Rare Groove

Honda SP2 Power Commander PC III Dyno and setup

Posted June 7th, 2013 in ECU Remap, Honda, Power Commander, Rare Groove.

Lovely job. It was nice to see an SP2 through our doors, and good to work on one. The owner had bought a secondhand PC III off ebay and fitted it himself, so it just needed setting up. It had no real map of any note in it; we asked him what he wanted out […]

Kawasaki Zephyr 1100 Dyno setup – an owner emails

Posted May 3rd, 2013 in Kawasaki, Rare Groove.

Now we do a lot of ECU remapping around here and – as Gill recently pointed out – we do do other things to lots of bikes that may have carburettors rather than little black boxes. Anyway, here’s an email from Ron Fairbrother after some work we did on his special Kwak Zephyr 1100… Hi […]

Suzuki GSX-R1100J top-end overhaul

Posted March 13th, 2013 in Rare Groove, Suzuki.

This beautiful old GSX-R11 Slabby came in because it was running poorly and had no go in it. So we strapped it on the Dyno and ran it up and indeed, it was not good – there was something obviously amiss. We started with the carbs, and found a broken float, which we fixed and […]

1990 Suzuki GSX-R1100 secondhand carb fit and setup

Posted February 6th, 2013 in Rare Groove, Suzuki.

This old GSX-R we’ll badge as an ongoing project as the owner’s still having some problems; he brought it in initially for a Dyno run a long while ago, and we found it was running over-rich, mainly on three cylinders. At some point in its life it had had a Dynojet kit fitted, but the […]

2003 Royal Enfield Cafe Racer running issues

Posted January 7th, 2013 in Rare Groove, Royal Enfield.

The owner of this tasty Enfield had spent a bundle on tuning the engine and gearbox at his local dealer. An Amal GP carb had been fitted and while he was well aware that it wouldn’t idle properly felt that it just wasn’t performing as it should – essentially, after all the work he reckoned […]

1992 Kawasaki ZZ-R1100

Posted August 8th, 2012 in Kawasaki, Rare Groove.

This is about the most original ZZ-R1100 we’ve ever seen! It’s a minter. It’s been stood, and the chap who’d bought it wheeled it out of his garage and was a bit concerned that the brakes weren’t up to scratch, so bought the bike in for us to give it a once-over. In fairness, the […]

1997 Kawasaki ZX-7RR & 2007 Kawasaki ZX-10R service and Dyno run

Posted April 27th, 2012 in Kawasaki, On the Dyno, Rare Groove.

This customer bought us two Kwaks – his ZX-10R and ZX-7RR. We gave the later bike a post-winter service, swapped out all the fluids and checked the strength of his anti-freeze, which he was worried about (all was fine, though; his was good for between -7° and -10° C, OK for the winters we’ve been […]

1998 Yamaha R1 Dyno check and service

Posted April 23rd, 2012 in On the Dyno, Rare Groove, Yamaha.

One of the first R1s to be registered in the UK – according to the owner – and in lovely condition still. It’s got 26,000 miles on the clock and is wearing a Dyna-Mite underseat exhaust. The owner bought it in for an interim (fluids) service, a new chain & sprocket kit and a run-up […]

1992 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP Dyno run

Posted March 12th, 2012 in On the Dyno, Rare Groove, Yamaha.

A proper blast from the past; a 1992 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP that’s owned by a chap who’s doing an all-encompassing motorcycling course at Merton college down in London. Part of his studies is to get a Dyno graph and explain it – so he (quite rightly…) thought he might as well get his own bike […]

Grey import Honda CL400 service and MOT

Posted February 9th, 2012 in Honda, Rare Groove.

A proper rare groove, and not the sort of bike – or work – that we’d normally take in, this grey-import 2000 Honda CL400 single, but a young couple came in to see us over Xmas, and were really struggling because they couldn’t get anybody to do a 12,000 mile service on their bike. We […]