When we first picked up Mary’s Honda CBF500 it was clear it hadn’t always stayed rubber side down. It had various bits of cosmetic damage, which I have progressively fixed up as parts crop up cheap. One of the last items to address was the speedo tachometer case which had a few cracks and was taped up. Genuine Honda parts are expensive (£300+), second hand clocks aren’t cheap (£100-150 odd) and are often missing mounting lugs too. So, when I spotted a cheap Chinese replicate instrument case for £25, I was of course intrigued and figured it had to be worth a punt.
The case arrived after a couple of weeks direct from China, thankfully marked accordingly to avoid being hit by VAT, customs duty and any extortionate handling fees. Nice one. I also ordered a bunch of genuine mounting bolts and grommets from Fowlers that I was missing as these were only a few quid. Call me pedantic, but I can’t stand a bike littered with crappy random bolts, it just causes agro on future jobs. I also picked up a £2 Honda wings emblem to stick on the new clocks for the finishing touch. First impressions of the case were good, but with this sort of stuff it’s only when you try to fit and line everything up do you find out whether you’ve got a far Eastern lemon and half decent bargain
The eBay listing was for a CB900F 2002-2007, which shares the same clock casing as the CBF500 2003-2008.
I dismantled the old clocks and slotted the speedo and tachometer electronics and dials into the replica case. Generally the fit was good, but a spot of filing was required where the two odometer buttons mount to ensure they sat well. I also found a couple of the screw holes hadn’t been drilled. No biggie, just a 5-10 min job to tidy up these loose ends. The loom needed plugging in before the rear chrome effect half of the case can be bolted on, and thus the rear cover assembly had to be done carefully in situ on the bike. The trickiest past was the final slotting of the clocks into the mounts and underneath the top yoke ready to be bolted down, which needed some careful prising to line all mounts up.
Cosmetically, the mock chrome of the plastic case looks very reasonable. The lens on the clocks are clear and offer good visibility, though I have seen some steaming up inside on cold days. Robustness wise, it’s only been on the bike 3 months, but is holding up well and seems sturdy enough.
For £25 delivered, you can’t really argue with the price. Quality wise, it’s not bad at all really, well worth the money. Minor tweaks needed when fitting are no biggie, though the steaming up of dials is a definite downer. So, if you’ve battered instrument cases on a bike, these are well worth checking out.