Vespa Honda BMW Yamaha wiring/detailing/servicing @mono motorcycles
Vespa, Honda, BMW, Yamaha, Norton & Kawasaki. A fully international week at mono motorcycles.
The Vespa showed us who was in charge, when she made sure we had to remove the chrome & front panels, to access the spark plug! Daniel, having completed the full service, then set to task to fix the seat pad & remove the side stand, which was becoming a hazard on cornering twos-up.
The BMWR1200GS joined us on Tuesday for a full machine detail & winter protection package. One of the challenges for anodised wheels, is how much the tarmac, oil & other road debris sticks to them. The wheels were considerably pitted. However, with Daniel’s former detailing experience, he concocted a mixture which removed a vast proportion of the road debris, leaving the wheels looking clean & bright.
The mono motorcycles winter protection & detailing packages are designed to prolong the life of your machine, whist also protecting it from the harsh winter road conditions.
The Yamaha XS has made some great progress this week. The XS came to mono motorcycles, as it was not charging. Daniel Morris assessed the XS & ascertained that the stator had been incorrectly wired & the battery was too small for the XS.
Therefore, the XS has been completely re-wired, to tidy up previous wiring works, a new battery fitted & the stator wired correctly. The majority of the new bespoke wiring loom is now installed. The clocks & lights are now working. Daniel has also upgraded the fuse box & added a bigger volt battery.
Mid week, we welcomed a Honda Pan European for new tyres & brake pads. Our new customer has also booked in for fork seals to replaced, towards the end of the month.
The Yamaha WR450 returned to us this week. The Yamaha WR450 was originally in for a cutting out issue. Having spent some time going over the motorcycle, Daniel found various connectors loose & damaged. These were repaired. However, although Daniel started the Yamaha WR450 repeatedly at the workshop, it was road tested several times & re-started first time at the workshop; when the customer had ridden it home, it cut out again. Once recovered back to mono motorcycles about 45 minutes later, it restarted first time
With the Yamaha WR450 behaviours above, Daniel ascertained that as a new battery had been fitted in the first wave of diagnosis,the battery had recharged itself when it was turned off & subsequently fired up first time in the workshop. With this in mind, checking the output at the battery, Daniel found it had 13.7v. Enough you would think, to recharge the battery. However when Daniel disconnected the headlight, the charge rate increased to 14.4v!
This contraindication would normally indicate a weak stator, however, checking the voltage directly from the regulator plug, under load – headlight on – Daniel found the WR450 to have 14.4v at the regulator plug & 13.8v at the battery. Daniel then completed a volt drop from the regulator back to the battery, finding a 0.6v loss through the wiring loom. This was confirmed by bridging the loom with a piece of wire, producing 14.4v at the battery.
Therefore with all of this additional evidence, the next step would be to replace the wiring loom. However, at £450.00 from Yamaha, this was not a viable option for our customer. As a interim repair, Daniel has created a fuse link between the regulator plug, directly back to the battery. This has now increased the charge rate to the 14.4v under full electrical load. Following several road tests, this appears to have cleared the fault. However, despite the technical repair carried out, the natural progression would be a new wiring loom.
Our last breakfast club of 2018 was a chilly affair, but a morning filled with laughter. We are so very grateful to all of supporters during our first year of events at mono motorcycles. We are additionally grateful to Buns to Banquets who have supported us through this first year & look forward to welcoming them back in 2019.
However, we haven’t stopped yet. The mono motorcycles Charity Christmas Quiz is now fast approaching on Friday 30th November & there are still tickets available for this great night. All proceeds from the ticket sales, raffle & collections made on the night will go to SERV Wessex, volunteer blood runners. Get your tickets today, support a great cause & have a wonderful festive night with family & friends.
As always, for all your motorcycling needs, contact Daniel or Katy on T: 01243 576212 /07899 654446 or through our contact form.