Monday, February 29, 2016

History of the Honda Elsinore




The Elsinore, named after the famous Elsinore Grand Prix, was the lightest production motocross bike in the world, featuring the latest available technology and high-tech materials. Compared to the European offerings, the Elsinore was vastly superior in user-friendliness, ergonomics, carburetion, durability and electronics. The CR250M’s molded plastic, satin-finished aluminum and magnesium in the engine cases became the new standard. Not to mention an advertising campaign featuring none other than Steve McQueen!

CR125R Elsinore

The Honda CR125R Elsinore was produced between 1979-1983. In 1979 Honda came back in a big way. The 1979 CR125R was so new that no parts would interchange with the original ones. The motor output shaft moved to the right, and the bike was given a 23-inch front wheel. The bike was a radical remake, but its performance wasn’t as good as Honda fans had hoped for. A few years later Honda fixed most of the problems of the radical 1981 model, and once again the bike was a contender for ’best in class’. In 1983 Honda redesigned the 125 from scratch, moving the output shaft back to the left side of the engine. Everything about the Honda was new, and, this time around, it worked well right out of the gate. It was the fastest 125 of the year and handled well.


1979 CR125R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JE01-2000010
Engine VIN: JE01E-2000010
Color: Tahitian Red

1980 CR125R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JE01-2100025
Engine VIN: JE01E-2100069
Color: Tahitian Red/ black seat with red CR125R logo

1981 CR125R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2JE010-BC200032
Engine VIN: JE01E-2200031
Color: Engine is Tahitian Red / Tank Shrouds are White. Black seat with white 125R logo

1982 CR125R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2JE010-CC300001
Engine VIN: JE01E-2300001
Color: Tahitian Red/Black seat with white 125R logo

1983 CR125R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2JE010-DC400014
Engine VIN: JE01E-2400045
Color: Flash Red/Blue Seat with white CR logo. Swingarm decal with black 125R logo


CR125M Elsinore

The Honda CR125M Elsinore was produced between 1974-1978. Although the actual number is unclear, most experts say that the 1974 Honda 125 Elsinore was produced in greater numbers than any other motocross bike before or since. In 1975, the top of the tank was painted red rather than green, but it was essentially the same bike.


1974 CR125M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR125M-1000009
Engine VIN: CR125ME-1000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Expert Green

1975 CR125M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR125M-2000006
Engine VIN: CR125ME-2000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic /Tahitian Red

1976 CR125M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR125M-3000001
Engine VIN: CR125ME-3000006
Color: Tahitian Red

1977 CR125M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR125M-3100001
Engine VIN: CR125ME-3100001
Color: Tahitian Red

1978 CR125M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR125M-3200025
Engine VIN: CR125ME-3200028
Color: Tahitian Red


CR250R Elsinore

The CR250R Elsinore was produced between 1978-1983. The most memorable aspect of the bike was its striking appearance. Everything, even the motor was fire-engine red, earning it the nickname: ‘Red Rooster’.

1978 CR250R Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR250R-2000010
Engine VIN: CR250RE-1000031
Color: Tahitian Red/CR250R Elsinore decal is yellow/white/black

1979 CR250R Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR250R-2100006
Engine VIN: CR250RE-2100006
Color: Tahitian Red/CR250R Elsinore decal is yellow/white/black

1980 CR250R Elsinore

Frame VIN: ME03-2001031
Engine VIN: ME03E-2000087
Color: Tahitian Red/Black seat with red CR logo

1981 CR250R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2ME030-BC00025
Engine VIN: ME03E-2300045
Color: Tahitian Red/Black seat with white 250R logo

1982 CR250R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2ME030-CC400021
Engine VIN: ME03E-2300045
Color: Tahitian Red

1983 CR250R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2ME030-DC500016
Engine VIN: ME03E-2500030
Color: Flash Red/Blue seat with white CR logo/Black 250R decal on Swingarm

CR250M Elsinore

1973 CR250M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR250M-1000216
Engine VIN: CR250ME-1000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Expert Green

1974 CR250M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR250M-1000216
Engine VIN: CR250ME-1000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Expert Green

1975 CR250M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR250-2000001
Engine VIN: CR250E-2000001
Color: Clear / Tahitian Red / White

1976 CR250M Elsinore

Frame VIN: CR250-3000001
Engine VIN: CR250M-3000001
Color: Tahitian Red

CR450R Elsinore

1981 CR450R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2PE020-BC000001
Engine VIN: PE020E-5000001
Color: Tahitian Red/Black seat with white 450R logo


CR480R Elsinore

1982 CR480R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2PE020-CC100019
Engine VIN: PE02E-5100026
Color: Tahitian Red/Black seat with white 480R logo

1983 CR480R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2PE020-DC200018
Engine VIN: PE02E-5200001
Color: Flash Red/Blue seat with white CR logo/Black 480R decal on Swingarm


CR80R Elsinore

First launched in 1980, the Honda CR80R Elsinore became an instant hit with young novice riders and also in the ever more popular Junior Moto-Cross scene. Competition from Yamaha was fierce, but the CR80R has just kept evolving into a better machine over the years and is still one of their best.

1980 CR80R Elsinore

Frame VIN: HE02-5000020
Engine VIN: HE02E-5000024
Color: Tahitian Red/Black seat with red CR80R logo

1981 CR80R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2HE020-BK100009
Engine VIN: HE02E-5100001
Color: Tahitian Red

1982 CR80R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2HE020-CK200015
Engine VIN: HE02E-5200001
Color: Tahitian Red

1983 CR80R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2HE040-DK000001
Engine VIN: HE04E-5000001
Color: Flash Red/Blue seat with white CR logo/Black 80R decal on Swingarm


CR60R Elsinore

Nearly all of the development on the 1983 CR60R was done by Honda’s mini Factory rider Jimmy Button. After a somewhat tepid first outing, and a much improved 1984 effort, Button helped Honda develop a totally new liquid-cooled CR60R for the 1985 season. Oddly, Honda would pull plug on the new bike at the last minute (even though it was already developed) and end the CR60R program in America at the end of the 1984 season.

1983 CR60R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2DE010-DK000012
Engine VIN: DE01E-5000015
Color: Flash Red/Blue seat with white CR logo/Black/Silver 60R decal on Swingarm

1984 CR60R Elsinore

Frame VIN: JH2DE010-1EK100015
Color: Flash Red/Blue seat with white CR logo/Red/White 60R decal on Swingarm 


MR Elsinore Models

1975 Honda Elsinore MR175

Frame VIN: MR175-1000001
Engine VIN: MR175E-1000001
Color: Glare Green / Silver / Black

1976 Honda Elsinore MR175

Frame VIN: MR175-2000001
Engine VIN: MR175E-2000001
Color: Light Ruby Red / White / Black

1977 Honda MR175

Frame VIN: MR175-2100001
Engine VIN: MR175E-2100001
Color: Bright Red

1974 Honda Elsinore MR50

Frame VIN: MR50-1000001
Engine VIN: MR50E-1000001
Color: Daytona Orange

1975 Honda Elsinore MR50

Frame VIN: MR50-2000001
Engine VIN: MR50E-2000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic /Tahitian Red

1976 Honda Elsinore MR250

Frame VIN: MR250-1000001
Engine VIN: MR250E-1000001
Color: Light Ruby Red / White 

MT Elsinore Models

1974 Honda Elsinore MT125

Frame VIN: MT125-1000001
Engine VIN: MT125E-1000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Blue

1975 Honda Elsinore MT125

Frame VIN: MT125-2000001
Engine VIN: MT125E-2000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Tahitian Red / Black

1976 Honda Elsinore MT125

Frame VIN: MT125-3000001
Engine VIN: MT125E-3000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Blue / Black

1977 Honda Elsinore MT125R

Frame VIN: MT125R2F-1081
Engine VIN: MT125R2E-1081
Color: Primer White

1978 Honda Elsinore MT125R

Frame VIN: MT125R2F-1591
Engine VIN: MT125R2E-1591
Color: Primer White

1974 Honda Elsinore MT250

Frame VIN: MT250-1000001
Engine VIN: MT250E-1000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Daytona Orange

1975 Honda Elsinore MT250

Frame VIN: MT250-2000001
Engine VIN: MT250E-2000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / Tahitian Red / Black

1976 Honda Elsinore MT250

Frame VIN: MT250-3000001
Engine VIN: MT250E-3000001
Color: Custom Silver Metallic / White / Aquarius Blue / Black

Thursday, February 18, 2016

ATV Front Wheel (Knuckle) Bearing Installation Guide





As always, these instructions are general guides to helping you; always check with your service manual for your particular machine to make sure that you have a clear understanding of the setup. If you are not experienced with installing parts on your machine, Boss Bearing always recommends taking your machine to a mechanic to ensure proper installation. You can buy the bearings through us, save a few bucks, and take them to your local mechanic to be installed!

Before You Begin:


Before you begin, please make sure you clean your machine thoroughly, as this is very important for proper installation of the part you are replacing.

Be sure your machine is properly supported with a sturdy stand or jack while working on it.

Remove all the parts from the new kit. Always check to make sure that every part you need is there.

Once the parts are out of the packaging, place the bearings in the freezer for around one hour; this will allow the bearings to contract to a smaller tolerance.


Remove The Old Bearing:


Now remove the knuckle from the machine you are working on. Also remove the dust seals with either a flat bladed screwdriver or a proper seal pick.

Finally, use snap ring pliers to remove the snap ring out (you can find these fairly cheap at a place like Harbor Freight).

Now that everything is removed, take and press the bearing out of the knuckle. Be sure to clean and inspect the bearing bores before moving on. There should be no rusty spots, grease, or grime on the bores. There should also be no wear and tear damage either.


Install The New Bearing:


Next you need to use a heat gun to heat up the area of knuckle, and take one bearing out of the freezer and place it into the knuckle. To press the bearing into place, use a bearing installing tool. You can also use a socket that matches the outer race of the bearing, if you do not have a bearing installing tool.

IMPORTANT: As you press the bearing into place, only press the bearing on the outer race.  You will damage the bearing is you press on the inner race.  Make sure the snap ring groove is clearly visible and the bearing is fully pressed into place.

After that is done, use your snap ring pliers to install the new snap ring into place.

Once that’s done, you can apply grease of the lips of the dust seal.

To finish things up, press the seals in firmly, either by hand, or by a driver that is equivalent to the outside diameter of the dust seal.

Place the knuckle back in and assemble the machine back together.

Lastly - try to  avoid pressure washing your machine around the bearings and seals. This will help the bearings to last longer.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Decoding The Kawasaki Ninja



Nothing fancy here!  Sometimes you just need straight-up info!

1986 -2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250 EX250R

2012 - present Kawasaki Ninja EX300

1987 - 2009 Kawasaki Ninja EX500 (1994 - 2009 only change is 17 in. wheels and BNG)

1989 - present Kawasaki Ninja 600

Model Number     Model Name   Year


ZX600-C
Ninja 600R
1989-1997
ZX600-D
ZX-6
1990-1993
ZX600-E
ZX-6
1993-2002
ZX600-E
ZZR600
2002-2005
ZX600-F
ZX-6R
1995-1997
ZX600-G
ZX-6R
1998-1999
ZX600-J
ZX-6R
2000-2002
ZX600-J
ZZR600
2005-2008
ZX600-J
ZZR600
2005-2008
ZX600-K
ZX-6RR
2003-2003
ZX600-M
ZX-6RR
2004-2004
ZX600-N
ZX-6RR
2005-2006
ZX600-P
ZX-6R
2007-2008
ZX600-R
ZX-6R
2009-2012
ZX636-B
ZX-6R
2003-2004
ZX636-C
ZX-6R
2005-2006
ZX636-D
ZX-6R
2006-2006
ZX636-E
ZX-6R
2013-2014
ZX636-F ABS
ZX-6R
2013-2014

1992-2003 Kawasaki Ninja 750 ZX-7R (between 1990-1995 known as ZX-7)

1994 – 2003 Kawasaki Ninja ZX900 ZX-9R

2004 - 2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX1000 ZX-10R

1990-2001 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11 (C-model 1990 - 1993,D-model 1993 – 2001)

2000-2006 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-12R

2006 - present Kawasaki Ninja ZX14 (ZX-14R 2012-present)