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Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Special Build of the Year 2018 -

It’s a 1990s Honda: reg/recs have got five years – tops. Carry a spare un­der the seat. And don’t skimp on the bat­tery.

Carbs are tightly packed in the V of the V4, and once they’ve been left stand­ing with fuel in them they’re a sod to clean out thor­oughly and get run­ning smoothly again. And they’re tricky to set up.

The ec­cen­tric rear hub ad­juster can get a bash­ing from in­con­sid­er­ate own­ers at­tack­ing it with ham­mer and drift; any­thing but the right tool.

The cur­rent draw from fit­ting a pair of 55/60w head­lamp bulbs with­out a re­lay can even­tu­ally fry the head­lamp switch.

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