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Yes! A CBX1000 Pro Link in at Hertfordshire Superbikes?! Yeah!

Here at Hertfordshire Superbike Centre, we have all sorts of machines enter our doors.

Lately, we’ve had a CBX1000 Prolink (see pic below for a minter!).


Our CBX1000 seemed to be in decent nick for its age (30 years or so! older than me!), but simply wouldn’t start. Checking the obvious, we found it to be a faulty starter motor, which was quickly diagnosed and the problem resolved!

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And this thing running.. Sounds SWEET! I think they made it to sound like a jet!

Off-roading in Hertfordshire or London?

Hi guys and girls, another post today  following the earlier instructional on how to change engine oil and replace the filter on your motorcycle.


As many of you know, off road motorcycle riding, on an amateur level, is becoming a declining sector in the motorcycle world. This is due to many reasons; the green-lane closures is part of them.

As many of you are aware, we have recently taken on a new manager by the name of José Teto. He has many titles under his belt for off-roading and powersports (jet-skiing!). You can see his intro video over on our YouTube channel.

Being an off-road legend, he knows all about the trials and enduro rides (having competed in many on a pro level), so feel free to come down and have a chat with him!

Since José’s arrival, we also cater to the off-road and motocross sector, whether you race, ride or just potter around off-road.

We are also happy to carry out bike set-ups for long distance enduro rides!

Get the word out, and let’s collectively liven up the off-roading in Herts and London, and look forward to the coming summer!

Changing motorcycle oil – simple and effective

This is a quick post – part of a series of instructional posts that I will be writing.

Changing your motorcycle oil is a simple and straightforward job, depending on the bike, age, mileage, condition etc. The oil acts as a lubricant for the engine and all its internal gubbins.

Firstly, ensure that your motorcycle is secure and raised on a centre-stand or auxiliary stand. For the demo bike we used, we opted for an auxiliary stand (it’s more secure, and this bike does not have a centre-stand).


Our demo bike has a sump-guard, which we need to remove. Remove the sump guard, bellypan or fairing if the bike has one.



Next, you need to locate the drain bolt. It’s usually on the bottom part of the sump, and with a clean container (needs to be clean so you can see if the oil has been contaminated with any debris – or even metal shavings – we’ve seen it all before!) placed, unscrew it.





Also, using the correct tools, remove the oil filter.

Grab a can, or a coffee, and relax for a while (half an hour is usually more than enough for it all to drain out).



Post-coffee, replace the filter with a new filter, using the same tools (only tighten to 10nm, or just past hand-tight), and lubricating the rubber seal with engine oil. Replace the sump drain bolt – new sealing copper washer – tightened to correct settings. Fill up oil with the correct amount, and check the quantity. Usually, it’s a dipstick to check the level, or a sight glass – all bikes are different, so do check your book for the correct procedure.

The type and quantity of oil is in your handbook or owners manual.


Start the bike up, check for leaks, and if all good, reward yourself for a quick quid saved!

Please note: we accept no liability whatsoever of the accuracy of the above info. The above guide is a reference only. Your motorcycle may be different, and require a different procedure. Please always consult your owners manual and technician for any advice. Alternatively, give us a call!!

New SUSPENSION centre due to open soon, serving London and Hertfordshire

Ladies and gents,

Moving forward with the business, we are to open a new suspension specialist side to the business, serving the road bikes as well as the off road bikes.

Badly set up suspension really does make or break the handling of a bike, as it is the job of the suspension components to keep your tyres on the road!!

Fork rebuilds, shock absorber rebuilds, and total refurbishment services available. We can also carry out adjustments, tailored to you.

Don’t throw that old shock away – they just tell you that it needs replacing, enticing you to pay money for a new unit. Bring it down for rebuilding!

Keep posted on our website for details.


Team Herts SBC

Spark plugs, is your spark, sparking?

Just a quick post this time, about spark plugs!

We had a customer come in describing his bike as running “lumpy”. and that it needs a service.

removed plugs to find…. this!

Needless to say, the spark plug needed changing.
Spark plugs usually don’t need changing for a while, just a good old clean, re-gap (using the correct tool! see below for picture), and pop ‘em back in.
If your bike does run “lumpy” or you are getting increased consumption, the spark plug should be a good place to start.
A spark plug is a good indication of how an engine runs – should be a nice tan-brown colour. That’s why engine tuners always put fresh plugs in after a tune-up, to see the results of their work. And that’s also why the first thing they check is the plugs.
This is the tool that you should use to gauge your plug. 
And here is a very common spark plug colour check sheet.

Ride safe guys and girls!