oh dear Fishy... hopefully this will help you
First of all I got the tank off ok but in the process of doing it, split the rubber fuel line connecting onto the tap.. I hope I can easily replace this!.
Yes, they are easy to get hold of, your local Honda dealer should be able to order them in for you and they don't cost too much
I'd get a complete set of fuel lines to be honest, if one is on its way out you can pretty much guarantee the rest of them won't be in good nick, plus you don't know how long they have been on your bike.
One thing I immediately noticed is were there are the two hoses with the fuel filter in between... (running from the tap to the fuel pump).... Well there was NO Fuel filter there! There is just a metal pipe connecting the two hoses together! WTF!?? I have chekced the parts book and there should definately be a fuel filter there..! Could the engine be badly damaged coz of this?
It shouldnt be too bad as there is one in the tank as well, but definately put one inline when you put the bike back together.. Again you can get one from your Honda dealer.
Also when I had the tank off the bike and I was draining the remaining fuel out through the tap, I saw what I believe was the problem all along!..FUEL Starvation! The fuel would flow when the tap was in the "Reserve" position, and not a drop would come out when it was in the "ON" position! The "OFF" position does what it is suppose to and no fuel comes out in this position either.. But why is it not coming out when it is at "ON"?
I checked the Tap and it seems ok.. clean enough.. But cant be sure..
Also I checked under to see the breather tubes and did you guys mean the metal rods coming out from the bottom of the tank..? I have yet to stick something though them to see if their blocked..
Last thing I tried was to find or remove the filter that is in the tank where the tap rod goes in.. How do you remove this filter? I saw the rubber washer thing and the part that I think you mean is the filter is a kind of off white/yellow colour.. Slightly plastic.. Is this it? How do I remove and check where blockages are?
Yes, the plastic white/yellow thing is the filter.. To get the tank petrol filter out use a pair of long nosed pliers and just yank hard.. It make be 'stuck' in because of gunge from fuel having settled round the bottom of it..
When you take it out you should see a rubber ring/washer type thing in there.. It should be about half way up the filter and keeps the filter in position over the rod down to the the fuel tap. I had the same problem with mine and when I took the fuel tap and filter out realised it hadn't been put back together properly by a previous owner and the rubber thing had pushed up inside the filter and was resting over the top of the fuel pipe, stopping any fuel getting out when the fuel tap was in the 'on' position. I had to put the fuel filter carefully on the tap, making sure the rubber thing hadn't moved out of position and then put the whole thing in to the tank to make sure it was correctly fitted when I reassembled mine.
Good luck, they are all easy things to sort out