View Full Version : Motorcycle Mechanics are funny beasts

31-10-14, 08:28 PM
Ever noticed that when a mechanic works on your bike he always shakes his head at you and points out the dumb things you've done or the things you should've seen......

Then when you get the bike home you end up quietly fixing the things he has done wrong without saying a word.......;)

31-10-14, 09:19 PM
:confused: They should put that in a fortune cookie. :p

01-11-14, 05:08 AM
without saying a word.......;)

Not me :), cannot help myself, don't know if its an age thing or not not but as time goes by I won't stand for shoddy work, poor service, young wankers who ride their boards down the pavement, swearing at everyone who doesn't move (me) and my biggest 'piss me off' people .... those idiots who wear their pants halfway down their arse and think it looks cool (usually the same wankers with skateboards ;) ) .... it'll probably get me in trouble one day but hey' if you're paying for a mechanic or walking down the pavement you are not asking for anything extra just what you should be entitled to ..... decent work and / or a safe walk down the street without being visually assaulted by spotty youths pimply plumbers crack every 10 yards. :shock:

Mild rant over. :)

01-11-14, 07:26 AM
Calm blue oceans my friend, believe me if it was bad enough...... But if he can sort that shitty GPz900 for me I'll cut him a bit of slack ( and he did.....).

01-11-14, 07:38 AM
Oo sar...... lol

01-11-14, 07:42 AM


04-11-14, 09:25 AM
Actually, I can see this from another perspective.

As a retired mechanic and electrician, I have seen things stranger than fiction. People will purchase a vehicle beit a bike or car and then proceed to modify it to how they see the vehicle should look. That's fine if it were just a cosmetic value, but then they throw out logic and begin the lengthy stroll down humilty and strangeness. Sometimes the mechanics don't know either and unless a computer can provide the answer there is no answer.

One example was a young man whom brought his Honda CB1000 in as he could find nobody that would work on his bike as it had no electronics in which to plug the scan-tool into. I said to him, what was his problem? His reply - it backfires all the time and poor acceleration. Smiling I said to him when was the last time you had it tuned. Reply - I change the spark plugs last week.

Many young mechanics beit bike or car, are only trained on the modern computerised engines and some (not all) have no idea how to tune carburetta engines. They rely solely on the scan-tool to provide the answers. So my concern is, am I part of a dying breed of true mechanics. Like many of you here on this forum, finding the right person is important.

Back to the CB1000, well his problem was a simple one. When he changed the spark plugs he disturb the end-caps of the high tension leads and they separated. Causing the spark to appear at the plugs to become very weak. I did not require any scan-tools to assess tha problem. A simple question answered by the owner was enough.

So once you find yourself a good mechanic, hang onto them and respect them. Even if you do not see eye to eye. They obviously know some things.

04-11-14, 01:49 PM
Agree 100% If what I have seen is anything to go by on bikes I have bought, and I suspect people think bikes are a simpler piece of kit than a car, most bike mechanics have the patience of saints.

04-11-14, 07:00 PM
modern bikes use self diagnostic....like OBD on car.....usually mislead you and point you at result .....error.....not a cause of error....
example/ the error code shows the O2 sensor error////lot of things can make that result......ECU tells you that you have bad result on exhaust.....not the cause of it.....
I always try to use my brain instead of diagnostic tools....the tools is helpful if you have a brain.

04-11-14, 07:23 PM

04-11-14, 11:15 PM

Ive found over the years that the owner tells you exactly whats wrong with it ie it wont be the carburettors as i had them apart last week so you go straight to the carburettors 9 times outta 10 thats the problem. Cheers Murf.