Blogathon 7/13 Simon!

Although I’m fairly handy with a set of tools and I am capable of handling most jobs (with the aid of a good set of documentation), I do prefer to leave some things to the specialists.

Maintaining the Bandit is one of those tasks.

Banons Motorcycle Service is the mobile motorcycle mechanic I have been using.

When I bought the Bandit, I wanted the bike to have a complete workover.

Simon took the motorbike away and over the course of a week he did a full strip-down and service.

He found a few things that needed urgent attention, and a couple of longer-term niggles that needed looking at, at some stage within the next twelve months.

And he sent me photos.

A week-and-a-half later, Simon delivered the Bandit back to me.

We shared a mug of coffee and a gossip.

We went through the photos of what he found, and Simon gave me a much more detailed explanation of what he had to do to (including cutting an incorrectly-sized nut off the rear spindle).

Later I hopped on the motorcycle and took it out for a brief run around time.

The Bandit felt even more brilliant; somehow the balance of the bike had been improved; handling was tighter and both the ‘go faster’ and ‘stop now’ responses were breathtaking.

A few days ago Simon came out to take care of a couple of the longer-term niggles, then I popped the Bandit round to the tyre specialist for a new set of tyres.



You may not know it, but new tyres, on a motorcycle, should be ‘run-in’ for a hundred miles.

This means no sharp cornering, no rapid acceleration, and *cough* keeping within the speed limit.


With limitations like that, it’s going to be a dull hundred miles.

But it’s going to be fun afterwards


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6 Responses to Blogathon 7/13 Simon!

  1. Masher says:

    I had to have new tyres fitted to my Thunderbird. There was an arse-twitching moment as I drove away from the garage and cornered the first roundabout: the bike twitched as the new tyres seated themselves in properly. Bit scary, but fine after that (as you know, I’m not a speedster).
    Did you get the same tyres? I swapped from Metzelers to Avons – because nothing else was available – and the handling felt like it had improved considerably.

    • Brennig says:

      I went from Metzelers to Bridgestone, loving the way the bike feels now, grip and handling is stunning. But I am resisting the urge for knee-down cornering 🙂

  2. Catherine says:

    I’ve passed on your recommendation to my husband, who also rides bike! Thank you!

  3. Dave says:

    I’ve been out since eight this morning, got in at quarter to midnight and posted a quick blogpost before midnight only to find we are both on mechanic related tales. There are so few good machanics left in the country we may have covered both of them between us.

    • Brennig says:

      I know a couple of really good lorry mechanics; for horsebox owners, they are great people to know. But I went with Simon because he’s a bike specialist (and a motorcyclist himself). I shall hop over your was soon. I got distracted from my routine because of things. I’ll get back in to the swing of it.