Triumph, Honda, Ducati, custom bikes and biker events at mono motorcycles
As the weather starts to show signs of warming a little, we are all eager to get the biking season underway.
Our diary is already fully booked until mid April 23 and therefore, if you know your bike needs a service or you have been putting off repairs; best to give us a ring sooner rather than later.
Our average lead time for bookings from the end of March can be anything from 4-6 weeks!
Now, we know our workshop blogs have been a little quiet of late, that’s because we have been sharing our successes with Daniel’s Triumph Thruxton R subtle customization and Part 1 of “200” the Honda CB200 transformation.
Therefore, lets take a look at what has been going on at the workshop over the past couple of weeks.
02.03.2023 Triumph Street Triple
Early in March we welcomed back the ‘Cosmic Green’ Triumph Street Triple for interim servicing and a safety check in advance of this year’s biking season.
The ‘Cosmic’ Green’ paintwork on this version of the Triumph is always a talking a point and has inspired mono motorcycles for a future project. Watch this space!
03.03.2023 mono motorcycles feature in Back Street Heroes
It was quite a shock when we opened up the cover of March’s Back Street Heroes and found a three page spread all about our 2022 Custom and Classic Bike Show. The article had been penned by a great supporter of mono motorcycles, Ian Thoburn or Bosun of Bosunsbikes as he is more commonly known.
Ian rang us a week before the magazine was published to let us know that there would be a couple of pictures from our show in BSH. It was incredible to find that it wasn’t just a couple of pictures, it was a full three page spread.
Thank You so much to Ian Thoburn of Bosunsbikes for the incredible write up. We are so very humbled by the fantastic support Ian has shown us through the years and we are simply blown away by this incredible opportunity to appear in one of the UK’s longest standing motorbike publications.
Thank You Ian and thank you to Back Street Heroes for the amazing opportunity to appear in the magazine in its 40th anniversary year.
06.03.2023 Honda VFR Crossrunner
The Crossrunner joined us for a Full Service and new brake pads front and rear.
It’s always a good idea to check your brakes if your bike has been away over winter. It is always a good idea to check your front and rear brakes are responsive before that first ride in spring.
07.03.2023 Triumph Street Triple 675
Sometimes when we have motorbikes booked in for one fault, during the diagnosis we discover more hidden faults.
The Triumph Street Triple 675 arrived as a non-start. The battery was completely dead, so much so that even with a jump pack and another battery, it would not start.
Once the customer agreed to replace the patten stator which had been fitted with a genuine Triumph part we were able to get the bike running.
Once the bike was running, we were then able to run a TEXA diagnostic scan. The scan advised that there was a fault with one of the injectors.
However, when Daniel started to strip the bike to get to the injectors, he found the reason why one of them was showing a fault. The broken wires shown in the photograph are meant to be intact and meant to make the injectors all run smoothly.
At some point in the Triumph’s life, the wiring had been repaired and the repairs having failed caused breaks in the wiring loom, adding to the running faults already reported to us by the customer.
Having repaired the wring and got the bike running, Daniel took the bike out for a 16 mile test run. He noted that the Triumph seemed to still be labouring slightly at ignition, leading him to suspect that the starter motor is worn.
Following further tests, it was ascertained that the starter motor was excessively worn. The customer authorised the purchase of a genuine Triumph starter motor and once fitted Daniel initially ran the bike on the bench for 20 minutes, monitoring the fan coming on and off.
Once Daniel was satisfied that the bike was charging and starting correctly, he took it for another 12 mile test ride.
08.03.2023 International Women’s Day
On Wednesday 8th March 2023 we celebrated International Women’s Day with a celebration of some of Katy’s heroes and some of the women from the world of motorbike racing she has been lucky enough to meet over the years.
10.03.2023 Ducati Multistrada
On Friday 10th March we welcomed back one of our regular customers Ducati Multistrada for Servicing and Cambelt change. The Ducati is used as a regular commuter for rides in and out of London, which is why our customer is mindful of ensuring the cambelts are changed regularly to protect the engine.
If you are unsure if your cambelts are due a change, check your user manual or contact us and we can advise. The cambelt change is usually given by years or mileage whichever comes first.
Saturday 11.03.2023 Basic Motorcycle Safety and Maintenance session
On Saturday 11th March we ran our second Basic Motorcycle and Maintenance session. The sessions are designed to help attendees understand their own motorcycles needs, recognise when things are not right and let them know about the necessities of keeping their motorcycles safe for the road.
Both sessions have been well received and we are grateful for all of the positive feedback we have received.
14.03.2023 Triumph Bonneville
The lovely Triumph Bonneville joined us for Major Servicing. During a Major Service the valve clearances are checked. If they are found to be out, then shims need replacing. This process is essential to protect the longevity of a motorcycle engine.
Each motorcycle make/model will have a different manufacturer service schedule and in that schedule it will advise at what mileage the valve clearances need to be checked.
If valve clearances are unchecked and a bike is not regularly serviced, this can impair performance and in the long run, can damage an engine.
If you are uncertain which service your motorcycle requires, check your user manual or give your local motorcycle technician a call and they will be able to let you know.
In case you have not had enough of us, check out our YouTube channel. Awesome videos of some projects we have been working on in the background will be up in the next few weeks. Subscribe now so you don’t miss out! https://www.youtube.com/@monomotorcycles797
Breakfast Club is back!
Join us at the mono motorcycles workshop on Sunday 23rd April from 9.00am – 11.00am for a hearty breakfast and a chance to meet up with friends, or make new ones!
We are eager to hear from people with custom or classic bikes which would fit in any of the following categories and would like to enter them to our custom and classic Bike show on Sunday 18th June 2023. Contact Katy vie email to let us know more about your bike and which category you would like it entered in to. Email: email@example.com
Best in Show – Open to all categories.
Best Paint – Consideration will be given to quality, quantity, effect & degree of execution.
Best Custom – A fully customised build, fabricated & modified by the owner, with free range of any style of chassis, engine & bespoke build.
Best Cafe Racer – Traditional, modern or even futuristic variations on the “café racer” theme.
Best Bobber – Any bike which has been adapted to follow the traditional bobber style & theme.
Best flat tracker/scrambler – All motorcycles built or modified in the Scrambler, Vintage MX style, as well as Flat Track & Street Track.
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, home built or customised
It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas and here is a date for your diary. Friday 1st December 7pm-10pm at The Pallant Centre, Havant, Hampshire.
Join us for a night of laughter, quizzing (general knowledge, generic motorbike questions, Christmas knowledge), fantastic raffle with incredible prizes, licensed bar and maybe a few craft stalls to find those last minute gifts! Tickets are £5.00 in advance with all proceeds going to Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).