PLANET MECHANIC ‘It’s great working with the traditional approach’
‘Trying to stop the carbs leaking can break some people’
Mark Bowen started Bowen Moto 30 years ago and is now an agent for Enfield, Kawasaki, AJS, Kymco and Rieju
“Taking on the Enfield franchise a few years ago was an enjoyable learning curve, going back to oldschool machinery that could be cured with a traditional mechanical approach.
“At PDI we check all the electrical connections carefully, especially the sidestand switch and injection relay, as they can both give you a misfire. They all love a new NGK spark plug too.
“Working with the oldtech got me thinking about potential classics. I had a Kawasaki GPZ900R whistle past me when I raced at the Le Mans 24-Hour in 1984. It sparked my interest back then and now we’ve got four – three A1s and an A8.
“One of the biggest issues is leaking, rusty fuel tanks, which need to be acid-dipped to neutralise the corrosion, before a respray. If you do that you don’t need to use an internal tank sealer.
“Trying to stop the carbs leaking can break some people. You can change needles and floats and gaskets and they will still drip because the housing where the needles go in is part of the carb body and gets worn.
“The fork anti- dive units need overhauling carefully with lots of little plastic bits to keep track of. For road use leave them on setting one as anything more is rock-hard.”