KTM & BMW dominate the mono motorcycles workshop this week
This week’s workshop calendar seems to have been dominated by a European flavour this week.
With the giant KTM1290 Super Adventure, the two BMW S1000RR’s & BMW F800GS joining us; it’s been a big bike, big power week at mono motorcycles.
On Monday, Daniel returned to the Suzuki VX800 Trike, to complete some additional mechanical tasks.
Having already replaced the fork seals & fork oil; he then moved on to the strip down, ultrasonically clean & rebuild the carbs.
As can be seen in the photos, with the first carb off, there was some considerable debris found inside & the jets are clogged. Further to this, Daniel found that the front & rear carb were clearly from two different motorcycles; with one being considerably cleaner & seemingly newer than the other. Upon rebuilding & refitting & running the trike up; Daniel also discovered an air leak from the inlet pipe. The customer having already purchased a donor bike; has the additional parts needed to fully repair this.
The Suzuki VX800 Trike valve clearance check showed that the valve clearances were far too loose. Where they should have been 0.10mm, they were found to be at 0.90mm, meaning the gap was 0.80mm too big. This disparity in the gap sizing, would have caused the engine to rattle & contribute to a lack of power. Remembering that the VX800 joined us as a non runner, with some considerable wiring needs (not least of all to make the trike safe & road legal) , these additional mechanical tasks were essential to ensure the trike stood a chance of being ridden.
On Wednesday we welcomed back an old friend, in the form of the Red Bull liveried KTM 1290 Super Adventure.
The KTM Super Adventure joined us for pre MOT checks & an MOT being arranged, wiring upgrades & a full professional machine detail & seasonal protection
Continuing our BMW theme this week, on Friday we welcomed a BMW F800GS to the workshop.
The F800 joined us for forks seal replacement, head stock bearings, rear brake pad replacement & water pump assessment.
During the process of assessing the F800, we found a considerable notch on the head stock bearing. This usually manifests itself when a bike can become difficult to steer or you can experience juddering from the front end when riding.
It is however, always a good idea to check your tyre pressures are correct before automatically assuming that this is the fault with your motorcycle, as this too can have similar symptoms (we have seen this on more than one motorcycle, where front tyre pressures have been as low as 9psi & caused all manner of riding problems).
In this case the notch was considerable & the bearing has now been replaced.
Sprocket continues to become more & more a part of our family. Spending every day with us at the workshop means he is never alone & he is already getting really used to the sounds & smells of a motorcycle workshop.
As we edge towards the end of January & the long gap between pay days is shortening; why not join us on Sunday 2nd February for our ‘January Blues Breakfast & Open Morning’ We look forward to seeing you then! We will be holding a raffle for the Amicii Dog Rescue where we adopted Sprocket from, with all funds going to this important charity.