International sportsbikes,classic & modern classics at mono motorcycles
No two weeks are ever the same at mono motorcycles & this week has certainly proved this!
Monday morning we welcomed a wonderful classic British hybrid to the workshop. The TRIBSA: 1954 BSA A10 frame & 1956 Triumph engine joined us to assess starting issues, oil leak, side stand welding & to torque up all the bolts. First job was to drain the fuel, as it had gone off.
After the casings were removed & cleaned, several of the screws were replaced with new bolts & washers, to ensure a good seal. The TRIBSA started on the second kick & after fuel & oil change, was ticking over nicely.
Another member of the Triumph family joined us on Monday afternoon. The Triumph Speed Triple 1050 joined us for throttle body balancing.
Something dramatic happened in the workshop on Tuesday, everything shrank!
A KTM 690 SMC joined us for new shoes on Tuesday. Cleaning the wheel rims, prior to fitting of the new tyres & removing old rubber from the wheel rim; ensures a perfect seal & prevents leaking
Tuesday was a super busy day, as we were also joined by a Honda CB600F for new chain & sprockets & seat cable repair.
Wednesday we welcomed a Honda CBR1000 Fireblade in matt black & gold livery.
The Fireblade joined us with a very sporadic starting issue. When the Fireblade was left with us on Tuesday, she fired ever time throughout the rest of the day. Having left her overnight & with the battery fully charged, she started first go from cold. However, her owner has had similar experiences, hence why she is with us.
Part of the works completed to the Honda CBR1000 Fireblade were to replace her plugs. To gain access to the plugs, the CBR had to have her radiator dropped out. The plugs showed considerable signs of wear. As the CBR was already dismantled, we thought it prudent to run through a valve clearance check, especially as we had an intermittent starting fault.
However, despite us putting the Fireblade through every possible starting scenario, she has thus far started every time. Daniel did find a few corroded plugs which have been cleaned & greased.
Even after a road test in the rain & the engine having been hot, she has still started every time. The last thing to do really is to fit a new battery, as Daniel has been through every other conceivable option.
Thursday we welcomed back one of our regular visitors, the cool grey Triumph Sprint ST 1050 for a caliper strip down, ultrasonic clean, rebuild & new pads.
Thursday afternoon, our TRIBSA owner received a lesson in the fine art of kick starting a 1954/1956 hybrid British motorcycle as he took her home.
Despite him getting soaked to the skin on his ride home, he had this to say about the TRIBSA’s journey with mono motorcycles “Saturated on way home, she was lovely my grin and that beautiful engine note kept me so happy, what a bike, what great service, now bring on some great weather, thank you Dan & Kate.” We are very pleased to have helped our customer begin his journey with his new classic ride.
Friday morning & first up on the ramp was an extremely tidy Yamaha YBR125.
The YBR joined us to correct an over tightened sump bolt, which was causing oil to leak once the engine was hot. Under investigation it has been found that the aluminium on the engine casting had been damaged. Daniel has fitted a helicoil to correct this issue.
The final motorcycle up on the ramp this week, is an immaculate 1997 Kawasaki ZXR400.
With only 9000 miles from new, this 21 year old motorcycle is spotless, even the inside of the carbs look like new. The ZXR joined us for a full service. She has clearly been lovingly cared for with only 9000 miles on the clock from new.