Recommend Me A Mobile Mechanic

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Recommend Me A Mobile Mechanic

Post by numptyspence » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:06 am


I can do most jobs on a bike but i have never replaced the shims. I am nearly 4000 miles over due from the service interval (i know its not the end of the world but!!!).

So i am after a mobile mechanic that cam come out and do the job preferably with me helping, so that next time i can do it my self (if i want!).

If it helps im in Leeds.

Any help appreciated.

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Re: Recommend Me A Mobile Mechanic

Post by Richard Simpson » Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:52 am

First get a workshop manual

I'd make a start by checking the valve clearances which is easy on most bikes, and can be done without disturbing anything much except the rocker covers/cambox (except Desmo Ducatis).

You may find they are all within limits anyway.

TBH it's only valves that are too tight that are a real problem; loose ones just mean a bit more mechanical noise in most cases.

If they are tight then the best thing to do is make discrete inquiries with the workshop staff at a local bike dealer to see if they can fit you in on a Sunday at home!

Trouble with shim valves is that you need to calculate the size of shim required to restore clearance: and the size marking sometimes wear off the shims that are in the bike, so you need to be confident of your ability to measure the things.

Screw and locknut was much easier.

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Re: Recommend Me A Mobile Mechanic

Post by Tramp » Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:29 pm

I dowt a mechanic is willing to cut his own buisness off..but being as its a Honda does it really need doing..
Have you asked on the xrv forum or varadero forum if they need doing regularly or if someone can show you how..but shims are a bitch as against normal types..better slack than ta65o shouold be checked every 12k but never been done in 50k..and all nice and takes longer to get at them than do them..

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Re: Recommend Me A Mobile Mechanic

Post by Elle » Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:12 pm

Hi, he's not mobile, but I can highly recommend Stuart Rafferty who has a small workshop in York (no shop or dealer price tag). He came highly recommended by many of my local IAM group and I used him to service my Honda's.
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Re: Recommend Me A Mobile Mechanic

Post by numptyspence » Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:40 pm

Well i found a guy and he has just left after doing a great job.

I wanted a good mechanic who would show me how to do it so i could do it myself the next time if i wanted/needed, and this guy really delivered.

IF anyone want to learn about maintenance or just wants a competitive price i would really recommend Bobs Mobile Motorcycle Services - 01924 467240

He was even talking about starting a maintenance course taking you from the basic up to doing thing like shims.

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