A proper rare groove, and not the sort of bike – or work – that we’d normally take in, this grey-import 2000 Honda CL400 single, but a young couple came in to see us over Xmas, and were really struggling because they couldn’t get anybody to do a 12,000 mile service on their bike. We agreed to have a look…
It uses an air-cooled XR400 engine, fortunately, which meant all the service items – an XR oil filter, Hornet air filter – fitted. But the bike also needed an MOT, and its indicators were going at 300mph, and this is where the problems of owning a grey import started to surface. We had a look, and found that the flasher relay’s wiring had been altered; when we put it back to standard, the two front lights dimly lit up as sidelights.
To sort this to UK-spec would need a wiring harness strip, another switch plus a lot of messing around. We explained this to the customer, so he just had it put back the way it was. The law states between 60-120 flashes per minute is permissible, and this thing was doing well over 240 per minute.
Some grey imports are easily swapped over, others aren’t. This one certainly isn’t.