It’s been another busy week at the mono motorcycles with a varied collection of 2 & 4 wheeled machines! gracing our doors.
Monday was an exceptionally busy day for mono motorcycles. The first job of the week was for a lovely Triumph Street Twin. Alfie, for that is the Triumphs name, was with us for an interim service & his first MOT.
The second bike up on the ramp, was the blue & white Aprilia TUONO 1000. The TUONO came to us as a non-start, with suspected fuel pump failure. Following an investigation by Daniel, the Aprilia TUONO was found to have a broken wire in the fuel pump. Despite an initial fix being put in place, the part of the pump with the broken wiring cannot be bought separately & we couldn’t guarantee that the ‘fix’ would hold. Therefore, a new pump was ordered.
In addition to the fuel pump issues, the customer had advised that the clutch didn’t feel right. Daniel began to unscrew the clutch slave cylinder form the Aprilia & clutch fluid poured out. Sadly, this meant that the seals had popped & therefore it needs replacing.
The third bike in the mono motorcycles workshop on Monday, was the aqua blue Triumph Speed Triple. Last week the Triumph joined us as a non start. Under investigation it was found that the majority of the tank was filled with water! Having been a dry tank & only just filled from a local fuelling station, this was of considerable concern. Now the bike is running & having put fresh fuel & fuel additive into the tank, this should ensure a smooth running, as long as no more water is added to the mix!
The fork seals were also replaced on the Triumph. This process also entailed the forks being thoroughly cleaned & cleared of debris, the fork oil being replaced & the forks being rebuilt & fitted back in the Triumph.
Due to the amount of water in the tank, Daniel checked the oil to ensure this had not become contaminated. Upon initial inspection, the oil was very milky. This can sometimes mean’s the head gasket has blown & let water in. However, on this occasion, we believe the contamination came from the bike being cranked with a tank almost full of water. The oil has been replaced with fresh clean oil.
The Polaris buggy with the Honda CBR 600 engine returned on Tuesday for the second phase of service & repair. As the components on the buggy are designed for a motorcycle, some things weren’t functioning as they should. Point in fact, the brakes.
Having fitted the new brake master cylinder, Daniel took considerable time to bleed the brakes, as there was so much trapped air in the brake lines. However, when traditional methods didn’t produce expected results, more drastic measures were needed. Therefore, using air from one of the buggy tyres, Daniel forced brake fluid along the lines, pushing the trapped air out & allowing the brake fluid to run freely through the lines. The buggy now has a brake pedal.
In addition to the brakes being recommissioned, the Polaris buggy has undergone a full service, had the hand brake repaired, the neutral light switch replaced, speedo repaired so it now works & re-wired the oil pressure switch.
The bright orange Kawasaki Z1000 has returned to the workshop again this week, as she continues her modification journey.
Daniel has fitted new chain, sprockets & rear discs, in advance of the new front discs still being on back order. However, in the process Daniel found that the rear brake caliper seal had been pushed out by corrosion. New seals are now on order. The Z1000 has also had a Heal Tech quickshifter fitted.
The BMWC1 which we have worked on a few times, arrived on Wednesday afternoon with an intermittent fault, causing the C1 to stall sporadically.
BMW have conveniently fitted a diagnostic port & therefore once plugged in, the TEXA diagnostic found a Fuel Injector Open Circuit fault code. Upon investigation one of the wires was broken inside the port. Daniel had a plug available & in the space of less than hour had rewired the plug, cleared the fault code & the C1 & her happy owner were on their way
Our Yamaha R1 guest is nearing the end of her current journey with mono motorcycles & today her carbs, having been cleaned, ultrasonically cleaned, jets replaced & fully rebuilt & being balanced in advance of an MOT. However, on her maiden voyage & the first time Daniel has been able to take her on a road test, he noted some inconsistencies with the power delivery at certain revs.
Once back at the workshop, Daniel has found that the HT leads are breaking down, with the potential of a coil failing as well. Despite the fact that the R1 runs really well, if the HT leads or the coil are faulty, there is a possibility of the bike breaking down under load. Therefore, the R1 will be staying with us just a little longer while we ensure she is 100% road ready before she returns to her eager owner.
The bright yellow Nastro Azzuro Rossi Liveried Honda Fireblade joined us on Thursday to have a 90 degree valve fitted to the front.
90 degree valve stems allow easier filling and easier access for checking tire pressure.
The final bike up on the ramp this week, was the menacing Black Ducati Diavel. She has returned to us after having a fault code cleared twice for a ‘Horizontal Map Sensor’ The sensor has now been replaced & the fault code cleared. To get to the sensor, the Diavel had to have her seat, tank & handle bars removed, as the sensor was hidden just behind the frame, under the tank.
Our first breakfast club last Sunday, 28th April was a resounding success & we hope everyone had a lovely morning catching up with friends over a hearty breakfast.
Our next breakfast club is themed V-Twin & Hotrod & we are hoping to encourage some of these machines to join us for the morning.
As always, for all your motorcycling needs, please contact Daniel or Katy on T: 01243 576212 / 07899 654446 or contact us through our contact page.