Workshop Tips

Sometimes the old ones are the best!

0 Comments Posted April 21st, 2016 in Servicing, Suzuki, Workshop Tips, Yamaha.

Here at BSD, no two days are ever the same, we see all makes of bikes old and new. However we have noticed over the last couple of years, owners are tending to keep their beloved bikes longer, gone are the days when you would change your bike before the first M.O.T was due! Pictured […]

All that glitters is not gold – especially when it comes to elderly Suzuki GSX-R1100s…!

Posted January 5th, 2015 in Suzuki, Workshop Tips.

Or “beware of painted lovelies” is how we should title this post. We’ve had a few cases like this GSX-R over the years; it was supposedly rebuilt by a so-called ‘expert’ but once we’d finished our work – sort out the swing arm bearings, headstock and linkages – the owner asked us to run it […]

The clocks are changing, the sun is shining and the bikes are coming out!

0 Comments Posted March 19th, 2014 in Advice, Workshop Tips.

At this time of year, you seem to wake up earlier and decide that it is nice day for a ride, so you push your bike out of the garage, after it has been stored all winter and then what? We have had quite a few bikes in lately and have noticed the lack of the […]

Suzuki GSX-R1000K1 fork seal replacement after being stood over Winter

Posted February 24th, 2014 in Suzuki, Workshop Tips.

No surprises here – this GSX-R’s been stood awhile, the owner’s dragged it out of the garage with a view to getting it ready for Spring and the fork seals have gone. Our advice here is to only ever use good quality fork oil (the manufacturers generally use very high quality oils as stock) and […]

1992 Ducati 851 new belts, fuel pump and service

Posted January 21st, 2014 in Ducati, Workshop Tips.

This beautiful 851 had been stood for 5 years in a shed. The owner dragged it out – with the possible intention of selling it – but it obviously needed some sorting. 5 years’ worth of stale petrol had killed the fuel pump, so that needed changing. Interestingly £300 buys you a Ducati pump, but […]

2002 Ducati 996 new belts and full service

Posted January 10th, 2014 in Ducati, Workshop Tips.

We serviced this bike a few years ago, and it’s lovely. We hadn’t seen it for a while (3 years as it turned out) and the owner who comes from Thetford way was worried about the state of his belts as it had been stood. Now you could get away with 3 years if the […]

2008 Kawasaki ZZR600 full service… and much more!

Posted January 2nd, 2014 in Kawasaki, Workshop Tips.

This Kwak came in for a straightforward service – as we started going through it we realised there was going to be a bit more to this bike than met the eye, even if it looked clean and tidy. The owner had just fitted some aftermarket brake discs (and pads) which were binding badly; we […]

2004 Yamaha R6 non-running wiring loom disaster – beware!

Posted November 28th, 2013 in Workshop Tips, Yamaha.

There are lessons to be learnt here… The lad with this R6 had a friend of a friend who looked at it and decided it needed some tweaking to the alarm. He took a load of wires out, shorted a few and in the process cooked the ECU. Oh dear. And the key and key […]

MV Agusta F4 battery mix-up!

Posted April 8th, 2013 in MV Agusta, Workshop Tips.

This is a salutary tale of how the simplest things can (nearly) become big things… in BSD Office Queen Gill’s own words: “This F4 came in as a non-starter. On further investigation Mark found that the customer’s friend had put a new battery on the wrong way round. Mark then also methodically checked the continunity […]

Triumph 955i diesel fill-up (er, easily done…)

Posted October 31st, 2012 in Triumph, Workshop Tips.

Oh dear. The owner of this Triumph 955i took it on a test ride from a dealer, and accidentally put diesel in it. He made a genuine mistake (through over excitement!) and admitted it straight away on his return. Anyway, he bought the bike and had it delivered directly to us, because the dealer he […]