Big red bike fortnight at mono motorcycles

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It’s been another busy fortnight here at the mono motorcycles workshop. Let’s take a look at a few of the bikes we have welcomed through our doors.

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us in the sunshine for our June breakfast club. It was great to see so many smiling faces and it was a really busy morning.

Enormous thanks to the Cattle Box Kitchen crew for another outstanding breakfast, everyone loved the food.

Let’s do it all again on Sunday 28th July 9-11am.

See you then!

During the past fortnight we welcomed our friend’s son Harry to the workshop on work experience. Having had his arranged work experience placement fall through at the last minute, we were happy to step in and host Harry for his two-week work experience.

Triumph Street Triple 675 and Honda NC750x DCT

Last week we welcomed a Triumph Street Triple 675 for annual Servicing. During the service we noted that the rear tyre was 2014 and the front 2016.

Dunlop Moto recommend –

‘Motorcycle tyre manufacturers advise that even if a tyre has lots of remaining treads, the drying out of the tyre’s multiple rubber compounds means it will need replacing every 5-6 years. You can find this information as a 4 digit date code located on the sidewall of the tire. The first numbers are the week of the year followed by the last 2 numbers which are the year itself. For an example, 0420 means the 4th week of 2020.’

We also welcomed a Honda NC750x DCT for annual servicing. When the customer left the bike with us on the Monday, he asked us to check he chain as it didn’t feel right. He was right to get it checked as it was found to have a considerable tight spot and his sprocket was worn.

The customer authorised the purchase of a chain/sprocket kit which will was fitted the very next day.

BMW K1600

Last Tuesday we also welcomed one of the BMW giants to the workshop. The BMW K1600 joined us with what sounded like a head gasket having gone.


Once we had charged the battery and completed an assessment including checks on the cooling system, including using a block tester to check for hydrocarbons in the coolant; it was time to get the plugs out.


Once we removed the coils it became evident where the misfire was generating from.
Number two coil had rust on the barrel and the plug itself was starting to rust.

 
It was also noted during the assessment that the front and rear pads were on the metal.
Having spoken to our customer he authorised the repairs. Once the parts arrived and once we had re-booked the repairs a week later, the bike went back together and the misfire seems to have gone.

Honda CTX1300

Last Wednesday we welcomed a Honda CTX1300 to the workshop (it barely fitted on our ramp)

The CTX joined us for full servicing and to assess some chatter from the front end.

The front-end chatter turned out to be a flat spot on the tyre where the bike had been sat in a showroom and the wheel was out of balance.

The wheel was re-balanced.

Our customer authorised us to purchase a K&N Filters air filter, as the CTX air filters are quite rare. The K&N may be an investment, but it is worth it in the long run as all it needs on its next full service is cleaning and re-greasing rather than replacing.

KTM RC8 and Fantic Cabellero

The KTM and Fantic both joined us for pre-sales checks. More great sales from DJK Motorcycles Ltd.

During the checks on the RC8, it was found to have tight spots in the chain and the rear tyre was quite low on tread.

DJK authorised us to replace the chain and rear tyre.

Royal Enfield 865 Continental GT

The Royal Enfield, originally a 650 now bored out to 865, joined us to assess and repair a knocking sound as the bike warms up.

When the bike joined us, we went through some initial tests to check the bike. One simple test is to let the bike warm up on tick over. As we did this, about 2-3 minutes into the cycle the bike started to make an audible ticking sound which then turned into a knocking.

One reason for the ticking could be a cam chain tensioner. However, if it was cam chain, they generally quieten down as the bike warms up. The knocking we heard would lead us to believe that maybe there are other things afoot.

Our next port of call was to use a bore scope. The bore scope camera allowed us to look inside the cylinder for signs of damage.

The next part of the process involves dropping the oil to check for any signs of swarf or filings. With a completely clean bowl we dropped the oil.  During this process we found part of a gasket in the oil and once the oil had been left to settle, it had a light golden sheen floating on the top.

The next part of the process will be to get further into the head and if nothing presents itself there, we will have to go deeper and assess the crank. This one is ongoing.

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Triumph Daytona 675

This week we welcomed ‘Daphne’ the Royal Enfield Interceptor to the workshop for a Full Service and arranging an MOT.

Daphne also had a fault where the bike seemed to stall occasionally and hit a false neutral. On investigation someone had fitted the clutch spring upside down and the clutch cable needed adjusting.

We also welcomed a Triumph Daytona 675 with an electrical fault. Our customer would find that his bike would start some days and not others. He could even ride to a destination and then try and start the bike and it would be dead. He even started carrying a jump pack around with him.

Upon investigation it was found that there was a short inside the battery which was giving the bike a sporadic issue.

Having replaced the 2016 battery with a brand-new Yuasa battery, the bike then started each and every time and after road testing.

BMW 1250GS and Triumph Trophy

We have also welcomed a BMW 1250 GS for Annual Servicing and a Triumph Trophy for a Full Service.

During our service process on the Trophy, we found the back brake had seized, making it almost impossible to manually turn the rear wheel. This was stripped, the caliper ultrasonically cleaned, pistons freed off and rebuild. The brake then worked.

We also found an oil leak at the clutch cover. Once a new gasket had been ordered this was rectified.

Events

Apart from our own Breakfast Clubs, we are also attending a couple of outdoor events this year.

On Saturday 27th July we are joining Helmet City in Chichester for their Open Day. We are really excited to be part of their day and look forward to showcasing mono motorcycles to a Chichester crowd.

For our August breakfast club on Sunday 25th August we are welcoming CCM Motorcycles owners to the mono motorcycles workshop.

As an authorised CCM Service and Repair Centre for the South we would like to extend a welcome to the local CCM owners, let them know how we can support them and offer an opportunity for CCM owners to meet other owners too.

Everyone is welcome to the mono motorcycles breakfast clubs, no matter what you ride and no matter the CC. We always look forward to catching up with those who are familiar to us and welcoming new faces too.

Our caterer ‘CBK’ – Cattlebox Kitchen – are based in Funtington village and only use the finest local ingredients in their breakfast muffin range.

Join us in 2024 for delicious breakfast’s, chat with us about motorcycle service and repair, catch up with friends or drop in for a pit-stop.

For our August Breakfast Club breakfast will be served 9-11 and Coffee and cake 11-Midday.

We are also really looking forward to being part of Kickback: The Motorcycle Show this September. On Sunday 8th September mono motorcycles will be there showcasing our Custom motogadget Wiring options and our Service and Repair work for CCM Motorcycles

Bookings

We are currently booking from the second week of August. We now have Oaklie on board full time so this may change slightly, but we are absolutely stacked out currently.

If you know your Service is due, or you are planning a trip and need work done before, contact us with plenty of notice. T: 01243 576212 / 07899 654446 or email info@monomotorcycles.co.uk

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