‘Watch out for neglect from commuting’
‘Chain adjusters are straightforward and oilers are easily fitted and worthwhile’
“From a mechanic’s point of view this has been a good bike. The finish is reasonably durable, and with a little care and attention they have proved to be solid and reliable.
“Home maintenance is straightforward. The sump plug and oil filter are easily accessed, as is the air filter once the tank is up. There are a couple of front infill panels that need to be removed then the tank can be unbolted at the front and hinged upwards on its rear fixing to give access to the air filter. Take care not to stress the fuel pump electrical connections. It’s best to unplug them first.
“The spark plugs can be found by removing the airbox and peeling back a rubber shield held by cable ties. Cut the ties on one side only and flap the rubber shield to one side – it’s much easier to replace this way. The plug caps are conventional, so no expensive coil caps here. Remember to connect up the breather hoses and sensors when the airbox is refitted. If you decide to have a go at balancing the throttle bodies, the connections for the gauges are rubber pipes with plastic blanking plugs and the adjustments are on a small manifold to the rear of the bodies with numbered adjuster screws. If one of them is painted white use that as the one to adjust the others to. “Do not touch the spring and screw combinations connecting the throttles. These are factory set and should be left alone. When lowering the tank make sure that the two breather hoses are pulled through to their white marks on the right side of the bike near the footrest. This is very important. If the pipes are left kinked, at best the bike will get fuel starvation and at worse the tank will be collapsed by the resulting vacuum. If the engine light is on when you fire it up, you have left a sensor unplugged.
“As for the chassis, these bikes are often used as cheap commuters and are neglected. The caliper carriers need cleaning a couple of times a year to keep them from seizing up. Chain adjusters are straightforward and chain oilers are easily fitted and worthwhile.”
LOOK HERE Chain is easy to adjust. Consider fitting an oiler