Happy New Year. mono motorcycles review of 2019
Happy New Year one & all. As we leave 2019 behind us & look forward with excitement to the next decade; we would like to take some time to reflect on what an amazing year 2019 was for mono motorcycles.
We began 2019 with a busy workshop & plenty of exciting projects lined up. Our events calendar was filling up & our customer base & social media following was growing & growing.
We began 2019 by welcoming good friend & long term supporter of mono motorcycles Sarah’s ‘Bumble Bee’ Honda Hornet to our workshop. Having just purchased the bike, Sarah wanted to ensure it had a thorough check up, servicing & a fork seal replacement & rebuild before she took it out on the road.
In early February we opened our doors to celebrate our first anniversary of being at the mono motorcycles workshop.
Katy baked cupcakes & there was free tea & hot chocolate for all attendees. Lots of our family, friends & regular customers came & wished us well & it was fantastic to meet so many new faces, who subsequently became customers as the year went on.
We seemed by default to welcome a whole host of Triumph’s through our doors in 2019 & long may it continue. As Daniel owns a Triumph Street Triple RS, he is more than comfortable working on the new & older machines alike. February we welcomed a Triumph Rocket 3 & Triumph Speed Triple 1050 for detailing. Daniel’s expertise as a former Professional Zymol Detailer has been sought out on many an occasion throughout 2019.
In early March we held an Art Showcase for good friend & outstanding Artist Jamie Gladman. Despite the weather being against us, a few brave souls came out in support of Jamie & his exceptional talent.
As March 2019 advanced, the workshop suddenly filled with motorcycles from all manufacturers & all eras’. March is traditionally when the weather starts to improve & service season begins for us.
We don’t always work on two wheeled vehicles, we have on occasion welcomed some traditional Villers 3 wheelers to the workshop & in March we welcomed a Polaris Buggy with a CBR600 engine in. Daniel was tasked with fitting a reverse gear to the buggy. Having initially had the new gearing supplied by the customer, the one cog supplied wouldn’t fit or engage. Therefore, Daniel having used a cog from a Kawasaki ZZR1400; the reverse gear was fitted & worked perfectly.
Easter came upon us all too soon & the weather was glorious. Therefore, a small group of us took advantage of the seasonal change & headed out on some fantastic rides.
From Wheels Day to Custom Café & the up above the downs at Devils Dyke, then the Departure Lounge to Goodwood, Petersfield Lakes & beyond. A fantastic weekend of riding, great company, fantastic destinations & of course, delicious food!
Our first Breakfast Club of 2019 in late April was a resounding success & most certainly set the tone for the rest of the year.
Our Breakfast Clubs have gone from strength to strength, with people travelling far & wide to catch up with friends or make new ones over a delicious hearty breakfast.
In May we welcomed our first P&D Custom’s motorcycle for some wiring attention. We have now been working with P&D Custom Bikes for over 6 months, having worked on 3 of their custom builds, we are now fully collaborating with them & supporting them with their wiring needs.
In June Katy’s Dad celebrated his 75th birthday & in honour of him, we arranged a mini ride out along Hayling Island seafront. Good friend Kev took Dad on the back of the trike & a gaggle of other riders joined in the fun to make Katy’s Dad’s birthday something to remember.
As we hurtled into July 2019, we held monofest1 at the Barleycorn Tavern. What a great day was had by all. The sun shone, bikers gathered to eat, chat & listen to live music provided by local band REACTOR 1. The very lovely & inspiring Zoe Cano joined us, as did the fantastic Jamie Gladman & The SERV Blood Runners. It was lovely to see so many happy smiling faces enjoying the July sunshine.
Big news in July was Katy finally passing her full bike test. After battling through the MOD 1 four times & finally getting that in the bag; MOD 2 was a breeze.
Also in July Daniel began work on the Triumph Daytona 675 track bike which belongs to regular customer & supporter of mono motorcycles Simon. The Daytona has certainly gone through some changes in 2019 & is now being prepared to be raced in the NGRRC series in 2020.
One of our regular customers to mono motorcycles is the BMW C1. Although it appears a little eccentric, the C1 was BMW’s idea of a city bike, which was intended to give the rider all the comforts of a car, but on two wheels. Featuring a sunroof, seat belt & side panels; it’s one of the only bikes you can ride in the rain & not get wet!
In September the Triumph theme appeared again & we had the opportunity to detail a Triumph Street Triple R. The end result made the bike look beyond brand new & in this case, we were so determined that the customer had the full effect of a delivered sparkling machine; we actually took home to her to avoid it being made dirty on the way home. The result of Daniel’s expertise speaks for itself.
As Autumn began to turn & the nights began to draw in; we welcomed a Ducati 848 with extreme temperature spikes while the owner was riding. Having checked all of the obvious points & finding the radiator to be completely dry; Daniel noted the milky substance inside the oil glass & upon draining the oil, what he had suspected, turned out to be true.
Daniel checked the water pump & found that the mechanical seal had failed. Once we had replaced the mechanical seal, the Ducati then had 3 full oil flushes to remove as much of the residual oil as was possible. This was a mammoth task involving running the bike to temperature over & over again. https://monomotorcycles.co.uk/ducati-triumph-bmw-yamaha-big-names-week-at-mono-motorcycles/
As we moved into November, we welcomed our big wiring project in the form of the Yamaha XJR1300. The XJR having been extensively modified by the customer over a 4 year period, was in need of a complete rewire. Having already seen our previous blogs about Daniel’s wiring expertise, the customer knew he wanted to go down the motogadget route.
As our last Breakfast Club having been moved to Sunday 3rd November came & went, we began to hunker down for the winter months.
On 30th November our lives changed forever as we welcomed our newest family member, Sprocket.
Sprocket was adopted through a charitable organisation known as Amicii Dog Rescue. He has transformed our lives & is the most loving dog you could ever meet. He’s going to be quite large we have discovered, but we already feel like he has been with us forever, he is such an intrinsic part of our lives. Sprocket cannot wait to meet you all in 2020.
Daniel having rekindled his passion for trials riding, took to the hills on New Years Eve & came 2nd in his group. He plans to continue his rekindled passion for the sport, entering many more trials in 2020. Read Daniels blog about when Daniel & Zac headed off to the Welsh hills for a trials day.
This is only a snapshot of the vast array of motorcycles we have seen come through the mono motorcycles doors in 2019, a glimpse of the extensive & complex projects which Daniel has completed with professionalism & dedication & a flavour of the events we have put on for our valued customers, followers, family & friends.
2019 was a year of growth for mono motorcycles, with changes along the way & an ever growing customer base. As we move into the next decade & ease in to 2020; we are already planning forward to make this year bigger & better than 2019.
Daniel’s wiring expertise is already gaining traction & having already built a great rapport with our expanding customer base & now collaborating with P&D Custom Bikes; we have already had enquiries from outside of England about Daniel supporting wiring projects in 2020.
Our service/repair & labour pricing structure is due to remain at 2019 prices, to ensure our customers gain the very best value, in a professional & dedicated setting.
Our events calendar includes our ‘Coffee Stop!’ every first Saturday in the month from January 2020, several open mornings February & March, Security Advice Mornings at Bury Hill, our super successful Breakfast Club begins again in May & our Summer BBQ in August. https://monomotorcycles.co.uk/events-calendar/
mono motorcycles is ready to take 2020 head on, welcoming regular customers through our doors, alongside our new customers we are yet to meet. Daniel & Katy strive all of the time to create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone who steps through our doors & we are committed to giving 100% customer service satisfaction.
Above all, we want to see 2020 as an opportunity for the community surrounding mono motorcycles to grow & for our business to be seen as a place of expertise, determination, great customer service & a friendly approachable atmosphere at all times.