We were sitting around after work a few weeks back and our Techs, Chad and Jan started talking about setting up a “Wall of Shame”. I’m like whaaat??? For all the mishaps brought in by our customers. Here is a sampling of just a few of the many oddities that roll through our shop doors:
What is it??? A mysterious piece of cloth pulled from deep inside a carburetor. Piece of t-shirt, underwear (gross!), or maybe a pocket from a pair of jeans? Who knows!
“I don’t understand why my bike won’t roll.” Brake pads locked up. Worn out way beyond what is safe! Check them, keep records of when last installed, have them looked at when replacing tires (we do!).
This is NOT a motorcycle safety inspection sticker (see photo). Not always a good idea to try to cut corners . . .
Electronics – oh my, the stuff they have encountered! Check out some of the photos. Please make sure you go to a reputable shop that knows mechanics as well as electronics. A car stereo place is not going to realize that while installing the stereo your bike has now lost throttle response. Twelve connections to one main wire is probably not such a good idea . . .
Tires – cords showing, unfortunately very common and so unsafe! Too often we have bikes come in for general maintenance and there is very little air in a good set of tires. And you wonder why you didn’t get as many miles out of the tires as the manufacturer and mechanics tell you. Check your air pressure often. Especially with major changes in the weather. This will help save you money in the long run as you will get the optimum mileage out of a set of tires.
Is it guitar strings? No, just standard cables on a set of ape hangers. – Yes, they have seen cables stretched so tight that they look like they could play music! Nope, no song coming out of stretched cables. No turning radius either. When customizing your ride, make sure you know what you need to complete the job.
Jan estimates that about 30% of our work comes from work gone wrong. Either by customers attempting work on their own or having work done by someone else not knowledgeable enough to complete the work accurately and safely. Word of advice, just because information is on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true. Know your source! We do want well-informed customers, however, bottom line is: “If you don’t know what you are doing, don’t mess with it!” Also, when you bring your bike in for service, please tell us as much information as possible. Knowing exactly what you attempted and how you tried to fix it helps us diagnose quicker. This will save you money in the long run. That’s why we are here. Keeping you comfortable and safe on the road is our top priority!