PLANET ME­CHANIC ‘It’s great work­ing with the tra­di­tional ap­proach’

‘Try­ing to stop the carbs leak­ing can break some peo­ple’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

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.”

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