Honda, Yamaha, Triumph, NSU, BMW at mono motorcycles this week


Despite it having been raining almost nonstop all week, this has not stopped us having another busy & varied week at the mono motorcycles workshop.

Yamaha XJR1300

On Monday Daniel & Oaklie started rebuilding the recently ultrasonically cleaned Yamaha XJR carb bodies. We do not put the carb jets in the ultrasonic cleaner as they are made of brass. If the jets are blocked, we use a double system of diluted clock acid which gently dissolves debris & compressed air from the compressor.

NB: We only complete carb work on known bikes.

Triumph Street Triple RS, BMW R Custom, Yamaha DragStar

It’s was a clutch-tastic Tuesday at the mono motorcycles workshop this week. First up a Triumph Street Triple RS for new clutch basket.

Next up, the clutch plates arrived for the Yamaha Dragstar, so we were able to fit those.

Last up, the correct clutch assembly for the BMW arrived.

Although the BMW has been registered as a R100 S, the engine number actually has revealed it is possibly a 1979 R100 RS engine. Some people forget, when they are having a new custom bike built, it doesn’t mean the engine is new & or has necessarily been rebuilt. In this case, we feel this is most likely the original clutch for this bike.

Having been stored for about 4 years & with no prior knowledge of the customisation, it was always ging to be a bit of a puzzle getting the bike back on the road.

NSU Quickly N

Despite it absolutely hammering with rain Tuesday afternoon, our dear friend Alan popped round to see us on Tuesday to ask Daniel to tighten a couple of bolts for him.  His 49cc NSU Quickly N is just fabulously quirky, everything we love in a motorcycle.

NSU, famous for its racing and record breaking bikes, introduced the Quickly in 1953. Over the next ten years more than a million were built to various specifications. The pressed steel frame was both sturdy and easy to mass produce. Quicklys went on sale in Britain in late 1954, distributed at first by NSU’s UK partner Vincent. This is the basic model, the two-speed Quickly N. (Information courtesy of the National Motorcycle Museum)

Honda CB250RS

On Wednesday we welcomed a lovely Honda CB250rs in with a wiring fault to the front indicator. The fault was identified as a burnt out wire to the indicator. Therefore, Daniel stripped it out & made up a new wire.

BMW R Custom

The BMW has become a familiar sight at the workshop as we continue to care for the bike for our customer.

Having been stored & immobile for at least 4 years, the bike has taken some commissioning to get it running again.

As we did not have any prior knowledge of the bike until a few months ago, it has been a bit of a road of discovery to bringing it back to life.

Once we had got the bike running & Daniel was able to test ride it, he noted straight away that the clutch was slipping.

We had been advised that the engine was from a BMW R100 S, so we duly ordered a clutch for that model.

When it arrived, it was clearly incorrect. Our suppliers who have access to an enormous database, were able to discover that the engine is actually most likely a 1979 BMW R100 RS.

With the correct part now fitted, Daniel then turned his attention to why the speedo would not work correctly & permanently had the neutral & oil light on. Again, Daniel did not wire this bike & therefore after testing the wiring & with only power & earth to the speedo; Daniel has ascertained that the speedo is faulty. Our customer has now authorised the purchase of a new unit.

We have now discovered where the bike was made by using a photographic Google search. The bike was customised by a company called Kiddo Motors in Barcelona & according to their Facebook feed, was completed January 2016.

It is always interesting to find out part of the story behind a motorcycle.

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

First up on Friday we welcomed back a Honda CRF 1000L Africa Twin for Full Servicing.

Servicing does not just have to be a Springtime action, ready for the biking year.

Bikes can be serviced all year round, even if they are being put away for the winter. Fresh oil, plugs, coolant, battery checks, fuel stabiliser treatments, etc, can help keep bikes in tip top condition & ready to ride; especially for those rare warm winter days when you just want to get out on the road! For all your motorcycle servicing needs, contact Daniel or Katy on T: 01243 576212 / 07899 654446 or email

Yamaha XJR1300

Daniel took some time to teach Oaklie about ignition timing on Friday morning as he prepared to replace the TPS (throttle potentiometer sensor) on the Yamaha XJR1300

Serious moment

We are all aware of the difficulties our country is facing with the cost-of-living rises.

However, as a small independent business, we rely on customers showing up for the booking slots we have allocated them. Although motorbikes are our passion, this is also how we earn our money.

We ask for a minimum £50 booking deposit to secure the time in our diary & help us purchase parts for customers bikes. We ask politely that the deposit is paid at the time of booking, otherwise the booking is not secure.

Having had a couple of customers not pay their deposits & subsequently not show up for their bookings; we have now lost the time & the money we would have earnt from their job.

Going forward, booking deposits will need to be paid at the time of booking, otherwise we cannot offer a booking.

Thank You for your continued support.


Saturday 4th February 2023 Basic Motorcycle Safety & Maintenance Workshop

Join us on Saturday 4th February 2023 for a morning of essential motorcycle safety & basic maintenance.

The session will be 1 ½ hours + a 15-minute break + Q&A time & will cover the essentials of motorcycle safety & identify basic motorcycle maintenance needs.

The session is aimed at complete novices, those who are new to biking & those who wish to feel more confident in understanding their motorcycles basic maintenance needs.

We will cover areas such as: Checking tyre pressures, tyre tread/depth & legal requirements, greasing the chain, checking the chain/sprockets, checking brakes, how to check oil levels, coolant levels (if appropriate), checking fork seals for leaks/fork stanchions for marks or rust, how to charge the battery, checking headstock bearings for play/notching, MOT expectations, etc

Note: We will not be teaching you how to service/repair your own motorcycle. This session is an advisory session only.

Session 1: 10.00am – 10.45am

Break 15 minutes

Session 2: 11.00am – 11.45pm + Q&A time

The session is £10 with free tea/coffee & biscuits for all attendees.

Details of how to book & make payments can be found at

Saturday 4th March 2023 Spring Open Morning at mono motorcycles

Join us to discuss your service, repair or wiring needs for 2023 & beyond at the mono motorcycles workshop New Barn Offices, Funtington, PO18 9DA

Coffee & Tea £1.00

Sunday 23rd April 2023 Breakfast Club is back!

Breakfast Club is back in 2023!

Join us for a hearty breakfast, catch up with friends, or drop in for a


Location: mono motorcycles, Row C, Unit 4-5 New Barn Offices, Funtington, Chichester, PO18 9DA

Sunday 18th June 2023 mono motorcycles Custom & Classic Bike Show 2023

Our second Custom & Classic Bike Show is already planned for Sunday 18th June 2023. We are already taking registrations for motorcycles in a variety of categories:

2023 Categories:

Best in Show, Best Paint, Best Custom, Best Cafe Racer, Best Bobber, Best flat tracker/scrambler,

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)

Register your bike by sending an email to with a description of the bike, at least 4 photographs of the front, sides & rear & which category you wish to enter.

We are also looking for an eclectic selection of trade for the show & therefore if you or anyone you know is interested in bringing your business to the show, please do contact Katy in the first instance by emailing for more information

Check out our Facebook & Instagram feeds for regular updates

Seasonal Offers!

Christmas Gift Vouchers

Looking for the perfect Christmas Gift for the biker in your life? Then how about a Gift Voucher for Service & Repair at mono motorcycles?!
Vouchers can be purchased at £25, £50, £100 denominations & are valid for 1 year from purchase.
Contact us today on T: 01243 576212 / 07899 654446 or email us at E:

Winter Motorcycle Safety Check & Oil Change £99 (includes VAT)

Package includes physical visual safety check with safety sheet record & oil & filter change only.

Available 1st Nov 22 to 31st Jan 2023. Exclusions apply.

Please contact us for more information T: 01243 576212 / 07899 654446 E:

As always for all your motorcycling needs, please do contact Daniel or Katy on T: 01243 576212 / 07899 654446 or email us at