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Honda CG125 but also some universal motorcycle information

Honda CG125 Bike Damage after an Accident

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Also read all of the following if you have bought a 2nd hand Honda CG125
since they are often used by many learners and learners often drop bikes.

Check all the lights work including all 4 indicators and the brake light
(tap each light with your finger to make sure there are no loose connections).

If you drop the bike, the normal damage is to the foot rest.
The foot rests are bolted to the metal bar that attaches to the underside of the engine.
When the bike falls over, all the weight of the bike goes on the foot rest, both wheels leave the ground.
The handlebar end also makes contact with the ground, there's not much weight on it.

The foot rest will often bend out of position.
You can fix this by using a large heavy hammer and bash it back to position; quick strikes are more effective than slow ones.
To work out when the foot rest is in the correct position, walk a decent distance away from the front of the bike,
kneel down and look straight at the bike, see if the foot rests on both sides are the same height and pointing the same.
Also look straight down at the foot rest to see if it's bent forwards or backwards.
If you cannot bend it back to position, you will have to order a new metal bar and foot rest.
It simply bolts to the underside of the engine.

Other things to check is the gear shift lever, make sure it's not bent, if it is bend it back to shape,
it can be easily replaced (see Gear change lever in General page).
Make sure nut bolt is tight; it can come slightly loose in an accident.

Look for oil leaks from the engine (also look for oil on the ground) and the front forks, several times over the next few days.
Check the oil level; see How to check the Oil level in the Engine Oil page.

You can check the following, but a MOT (if you live in the UK) should check them.

If you fell off to the right, also check the rear brake pedal and silencer (bend back to position if necessary).

The next thing to check is if you have bent the front forks.
If you have, the handlebars will not point straight ahead when you are travelling straight.
So the front wheel points one way and the handlebars another.
If you have this problem you probably have not bent the front forks (unless the impact was very hard)
but have knocked them out of alignment.
The forks are what attach the handle bars to the front wheel
(one fork connects to the left hand side of the wheel, the other to the right),
at the top of each fork are some nuts that can be loosened and then you can re align the handlebars to the wheel
(put weight on passenger seat to lift front wheel off ground).

To check the handlebars are not bent,
simple walk a decent distance away from the front of the bike and look at the bars pointing straight ahead,
also look at the brake and clutch lever.

The final thing to check is if you have bent the chassis. This requires you to check the wheel alignment.
There are several different ways.
But the idea is for one person to sit on the bike and keep the bike level and the handlebars dead straight.
Another person puts a straight edge like a metal ladder either side of the bike. They then push it parallel against the back wheel.
They then look at the small gap between the straight edge and the front wheel;
the gap should be the same amount on both sides of the wheel.
If you have not got a straight edge long enough, there is another harder way, search the internet for the other technique.
Remember the wheel alignment will change if the rear wheel chain adjuster nuts are adjusted incorrectly
(if you adjust one side more than the other), see Chain page.

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