni­cian for Doble Mo­tor­cy­cles, Sur­rey

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