Ducati, Triumph, BMW & Yamaha. Big names week at mono motorcycles
Some of the big names in the motorcycling world have dominated the mono motorcycles workshop this week.
The devilish Red Ducati 848, the classic lines of the Triumph Bonneville Golden Jubilee Edition T100, the mean rumbling Yamaha R1 & the quirky eccentricity of the BMW C1. A truly eclectic, yet challenging set of wonderful machines gracing our doors this week.
On Monday we welcomes a beautiful Bonneville Golden Jubilee (1952-2002) Triumph T100 to the mono motorcycles workshop.
The T100 had suffered with a miss fire since her current owner purchased her. Another establishment had already cleaned the carbs as a first port of call, but this did not cure the miss fire.
Daniel having used a spark tester, ascertained in the first instance, that one of the coils was breaking down. This was shown by the spark tester showing a pause in the flashing light when the Triumph miss fired, meaning that the ignition coil or the wiring to the coil, wasn’t creating a sufficient arc & was breaking down. In addition, the TPS sensor was not set up correctly. With the consent of our customer we ordered the coil, which arrived the next day. Once fitted the miss fire had gone. Our customer was so happy with the outcome, he emailed us to tell us so:
Email – “Can’t thank you enough for tracing the electrical fault and making the bike smooth again. It’s brilliant.” Andy
Another happy mono motorcycles customer. Thank you
On Tuesday morning we welcomed the devilish red Ducati 848 to the mono motorcycles workshop.
The 848 was booked in with us as the owner noted that the bike was overheating & would cut out regularly.
Once the 848 was up on the ramp & the fairing began to come off, Daniel first noted with a simple finger plunge that the radiator was bone dry. As Daniel took the side fairing off, a visual indicator of where all the water had gone was evident. The oil glass was full of a milky substance & once Daniel removed the oil cap, his theory was realised, as there was congealed creamy white inside the cap. This means that the water appears to have mixed with the oil & is inside engine.
Once the oil was drained, this was further proven when the oil was a similar colour to chocolate milk.
Daniel suspected that the water pump seal has possibly failed, but would only have been 100% able to prove or disprove this until the pump was apart. Having contacted our & with his approval to continue; the Ducati water pump was then dismantled & the mechanical seal ordered.
Wednesday morning Daniel was rebuilding the forks on the BMW C1 as part of the MOT repairs.
The set up is a lot like the bigger GS models with a canter lever style front suspension. The alloy caps just pop on over the stanchions with the spring mounted at the rear. Both caps had cracked & popped off causing all the fork oil to come out! Despite both caps having been expertly welded, the forks were still leaking. Therefore, despite our best efforts, we had to let our customer know that he would need to have new caps fitted. With his agreement, the caps were then put on order.
Wednesday afternoon we welcomed one of our regular customers Yamaha R1’s to the mono motorcycles workshop for a fitting of a new (pre used) wiring loom & Healtec gear indicator.
On Thursday, Daniel got a few hours completed on the XJR project & motogadget install.
As the bike has a modified rear end, the undertray had been cut leaving an inch gap. Daniel fabricated a street plate to cover the gap & mount the m-unit & then relocated the start solenoid to the side so it would be hidden by the side panel
On Friday, the Ducati 848 was back on the ramp, having received the parts from Ducati.
The original mechanical seal from the water pump, was found to have sheared in half, which is what would have allowed the water & oil to mix. Daniel undertook a series of engine flushes to remove as much of the emulsified oil from the engine was is possible. At the time of writing, the Ducati still has some processes to go through, but we are happy that at 102-103 degrees the fan kicked in twice following each engine flush.
Our new Eddison lighting
adds a soft vintage mood to our new customer area.
Join us this Sunday 3rd Nov for our last Breakfast Club of 2019 & check out the changes we have made to our workshop. Our stylish mono motorcycles hoodies & T-Shirts will be on sale too. Looking forward to seeing you. All the best, Daniel & Katy
Sunday see’s the last of our Breakfast Club’s for 2019. We will have breakfast being served between 9am-11am, the workshop & customer area will be open to shelter attendees & we hope to see many of our friends, customers, supporters & some new faces for the last gathering of the year.
However, please remember this is not the last chance to get together this year. The mono motorcycles Christmas Charity Quiz in aid of SERV, takes place on Saturday 14th December at The Pallant Centre, Havant. Tickets are on sale online or at the mono motorcycles workshop.
As always, for all your motorcycling needs, contact Daniel or Katy on T: 01243 576212 / 07899 654446 or through our contact page.