Brough Superior, Suzuki, Honda, Herald and Ducati all at mono motorcycles this week.
It has been a very diverse week here at mono motorcycles. A couple of non-starts, an iconic piece of motorcycling history, a two stroke and a distinct Japanese theme to the week.
On Monday a lovely little Herald Classic joined us with some running issues. The bike would periodically rev up and when hot it would cut out.
Once the carb had been removed, ultrasonically cleaned and the jets cleaned, it was discovered that the air screw seal was missing. Once this had been replaced, valve clearances checked the bike was run up on the bench and then test ridden. The Herald now runs smoothly.
Two stroke Tuesday! On Tuesday we welcomed a Suzuki X7 for set up, new tyres and to assess some running issues.
First stop, Daniel needed to rebalance the throttle and reset the oil pump as it had been set incorrectly and wound back to far. Here’s a short video explaining how he did it.
On Wednesday we welcomed an iconic piece of history to the mono motorcycles workshop. A Brough Superior SS 100, the ‘Rolls Royce’ of motorcycles joined us today with a minor electrical issue. A replacement fuse and the Brough was on its way home.
The Super Sport (SS 100) was created as a very limited edition of only 300 models to ensure that each motorcycle upholds the heritage of excellence set forth by the brand’s creator George Brough. (1)
The Brough SS100 motorcycle has been redesigned inside and out – with revamped aesthetic features, including fenders, headlight housings and decorative gas tank stripes coupled with state-of-the-art technologies and materials used in the aeronautics industry: titanium chassis, 4-disc brakes, Fior double-fork suspension, LED lighting and other components machined out of solid blocks of aluminum. (1)
It was such a privilege to be able to work on such a stunning piece of engineering.
Next up on the ramp we welcomed a Suzuki GSXR600k5 for a non-start.
We had been advised that since a new battery had been fitted, the bike would not start. Under investigation it was found that the main relay control wire from the fuse box had been cut and not re-joined to the fuse box when an alarm had been removed.
Once Daniel had repaired the damage to the wiring loom, his next task was to assess why the rear brake light seemed to remain on.
The bike had recently had new front levers fitted. However, one of them had a spacer missing meaning that it was ‘sloppy’ on the handlebars. This meant that the bike constantly thought the brakes were on, meaning when the rear brake was depressed the light pattern did not change. The spacer for the new levers is sold with the unit and manufactured to fit and not something we could replicate at mono motorcycles.
Therefore, in this case we were unable to rectify the fault, as the parts were not made available to us. We did however manage to get the bike running which was the main task at hand.
The Ducati Diavel we started working on a couple of weeks ago has been showing its temperamental Ducati colours.
What should have been a one day task to replace the rear shock absorber, has become a more challenging endeavour and taken nearly three days. Apart from several components having seized and took excessive amounts of time to remove, once the bike was apart it was discovered that the immobilizer aerial had broken and the rear wheel bearings had collapsed.
Unfortunately, in cases such as these, we are then bound by unexpected delays in gaining parts and then being able to fit in repairs around the following week’s work.
However, once back together Daniel has said that the Diavel has never handled so well and the uprated Ohlins shock has transformed the handling.
We had a Japanese theme to the mono motorcycles workshop on Friday.
The Suzuki X7 which joined us earlier in the week for assessment of running issues, has now had its new Avon Roadrider MKII tyres fitted (thank you Oaklie) Daniel has just got to set the oil pump and give it a test ride and it is ready to go home.
The second bike to join us was the Honda CB450. The CB450 arrived as a non-start. Unfortunately, the battery was completely dead, and the bike had flooded. Once Daniel put a fresh set of plugs on the bike and a new battery, the bike fired up. He has also weakened the mixture again as the bike runs quite lean.
Once we have re-seated the baffle, extended the side stand and given the bike a good test ride, it can once again go home to its happy owner.
Later in the day we welcomed another Japanese export, a Honda CB500X. The CB500X joined us for its first service and a USB and radiator grill fitting.
Our first Breakfast Club of 2023 is nearly here and we cannot wait to see you all. Hopefully the weather will sort itself out and the sun will be with us.
Don’t forget to pick up your 10% off servicing voucher if you attend any of our breakfast clubs.
mono motorcycles Custom and Classic Bike Show, Sunday 18th June 2023
We are eager to hear from people with custom or classic bikes which would fit in any of the following categories and would like to enter them to our custom and classic Bike show on Sunday 18th June 2023. Contact Katy vie email to let us know more about your bike and which category you would like it entered in to. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Best in Show – Open to all categories.
Best Paint – Consideration will be given to quality, quantity, effect & degree of execution.
Best Custom – A fully customised build, fabricated & modified by the owner, with free range of any style of chassis, engine & bespoke build.
Best Cafe Racer – Traditional, modern or even futuristic variations on the “café racer” theme.
Best Bobber – Any bike which has been adapted to follow the traditional bobber style & theme.
Best flat tracker/scrambler – All motorcycles built or modified in the Scrambler, Vintage MX style, as well as Flat Track & Street Track.
Best Modern Classic – Any fully restored modern classic 1970-1999)
Mini Mayhem – Fully restored classic or custom under 200cc
Best eBike Custom – Fully electric motorcycle, home built or customised
Christmas Charity Quiz 2023
It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas and here is a date for your diary. Friday 1st December 7pm-10pm at The Pallant Centre, Havant, Hampshire.
Join us for a night of laughter, quizzing (general knowledge, generic motorbike questions, Christmas knowledge), fantastic raffle with incredible prizes, licensed bar and maybe a few craft stalls to find those last minute gifts! Tickets are £5.00 in advance with all proceeds going to Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Motorcycle service season is upon us. Book now!
Interim Service from £80 + Parts + VAT
Full Service from £165 + Parts + VAT
Major Service from £330 + Parts + VAT
Prices are make/model dependant.
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As always, for all your motorcycling needs contact Daniel or Katy on 01243 576212 / 07899 654446, email us at email@example.com or contact us through our contact page.