When you switch to reserve, open up the lock
cover on the gas cap. Just flip it to expose the lock around as a
reminder that I've switched to reserve.
Take the grip off and spray some paint inside
the grip (any color will work but I prefer black) then slid the grip
back on. Be careful you donít drip any paint on the bike. Let it dry
over night and the grip will be stuck.
There is enough material on seat that you can remove part of staples
in the back. Heat the seat with blow dryer and stretch until Honda
lettering is on the bottom side. Then staple the material back down.
If you do not feel good about doing take to a shop and have them do
it for you. Cost should be about $20 or less for this job.
Bike Inspection 101
Check out your shaft drive filler cap. If you've messed with it,
they tend to crack.
New Tires Warning!
New tires have a coating on them to help them slip out of the molds
and protect the compounds from deterioration before they're used.
It's called cosmoline. New chains are packed in it too. It makes new
tires very slick 'till it's worn off! Take it easy on a new set of
tires while they break in.
When putting on different risers and you can't see the turn
indicator, swap the high-beam and the turn indicator locations. You
wont miss the high-beam indicator in the daylight and should be able
to see it glowing behind the bar when it gets dark enough and you
need to know it's on. We'd rather get flashed for forgetting to dim
lights, than get smoked because we don't have self canceling turn
You can take a razorblade and slip it between the chrome rim and the
on the triple tree (the lens will pop off) of the lights. Then pull
light (connector) out from the back side of the triple tree (they
fixtures that fit through the holes) and arrange them as you wish.
No Screw Worries
Drilling out your idle mixture screws? Start with a 1/8 bit
drill right in the center. Then take a 11/64 or 5/32 bit
and drill through the hole should be just big enough to get a real
small screw driver through. No need to pry out the whole cap and
no fear of losing the needle screw.
You can look at the turn signal housing to
check your blind spot
ISO Grips for the Sabre?
On the left side of your bike near the carb, there is a small
bracket with two screws that holds the adjusters for the
cables. Remove those two screws and let the bracket hang free. Then,
remove and install your new throttle grip. Put the two screws back
and adjust the tension in the cable because the stock sleeve and ISO
sleeve are slightly different.
Save the cap!
New Sabre owner? Put a little caulk in the cap over the kick stand
bolt before it falls off! (and it will!)
Here's my little trick on checking oil. Leave Sabre on kick stand.
Unscrew dipstick, wipe dry put back in, but not screwed in. While
standing on the right side of the bike, tip it toward you, to level,
hold for a few seconds, then back to side stand. Pull the dipstick,
check the level. It's easy, safe and no fear of it falling over.
Can't find an oil filter wrench? Try an old
To check if your in
5th gear push up gently on the shifter with your foot without
pulling in the clutch. If your in 5th gear the shifter will move up.
If your in a lower gear it will not.
loosen the bar clamps, always loosen the bottom bolt first.
Tighten the bottom last. (The top and bottom have different gaps
built in!) Always remember that the "dot" on the clamp goes up!
the chrome Aero kickstand? Changing the spring is the toughest
part. Try extending the kickstand, and sticking penny's into the
spaces between the coils! Flip the stand back and the spring will
fall right off.
Right Side Peg Plate
the right side peg plate back on, put the bottom bolt through the
brake pedal (make sure the spring is in place) and rotate it up to
line up with the top hole. You won't have to fight the spring
Boot to big to fit right? Try mohair socks.
Warm and cool!
Stand Up Strait
Tote around an electrical junction box cover (.69 at Home Depot) to slide under kickstand to keep it from sinking into hot asphalt. Or two, in case you ride away and forget to pick up the first one.
The most popular free modifications you can make to a new
- Remove the tank stickers (hair dryer and Goo Gone
- Remove the Seat Strap
- Increase the pre-load on the shocks! (Try "5")
- Taking the "Honda" logo off your stock seat.
- Adjust the headlamp.
- Polish the wheels (Blue Magic)
- Removal of the reflectors on the license plate frame. (Drill