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Re: Is anyone interested in maintenance training sessions?
Reply #30 on: July 16, 2020, 05:02:00 PM
Strange that I've just had a notification on this thread as I'm emailing everyone who has expressed an interest....

Time to revive this old thread, and get the Service School underway.

The plan is to run three separate courses:
Basic: Removing front & rear wheels, cleaning brake calipers, oil & filter change, electrical health check, coolant change, replacing chain & sprockets / final drive oil change, replacing spark plugs (BMW flat twins).
Advanced: Checking & setting valve clearances, replacing spark plugs, replacing air filter.
Suspension: Remove forks & yokes, change fork oil, check & regrease steering head bearings, strip & regrease rear suspension linkage, remove swingarm & regrease bearings (chain drive bikes).
All courses will include: Introductions, workshop safety, choosing & using tools, and a bike health check.
Places will be limited to four per day, and will be hands-on: for the basic course, everyone will get to carry out one or two tasks on their own bike, on the advanced course one or two owners will get to work through the valve clearance check on their bike, for the suspension course two or three will service their rear suspension while the fourth will do the forks & yokes on their bike.
Each course will be a full day, with workshop sessions starting at 9:30 (so please plan to arrive between 9:00 and 9:30), and will run until around 4:00, but the finish time will be very much dependant on how quickly the work goes and how much we talk around other servicing work.

As far as possible the courses will be limited to one make & model of bike per course, so the courses are as relevant as possible for you & your bike, but we will talk about transferrable skills and in reality the training will be about mechanical maintenance and not just about the Tiger Explorer or R1200 etc.

I’m contacting the people who got in touch when I first floated this idea several months ago. If I’ve missed you off the list please message me now as a reminder, and also if you’re seeing this for the first time please let me know your thoughts.

Courses will run from my workshop on Anglesey, post code LL71 8DE. If you’re planning to stay locally on the previous night let me know and I’ll recommend a campsite or B&B.
I’d like to start running courses from the start of September. The cost per course will be £100 plus oil, filters etc at cost, and will include morning & afternoon refreshments and lunch. You will also get copies of my Motorcycle Service & Maintenance Manual and model-specific service manual for your bike (total rrp £50), so you will not need to take notes on the day. I will happily run some ladies-only courses if there is a demand.

If you’re interested please get in touch – what I need to know from you is the make, model & year of your bike, the day of the week that suits you best (I’m thinking of Saturday but it’s what suits you that matters most), which of the above courses you are interested in, which items in the list of work you’d most like to do on your bike, and how much servicing experience you have.
Finally and most important of all: The key thing is that you get a benefit out of the day. If the conversation, and the work we cover, goes off in an unplanned direction that’s perfectly ok. So long as everyone is happy with it, we can miss items off the planned list and substitute others instead. I need you to enjoy the day and maximise the value you get from it more than I need to stick to any pre-prepared syllabus.

Thanks for reading, Mark

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Re: Is anyone interested in maintenance training sessions?
Reply #31 on: July 19, 2020, 07:59:29 AM
Lets start things off with a couple of the basic courses, aimed at anyone new to servicing or with limited experience. These first courses will be for the Tiger Explorer only, and places are limited to four per course so that everyone gets a chance to do some hands-on work on their own bike.

We will cover; a Mini-MOT bike health check, removing the front & rear wheels, cleaning brake calipers, oil & filter change, electrical health check, coolant change, and a final drive oil change. During the day there will be plenty of time for discussing any service questions you may have, and so long as the group is happy to change from the planned syllabus we can cover other work as requested by you. If you need some help in getting together a toolkit for working on your own bike I can make some recommendations for you or order a selection of tools for you.

Please let me know by PM or by email to mark@marksmotorcycleparts.co.uk if you would like to book onto courses on 29 August or 5 September. Once these dates are full I will offer more dates on this and also the other two courses.

The cost will be £100 (£30 on booking - paypal or credit card - and the balance on the day please) and will include refreshments & lunch, and also copies of the Motorcycle Service & Maintenance Manual and Tiger Explorer Service Manual (I'm aware that quite a few forum members already have the service manual, so I'm pleased to offer my Touring book as an alternative). When booking please let me know whether your bike is Mk1, Mk2 or Mk3.

So you can get the best out of the day please let me know what tasks you would most like to do on your own bike, and I will do my best to accommodate everyone's wishes. If you would like to do the oil & filter change please let me know if you have a preferred brand (oil & filter will be charged at cost). I have a stock of Castrol SAF-XO for the final drive (no charge for this). I will make sure I have all the consumables here beforehand so that all you need to do is turn up on the day.

Thanks, Mark