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Hertfordshire Superbikes Launches on-line TV channel on YouTube

Hi ladies and gents!

As per the title, we have launched Herts Superbikes TV, as part of our YouTube channel.

Basically, it is a series of videos, to show our customers and the public the day-to-day happenings at a busy motorcycle workshop.

You get to see behind-the-scenes action, as well as the laughs and banter that goes on! You’ll also pick up tips and advice along the way!

We haven’t got professional video equipment, not are we professional videographers (give us a Ducati and we can work wonders, however!).

Check out the channel below!

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbVD-7wRPZRJ3407gSMtEDWqFHrxzAhdL

Thanks,

Ali

 

Off-roading in Hertfordshire or London?

Hi guys and girls, another post today  following the earlier instructional on how to change engine oil and replace the filter on your motorcycle.

offorad

As many of you know, off road motorcycle riding, on an amateur level, is becoming a declining sector in the motorcycle world. This is due to many reasons; the green-lane closures is part of them.

As many of you are aware, we have recently taken on a new manager by the name of José Teto. He has many titles under his belt for off-roading and powersports (jet-skiing!). You can see his intro video over on our YouTube channel.

Being an off-road legend, he knows all about the trials and enduro rides (having competed in many on a pro level), so feel free to come down and have a chat with him!

Since José’s arrival, we also cater to the off-road and motocross sector, whether you race, ride or just potter around off-road.

We are also happy to carry out bike set-ups for long distance enduro rides!

Get the word out, and let’s collectively liven up the off-roading in Herts and London, and look forward to the coming summer!

how to sell your motorcycle in London, we buy any bike

If you have used your motorcycle in London, it probably has a fair share of wear and tear, as well as weathering, so first thing is a major service.

This could cost dear – even if you decide to do it yourself, most home mechanics and DIY enthusiasts cannot, haven’t got the right tools, or simply are afraid of doing things like valve clearances, fork seal replacement,  tyre changes, or even chain and sprocket changes.

The cosmetics can’t really be resolved, short of a full re-spray, which as you may know, could cost a fair amount too.

Fixing it up, making it pretty and reliable and then selling it is usually a waste of money and you will, in most, except very RARE cases, lose out on money. For example, a very good condition 2002-2003-ish Honda CBR 600 currently retails at around £2800-£3000. If it is well used, expect it to be worth around £2000. You’d need to spend well over a grand on it to put it in a similar position to those selling at £3000, by the time you have done anything and everything that needs doing (valve clearances? tyres? chain sprocket? service?). In order to get your money back, you’ll have to list it up for more than £3000, in which case, people would rather pay £3000 and get something reputable from a dealer or trader.

However, if it is already in good nick, the way you will get most money is selling it privately. But then you get the usual tyre-kickers, dreamers and time wasters. You may also find that you need to work, and have commitments during the evenings and weekends, and making the time to wash, clean and then list it on the internet is time-consuming; let alone making time for the above mentioned time wasters.

If you are moving to another bike, there is always the option of a part exchange. In almost any case, no trader would want to do a straight swap (even if both bikes are identical in nature, condition and/or value!) so be prepared to part with some cash. At Hertfordshire Superbikes, we are happy to take P/Xs and are happier to give a slight discount on the price of the bike you are buying if you present the right part-exchange.

On the contrary, there are bike-buying services, similar to we-buy-any-car, who then offer you rock bottom prices. These are probably good if you want to scrap your bike, and expect £50 or so for it! They also, then expect you to take your bike there (well, if you uncovered it in the garden shed where it’s been stood for 28 years, has two seized brakes, chain so rusty, it might fall off, and a battery that’s just a heavy  paperweight, riding it to one of their centres might be tricky. If you do make it there, you will see how the criticise it and turn the £50 they promised you, into a mere £32.50!

Bike traders or dealers are also another way to get cash form your motorcycle – most of these take your bike in, give you instant payment (in cash!) and make a profit on your machine, simply because you are too “lazy” or haven’t got the time to do it yourself.

Here at a Hertfordshire Superbike Centre we buy motorcycles, but operate in a clean, transparent manner, giving you the best deal.

At the end of the day, traders need to buy bikes for stock, so why would they offer such low prices if they know they wont get a purchase?! We are realistic and bikers ourselves. We know that  happy customer is a customer for life.

If you are looking to get rid of your motorcycle, give us a call on 01707 66 33 44.

Ali

 

 

 

WE WANT YOUR BIKE!!!

We are actively seeking bikes to buy we offer competitive prices. if the Mrs is nagging you to get rid of your pride and joy CALL US. if your not going to be using the machine over the winter and want something different in the spring CALL US. if there is an old relic taking up much needed garage space CALL US.

Fuel leaking from your motorcycle?

Noticed you fuel consumption gone up? Bike less economical?

Fuel prices have gone up, indeed, but nevertheless travelling by motorcycle is by far the cheapest way of getting around – okay, cycling is good – but is no replacement for a car for longer journeys. Motorcycling, however, is.

Maybe your bike needs a service, if you aren’t getting as much miles to the gallon.
Just serviced it/had it serviced? Maybe its leaking fuel??


A motorcycle leaking fuel is obviously not a good thing. Pouring away hard earned cash is one thing, but that obnoxious smell, and of course the flammable liquid or fuel vapour ar ealso concerns.

The picture above shows my personal bike leaking fuel – at first, I thought it could be a carb overflow/drain pipe (the top of this rubber hose then goes on to disappear in the maze of tubes up there somewhere).

I then carefully took a look with a torch, and found that this is indeed the tank overflow, and as it happen I filled up fuel that morning on the way to work – and with the heat fuel has expanded slightly. Phew! Lucky to say, the leak isn’t a leak; it was just where I overfilled it slightly.


There’s the importance of not overfilling your motorcycle petrol tank!

However, if you do have a leak, I would carry out the following checks.

Where is it leaking from?

Rubber hose? – replace the section of hose with GOOD quality hose, made for petrol. Rubber does perish after a while, or become brittle and crack, especially at bends. It would be wise to replace ALL the hoses, as if one is badly cracked, perished or brittle, it’s likely for them all to be, or about to be, the same!

Joint? – some bikes have a t-piece or y-piece as part of the fuel delivery tubing (maybe to split to more than one carb, or banks of carbs). Take apart, replace the joining piece – and rubber hose (well, you’re there anyway!)

Bottom of carb? – carbs have an overflow. A built in mechanism that stops extra fuel from flooding into your engine. this overflow usually runs through a rubber tube out to somewhere near the bottom of the bike. These tubes can also be for the carb drain, or your bike may have a separate one. Regardless, ensure that the carb drain bolt is fully tightened (please, don’t overdo it, the heads on these are usually made of “cheese” and can round off easily!). Plugging the rubber tube isnt the solution. The solution is to take carbs off and apart and clean out/replace the float valve (either the valve itself, the seat might be dirty, or an o-ring) – this float valve stops fuel entering the carb when the carb bowl is full. 

Side of carb? – Remove carbs, and replace gaskets with new gaskets.

Fuel tap? – Some bikes have fuel taps – most of them work in a similar way. You’d need to drain the tank, remove the tap and rebuild it using a rebuild kit (comes with seals/gaskets, and maybe even some extra internal tap “gubbins”). 

Fuel filter? – Replace filter if it is broken (or blocked up – obviously!). If it is form where the rubber hoses join the filter, try trimming a very short amount off the end of the rubber hose and reconnecting it.

Tank? – You need a tank repair, or maybe replacement. We can of course do welding, and now paintwork – so will be cheaper than a new tank!