8v clutch job , stelvio

High mileage stelvio clutch job , clutch slipping because it is,a worn out ,b because the cush springs were rubbing on the gearbox casing .


Norge 8v GT , oil pressure switch leak

Norge 8v GT ,

had a leaking oil pressure switch , to get to it involves seat, panels,and fuel tank …then you remove the lower fairing , on both sides to access the inlet manifolds to the throttle bodies .

then you can remove the airbox , underneath is the oil pressure switch. It also means you can get to everywhere to clean up the oil that has leaked out .

new switch has an adapter to fit new type of switch , so hopefully it won’t happen again .

clean everything up and screw it all back together.

False economy

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customer went for MOT …MOT failed .
customer complained of poor back brake performance.
customer complained about MOT tester .
customer complained about cost of replacement pads.
mechanic , how long has your rear brake been poor ?
customer , for about the last 4 months .
mechanic , do you not check your bike over every now and again ?
customer , well the last mechanic said they were ok !
mechanic , when was that then ?
customer , last year just before the MOT.
mechanic , how many miles have you done since then ?
customer , 12,000 miles all in London.
mechanic , OH !

This is why i tell people , always have a minimum of 2 keys.

ALWAYS have a minimum of 2 keys for your Breva , Griso , Stelvio , Cali 14 ,Norge , 1200 Sport, anything that has a key coded to the bike .

This customer managed to lose a set of keys ages ago, never got around to getting some more cut, even though he had brought some spares, to do just that .

Lost his only remaining set , didn’t have the key number written down , BUT does, thankfully , know his user code .

SO , new set of locks all-round , code the new keys to the dash , and off he goes,

£450 quid lighter .


Special offer , all of June , if you don’t know your user code , but you have 2 keys , come and see me,  and i will give you one , THAT YOU CANNOT FORGET OR LOSE .


Yes Sir , we will service your new bike before you pick it up !

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So , a new owner says… give it a service , so we have a start point. Shouldn’t need much he says , i’ve only done 5-600 miles since i got it . Dropped the oil out and took off the sump… oil filter dated 2012 , thick black sludge in the sump , a drain washer that has been used more than once is cut off of the drain bolt. Double gaskets on the rocker covers ? and valves so very tight , carb balance a mile off , and mixture screws set at 2 turns out not the 3 1/2 turns out the engine wants .

Run it down the road for an MOT , tester can’t get it out of gear , passes with flying colours .

Does your drive box oil come out looking like this ?

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does your oil come out like this ?

this is oil with maybe 10% water in it . Probably caused by lots of short journeys , where the drive box doesn’t get hot enough to make the water evaporate off .
solution , change you oil more frequently , open out the hole in the vent at the breather .

When you change it , try and do it hot , just after a ride is best , leave it to drain , overnight if you can .

Then refill to the correct level .

You may need to do this twice in quick succession , to get all the affected oil out.

Your drive box is an expensive bit of engineering , oil changes are very cheap by comparison .