Motorcycle service, repair & social’s at mono motorcycles
Having started the week being battered by numerous storms, we head into the weekend with some sunshine. Although a bit chilly, it is still perfect biking weather!
Here are some of the bikes we have welcomed to the mono motorcycles workshop this week.
Daniel started the Major Service for one of our regular customers Daytona track bike on Saturday, as we are still waiting on parts for one of the other Triumphs we have at the workshop. The exhaust needed rewelding which Daniel’s nephew Callum from Morris Customs assisted with & then the Daytona had a thorough nut & bolt check in advance of this years track season.
Today we welcomed a Ducati Monster 1200 to the mono motorcycles workshop for a Full Service. As always, mono motorcycles ensure there are photographs taken at receipt, during & after the process as a reassurance for the customer & a permanent record for mono motorcycles.
mono motorcycles also bag up all parts removed from any motorcycle (aside from oil filter & fluids) & return to the customer for disposal. If the customer does not wish to retain any parts removed from their motorcycle, they have the option to use the mono motorcycles bin for disposal.
On Wednesday we welcomed a Honda VFR800, another great sale by DJK Motorcycles. The Honda VFR joined us for Major Servicing including valve clearance checks.
Although the VTEC is described as Variable Valve Timing, this is something of a misnomer. In fact, there is no variation at all. It works simply by shutting off an inlet & exhaust valve on each of the four valve heads at low revs. Therefore, below 6800rpm the VFR runs an eight-valve head, & above that it runs on 16 valves.
Part of the tasks at hand was to strip down the rear hub & re-grease everything.
mono motorcycles have recently sought out the incredible engineering talent of Norman White – Formerly Norton Villiers & John Player Norton Development Engineer & Chief Mechanic Honda Britain – while we undertake a 50th birthday mini restoration/face lift for the Norton Commando 750 we look after.
Norman’s knowledge & expertise are remarkable & it has been incredible how much Daniel has been able to learn from such a seasoned specialist.
Norman White has over 40 International wins to date on machines he has prepared including Isle of Man TT, Endurance, Production, Formula 750, Formula 1 & 500cc
mono motorcycles have built B2B relationships with main brand dealer’s such as BMW, Ducati, Suzuki & Triumph & also source parts & expertise from The Wheel Specialist, DATATOOL, BikeTrac, HealTech, motogadget, BG Products, Larsson UK, Fowlers, Anitgravity Batteries, Moore Speed Racing, Andover Norton & Motone Customs to name but a few.
Aligning ourselves with industry specialists, brand dealers & experts like Norman White; strengthens our knowledge base & gives us more that we can offer to our ever growing customer base.
It was a ‘Big Cat!’ kind of an afternoon at the mono motorcycles workshop on Thursday with two Triumph Tiger XCX’s joining us.
The Tiger’s had been resting since before the first lockdown in 2020 & aside from a new battery needed for the blue one & the side stand switch sticking on the black one; both Tiger’s ran perfectly.
Both Tiger’s were then serviced & had MOT’s arranged.
On Friday morning we welcomed an Aprilia Tuono 1000 for fitting of uprated battery cables, new rear sprocket & a safety check.
However, the course of motorcycle electrics does not always run smoothly!
Daniel fitted the uprated Aprilia battery cables as supplied by the customer, which in itself is a relatively straight forward task. Once they had been fitted & connected up, he connected the battery with the headlight on full all of the time. When Daniel turned the ignition on, the bike went on to side lights & the dash went out, almost like the ignition switch was not working.
What Daniel found was that there are three orange wires going to the fuse box which are from the switch circuit in the ignition switch & that these only have 9v from the wires.
Daniel did refit the old cables to check there was no fault with the new product & the same issue presented itself. He therefore refitted the new cables.
Therefore & despite having tested all connectors visible in the bikes current disassembled state, Daniel can only suspect that in the process of fitting the battery cables, a hitherto unforeseen fault had occurred.
However, after a couple of hours of testing & even having one of the UK’s Aprilia specialist’s on the telephone for an hour checking all systems with Daniel, baffling both of them, Daniel knew it was something to do with earth switching, but having tested all of the earths in the loom, the answer still did not present itself. It was only when Daniel walked away from the bike that between the two of them, the reason for the issues was fathomed.
Under one of the panels at the rear of the Aprilia there is a cable which must be removed to allow the new battery cables to be fitted. What cannot be seen from the angle of work is an earth strap which is connected at the same bolt. Having removed the cable in front, the earth cable behind sprang upwards & conveniently tucked itself completely out of sight, hidden amongst the other black cables & wires of the wiring loom. Once re-connected, the Aprilia sprung back into life.
Sometimes, it can be the simplest thing which can be so baffling!
As our diary continues to fill up, we are now taking bookings from May 2022. Our social calendar is staring to shape up with our Spring Open Morning on Saturday 5th March & our popular Breakfast Clubs starting every fourth Thursday of the month from Sun 24th April through to October.
We are also taking registrations for our first Custom Bike Show which we are hosting on Sunday 12th June at The Pallant Centre, Havant. Please do see our social media channels & website for all the details.
As always, for all your motorcycling needs, contact Daniel or Katy on T: 01243 576212 / 07899 654446 or through our contact page.