From Harley Davidson to twostrokes. Always extremes at mono motorcycles
It has been a week of extremes at mono motorcycles this week.
From the giant Harley Davidson CVO Street Glide, to the Suzuki RG500 twostroke, to the petite Honda Vision; we always have plenty of variety here at mono motorcycles.
Monday morning was busy busy. Catching up with emails & messages, booking in customers motorcycles & housekeeping. Therefore, it wasn’t until mid morning that Daniel got back to the tools with the popping orange Yamaha VMAX.
The VMAX joined us for re-wiring of a speedo.
The speedo had already been fitted by the VMAX owner, but he could not get it working. It was a digital speedo with a pick up from the wheel & manufactured in China.
A lot of the products sourced from Chinese manufacturers are great value for money & perform within expected parameters. However, in this case the product did not.
As most people know, Daniel is a wiring expert, hence why people bring their wiring requirements to him. Therefore, as he had another identical speedo on the shelf which was removed from another bike, he decided to check the wiring. The attached picture speaks for itself. Same speedo, same manufacturer, same instructions… completely different wire colours.
With the instructions being very poorly translated & the wire colours seeming to be completely random; what we thought would take maximum of two hours to do, cumulatively took nearly seven hours just to work out what each wire does, make a loom for it & refit, re-test, remove, re-fit & re-test over & over again.
The outcome of this extensive project was, despite best practise & despite Daniel’s wiring expertise; he could not get the speedo sensor to work properly. The lights were all working, but the sensor was not.
As mentioned above, often times Chinese products work within expected parameters, but in this case the manufacturing of the product was poor & inconsistent & has left the customer with a conundrum going forward, as he will most likely have to source an Acewell Speedo or a speedo from Digital Speedos for example, to replace the non-functioning speedo unit he has already purchased.
On Tuesday morning we welcomed back this lovely Honda Vision.
The Honda’s owners uses the Vision with his motor home, which is serviced annually by Reliance Caravan & Motor home Services, which is another business at New Barn Offices.
The Honda came to us last year for her annual service & now returns again this year, as her owner readies himself to hopefully get away for a Motorhome holiday this year.
Also on Tuesday, one of our good friends/customers popped by to show us his new ride, a gorgeous Harley Davidson CVO Street Glide.
With its Milwaukee-Eight Screamin Eagle 117 engine & 125 ft/lbs of torque; this is a powerful & forceful machine for the discerning Harley Davidson owner/rider.
Tuesday afternoon we welcomed a beautiful Suzuki RG500 Stan Stephens tuned 576cc ‘Skoal Bandit’ to the mono motorcycles workshop. The very dedicated owner has sourced original clocks for the RG, which Daniel has now fitted.
Our customers dedication to his machine saw him package up the clocks with a wiring diagram, tags on appropriate components, all to aid & assist us with the works to this stunning two stroke.
‘Scarlet’ was an immaculate stunning red Triumph Thruxton who joined us for new tyres, a full safety check, a service & we arranged an MOT for her.
We also welcomed Buell XB9R for headstock & wheel bearings.
The Buell’s owner noted that the front end of the bike felt like it was going to ‘wash out’ at any moment while riding. Upon inspection at the mono motorcycles workshop, the Buell’s tyres were at 24/28 psi, rather than 36/38psi, which could have been contributory to the unsettled feeling from the front wheel.
Once Daniel checked the headstock bearings, he found they did not need replacing. However, as he prepared to replace the front wheel bearing, the bearing pretty much fell out, leading him to believe that they had not been fitted correctly in the first place.
Once Daniel had replaced the front wheel bearing & with the tyres inflated; the Buell was taken on a ten mile road test & Daniel tested the Buell at different speeds to ensure the issue had been rectified.
Thursday afternoon, Daniel had to take the Suzuki RG500 to the MOT station & this is the look on your face when you have ridden a Suzuki RG500 Stan Stephens tuned ‘Skoal Bandit’ to the MOT station & back!
Friday, we welcomed an immaculate Yamaha R1 to the mono motorcycles workshop. The R1 joined us for an intermittent starting fault, which Daniel traced to a faulty battery & a 12k service.
We are all aware that motorcycle servicing is essential for a safe & well maintained motorcycle. Not only does regular servicing protect & prolong engine life, keeps the motorcycle safe for the roads, but it also keeps the value of the motorcycle in check.
We have seen a few motorcycles over the years which have been internally damaged due to lapsed or non-existent maintenance & servicing not being kept up. We have seen motorcycles with no oil, no fuel & in some cases running at over 100 degrees C, with empty radiators. The damage these scenarios can do to your motorcycles engine can be fatal & once an engine is seized, it becomes a very expensive repair.
Knowing what your motorcycle needs in the form of basic maintenance & keeping up with regular servicing, can not only protect the life of your engine; but could also save you a fortune in the future if your engine seizes due to lack of motorcycle maintenance & care.
For all your motorcycling needs contact Daniel or Katy on T: 01243 576212 / 07899 654446 or contact us through your contact page.
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