Pre-Ride Inspection (from a Honda CT Owner's Manual)
Inspect your CT every time before you start the engine. The items listed here will only take a few minutes to check and in the long run, can save time, expense and possibly your life.
- Engine oil level - if required add engine oil, check for leaks.
- Fuel level - fill the tank when necessary, check for leaks.
- Front and rear brakes - check operation.
- Tires - check condition and pressure.
- Drive Chain - check condition and slack.
- Throttle - check for smooth opening and closing in all steering positions.
Lights and horn - check that the headlight, tail/stop light, turn signals, speedometer indicators and horn function properly.
Mirrors - check for proper positions.
- Engine stop switch - check for proper function.
Correct any discrepancy before you ride.
Starting the Engine - Preparation
Insert the key and turn the ignition switch to ON.
Make sure the transmission is in neutral (check your indicator light) and the engine stop switch is at RUN. Several CT'ers have suggested that the engine stop switch should only be used in emergency situations, as continually using the engine stop switch may cause the engine stop switch to fail (they consider this to be a weak link), thus rendering your CT in a permanent OFF condition.
- Turn the fuel valve to ON.
Raise the side stand or center stand.
The first start of the day or the next start after a few hours of not running, the engine may be considered "cold". You may want to try starting your CT without activating the choke... it may start. If it has not started after the second kick of the starter, activate the choke to its closed position. Your CT should start within 1 - 3 kicks of kicking the starter after activating the choke. Warm the engine long enough so that when the choke is returned to its open position, your CT idles without adjustments of the throttle.
Caution: Extended use of the choke may impair piston and cylinder wall lubrication, by having too much gas, which will dilute the lubricating oil on the walls of the cylinder.
If your engine is still warm from a recent operation, you should not need to activate the choke, just start it up.
Flooded engine; If the engine fails to start after repeated attempts, it may be flooded with excess fuel. To clear a flooded engine, turn the ignition switch to OFF and place the choke lever in the fully open position. Open the throttle fully and crank the engine several times with the kickstarter. Turn the ignition switch to ON and try starting the engine again.
- Make sure the transmission is in neutral (check your indicator light).
- Turn the ignition switch to OFF. As recommended, do not use the engine stop switch.
Turn the fuel valve to OFF.
Lower the side stand or center stand.
- Clean your CT regularly to protect the surface finishes and inspect for damage, wear and oil/fuel seepage. If you decide to use a detergent for cleaning, wash off all traces with plenty of clean water as detergent residue can corrode alloy parts. Avoid spraying high pressure water at the following areas:
- Wheel Hubs
- Muffler Outlet
- Ignition Switch
- Steering Lock
- Drive Chain
Dry your CT with a clean, soft cloth or towel.
- Start the engine (use the Starting Procedure and Stopping Procedure) and let it run for several minutes.
- Lubricate the drive chain immediately after washing your CT.
- Test the brakes before riding your CT in traffic.
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