Ducati, KTM, Kawasaki, Yamaha & Enfield at mono motorcycles this week
It’s been a week of extremes at the mono motorcycles workshop this week. From break downs & motorcycles being recovered to us, to classics & old friends popping by. Always changing, no two weeks the same. Always plenty of variety at mono motorcycles.
Last Sunday we held our very first virtual Breakfast Club live on our Facebook page.
Daniel cooked some eggs, we chatted about the work we had been doing & over 400 people watched us, lots of people messaged us, said hello & interacted with us. It was utterly marvellous! If you fancy seeing how things went, follow the link below
On Monday we welcomed back two familiar motorcycles to the mono motorcycles workshop.
The Ducati S2 re-joined us to assess a stalling issue.
Upon first investigation Daniel found that the S2 was charging at 18v! Daniel first investigated the possibility of there being a break in the wire between the ECU & the main relay. It was only after Daniel opened the tank to check the fuel sensor, that one of the reasons for the stalling became apparent. The Ducati fuel tank was bone dry, not a drop of fuel to be found. Daniel checked the dashboard & noted that the fuel light wasn’t working. (When the Ducati was with us last time, we added fuel & used this for road testing)
Our customer told us after the S2 was repaired last time & had been running perfectly at the workshop, that when he had gone for a ride later, it kept on stalling, especially going up an incline. If the fuel light had failed, he wouldn’t have known it was completely out of fuel & subsequently would have stalled repeatedly.
The KTM Super Adventure re-joined us as the rear brake has seized, again.
Despite us having rebuilt the entire rear brake assembly last July time, it looked like the master cylinder may have failed & in doing so has melted the ABS switch.
Under investigation, Daniel found that the master cylinder had failed & it look’s like it has been faulty for some time. Having now had it replaced & a new ABS switch, the rear brake is working as it should do.
At the beginning of the week we welcomed a lovely Royal Enfield 500 to the workshop.
Daniel had the task of replacing the round rear light to one that’s a bit more in keeping to the style. The only issue was that the huge round hole left from the old light, didn’t allow for the new rectangular light fitting to fit.
Therefore, Daniel stripped the light bracket down & spot welded a plate to the back before filling. We gave it a coat of gloss black & bolted it back on.
On Tuesday Daniel began the assessment on the Kawasaki ZX6R.
The ZX6R was recovered to us this past Sunday, as the rider suddenly heard a knocking sound & made the wise decision to stop & cease riding.
First thing Daniel noted was a severe lack of oil (we only completed a Major Service on the ZX6R about a month ago) There were no signs of leaking & the customer had not noted oil levels dropping.
Under investigation, Daniel sadly discovered that one of the bearings in the gear box had collapsed & a good few of the ball bearings had shattered. At this point in time we were not sure if there might be debris in the gear box. When Daniel drained the oil, he didn’t notice any filings or metal debris, but this was no guarantee that further damage had not been caused.
Having reported our findings to our customer, he has now decided to complete the strip down himself & with our support purchasing parts, make the repairs at home.
On Wednesday, we welcomed back the Yamaha XS400 Cafe Racer.
We have modified & maintained this lovely little Cafe Racer over the past two years & most recently we have had the forks re-chromed & today Daniel set about rebuilding the starter motor.
Also on Wednesday, our ‘Find the Sprocket, win a hoodie!’ winner was announced.
Here is Scott looking very handsome in the mono motorcycles hoodie he won! Well done Scott!
On Thursday 30.04.2020 the entire United Kingdom came together to wish Captain Tom Moore a very Happy 100th Birthday. Captain Tom Moore, NHS Fundraising Hero; we salute you & Thank You for inspiring us all.
On Thursday morning we went live on our Facebook business page. We thought we would let you in to the daily workings of the mono motorcycles workshop on a more regular basis. Today Daniel was preparing to balance the carbs & sort running issues on a Honda CB900F.
The video shows, that Daniel had already ascertained that there may be an issue with two cylinders, as the thermal temp guide showed. Also, at least one of the plugs upon removal was wet, meaning it was most likely over fuelling.
After spending a few hours attempting to balance the carbs, Daniel found that two of the cylinders were not functioning correctly. With cylinder 2 & 4 being low on compression, this lead Daniel to believe that a valve was stuck & therefore the clearances needed adjusting.
On Thursday, we welcomed back an old friend. The devilish black Ducati Diavel. The Diavel joined us today for an annual service, new brake pads & setting up the suspension.
We have been running a few competitions recently & our latest one was released on Wednesday.
Find our hidden moustaches in our Facebook posts to win a mono motorcycles hoodie!
See our competition postcard for more details.
We are still taking bookings & are currently offering a free collection & delivery service within a 10 mile radius of our workshop in Funtington. We also have strict COVID19 social distancing, cleaning & communication protocols in place.
For all you motorcycling needs, please contact Daniel or Katy on T: 07899 654446 / 01243 576 212 or contact us through our contact page.