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On the date I pass my MSF course, I took my bike home. A 1998 Honda CBR600 F3 for 3.2k It is the best bike I can find in months and I don't want the season to slip away while waiting for a bike.

I've been riding now with "escorts" such as friend's car in back and biker friend leading up front. So far so good as I'm getting comfortable on the bike. Honestly, the low-mid throttle of this F3 is not much different from the 250cc standard bikes I rode in MSF, it pulls from 8k upto redline, but that's a territory I seldomly visit.

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Yes, my cage's license plate says CBR just out of coincidence, it's destiny, lol!



and here are my gears, what not shown are Icon Aanthem jeans and Icon Super duty 2 boot. I don't want to take these pics butt naked.



Ok, now, what I'm worried about is the condition and hidden flaws of the bike. First of all, I notice the chain doesn't look very pretty, and I follow advice on this forum to WD40 it first. But still doesn't look good. Do I need to tighten it or replace it? It' a bit loose, and Sprocket?



I managed to change oil myself, but I have no idea on other aspects of bike's maintanance. For example, how do I check brake pads?



Last but not least, the bike makes a squeeling noise when I turn the handle bars, in comes from the center of the handle bars, my friend said it's the steering bushing or something. This bike was downed before doing an endo, so there might be things I need to check out.


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And welcome to SBW. First off let me congratulate you on being a well informed supern00b.

On to serious questions. The chain doesnt look too bad. I've seen worse. Take some chain wax to it, and run abit, the rust should come off. It looks abit on the loose side, but you have plenty of adjustment left.
I cant tell from the picture about your sprocket. Look at the grooves where the chain roller fit. If its a nice even groove, you are fine. If its sort of doubled into two grooves, it needs to go. If you change the sprockets change the chain as well.
Checking the pads involves a mag lite and trying to fit yourself in that odd position to be able to see them. Its easiest if you pull off the calipers, but can be done without. Just see how much brake material is left on the pad. if its less than 1/16" you should be concerned.
If you are going to be doing your own maintenance I would suggest investing in a factory service manual. They run about $60, but some are available under the "how do I" section, as very large PDF's
I've never heard of squeeling noises when turning the bars. Make sure its not something simple first, like one of the cables rubbing against something on the fairing. Chances are you will have to lube your steering bearing. I've never done that procedure, so I'm not much help there. But its its squeeling, you want to adress that ASAP.

Enjoy your bike (and its a nice one btw.).

Oh, friendly advice, frame sliders are well worth the money.
 

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Thanks for the welcome.

I'll look into the chain matter later on, as long as I don't find it's an immediate problem.

In regard to the squeeling, it wasn't noticeable when I first test the bike. So much be something new, I'll look it to that and bring it into the dealer for a quick check up anyhow for a peace of mind.

Oh, since I don't get the manual, I have another n00b question. This bike is not fuel injected, when is the best time to put fuel valve to "OFF"? Let say, if I'm parking for 1 hour or so, would leaving it at ON flood the plugs?

notice on the second pic, the ghey dildo-color handle bar and grips, where can I get some decent ones for my bike? That ghey windblocker is coming off to be replace by a dark tint one, the package should be here today along with Pro-tek Frame sliders....tiem to dremel the fairings :thumb:
 

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Always shut off the gas if you're not actually riding it. Its impossible to know whether the previous owner disabled some of hte safety features to keep the gas from flowing, so its a good habit to get into.

Invest in the manual. Even if you're not planning to do any work yourself. You'll learn tons from that thing about adjustments here and there and about what needs to be done when.

I'd use a hole saw for the sliders, using a bit to find center first. Dremel's come out roughly.

And welcome!

EDIT: How could I forget? Great choice for starter ride :thumb:
 

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Nice bike man, i like how you color corrdinated your gear with your bike:thumb: Ride safe.
 

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You owe me a 32" monitor....cuzz them pic's are HUGE...resizin em would be nice...:D


Oh, nice bike...:thumb:
 

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Lol, they are at 1024x768 resolution, should fit any 17" monitor with equal or higher resolution.

Time to ditch your 13" monitor. ;)
 

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Its good to see you are living up to your title..
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.....that pic is almost 640x480

my point is, my pic should show up entirely if your destop resolution is at least 1024x768.

if you want me to trim down the size of the file for faster load-up, I'll cut to down to 50% of it's size next time, but at the same resolution.

EDIT: :hurl: ooh, a mod...must...resist...arguing....
 

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Easy there....not everyone has the res set to your specs..it's just easier if ya resize em a tad so some people don't to scroll to see the whole pic....Just a Friendly bit of advice....:D


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Nice choice. You can't go wrong with a Honda.

Like these guys have said, lube the chain (get a chain cleaning brush... much worth it), use a hole cutter, resize them pics :) and find a class to go to. When you are done with that, and you are picking performance parts, go to a class. Then.... do something to your suspension. Oh... and then look for a class, or a track session. Double check your suspension and tires, and then have a great time. Just occassionally check your suspension.

You'll have a great time with that bike. Hondas are so smooth.
 

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Wow, more classes?

I do consider track days since I am already hook on car HPDEs, but I don't know about more classes.

The Exprienced Riders course offered by MSF is exactly the same as the Beginner's course, with the exception that you get to use your own bike. I've been practicing figure 8's, slow turning at local parking lots myself, I don't see the need to go back there again for the same parking lot drills.
 

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Wow, more classes?

I do consider track days since I am already hook on car HPDEs, but I don't know about more classes.

The Exprienced Riders course offered by MSF is exactly the same as the Beginner's course, with the exception that you get to use your own bike. I've been practicing figure 8's, slow turning at local parking lots myself, I don't see the need to go back there again for the same parking lot drills.
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Nah... I'm talking California Superbike School, Keith Codes course, Ed Bargie (sp) (anyone know if he still does this?). Not MSF stuff.
 

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Nah... I'm talking California Superbike School, Keith Codes course, Ed Bargie (sp) (anyone know if he still does this?). Not MSF stuff.
Yup, they all do...and it's Ed Bargy...:D
 
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