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Hello. I recently acquired a 2011 make Honda CBR 250R C-ABS model (previous owner purchased it from dealer in 2013). I found the bike through OLX. The listing said 40k km. Was also listed for Rs. 50k. Anyways i took a gamble and contacted the seller. I took a test ride and was impressed by the power it had (although i rode a KTM Duke 200 before, this one didn't scare me as much as the D200 did). I am a student, and i stay at another state rather than my home state. This CBR will stay at my parents' place and i will use it whenever i come back home. Since this pandemic is going on and there is no scope of visiting the campus for the next 3-4 months, and i bought it.

The seller said that this one needed shim replacement, as i asked him about the sound coming from the engine side. When i was driving it and hold the clutch to slow down, it sounded like a 10-year old kawasaki without regular maintenance. That annoyed me a lot. I decided to get it sorted since shim replacement was a common issue on most CBR's crossing 5 yrs.
After exchanging the keys and cash, I got refuelled her at a Shell station. Then later we got back to my home.

A couple of body panels were not in great shape, and one of them was an altogether different color (the red seen on 2014 models), as mine was a candy ruby red. So decided to get that changed that too, and the rear left silver panel, as that was cracked and faded. The windscreen was also set for replacement. We left the bike at the ASC and got it after 3 days, as we had given it for a complete servicing, engine oil refill, coolant liquid change, and repumping of front brakes. We decided that we'd change the cone set later, as i won't be using the bike much. So later when i rode it, i found it to be rough as compared to before giving to the ASC.

So my question is, is this normal? Does it have to be drivem more to get that smoothness back?
Also, there was a characteristic grunt when the bike was revved before. Now after servicing, it sounds like a wheezing supercharger. Is this normal?


I have another doubt with this. Whenever i'm riding her, i encounter uneven road surfaces. Now that i can feel it right in the handelbar. Somehow it feels uncomfortable to be. Every up and down, I can feel it right there. Does this have anything to do with front fork oil? Should I get it replaced?

Please note that I'm a beginner rider. And i'm new to this forum space. Wanted to post this on an Indian Forum (xBhp and Team-BHP), i did it on xBhp but there wasnt much response.

Later, i went to a local mechanic who specialises in bigger bikes (200-250-400cc). I asked him about the engine noise. He said that it's definitely not shim problem, both the camshafts have to be replaced. Since the bike will mostly be standing, should i get this done?

Finally, I'd just like to add some pictures of my Pheonix. (That's what i named her 馃槄)
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Cone set? You certainly seem to be learning the hard way. If you can't do repairs yourself, you need a good, reputable mechanic to repair the bike. Generally, the only reason that camshafts need replacing is because of lubrication failure. On this bike, it may have have resulted from a new oil filter having been put on backwards. This could be worrisome. Good luck with the bike.
 

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I have replaced around 4 cone sets on my bike, 33000KMs in total. The reason they fail so often for me was bad road conditions and frequent bike washes. Regarding the shims, I too have to get them changed mine makes a ticking sound which doesn't go away. One shim costs around 250Rs.
 

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I have replaced around 4 cone sets on my bike, 33000KMs in total. The reason they fail so often for me was bad road conditions and frequent bike washes. Regarding the shims, I too have to get them changed mine makes a ticking sound which doesn't go away. One shim costs around 250Rs.
Don't use a high pressure power washer (like those at car washes) on a motorcycle, as water can easily be forced into parts, like wheel bearings and electrical component. Best practice is a bucket of warm soapy water and a low pressure garden hose.
 

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@MotoMike Yep, I stopped washing my bike with the pressure washer a long time ago. I never thought that washing my bike and keeping it sparkly new would have so many downsides :( regarding the grease is there any good brand that helps keep the water out from these parts? The local grease these guys use is terrible.
 

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For headset bearings, I like to use marine boat-trailer grease. It resists water well. And has tackiness to pull itself back into place when pushed out of way by rollers. Has more thickness to deal with low-RPM high-load applications. I also use it on my bike-trailer wheel-bearings too!

Lucas - Marine Grease


 
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