‘Honda extended the warranty to 7 years’
‘ 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