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Old 11-13-2011, 12:20 PM   #91
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Wind deflector

Hey Thumpergirl, is that wind deflector on your 230 an aftermarket? My wife has a 230L and her complaint is lack of wind protection.

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Old 11-13-2011, 12:45 PM   #92
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Pissed Performace issues-gas cap

Short stuff bought her NOS 2008 230L so she could maintain her 2 wheel skills. Shortly after bringing it home, we noticed the bike was boggy and gutless at times. The bike was in the dealers for 2 months while they " diagnosed" our imaginary problem. Honda Corp. determined the "environmentally responsible low emissions" gas cap may be not allowing enough air into the tank as the gas was consumed. The gas cap was changed out ( back ordered 4 weeks) and we brought it home yesterday. It starts immediately now, I just spent 1/2 hour ripping around our trails and it didn't act up once.
Not sure if this is a common problem or not but thought I would share it and hopefully the solution.

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Old 11-15-2011, 06:37 PM   #93
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Short stuff bought her NOS 2008 230L so she could maintain her 2 wheel skills. Shortly after bringing it home, we noticed the bike was boggy and gutless at times. The bike was in the dealers for 2 months while they " diagnosed" our imaginary problem. Honda Corp. determined the "environmentally responsible low emissions" gas cap may be not allowing enough air into the tank as the gas was consumed. The gas cap was changed out ( back ordered 4 weeks) and we brought it home yesterday. It starts immediately now, I just spent 1/2 hour ripping around our trails and it didn't act up once.
Not sure if this is a common problem or not but thought I would share it and hopefully the solution.

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Thanks grumpybear. I remember reading somewhere else where somebody's 230l was bogging bad, and it turned out their gas cap hose was twisted closed.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:29 PM   #94
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I'm new to the site, so hello. I've had my 230 for a little less than a year and love it. I just started commuting to work (finally warm enough ) and feel my little investment is paying off
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:03 PM   #95
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Key stuck.

So I've had trouble with my key a couple of times. It was really rough getting in and out, but now that it is more used not so much a problem. However when it is cold like below 30 cold I have had several problems. Taking a lighter to the key to get it to start kind of thing, and last night I drove home when it was 23 degrees. When I got home I could not turn the key to off position, then got it to turn, but had to wait till the morning to pull it out. This is the first bike I've owned in the north country and was just wondering if this is a Honda,a 230L, or just a cold bike thing. Not something I really wooried about , just wondering.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:06 PM   #96
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So I've had trouble with my key a couple of times. It was really rough getting in and out, but now that it is more used not so much a problem. However when it is cold like below 30 cold I have had several problems. Taking a lighter to the key to get it to start kind of thing, and last night I drove home when it was 23 degrees. When I got home I could not turn the key to off position, then got it to turn, but had to wait till the morning to pull it out. This is the first bike I've owned in the north country and was just wondering if this is a Honda,a 230L, or just a cold bike thing. Not something I really wooried about , just wondering.
Probably some water/ice in the lock cylinder. A little (just a LITTLE) WD-40 wiped on the key often does the trick. Or you can use the spray lock de-icer -- just be sure that it's approved for use on ignition locks.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:51 PM   #97
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12T sprocket

I put on a SunStar 12T sprocket today, and I'm happy with the results. There is a little hill climb near my job that I run up regularly. With the new sprocket there was a noticeable difference. Starting in second gear I could blast up the hill and not run out of power. On another hillclimb with roots, rocks and mud if I didn't ,make it first shot I would have to turn back. Now I was able to rock and bump the throttle and ride on.
On the flats third gear has come into it's own. I can cruise at 30, and with a little twist I'm at 50. I haven't ridden much street yet but I rarely go much above 60 anyways. At 60 in sixth gear it's not strung completely out, and has better throttle response.
There is more noise from the chain, and I have heard that the chain will wear out faster. I beleive this because I would usually be an advocate of changing both sprockets. Since I don't want a larger rear sprocket ( one more thing to bash a rock ), and I'm not ready to buy a new chain and sprockets this will do for now. If the chain wears out really fast I will upgrade.
For anyone who doesn't run regularly over 65 I think this is an inexpensive and worthy upgrade. As I run it I while keep everyone updated, and if anybody has any experience this let me know.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:39 PM   #98
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I ran a 12t for a while. That noise is the chain on the the plastic guide-thing just before the counter-sprocket. I've since put a 45 rear and ideally would switch between a 13 and 14 counter... I use a 104 link chain to accommodate the larger rear sprocket.

I've found that the 13/45 combo is versatile enough to stay on all at the time. It crawls in first gear, and tops out at 75 in sixth--and due to the higher revolutions, 6th gear is less prone to wind and incline dampening.

The 13/45 combo is pretty close to the 12/39 you are running.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:02 PM   #99
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I just bought a leftover 09 for my GF, and the dealer forgot to send us home with an owner's manual (he said it was under the seat). A couple questions if you all don't mind?

OM call for 87 octane fuel, or something higher?

do these bikes come with a tool kit?

speaking of tool kits, does the key actually lock / unlock the tool box on the left side (seems like the key doesn't even slide in all the way and I've noticed a screwdriver works just as well to turn the "lock"). On the other hand, my ignition key doesn't seem to slide all the way into the helmut lock, but a screwdriver doesn't seem to "unlock" it but the ignition key does.

and to check oil level, I'm assuming the bike should be warmed up, held upright and the dipstick placed in the filler hole, but NOT screwed in?

I should have the manual by next week, but we're up in NC on vaca now and plan to be riding every day. Appreciate any info until then!

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:13 PM   #100
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I just bought a leftover 09 for my GF, and the dealer forgot to send us home with an owner's manual (he said it was under the seat). A couple questions if you all don't mind?

OM call for 87 octane fuel, or something higher?
87 is fine.

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do these bikes come with a tool kit?
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speaking of tool kits, does the key actually lock / unlock the tool box on the left side
Yes, although the lock is easily gummed up with dirt.

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and to check oil level, I'm assuming the bike should be warmed up, held upright and the dipstick placed in the filler hole, but NOT screwed in?
Yes.

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:35 PM   #101
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:20 AM   #102
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so, what is supposed to be in the stock toolkit? I rode back over to the dealership yesterday, and picked up the owner's manual and the toolkit. The toolkit was a small vinyl sleeve with 2 allen wrenches (5 & 6 mm) and a flat extension, nothin' else. Basically what you need to take the side panels and the seat off. Dealer said "you don't need no tools 'cause it's a Honda" LOL. I said, yeah, but Hondas get flat tires too ;)

Anyway, I don't mind putting a toolkit together, but I was curious if this is what all the bikes come with?

and, has anyone upgraded their shock spring? I've looked at Racetec, TopGun and FactoryConnection. I haven't really even looked at the shock closely, but I know adjusting the preload won't compensate for my big arse.

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Old 04-16-2012, 09:25 AM   #103
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so, what is supposed to be in the stock toolkit? I rode back over to the dealership yesterday, and picked up the owner's manual and the toolkit. The toolkit was a small vinyl sleeve with 2 allen wrenches (5 & 6 mm) and a flat extension, nothin' else. Basically what you need to take the side panels and the seat off. Dealer said "you don't need no tools 'cause it's a Honda" LOL. I said, yeah, but Hondas get flat tires too ;)

Anyway, I don't mind putting a toolkit together, but I was curious if this is what all the bikes come with?

and, has anyone upgraded their shock spring? I've looked at Racetec, TopGun and FactoryConnection. I haven't really even looked at the shock closely, but I know adjusting the preload will compensate for my big arse.

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Yep that's all that is in the toolkit (useless).
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:36 AM   #104
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So I've had trouble with my key a couple of times. It was really rough getting in and out, but now that it is more used not so much a problem. However when it is cold like below 30 cold I have had several problems. Taking a lighter to the key to get it to start kind of thing, and last night I drove home when it was 23 degrees. When I got home I could not turn the key to off position, then got it to turn, but had to wait till the morning to pull it out. This is the first bike I've owned in the north country and was just wondering if this is a Honda,a 230L, or just a cold bike thing. Not something I really wooried about , just wondering.

I have a problem very similar I got the 09 230 and sometimes my whole key will spin in the cylinder and I don't know why because it is not consistent... Glad to know I'm not the only one
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:53 PM   #105
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