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Honda Goldwing GL1800 Owner's Manual

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  • Page 1 This publication includes the latest production information available before printing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice and without incurring any obligation. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission.
  • Page 2 2003 Honda GL1800/A GOLDWING OWNER’S MANUAL...
  • Page 3 Introduction Congratulations on choosing a GL1800 GOLDWING motorcycle. When you own a Honda, you’re part of a worldwide family of satisfied customers people who appreciate Honda’s reputation for building quality into every product. Your GOLDWING has earned its reputation as the ultimate luxury touring motorcycle.
  • Page 4 Introduction Read the Warranties Booklet (page ) thoroughly so you understand the coverages that protect your new Honda and are aware of your rights and responsibilities. If you have any questions, or if you ever need special service or repairs, remember that your Honda dealer knows your motorcycle best and is dedicated to your complete satisfaction.
  • Page 5 A Few Words About Safety Your safety, and the safety of others, is very important. And operating this motorcycle safely is an important responsibility. To help you make informed decisions about safety, we have provided operating procedures and other information on labels and in this manual. This information alerts you to potential hazards that could hurt you or others.
  • Page 6 Contents These pages give an overview of the contents of your owner’s manual. The first page of each section lists the topics covered in that section. Motorcycle Safety .................... Important safety information you should know, plus a look at the safety- related labels on your motorcycle.
  • Page 7 Contents Tips ........................How to store and transport your motorcycle and how to be an environmentally-responsible rider. Taking Care of the Unexpected ..............What to do if you have a flat tire, your engine won’t start, etc. Technical Information ..................ID numbers, technical specifications, and other technical facts.
  • Page 8: Motorcycle Safety

    Motorcycle Safety This section presents some of the most important information and recommendations to help you ride your motorcycle safely. Please take a few moments to read these pages. This section also includes information about the location of safety labels on your motorcycle. Important Safety Information ................
  • Page 9: Important Safety Information

    Important Safety Information Your motorcycle can provide many years of service and pleasure if you take responsibility for your own safety and understand the challenges you can meet while riding. There is much that you can do to protect yourself when you ride. You’ll find many helpful recommendations throughout this manual.
  • Page 10 Important Safety Information Make Yourself Easy to See Some drivers do not see motorcycles because they are not looking for them. To make yourself more visible, wear bright reflective clothing, position yourself so other drivers can see you, signal before turning or changing lanes, and use your horn when it will help others notice you.
  • Page 11: Accessories & Modifications

    Accessories & Modifications Modifying your motorcycle or using non-Honda accessories can make your motorcycle unsafe. Before you consider making any modifications or adding an accessory, be sure to read the following information. Improper accessories or modifications can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.
  • Page 12 Accessories & Modifications Modifications We strongly advise you not to remove any original equipment or modify your motorcycle in any way that would change its design or operation. Such changes could seriously impair your motorcycle’s handling, stability, and braking, making it unsafe to ride. Removing or modifying your lights, exhaust system, emission control system, or other equipment can also make your motorcycle illegal.
  • Page 13: Safety Labels

    Safety Labels Safety labels on your motorcycle either warn you of potential hazards that could cause serious injury or they provide important safety information. Read these labels carefully and don’t remove them. If a label comes off or becomes hard to read, contact your Honda dealer for a replacement.
  • Page 14 Safety Labels CARGO LIMIT CARGO LIMIT 1.0 lbs (0.5 kg) 20.0 lbs (9.0 kg) CARGO LIMIT CARGO LIMIT 4.5 lbs (2.0 kg) 20.0 lbs (9.0 kg) Motorcycle Safety...
  • Page 15 Safety Labels For USA For Canada Motorcycle Safety...
  • Page 16 Safety Labels Motorcycle Safety...
  • Page 17 Motorcycle Safety...
  • Page 18: Table Of Contents

    Instruments & Controls This section shows the location of all gauges, indicators, and controls you would normally use before or while riding your motorcycle. The items listed on this page are described in this section. Instructions for other components are presented in other sections of this manual where they will be most useful.
  • Page 19: Component Locations

    Component Locations indicators windshield height lever audio control switches multi-display windshield height lever multi-display control buttons ventilation louver ventilation louver ignition switch fairing pocket brake lever throttle grip clutch lever fairing pocket fuel tank lid ventilation louver audio control buttons fairing pocket lock ventilation louver fuel tank lid lock...
  • Page 20 Component Locations radio antenna trunk side pocket fuel fill cap passenger handgrip rearview mirror saddlebag brake pedal helmet holder footpeg passenger footrest Instruments & Controls...
  • Page 21 Component Locations rear headset terminal passenger handgrip front headset terminal trunk side pocket rearview mirror trunk footpeg saddlebag side stand owner’s manual storage center stand passenger footrest Instruments & Controls...
  • Page 22: Gauges & Indicators

    Gauges & Indicators The gauges and indicators on your motorcycle keep you informed, alert you to possible problems, and make your riding safer and more enjoyable. Refer to the gauges and indicators frequently. Their functions are described on the following pages.
  • Page 23 Gauges & Indicators Lamp Check Most of the indicator lights come on when you turn the ignition switch ON so you can check that they are working. Some indicators turn off after a few seconds; other remain on until or after the engine is started. The ABS indicator remains on until your motorcycle begins moving.
  • Page 24 Gauges & Indicators speedometer Shows riding speed in miles (USA) or kilometers (Canada) per hour. tachometer Shows engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm). tachometer red zone Shows excessive engine rpm range (indicated from the beginning of the tachometer red zone) in which operation may damage the engine. Do not let the tachometer needle enter the red zone.
  • Page 25 Gauges & Indicators neutral indicator (green) Lights when the transmission is in neutral. overdrive indicator Lights when the transmission is in overdrive (5th gear). low oil pressure indicator (red) Lights when engine oil pressure is low enough to cause engine damage. If the indicator lights, pull safely to the side of the road.
  • Page 26 Gauges & Indicators (For model equipped with ABS) anti-lock brake system (ABS) indicator (red) If there is a problem with the Anti-lock Brake System, this light comes on and remains on or blinks. Also lights and stays on during initial lamp check, until the motorcycle begins moving.
  • Page 27 Gauges & Indicators low fuel indicator Lights as a reminder to refuel soon. The indicator comes on when there is about 1.16 US gal (4.4 liters, 0.97 Imp gal) left in the fuel tank. Lamp Check. fuel gauge Shows the approximate fuel supply available, if your motorcycle is on a level surface.
  • Page 28: Multi-Display

    Multi-display Your motorcycle is equipped with a Multi-display that presents various displays. This section explains display functions and operations. Opening/Ending Ceremony When the ignition switch is turned ON or ACC, the display presents an ‘‘opening ceremony.’’ When the ignition switch is turned OFF, the display presents an ‘‘ending ceremony.’’...
  • Page 29: On/Off-Opening/Ending Ceremony

    Multi-display The opening/ending ceremony can be turned off. Push the MODE button to cycle to the ‘‘OPENING/ENDING CEREMONY’’ screen. Push the DISP. button to cycle between on/off of the display. Push the MODE button to select the ‘‘SET’’ function. Selecting the ‘‘SET’’ function locks in the on/off option for future use. ceremony display ON ceremony display OFF MODE button...
  • Page 30: Special Message For Opening/Ending Ceremony

    Multi-display Special Message for Opening/Ending Ceremony Push the MODE button to cycle to the ‘‘OPENING/ENDING CEREMONY’’ screen. Push the TRIP button then the DISP. button, hold both buttons down. MODE button The ‘‘MODE’’ on the display will change to ‘‘SET’’. The display should now show ‘‘STANDARD’’...
  • Page 31 Multi-display Use the TRIP button to cycle through the alphabet, number and symbol selection. Capital Letters A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Numbers 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Symbols...
  • Page 32: Odometer/Tripmeter

    Multi-display Odometer/Tripmeter If the ceremony display is turned OFF, the initial display is odometer/tripmeter. ODO (Odometer) shows the total miles (USA) or kilometer (CANADA) ridden. TRIP (Tripmeter) shows the number of miles (USA) or kilometer (CANADA) ridden since you last reset the meter. TRIP button Odometer Tripmeter...
  • Page 33: Display Illumination Adjustment

    Multi-display Display Illumination Adjustment To adjust the brightness of the display: Push the MODE button once. ‘‘ILLUMINATION’’ will display. To brighten the display push the DISP. button ( ). To darken the display push the TRIP button ( ). (The brighter and darker ranges each have six steps.) To set the selected step push the MODE button.
  • Page 34: Digital Clock

    Multi-display Digital Clock The display shows the hour and minute. To adjust the time: Turn the ignition switch to ON or ACC. Push the MODE button two times. ‘‘CLOCK ADJUSTMENT’’ will display and the time on the digital clock will blink. To set the hour, press and release the TRIP button until the desired hour appears.
  • Page 35: Air Temperature Meter

    Multi-display Air Temperature Meter Push the DISP. button once to display the air temperature. USA : Fahrenheit (°F), Canada : Centigrade (°C). Temperature Display Below 14°F ( 10°C) ‘‘- -’’ is displayed Between: actual air temperature is indicated. 15°F 122°F ( 9°C 50°C) Above 122°F (50°C) The display will remain and blink...
  • Page 36: Travel Trunk & Saddlebags Open Indicator

    Multi-display Travel Trunk & Saddlebags Open Indicator This indicator turns on when the ignition switch is ON and your motorcycle’s travel trunk or saddlebags are open. If all compartments are not fully closed, the display will blink OPEN and indicate the open compartment(s). open indicator Travel Trunk open Saddlebag open...
  • Page 37: Controls & Features

    Controls & Features Ignition Switch LOCK The ignition switch is used for starting and stopping the engine (page ) and to lock the steering for theft prevention (page ). Insert the key and turn it to the right for the ON and ACC (accessory) positions. Push down on the key and turn it to the left to the LOCK (steering lock) position.
  • Page 38: Engine Stop Switch

    Controls & Features Engine Stop Switch RIGHT HANDLEBAR engine stop switch CRUISE CONTROL master switch RESUME/ACCEL switch SET/DECEL switch reverse (RVS) switch start/reverse button The engine stop switch is used to stop the engine in an emergency. To operate, turn the switch to the OFF position. The switch must be in the RUN position to start the engine, and it should normally remain in the RUN position even when the engine is OFF.
  • Page 39: Start/Reverse Button

    Controls & Features Start/Reverse Button The start/reverse button is used for starting the engine. Pushing the button in starts the engine. See Starting the Engine, page When the start/reverse button is pushed, the starter motor will crank the engine; the headlight will automatically go out, but the taillight will stay on. The starter motor will not operate if the engine stop switch is in the OFF position when the start/reverse button is pushed.
  • Page 40: Headlight Dimmer Switch

    Controls & Features Headlight Dimmer Switch The headlight dimmer switch is used to change between the high and low headlight beams. To operate, push the button to HI for high beam, LO for low beam. LEFT HANDLEBAR audio control switches headlight dimmer switch turn signal switch horn button...
  • Page 41: Horn Button

    Controls & Features Horn Button The horn is used to alert other motorists. To operate, push the button. Audio Control Switches The audio controls mounted on the left handlebar and above the fuel fill compartment are used to operate the radio. For specific features and operation instructions, see Audio Systems, page...
  • Page 42: Headlight Beam Adjustment Knob

    Controls & Features Headlight Beam Adjustment Knob The adjustment knob is used to raise or lower the height of the headlight beam. You may need to adjust the headlight if you change to a lighter or heavier load than you normally carry on your motorcycle. If you carry a heavier or lighter than normal load, you may need to adjust your headlight beam so you can better see the road ahead and don’t blind oncoming drivers.
  • Page 43 Instruments & Controls...
  • Page 44: Before Riding

    Before Riding Before each ride, you need to make sure you and your Honda are both ready to ride. To help get you prepared, this section discusses how to evaluate your riding readiness, what items you should check on your motorcycle, and adjustments to make for your comfort, convenience, or safety.
  • Page 45: Are You Ready To Ride

    Are You Ready to Ride? Before you ride your motorcycle for the first time, we urge you to: Read this owner’s manual. Make sure you understand all the safety messages. Know how to operate all the controls. Before each ride, be sure: You feel well and are in good physical and mental condition.
  • Page 46 Are You Ready to Ride? Helmets and Eye Protection Your helmet is your most important piece of riding gear because it offers the best protection against head injuries. A helmet should fit your head comfortably and securely. A bright-colored helmet and reflective strips can make you more noticeable in traffic.
  • Page 47: Rider Training

    Are You Ready to Ride? Rider Training Developing your riding skills is an on-going process. Even if you have ridden other motorcycles, take time to become familiar with how this motorcycle works and handles. Practice riding the motorcycle in a safe area to build your skills. Do not ride in traffic until you get accustomed to the motorcycle’s controls, and feel comfortable with its size and weight.
  • Page 48: Is Your Motorcycle Ready To Ride

    Is Your Motorcycle Ready to Ride? Before each ride, it’s important to inspect your motorcycle and make sure any problem you find is corrected. A pre-ride inspection is a must, not only for safety, but because having a breakdown, or even a flat tire, can be a major inconvenience.
  • Page 49 Is Your Motorcycle Ready to Ride? Check these items after you get on the motorcycle: Throttle Rotate the throttle to check it moves smoothly without binding. Brakes Pull the brake lever and press on the brake pedal to check that they operate normally.
  • Page 50: Load Limits & Guidelines

    Load Limits & Guidelines Your motorcycle has been designed to carry you and one passenger. When you carry a passenger, you may feel some difference during acceleration and braking. But so long as you keep your motorcycle well-maintained, with good tires and brakes, you can safely carry loads within the given limits and guidelines.
  • Page 51: Load Limits

    Load Limits & Guidelines Load Limits Following are the load limits for your motorcycle: 417 lbs (189 kg) maximum weight capacity: 425 lbs (193 kg) includes the weight of the rider, passenger, all cargo, and all accessories. (Canada only) 71 lbs (32 kg) maximum cargo weight: includes following maximum compartment weights:...
  • Page 52: Cargo Compartments

    Cargo Compartment Your motorcycle comes with a lockable travel trunk and dual saddlebags, plus two trunk side pockets and front fairing pockets. Instructions on how to open, close, and lock these compartments follow. Travel Trunk & Saddlebags The travel trunk and saddlebags are for lightweight items. Cargo in the travel trunk and both saddlebags should not exceed: 20.0 lbs (9.0 kg) each However, regardless of compartment capacity, be sure you do not exceed the...
  • Page 53 Cargo Compartment To Open & Shut the Travel Trunk & Saddlebags latch levers OPEN left saddlebag travel trunk right saddlebag To open the travel trunk, pull the middle latch lever down. To open the right or left saddlebag, pull the right or left latch lever down. TO CLOSE: To shut each compartment, place your hands flat on the edges of its lid and press down until it is firmly closed and check the travel trunk &...
  • Page 54 Cargo Compartment If a Saddlebag Won’t Open REAR plug PUSH Open the travel trunk and remove the plug from the right or left access hole in the floor of the trunk. Put your finger through the access hole and push the rod. The saddlebag should open.
  • Page 55 Cargo Compartment Storage Box cover storage box Your motorcycle has a storage box in the travel trunk. To open the storage box, push forward on the cover and raise it. Before Riding...
  • Page 56: Remote Transmitter

    Cargo Compartment Remote Transmitter You can lock and unlock your motorcycle’s trunk and saddlebags with the remote transmitter. To lock the compartments push the lock button. (The front and rear turn signal lights will blink once.) lock button To unlock the compartments push the unlock button.
  • Page 57 Cargo Compartment To open the trunk, push and hold the trunk release button for approximately one second. trunk release button Call Mode The call mode is provided to let you locate your motorcycle when it is parked in a large lot. Push and hold the CALL button, the horn will sound and the turn signal lights will blink two times.
  • Page 58 Cargo Compartment Replacing the Battery When the remote transmitter’s battery begins to get weak, it may take several pushes on the button to lock or unlock the compartments, and the LED will get dim. Replace the battery as soon as possible. Battery type: CR2025 Use a coin to turn the round cover on the back of the transmitter counterclockwise.
  • Page 59 Cargo Compartment Transmitter Care Avoid severe shock to the transmitter, such as dropping or throwing it. Also, protect it from extreme hot or cold temperatures. Clean the transmitter case with a soft cloth. Do not use strong cleaners or solvents that could harm the case. Immersing the transmitter in any liquid will harm the transmitter and cause it to not function properly.
  • Page 60: Fairing Pockets

    Cargo Compartment Fairing Pockets LEFT SIDE RIGHT SIDE PUSH button ignition key left fairing pocket right fairing pocket The fairing pockets are for lightweight items. Cargo in each fairing pocket should not exceed: 4.5 lbs (2.0 kg) To open the left fairing pocket, push the button. To open the right fairing pocket, insert the ignition key, turn it clockwise.
  • Page 61: Trunk Side Pockets

    Cargo Compartment Trunk Side Pockets trunk side pockets handle The trunk side pockets are for soft, lightweight items. Cargo in each trunk side pocket should not exceed: 1.0 lbs (0.5 kg) Do not put sharp or hard objects in the trunk side pockets. Such objects could interfere with opening the lids or damage the pockets.
  • Page 62: Comfort & Convenience Adjustment

    Comfort & Convenience Adjustment Your motorcycle has many features you can adjust to suit your personal preference and increase your comfort and convenience, and your passenger’s as well. We recommend that you take time to check the following items and make any desired adjustments before each ride: Suspension The rear suspension (page...
  • Page 63: Windshield Height Adjustment

    Comfort & Convenience Adjustment Windshield Height Adjustment The windshield adjuster has 6 positions. You can adjust your windshield height slightly higher or lower. If possible, we recommend you adjust your windshield height to below eye level for better visibility. To Adjust Windshield Height FRONT upper edge knob...
  • Page 64: Side Ventilation Louvers

    Comfort & Convenience Adjustment Side VentiIation Louvers LEFT UPPER LEFT LOWER You can adjust the upper and lower louvers to direct the flow of fresh air. Before Riding...
  • Page 65: Accessories

    Accessories Accessory (ACC) Terminal fuse box accessory (ACC) terminal For your convenience, your motorcycle is equipped with an accessory terminal, located in the fuse box. The terminal provides 12V DC power for electrical accessories. A maximum of 60 watts (5 amps) may be connected to the terminal. Before installing any accessories, read Accessories and Modif ications, page...
  • Page 66: Basic Operation & Riding

    Basic Operation & Riding This section gives basic riding instructions, including how to start and stop your engine, and how to use the throttle, clutch, and brakes. It also provides important information on riding with a passenger or cargo, and operating your cruise control.
  • Page 67: Safe Riding Precautions

    Safe Riding Precautions Before riding your motorcycle for the first time, please review the Motorcycle Saf ety section beginning on page 1, and the Bef ore Riding section beginning on page Even if you have ridden other motorcycles, take time to become familiar with how this motorcycle works and handles.
  • Page 68: Starting & Stopping The Engine

    Starting & Stopping the Engine Always follow the proper starting procedure described below. For your safety, avoid starting or operating the engine in an enclosed area such as a garage. Your motorcycle’s exhaust contains poisonous carbon monoxide gas which can collect rapidly in an enclosed area and cause illness or death. Your motorcycle can be started with the transmission in gear by pulling in the clutch lever before operating the starter.
  • Page 69: Starting Procedure

    Starting & Stopping the Engine The low oil pressure indicator should go off a few seconds after the engine starts. If the indicator stays on, stop the engine immediately and check the engine oil level. Starting Procedure This motorcycle has a fuel-injected engine with an automatic fast idle. Follow the procedure indicated below.
  • Page 70: Banking Sensor Ignition Cut-Off System

    Starting & Stopping the Engine Bank Angle Sensor Ignition Cut-off System Your motorcycle’s banking (lean angle) sensor system is designed to automatically stop the engine and fuel pump if the motorcycle is overturned. Before restarting the engine, you must turn the ignition switch to the OFF position and then back to ON.
  • Page 71: Shifting Gears

    Shifting Gears Your motorcycle has five forward gears in a one-down, four-up shift pattern which is coordinated with a hydraulically actuated clutch system. Learning when to shift gears comes with experience. Keep the following tips in mind: As a general rule, shift while moving in a straight line. Close the throttle and pull the clutch lever in completely before shifting.
  • Page 72: While You Are Riding

    Shifting Gears Recommended Shift Points Ride in the highest gear that lets the engine run and accelerate smoothly. This will give you good fuel economy and effective emissions control. When changing gears under normal conditions, use these recommended shift points: Shif ting Up: From 1st to 2nd: 12 mph (20 km/h)
  • Page 73: Reverse Riding

    Reverse Riding Your motorcycle’s reverse system allows you to back out of a parking position at slow speed. Make sure there are no obstacles or people in the area. Avoid steep or uneven surfaces. Carrying a passenger while reversing is not recommended because it makes balance and control more difficult to maintain.
  • Page 74 Reverse Riding Release the start/reverse button, and the motorcycle will stop. After your motorcycle is stopped, push the RVS switch to OFF. Make sure the reverse gear indicator goes off and the neutral indicator comes on. To avoid damaging the reverse system, do not engage or disengage reverse when the motorcycle is moving.
  • Page 75: Braking

    Braking Your motorcycle is equipped with a Linked Braking System. Operating the front brake lever applies the front brake and a portion of the rear brake. Operating the rear brake pedal applies the rear brake and a portion of the front brake. For full braking effectiveness, use both the lever and pedal simultaneously, as you would with a conventional motorcycle braking system.
  • Page 76 Braking When riding in wet or rainy conditions, or on loose surfaces, the ability to maneuver and stop will be reduced. All of your actions should be smooth under these conditions. Rapid acceleration, braking or turning may cause loss of control.
  • Page 77: Anti-Lock Brake System (Abs)

    Braking Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) (GL1800A) This model is also equipped with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) designed to help prevent wheel lock up during hard braking on uneven or other poor surfaces while running straight. Although the wheel may not lock up if you are braking too hard in a turn the motorcycle can still lose traction, causing a loss of control.
  • Page 78: Abs Indicator Light

    Braking It is important to follow the tire recommendations (see page ). The ABS computer works by comparing wheel speed. Non-recommended tires can affect wheel speed and may confuse the ABS computer. ABS does not function at very low speeds (approximately 5 mph (8km/h) or below).
  • Page 79 Braking If the ABS indicator light blinks while riding, stop the motorcycle in a safe place and turn off the engine. Turn the ignition ON again. The light should come on, and then go off after starting to ride. If it does not go off or if it blinks again, ABS is not functioning.
  • Page 80: Parking

    Parking Look for a level parking area. If you can’t park on a paved surface, make sure the ground surface is firm. If you must park on a hill, leave the transmission in gear and position the rear tire against the curb at a 45 degree angle. Make sure flammable materials such as dry grass or leaves do not come in contact with the exhaust system when parking your motorcycle.
  • Page 81 Parking Use the helmet holder(s) to secure your helmet(s) with your motorcycle: Open the travel trunk (page Turn the knob in the trunk to unlock the helmet holders. Hang your helmet(s), using the D-ring on the helmet strap. Push the holder in to lock it. knobs LOCK OPEN...
  • Page 82: Theft-Prevention Tips

    Parking Theft-Prevention Tips Park your motorcycle in a locked garage whenever possible. If a garage isn’t available, park in a concealed area or in a well-lit area with enough pedestrian traffic to discourage a thief. Always take the ignition key with you. Always use the steering lock (page ), even if you’re parking for just a minute or two.
  • Page 83: Riding With A Passenger Or Cargo

    Riding with a Passenger or Cargo Your motorcycle is designed to carry you and one passenger. Whenever you add a passenger or cargo, you must be careful not to exceed the total load limits for this vehicle ( Load Limits, page ).
  • Page 84: Riding With Cruise Control

    Riding with Cruise Control Cruise Control The cruise control system allows you to maintain a steady speed between 30 100 mph (48 161 km/h). When cruise control is on, your speed will still vary slightly, particularly going up and down hills. Cruise control is intended for use only on straight, uncongested highways.
  • Page 85: To Set Cruise Control

    Riding with Cruise Control To Set Cruise Control Make sure you are in 4th gear or OD (5th gear), and that your speed is between 30 and 100 mph (48 and 161 km/h). Any speed above 100 mph (161 km/h) will be memorized as 100 mph (161 km/h).
  • Page 86: To Cancel Cruise Control

    Riding with Cruise Control To Manually Increase the Set Speed Use the throttle to accelerate until you reach the desired speed. Push and release the SET/DECEL switch. To Manually Increase Vehicle Speed Use the throttle in the normal manner to accelerate. To return to the set speed, close the throttle and coast without applying the brakes.
  • Page 87: Riding In Bad Weather

    Riding in Bad Weather If you decide to ride your motorcycle in the rain, fog, or other bad-weather conditions, ride carefully. Wet road surfaces reduce traction, especially in turns, and increase stopping distances when you brake. If the weather turns bad while you are riding, take extra care and do not use cruise control.
  • Page 88: Audio Systems

    Audio Systems This section gives information about the controls and displays that make up your audio system. All essential controls are within easy reach. As required by FCC (USA only): Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
  • Page 89: Am/Fm Radio

    AM/FM Radio Radio Antenna To fold the AM/FM radio antenna, pull up on the knurled coupling. radio antenna Audio Systems...
  • Page 90: Controls Location

    AM/FM Radio Controls Locations LEFT HANDLEBAR CB radio levers (for accessory CB radio) TALK lever (for accessory CB radio) VOLUME lever TUNE/DISC lever MUTE button CB button (for accessory CB radio) preset button I-COM button AUDIO button A.SEL button VOLUME button FM2 button MODE button AUX button...
  • Page 91: Audio System

    AM/FM Radio AUDIO System To turn the audio system on push the AUDIO button. AUDIO button To turn the audio system off push and hold the AUDIO button until you hear a beep. The display will show the Odometer/Tripmeter only. CB and CD are optional equipment.
  • Page 92: Volume Control

    AM/FM Radio VOLUME Control To increase the volume push the VOLUME lever up or turn the VOLUME knob clockwise. To decrease the volume push the VOLUME lever down or turn the VOLUME knob counterclockwise. To increase or decrease the volume rapidly push the VOLUME lever up or down and hold it down after you hear a beep.
  • Page 93: Select Band

    AM/FM Radio Select Band To change to AM or FM when you are in the radio mode push the AM button, FM1 button or FM2 button. Reception of a stereo signal is indicated when the STEREO indicator appears in the display. (Stereo reception is available only for FM stereo broadcasts.) As FM stereo reception becomes weaker, special circuits in the radio gradually blend the sound toward mono to maintain some sound quality, even though the STEREO indicator remains ON.
  • Page 94: Select Station

    AM/FM Radio Select Station To raise the radio frequency push the TUNE/DISC lever up. To lower the radio frequency push the TUNE/DISC lever up. To move up or down the radio frequencies in sequence, move the lever one click at a time. The AM frequency display moves in 10 kHz steps. The FM frequency moves in 0.2 kHz steps.
  • Page 95: Preset Station

    AM/FM Radio Preset Stations You can store the frequencies of your favorite radio stations in the six preset buttons. Each button will store one frequency on the AM band, and two frequencies on the FM band. preset button A.SEL button FM1 button FM2 button AM button...
  • Page 96: Auto Select

    AM/FM Radio Auto Select If you are traveling far from home and can no longer receive the stations you preset, you can use the Auto Select feature to find stations in the local area. To activate Auto Select, push the A.SEL button. A.SEL will appear in the display, and the system will go into scan mode for several seconds.
  • Page 97: Tone Control

    AM/FM Radio Tone Control To select the Bass control, push the MODE knob once, and ‘‘BASS’’ will appear on the display. Then, within five seconds, change the bass control. To emphasize bass turn the MODE knob clockwise. To reduce bass turn the MODE knob counterclockwise (Bass level ranges from 6 down to MODE knob...
  • Page 98: Fader Control

    AM/FM Radio Fader Control To balance the sound between the front and optional rear speakers push the MODE knob three times, and ‘‘FADER’’ will appear on the display. Then, within five seconds, change the fader control. (The control range: F (front) and R (rear) each have 9 segments.) MODE knob Muting...
  • Page 99: Ambience (Amb)

    AM/FM Radio Ambience (AMB) The ‘‘ambience’’ circuit blends and boosts certain frequencies from both channels, for a ‘‘live performance’’ effect. AMB may be used for stereo programs from the FM radio. However, the ambience circuit may make weak FM stereo signals sound worse. To use the circuit push the MODE knob four times, and ‘‘AMB’’...
  • Page 100: Auto Volume Control (Avc)

    AM/FM Radio Auto Volume Control (AVC) To automatically increase volume as the speed of the motorcycle increases. Push the VOLUME knob once, and ‘‘AUTO VOL SPK’’ will appear on the display. Then, within five seconds, change the AVC setting. When audio system output is Headset, the display will indicate ‘‘AUTO VOL HS’’.
  • Page 101: Weather Infomation

    Weather Information Weather Band (WB) To listen to the Weather Band push the WB button. To cancel the Weather Band push another band button. (AM, FM 1 or FM 2 button.) To select channels 1 6 push the desired preset button. To select channel 7 push the TUNE/DISC lever up or down until channel 7 is selected.
  • Page 102: Auxiliary Function

    Auxiliary Function Auxiliary (AUX) Input Use this function to listen to other audio such as a portable CD player: To turn the function on push the AUX button. (AUX apears on the display.) To turn the function off push the AM, FM 1, or FM 2 button. The following functions operate the same as they do with the AM/FM radio: Switch output, Tone control, Fader control, Muting, AMB, AVC.
  • Page 103: Input Jack Setup

    Auxiliary Function Input Jack Setup The auxiliary input jack connector is located under the left fairing pocket. To use it: Open the left fairing pocket cover and remove the four clips and grommet A. Lift out the fairing pocket. grommet A wire harness connector fairing pocket clip...
  • Page 104 Auxiliary Function Routs the auxiliary input patch cord through the hole in the bottom of the fairing pocket. Install the grommet B to left fairing pocket. Do not pull on the auxiliary cord as the wires could be damaged. auxiliary input patch cord grommet B Some portable audio systems may pick up noise from the ignition.
  • Page 105: Intercom System

    Intercom System System Control Some local governments prohibit the use of a headset by the operator of a motor vehicle. Always obey applicable laws and regulations. The intercom system may be used to communicate with your passenger. (If you want to use this system, you must have headsets.) To turn the system on push the I-COM button.
  • Page 106: Volume Control

    Intercom System VOLUME Control Refer to AM/FM Radio VOLUME Control on page Intercom Muting The intercom mute system automatically lowers (does not silence) the music/ program volume when you speak through the intercom. The sensitivity of the intercom microphone to your voice or ambient sound sets the level at which the intercom system mutes the music/program volume.
  • Page 107 Audio Systems...
  • Page 108: Serviceing Your Honda

    Servicing Your Honda To help keep your motorcycle in good shape, this section includes a Maintenance Schedule for required service, a list of periodic checks you should perform at least once a month, and step-by-step instructions for specific maintenance tasks. You’ll also find important safety precautions, information on fuels and oils, and tips for keeping your Honda looking great.
  • Page 109 Servicing Your Honda Service Preparations Component Locations ..................113 Tool Kit ....................... 116 Owner’s Manual Storage ..................117 Cover Removal ....................118 Service Procedures Fluids & Filters Fuel ........................123 Engine Oil & Filter .................... .
  • Page 110 Servicing Your Honda The following table summarizes the three types of inspections and servicing recommendations for your motorcycle. Both the pre-ride inspection and the scheduled maintenance at the recommended intervals are necessary to assure safe and dependable performance. The periodic checks provide additional confidence in your motorcycle’s performance.
  • Page 111: The Importance Of Maintenance

    The Importance of Maintenance Keeping your motorcycle well-maintained is absolutely essential to your safety. It’s also a good way to protect your investment, get maximum performance, avoid breakdowns, and have more fun. A properly maintained motorcycle will also help to reduce air pollution. Remember, proper maintenance is the owner’s responsibility.
  • Page 112: Maintenance Safety

    Maintenance Safety This section includes instructions on how to perform some important maintenance tasks. If you have basic mechanical skills, you can perform many of these tasks with the tools provided with your motorcycle. Other tasks that are more difficult and require special tools are best performed by professionals.
  • Page 113: Important Safety Precautions

    Maintenance Safety Important Safety Precautions Make sure the engine is off before you begin any maintenance or repairs. This will help eliminate several potential hazards: Carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhaust. Be sure there is adequate ventilation whenever you operate the engine. Burns from hot motorcycle parts.
  • Page 114: Periodic Maintenance

    Periodic Maintenance In addition to the regularly scheduled maintenance (page ) and daily pre-ride inspection (page ), consider performing the periodic checks on the following page at least once a month, even if you haven’t ridden your motorcycle, or as often as once a week if you ride frequently or for long distances.
  • Page 115: Maintenance Schedule

    Maintenance Schedule The required Maintenance Schedule that follows specifies how often you should have your motorcycle serviced, and what things need attention. It is essential to have your motorcycle serviced as scheduled to maintain safe, dependable performance and proper emission control. The service intervals in this Maintenance Schedule are based on average riding conditions.
  • Page 116 Maintenance Schedule If you do not feel capable of performing a given task or need assistance, remember that your Honda dealer knows your motorcycle best and is fully equipped to maintain and repair it. If you decide to do your own maintenance, use only genuine Honda parts or their equivalents for repair or replacement to ensure the best quality and reliability.
  • Page 117 Maintenance Schedule FREQUENCY ODOMETER READING (Note 1) 1,000 mi Refer to ITEM NOTE 1,000 km 12.8 19.2 25.6 32.0 38.4 page FUEL LINE THROTTLE OPERATION AIR CLEANER CRANKCASE BREATHER SPARK PLUGS EVERY 16,000 mi (25,600 km) R VALVE CLEARANCE EVERY 32,000 mi (51,200 km) I ENGINE OIL ENGINE OIL FILTER RADIATOR COOLANT...
  • Page 119: Maintenance Record

    Maintenance Record Keeping an accurate maintenance record will help ensure that your motorcycle is properly maintained. Retain detailed receipts to verify the maintenance was performed. If the motorcycle is sold, these receipts should be transferred with the motorcycle to the new owner. Make sure whoever performs the maintenance completes this record.
  • Page 120: Component Locations

    Component Locations clutch fluid reservoir front brake fluid reservoir clutch lever front brake lever throttle grip rear spring pre-load adjuster fuel fill cap Servicing Your Honda...
  • Page 121 Component Locations rear brake fluid reservoir front brake caliper spark plugs final drive oil filler cap oil filler cap/dipstick rear brake caliper Servicing Your Honda...
  • Page 122 Component Locations tool kit/owner’s manual storage coolant reserve tank front brake caliper fuse box spark plugs battery crankcase breather center stand side stand Servicing Your Honda...
  • Page 123: Tool Kit

    Tool Kit The tool kit is located in the left saddlebag. Some roadside repairs, minor adjustments, and parts replacement can be performed with the tools contained in the kit. LEFT SIDE left saddlebag tool band tool kit spark plug wrench 8 mm open end wrench 12 mm open end wrench 17 mm open end wrench...
  • Page 124: Owner's Manual Storage

    Owner’s Manual Storage Your motorcycle provides storage for the owner’s manual so you’ll have it with you for easy reference. Store your owner’s manual (and other documents) in the plastic storage bag in the left saddlebag. Be careful not to flood this area when washing your motorcycle. LEFT SIDE left saddlebag owner’s manual...
  • Page 125: Cover Removal

    Cover Removal Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Left side shown; right side similar side cover engine side cover cylinder head side cover front lower cover Servicing Your Honda...
  • Page 126 Cover Removal Side Cover Removal Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page The left side cover must be removed for battery and fuse maintenance. Failure to use extreme care removing or installing the side covers may damage the side cover hooks. Removal Grasp the cover on both sides.
  • Page 127 Cover Removal Engine Side Cover Removal Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page The left engine side cover must be removed for coolant maintenance. The right engine side cover must be removed for engine oil and rear brake fluid maintenance. Failure to use extreme care removing or installing the side covers may damage the side cover hooks.
  • Page 128 Cover Removal Cylinder Head Side Cover Removal Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Both cylinder head side covers must be removed for spark plug maintenance. The left cylinder head side cover must be removed for crankcase breather maintenance. Removal Remove the rubber plugs.
  • Page 129 Cover Removal Front Lower Cover Removal Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Removal Remove the clips. Remove the bolts. Installation Installation can be done in the reverse order of removal. FRONT clip bolt front lower cover Servicing Your Honda...
  • Page 130: Fuel

    Fuel Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Fuel Recommendation type unleaded pump octane number 86 (or higher) We recommend that you use unleaded fuel because it produces fewer engine deposits and extends the life of exhaust system components. The use of leaded gas will damage the catalytic converter. Your engine is designed to use any gasoline that has a pump octane number of 86 or higher.
  • Page 131: Fuel Capacity

    Fuel Never use stale or contaminated gasoline or an oil/gasoline mixture. Avoid getting dirt, dust, or water in the fuel tank. Fuel Capacity Fuel tank capacity, including reserve: 6.74 US gal (25.5 ) The tank should be refilled as soon as possible when the fuel gauge needle enters the red band.
  • Page 132 Fuel filler neck Add fuel until the level reaches the bottom of the filler neck. Avoid overfilling the tank. There should be no fuel in the filler neck. Gasoline is highly flammable and explosive. You can be burned or seriously injured when handling fuel.
  • Page 133: Engine Oil & Filter

    Engine Oil & Filter Engine oil quality is a major factor that affects both the performance and the service life of the engine. Using the proper oil (page ) and filter, and regularly checking, adding, and changing oil will help extend your engine’s life. Even the best oil wears out. Changing oil helps get rid of dirt and deposits in the engine.
  • Page 134 Engine Oil & Filter Oil Recommendation API classification SG or higher except oils labeled as energy conserving on the circular API service label viscosity (weight) SAE 10W-40 JASO T 903 standard suggested oil Pro Honda GN4 or HP4 (without molybdenum additives) 4-stroke oil (USA &...
  • Page 135 Engine Oil & Filter Other viscosities shown in the following chart may be used when the average temperature in your riding area is within the indicated range. JASO T 903 standard The JASO T 903 standard is an index to choose engine oils for 4-stroke motorcycle engines.
  • Page 136 Engine Oil & Filter Checking & Adding Oil Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page RIGHT SIDE oil filler cap/dipstick upper lever mark lower level mark Park your motorcycle on its center stand on a firm, level surface. Remove the right engine side cover (page Start the engine and let it idle for 3 5 minutes.
  • Page 137 Engine Oil & Filter Changing Engine Oil & Filter Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Your motorcycle’s oil filter has very specific performance requirements. Use a new genuine Honda oil filter or a filter of equal quality specified for your model. Using the wrong oil f ilter may result in leaks or premature engine damage.
  • Page 138 Engine Oil & Filter Install a New Oil Filter: Remove the oil filter with a filter wrench and let the remaining oil drain out. Discard the oil filter in an approved manner (page Pour the drained oil into a suitable container and dispose of it in an approved manner (page Improper disposal of drained f luids is harmf ul to the environment.
  • Page 139 Engine Oil & Filter Add Engine Oil: Fill the crankcase with the recommended oil (page ), approximately: 3.9 US qt (3.7 ) Install the oil filler cap/dipstick securely. Start the engine and let it idle for a few minutes. Stop the engine. Wait several minutes. Check that the oil level is at upper level mark on the dipstick (page Check that there are no oil leaks.
  • Page 140: Coolant

    Coolant Your motorcycle’s liquid cooling system dissipates engine heat through the coolant jacket that surrounds the cylinder and cylinder head. Maintaining the coolant will allow the cooling system to work properly and prevent freezing, overheating, and corrosion. Coolant Recommendation Use Pro Honda HP coolant or an equivalent high quality ethylene glycol antifreeze containing corrosion protection inhibitors specifically recommended for use in aluminum engines.
  • Page 141 Coolant Checking & Adding Coolant Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page LEFT SIDE reserve tank dipstick upper level lower level Remove the left engine side cover (page With the engine at normal operating temperature, remove the reserve tank dipstick and check the coolant level. If the reserve tank is empty, or if coolant loss is excessive, check for leaks and see your Honda dealer for repair.
  • Page 142 Coolant Coolant Replacement Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Coolant should be replaced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual (page Removing the radiator cap while the engine is hot can cause the coolant to spray out, seriously scalding you.
  • Page 143: Crankcase Breather

    Crankcase Breather Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Service the crankcase breather more frequently if your motorcycle is ridden in the rain or often at full throttle. Service the breather if you can see deposits in the transparent section of the drain tube. Draining LEFT SIDE crankcase breather tube plug...
  • Page 144: Final Drive Oil

    Final Drive Oil Oil Recommendation hypoid gear oil Type viscosity (weight) SAE 80 Checking & Adding Oil Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page RIGHT REAR oil filler cap lower edge Place the motorcycle on its center stand on a firm, level surface. Remove the oil filler cap.
  • Page 145 Final Drive Oil Changing Oil Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page RIGHT REAR oil filler cap lower edge drain bolt Change the oil with the final drive at normal operating temperature to assure complete and rapid draining. Place the motorcycle on its center stand on a firm, level surface. Place a drain pan under the drain bolt.
  • Page 146: Clutch System

    Clutch System Your motorcycle has a hydraulically-actuated clutch. There are no adjustments to perform, but the clutch system must be inspected periodically for fluid level and leakage. If control lever freeplay becomes excessive and the motorcycle creeps or stalls when shifted into gear, or if the clutch slips, causing acceleration to lag behind engine speed, there is probably air in the clutch system.
  • Page 147 Clutch System Fluid Level Inspection Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page LEFT HANDLEBAR LOWER level mark Check that the fluid level is above the LOWER level mark. If the fluid level is below the LOWER level mark, it indicates fluid leakage. See your Honda dealer for repair.
  • Page 148: Spark Plugs

    Spark Plugs Spark Plug Recommendation BKR6E-11 (NGK) K20PR-U11 (DENSO) standard spark plug BKR5E-11 (NGK) K16PR-U11 (DENSO) for cold climate (below 5°C, 41°F) for extended high BKR7E-11 (NGK) K22PR-U11 (DENSO) speed riding Use only the recommended type of spark plugs in the recommended heat range. Using spark plugs with an improper heat range can cause engine damage.
  • Page 149 Spark Plugs With the plug washers attached, thread the spark plugs in by hand to prevent cross-threading. Tighten each spark plug: 1/8-1/4 turn after it seats (if the old plug is good) 1/2 turn after it seats (if installing a new plug) Improperly tightened spark plugs can damage the engine.
  • Page 150: Suspension

    Suspension Your front and rear suspension systems use springs and hydraulic damping devices that suspend your weight and most of the weight of your motorcycle. The spring pre-load for your rear suspension system adjusts the amount of force required to begin compression of the spring. The oil damper systems hydraulically control the natural compression and rebound of the suspension springs so that traction and comfort are maintained as the wheels ride over road surfaces.
  • Page 151 Suspension Rear Suspension Spring Pre-load Rear spring pre-load can be easily increased or decreased using the rear spring pre-load switch on the left front fairing. Then you can comfirm the pre-load position with the multi-display. This electric rear spring pre-load adjustment system functions only when the ignition switch is ON or ACC, your motorcycle is stopped, and the transmission is in neutral.
  • Page 152 Suspension Storing Pre-load Into the Memory You may store two selected adjustments in ‘‘MEMO 1’’ or ‘‘MEMO 2’’. Adjust the pre-load to the desired position. Push and hold the MEMO 1 or MEMO 2 button until ‘‘STORE MEMO 1’’ or ‘‘STORE MEMO 2’’...
  • Page 153 Suspension Each MEMO button stores only one pre-load position. Storing a new position erases the previous setting stored in that button’s memory. If you want to add a new position while retaining the current one, use the other memory button. All stored pre-load positions will be lost if your motorcycle’s battery goes dead or is disconnected.
  • Page 154: Brakes

    Brakes The hydraulic braking systems on your motorcycle dissipate the heat generated by the friction of the brake pads on the brake discs as the wheels are slowed. As the brake pads wear, the brake fluid level will drop. A leak in the system will also cause the level to drop.
  • Page 155 Brakes Brake Fluid Recommendation Honda DOT 4 Brake Fluid brake fluid The recommended brake fluid is Honda DOT 4 Brake Fluid, or any brake fluid of equal quality and performance. Use fresh brake fluid from a sealed container. Be sure to read the label before opening the sealed container. An opened container may be contaminated or may have absorbed moisture from the air.
  • Page 156 Brakes RIGHT HANDLEBAR RIGHT SIDE (Front Brake) (Rear Brake) LOWER level mark UPPER level mark LOWER level mark Place your motorcycle in an upright position on a firm, level surface. Check the fluid level. Front: It should be above the lower level mark. Rear: It should be between the upper and lower level marks.
  • Page 157: Brake Pad Wear

    Brakes Brake Pad Wear Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Brake pad wear depends upon the severity of usage, the type of riding, and road conditions. Generally, the pads will wear faster on wet and dirty roads. Inspect the pads at each regular maintenance interval (page Front Brake LEFT FRONT (right side similar) grooves...
  • Page 158 Brakes Brake System Inspection Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Place the motorcycle on its center stand, stop the engine, and place the transmission in neutral. Move the left caliper assembly upward while slowly rotating the rear wheel. The brake system is normal if the rear wheel stops. If the rear wheel does not stop, see your Honda dealer.
  • Page 159: Tires

    Tires To safely operate your motorcycle, your tires must be the proper type and size, in good condition with adequate tread, and correctly inflated for the load you are carrying. Using tires that are excessively worn or improperly inflated can cause a crash in which you can be seriously hurt or killed.
  • Page 160 Tires Tubeless tires have some degree of self-sealing ability if they are punctured. However, because leakage is often very slow, you should look closely for punctures whenever a tire is not fully inflated. Always check air pressure when your tires are ‘‘cold’’ –– after the motorcycle has been parked for at least three hours.
  • Page 161: Tire Repair

    Tires Also, if you hit a pothole or hard object while riding, pull to the side of the road as soon as you safely can and carefully inspect the tires for damage. For the best performance, you should replace a tire before the tread depth at the center reaches the following limits: 0.06 in (1.5 mm) front...
  • Page 162: Tire Replacement

    Tires A permanent repair, such as an internal plug patch, can be made if a tire has only a small puncture in the tread area. With such a repair, you should not exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) for the first 24 hours, or 80 mph (130 km/h) at any time thereafter.
  • Page 163 Tires The recommended tires for your motorcycle are: front DUNLOP D205F 130/70 R18 63H BRIDGESTONE G709 RADIAL 130/70 R18M/C 63H DUNLOP D205 180/60 R16 74H rear BRIDGESTONE G704 RADIAL 180/60 R16M/C 74H Whenever you replace a tire, remember: Have the wheel balanced after the tire is installed. Have the tire replaced by your Honda dealer if possible.
  • Page 164: Side Stand

    Side Stand Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page LEFT SIDE spring Check that the side stand assembly is working properly. If the side stand is stiff or squeaky, clean the pivot area and lubricate the pivot bolt with clean grease.
  • Page 165: Battery

    Battery Your motorcycle has a maintenance-free type battery. You do not have to check the battery electrolyte level or add distilled water as you would with a conventional-type battery. Your battery is a maintenance-f ree type and can be permanently damaged if the cap strip is removed.
  • Page 166: Battery Storage

    Battery Battery Storage Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page If you plan to store your motorcycle, we recommend you remove the battery and store it where it can be charged at least every 30 days to maintain its service life. If you do not remove the battery, we recommend disconnecting the battery cables (negative cable first).
  • Page 167 Battery The battery is located in the battery box behind the left side cover. Remove the left side cover (page Remove the clip and battery plate. Disconnect the negative ( ) terminal lead from the battery first. Remove the bolt and open the battery holder. Disconnect the positive ( ) terminal lead.
  • Page 168: Battery Charging

    Battery Battery Charging Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Be sure to read the information that came with your battery charger and follow the instructions on the battery. Improper charging may damage the battery. We recommend using a ‘‘trickle’’ charger for home charging. These units can be left connected for long periods without risking damage to the battery.
  • Page 169: Appearance Care

    Appearance Care Frequent cleaning and polishing will keep your Honda looking newer longer. Frequent cleaning also identifies you as an owner who values your motorcycle. A clean motorcycle is also easier to inspect and service. General Recommendations Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page To clean your motorcycle, you may use: water...
  • Page 170 Appearance Care Washing Your Motorcycle with a Mild Detergent Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Rinse your motorcycle thoroughly with cool water to remove loose dirt. Fill a bucket with cool water. Mix in a mild, neutral detergent, such as dish washing liquid or a product made especially for washing motorcycles or automobiles.
  • Page 171 Appearance Care Cleaning Your Windshield Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Using plenty of water, clean the windshield with a soft cloth or sponge. (Avoid using detergents or any kind of chemical cleaner on the windshield.) Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
  • Page 172 Appearance Care Spray Cleaning Your Motorcycle Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Avoid using spray cleaner products on the tires or suspension components. Suggestions for using spray cleaner(s) follow: Motorcycle Condition Recommended Cleaning General cleaning. Apply a spray cleaner/polish and wipe Polishing paint, with a non-abrasive cloth.
  • Page 173 Appearance Care Aluminum Wheel Maintenance Aluminum may corrode from contact with dirt, mud, or road salt. Clean the wheels after riding through any of these substances. Use a wet sponge and mild detergent, or a commercially-available spray cleaner/degreaser designed for use on aluminum.
  • Page 174: Tips

    Tips Here’s a few helpful tips on how to store and transport your Honda, and how to be an environmentally responsible motorcycle owner. Storing Your Honda ................... 168 Transporting Your Motorcycle ................170 You & the Environment ..................
  • Page 175: Storing Your Honda

    Storing Your Honda If you won’t be riding for an extended period, such as during the winter, thoroughly inspect your motorcycle and correct any problem before storing it. That way, needed repairs won’t be forgotten and it will be easier to get your motorcycle running again.
  • Page 176: Removal From Storage

    Storing Your Honda Pour a tablespoon (15 20 cc) of clean engine oil into each cylinder and cover the spark plug holes with a piece of cloth. With the engine stop switch in the RUN position, press the start button several times to crank the engine and distribute the oil.
  • Page 177: Transporting Your Motorcycle

    Transporting Your Motorcycle If your motorcycle needs to be transported, it should be carried on a motorcycle trailer, or a truck or trailer with a flatbed area. For information about 24-hour emergency assistance, see page (USA only). Do not tow your motorcycle, as towing can seriously damage the transmission.
  • Page 178: You & The Environment

    You & the Environment Owning and riding a motorcycle can be enjoyable, but you must do your part to protect nature. Following are tips on how you can be an environmentally-responsible motorcycle owner. Choose Sensible Cleaners. Use a biodegradable detergent when you wash your motorcycle.
  • Page 179 Tips...
  • Page 180: Taking Care Of The Unexpected

    Taking Care of the Unexpected This section discusses the more common problems that can occur with your motorcycle while you’re riding. It tells you how to evaluate each problem and what actions you can take to try to resume riding. If the problem cannot be safely solved, this section also gives instructions on the proper way to have your motorcycle transported.
  • Page 181: General Guidelines

    Taking Care of the Unexpected General Guidelines Keeping your motorcycle well-maintained is the best way to reduce the possibility of having a problem on the road. However, since problems can arise even with well-maintained machines, you may consider subscribing to an emergency roadside service plan.
  • Page 182: If Your Engine Quits Or Won't Start

    If Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start Proper operation and maintenance can prevent starting and engine performance problems. In many cases, the cause of the problem may be a simple operational oversight. If you have a problem starting the engine or experience poor engine performance the following information may help you.
  • Page 183 If Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start SYMPTOM: Starter motor works, but the engine won’t start. POSSIBLE CAUSE WHAT TO DO out of fuel Fill the fuel tank. flooded engine F looded Engine (page loose or unconnected Install the spark plug caps securely. If spark plug caps the engine still won’t start, see your Honda dealer.
  • Page 184 If Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start SYMPTOM: Engine starts, but runs poorly. POSSIBLE CAUSE WHAT TO DO idles roughly, too fast, See your Honda dealer. stalls overheating Check the coolant temperature gauge. Refer to If Y our Engine Overheats, page Check the low oil pressure indicator.
  • Page 185: If You Have A Flat Tire

    If You Have a Flat Tire A flat tire is always unwelcome, especially if you are far from help. If you think you are losing air, or you hit a pothole or hard object, pull safely to the side of the road so you can inspect the tires and assess the situation.
  • Page 186 If You Have a Flat Tire Due to the uncertainty of any temporary repair, you should ride slowly (not over 30 mph, 50 km/h) and carefully (preferably without a passenger or cargo) until the tire is replaced or permanently repaired. Stop frequently and check the air pressure.
  • Page 187 If You Have a Flat Tire Emergency Front Wheel Removal/Installation Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Removal We recommend wheel removal be done only by your Honda dealer or another qualified mechanic. Do not attempt to remove the wheel on your own. Wheel removal requires mechanical skill and professional tools.
  • Page 188 If You Have a Flat Tire For related torque specifications, see page . Cover both sides of the front wheel with protective tape or an equivalent. The numbers indicate the disassembly sequence. protective tape Taking Care of the Unexpected...
  • Page 189 If You Have a Flat Tire (For model equipped with ABS) Taking Care of the Unexpected...
  • Page 190 If You Have a Flat Tire Installation Reassemble the removed parts in the reverse order of removal. Position the wheel between the fork legs and insert the front axle shaft from the left side, through the left fork leg and wheel hub. Align the index line of the axle shaft with the recessed surface of the fork leg.
  • Page 191 If You Have a Flat Tire Failure to provide adequate disc-to-caliper holder clearance may damage the brake discs and impair braking efficiency. feeler gauge Taking Care of the Unexpected...
  • Page 192 If You Have a Flat Tire After installing the wheel, apply the brake lever AND brake pedal several times, then recheck both discs for caliper holder to disc clearance. Do not operate the motorcycle without adequate clearance. Check for free wheel rotation after the brake lever and brake pedal are released.
  • Page 193 If You Have a Flat Tire Emergency Rear Wheel Removal/Installation Refer to Saf ety Precautions on page Removal We recommend wheel removal be done only by your Honda dealer or another qualified mechanic. Do not attempt to remove the wheel on your own. Wheel removal requires mechanical skill and professional tools.
  • Page 194 If You Have a Flat Tire Installation Reassemble the removed parts in the reverse order of removal. Tighten the rear wheel nuts to the specified torque: 80 lbf·ft (108 N·m , 11.0 kgf·m) After installing the wheel, apply the brake several times and then check if the wheel rotates freely.
  • Page 195: If Your Engine Overheats

    If Your Engine Overheats Normally, the needle on your temperature gauge will rise to a point about midway between C (cold) and H (hot) and then level off. Hot weather may cause the needle to rise higher than normal. So will temporary stress such as climbing a hill.
  • Page 196 If Your Engine Overheats If the reserve tank is low or empty, don’t ride without adding coolant (page ). After adding coolant, turn the engine on and check the temperature gauge. If the needle doesn’t drop, do not ride. The engine needs repair. Transport your motorcycle to a Honda dealer (page If the temperature drops to normal, check the coolant level.
  • Page 197: If The Low Oil Pressure Indicator Lights

    If the Low Oil Pressure Indicator Lights If you check your engine oil level regularly, you should never see the low oil pressure indicator while riding. Normally, it will only light momentarily when you turn the ignition switch ON. Occasionally, it may flicker at or near idling speed.
  • Page 198: If A Fuse Blows

    If a Fuse Blows All of the electrical circuits on your motorcycle have fuses to protect them from damage caused by excess current flow (short circuit or overload). If something electrical on your motorcycle stops working, the first thing you should check for is a blown fuse.
  • Page 199 If a Fuse Blows Main Fuse Access: Check the two main fuses (A & B) to see if they are blown. To replace main fuse A, pull it out of its retaining clips with the fuse remover. To replace main fuse B, see your Honda dealer for this service. Speed Limiter Fuse Access: Check the speed limiter fuse to see if it’s blown, see your Honda dealer for this service.
  • Page 200 If a Fuse Blows If you do not have a replacement fuse with the proper rating for the circuit, install one with a lower rating. Replacing a f use with one that has a higher rating greatly increases the chance of damage to the electrical system.
  • Page 201: If You Crash

    If You Crash Personal safety is your first priority after any accident. If you or anyone else has been injured, take time to assess the severity of the injuries and whether it is safe to continue riding. Call for emergency assistance if needed.
  • Page 202: If You Lose Your Key

    If You Lose Your Key You should receive a key number plate with your keys. Store this plate in a safe place. Be sure to record your key number in the Quick Reference section at the rear of the manual. You’ll need this number to have a duplicate key made. A lost key won’t be a problem if you take preventative action.
  • Page 203: If Your Battery Is Low (Or Dead)

    If Your Battery Is Low (or Dead) Jump starting is not recommended, especially if you use an automobile battery. The greater amperage of an automobile battery when the car engine is running can damage your motorcycle’s electrical system. Bump starting is also not recommended. If you can’t charge the battery or it appears unable to hold a charge, contact your Honda dealer.
  • Page 204: Technical Information

    Technical Information This section contains dimensions, capacities, and other technical data, plus information on government requirements and how to break-in your motorcycle. Vehicle Identification ..................198 Specifications ..................... 200 Break-in Guidelines ................... . 206 Emission Control Systems .................
  • Page 205: Serial Numbers

    Vehicle Identification Serial Numbers The frame, VIN, and engine serial numbers are required when you register your motorcycle. They may also be required when ordering replacement parts. You may record these numbers in the Quick Reference section at the rear of this manual.
  • Page 206 Vehicle Identification Color Label & Code The color label is attached inside the fuel filler compartment lid. The color code is helpful when ordering replacement parts. You may record the color and code in the Quick Reference section at the rear of this manual. color label Technical Information...
  • Page 207: Specifications

    Specifications Dimensions overall length 103.7 in (2,635 mm) overall width 37.2 in (945 mm) overall height 57.3 in (1,455 mm) wheelbase 66.5 in (1,690 mm) ground clearance 4.9 in (125 mm) Weight dry weight 791 lbs (359 kg) dry weight 798 lbs (362 kg) (model equipped with ABS)
  • Page 208 Specifications Fuel & Lubricants (Cont’d) drive chain after draining: lubricant 4.1 US oz (120 cm ) cooling system, Pro Honda HP Coolant or an equivalent high recommendation quality ethylene glycol antifreeze containing corrosion protection inhibitors specifically recommended for use in aluminum engines cooling system, 3.73 US qt (3.53 ) capacity...
  • Page 209 Specifications Engine Specifications displacement 111.8 cu-in (1,832 cm ) bore & stroke 2.90 2.80 in (74.0 mm 71.0 mm) compression ratio 9.8 : 1 spark plug BKR6E-11 (NGK) (standard) K20PR-U11 (DENSO) spark plug BKR5E-11 (NGK) (cold climate) K16PR-U11 (DENSO) spark plug (high BKR7E-11 (NGK) speed riding) K22PR-U11 (DENSO)
  • Page 210 Specifications Chassis & Suspension caster 29°15’ trail 4.3 in (109 mm) tire size, front 130/70 R18 63H 130/70 R18M/C 63H tire size, rear 180/60 R16 74H 180/60 R16M/C 74H tire pressure, front 36 psi (250 kPa , 2.50 kgf/cm ) (cold) tire pressure, rear 41 psi (280 kPa , 2.80 kgf/cm )
  • Page 211 Specifications Lights 12 V 55 W (high) headlight 12 V 55 W (low) brake/tail light 12 V 21/5 W turn signal lights 12 V 21/5 W (front) 12 V 21 W (rear) instrument light neutral indicator turn signal indicator high beam indicator low oil pressure indicator side stand indicator...
  • Page 212 Specifications Fuses main A 30 A main B 100 A speed limit fuse 70 A other fuses 20 A, 15 A, 10 A, 5 A 30 A (model equipped with ABS) Torque Specifications oil drain bolt 25 lbf·ft (34 N·m , 3.5 kgf·m) oil filter 19 lbf·ft (25 N·m , 2.6 kgf·m) front wheel axle bolt...
  • Page 213: Break-In Guidelines

    Break-in Guidelines Help assure your motorcycle’s future reliability and performance by paying extra attention to how you ride during the first 300 miles (500 km). During this period, avoid full-throttle starts and rapid acceleration. Technical Information...
  • Page 214: Emission Control Systems

    Emission Control Systems Exhaust Emission Requirements The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and Transport Canada require that your motorcycle comply with applicable exhaust emissions standards during its useful life, when operated and maintained according to the instructions provided. Noise Emission Requirements The EPA also requires that motorcycles built after January 1, 1983 comply with applicable noise emission standards for one year or 3,730 miles (6,000 km) after...
  • Page 215 Carbon monoxide does not react in the same way, but it is toxic. Honda Motor Co., Ltd. utilizes various systems to reduce carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. Exhaust Emission Control System...
  • Page 216 Emission Control Systems Evaporative Emission Control System This motorcycle complies with the requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) evaporative emission regulations. Fuel vapor from the fuel tank is directed into the charcoal canister and air cleaner where it is adsorbed and stored while the engine is stopped.
  • Page 217 Emission Control Systems Problems That May Affect Motorcycle Exhaust Emissions If you are aware of any of the following symptoms, have the vehicle inspected and repaired by your authorized Honda motorcycle dealer. Symptoms: Hard starting or stalling after starting Rough idle Misfiring or backfiring during acceleration After-burning (backfiring) Poor performance (driveability) and poor fuel economy...
  • Page 218: Catalytic Converters

    Catalytic Converters This motorcycle is equipped with a two three-way catalytic converters. The catalytic converter contains precious metals that serve as catalysts, promoting chemical reactions to convert the exhaust gasses without affecting the metals. The catalytic converter acts on HC, CO, and NOx. A replacement unit must be an original Honda part or its equivalent.
  • Page 219: Oxygenated Fuels

    Oxygenated Fuels Some conventional gasolines are being blended with alcohol or an ether compound. These gasolines are collectively referred to as oxygenated fuels. To meet clean air standards, some areas of the United States and Canada use oxygenated fuels to help reduce emissions. If you use an oxygenated fuel, be sure it is unleaded and meets the minimum octane rating requirement.
  • Page 220 Oxygenated Fuels If you notice any undesirable operating symptoms, try another service station or switch to another brand of gasoline. Fuel system damage or performance problems resulting from the use of an oxygenated fuel containing more than the percentages of oxygenates mentioned above are not covered under warranty.
  • Page 221 Technical Information...
  • Page 222: Consumer Information

    Consumer Information This section contains information on your warranty and how to get an official Honda service manual. Authorized Manuals ................... 217 Warranty Coverage ................... . 219 Warranty Service ....................220 Contacting Honda ....................221 Your Honda Dealer ...................
  • Page 223 Consumer Information...
  • Page 224: Authorized Manuals

    Authorized Manuals The Service Manual (Publication Item No. 61MCA02 ) used by your authorized Honda dealer is available from Helm, Inc. (USA only, Canada: See your Honda dealer to order authorized manuals.) Also available, but not necessary, to service your model is the Honda Common Service Manual (Publication No.
  • Page 225 NOTE: Dealers and Companies please provide dealer or company name, and also the name of the person to whose attention the shipment should be sent. Customer Name Attention Street Address - No P. O. Box Number Apartment Number City State Zip Code Daytime Telephone Number Check or money order enclosed payable to Helm Inc.
  • Page 226: Warranty Coverage

    Warranty Coverage Your new Honda is covered by these warranties: Motorcycle Limited Warranty Exhaust Emission Warranty Noise Control Warranty There are responsibilities, restrictions, and exclusions which apply to these warranties. Please read the Warranties Booklet given to you by your Honda dealer at the time of purchase.
  • Page 227: Warranty Service

    Warranty Service Please remember that recommended maintenance interval servicing is not included in your warranty coverage. Additionally, your warranty does not apply to the normal wear of items (such as brakes, tires, etc.). If you believe you have a problem with your motorcycle, call the service department of your Honda dealer.
  • Page 228: Contacting Honda

    If you wish to comment on your experiences with your Honda or with your dealer, please send your comments to the following address (USA only): Motorcycle Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., P.O. Box 2220, Torrance, CA 90509-2220, mailstop: 100-4W-5B, telephone: (310) 532-9811.
  • Page 229: Your Honda Dealer

    Your Honda Dealer Once you purchase your new Honda, get familiar with the organization of your Honda dealer so you can utilize the full range of services available. The service department is there to perform regular maintenance and unexpected repairs. It has the latest available service information from Honda. The service department will also handle warranty inspections and repairs.
  • Page 230: Your Honda Rider's Club (Usa Only)

    The Honda Rider’s Club (USA only) One of the best ways to get the most enjoyment from owning your Honda is to join the Honda Rider’s Club of America (HRCA). Your purchase of a new motorcycle, scooter or ATV from a participating Honda dealer entitles you to a complimentary one-year membership.
  • Page 231: Reporting Safety Defects (Usa Only)

    However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or American Honda Motor Co., Inc. To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington, D.C.
  • Page 232 Consumer Information...
  • Page 233: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents The following presents the contents of each section of your owner’s manual. MOTORCYCLE SAFETY ................Important Safety Information ................Accessories & Modifications ................Safety Labels ......................INSTRUMENTS & CONTROLS ..............11 Component Locations ..................12 Gauges &...
  • Page 234 Table of Contents BEFORE RIDING ....................38 Are You Ready to Ride? ..................38 Protective Apparel ................... . 38 Rider Training ....................40 Is Your Motorcycle Ready to Ride? ..............41 Pre-ride Inspection ................... 41 Load Limits &...
  • Page 235 Table of Contents BASIC OPERATION & RIDING ..............59 Safe Riding Precautions ..................60 Starting & Stopping the Engine ................61 Preparation ......................61 Starting Procedure ................... . 62 Flooded Engine ....................62 Banking Sensor Ignition Cut-off System ............
  • Page 236 Table of Contents AUDIO SYSTEMS .................... . 81 AM/FM Radio ..................... . 82 Radio Antenna ....................82 Controls Location .................... . 83 AUDIO Systems ....................84 Switch Output ....................84 VOLUME Control ................... 85 Select Band ......................
  • Page 237 Table of Contents SERVICEING YOUR HONDA ..............101 Bef ore You Service Your Honda The Importance of Maintenance ............... . 104 Maintenance Safety ................... . 105 Important Safety Precautions ................ . 106 Periodic Maintenance ..................107 Maintenance Schedule ..................
  • Page 238 Table of Contents TIPS ........................167 Storing Your Honda ................... 168 Transporting Your Motorcycle ................170 You & the Environment ..................171 TAKING CARE OF THE UNEXPECTED ..........173 General Guidelines .................... . 174 If Your Engine Quits or Won’t Start ..............
  • Page 239 Table of Contents TABLE OF CONTENTS ................226 INDEX ....................... 234 QUICK REFERENCE Table of Contents...
  • Page 240 Table of Contents...
  • Page 241: Index

    Index ABS indicator light ..................18, 71 accessories ......................accessory (ACC) terminal ..................58 air pressure, tires ....................153 air temperature meter ................... 26 American Honda, contacting ................221 antenna, radio ...................... . 82 Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) ................
  • Page 242 Index consumer information ..................215 coolant ........................ . 133 coolant temperature gauge .................. . 20 crankcase breather ....................136 cruise control ......................77 customer service ....................221 digital clock adjustment ..................27 defects, safety .....................
  • Page 243 Index fuel, gauge ........................ . 20 oxygenated ..................... . 212 recommendation .................... . 123 tank capacity ....................124 fuses ........................191 gasohol ....................... . 212 gasoline ....................... 123 gauges & indicators ....................15 hazard warning signal switch ................
  • Page 244 Index key, lost ....................... 195 kit, tool ....................... . 116 labels, safety ......................lamp check ......................16 limit, weight ......................44 load limits ......................44 loading guidelines ....................44 location, components, instruments & controls ..................
  • Page 245 Index odometer ....................... 25 oil, engine ......................126 final drive ...................... . 137 low pressure ....................190 operating controls ....................30 overdrive indicator ....................18 overheat, engine ....................188 owner’s manual storage ..................117 oxygenated fuels ....................
  • Page 246 Index riding ........................ . 66 system indicator ....................17 reporting safety defects ..................224 rider training ..................... 2, 40 Rider’s Club, Honda ................... 223 riding, bad weather ...................... . 80 basic operation ....................59 clothing ......................
  • Page 247 Index starting, engine ....................... . 62 troubleshooting ....................175 steering lock ......................73 stop switch, engine ....................31 stopping engine ..................... 63 storage, motorcycle ..................... . 168 owner’s manual ....................117 suspension, rear pre-load ....................
  • Page 248 Index vehicle identification no. (VIN) ................ . 198 ventilation ......................57 warranty, coverage ......................219 extended ......................219 service ......................216 washing your motorcycle .................. . 220 weight limit ......................44 wheels, front removal ....................
  • Page 249 Memo...
  • Page 250: Quick Reference

    Quick Reference The following is a brief, but important collection of information you need to know about your Honda. You’ll also find space to record important notes. The engine of your Honda can be the most expensive component to repair. Proper maintenance, especially the use of the recommended fluids and filters, prevents premature wear and damage.
  • Page 251 Quick Reference Scheduled Regular: every 4,000 miles (6,400 km) Maintenance Pre-ride Check the following items each time before you ride Inspection (page ): tires, leaks, loose parts, throttle, brakes, indicators, lights. Periodic Checks Check the following items monthly (page ): tires, fluids, lights, freeplay, fuses, nuts &...