When things go wrong

Our experience and the problems we have resolved.

Motorcycle Rs 125

The owner of this motorcycle recently came to us to have an mot test done, the bike failed on tyres,chain and sprockets and a couple of minor lighting defects, we quoted her a price which she said was too expensive and that she could get it done cheaper elsewhere, we said fine, get the work done and we will do the mot retest, she returned with the bike and we checked it, when we did we found the rear tyre fitted the wrong way round both tyres fitted incorrectly on the rims, the chain adjuster bolts loose and adjusted unevenly, both tyres had not been balanced and the lighting failures were still present, we asked her how much she had paid which turned out to only be £20 less than we had quoted, the moral is sometimes if it seems too good to be true it usually is.

Motorcycle Рeugeot 50 carburettor

If you’re wondering what this is, it’s the carburettor from a Рeugeot 50, 2 stroke, the customer had left the bike standing for 6 months resulting in the fuel transforming its self into the jelly you see, essentially the carb was full of vaseline, if you leave your bike to stand for this length of time drain the fuel.

Peugeot 50 motorcycle carburettor

Wiring damage

We have heard many tales across the internet about squirrels storing nuts in airboxes, mice making nests and even snakes living in bikes. We thought they were all urban myths until this bike came in, the damage above was caused by rats nibbling the insulation off the wiring, apparently they love the taste. After reinsulating the wiring and removing evidence of our furry friends the scooter lives again.


Most scooters are automatics, however you do need to be on the scooter to ride it. The moral here is don’t rev an auto scooter unless you’re ready to ride.

As you know we at Southern Cross work hard to keep your pride and joy on the road and at the end of a hard day we like to sometimes sit down enjoy the evening sun and a cold beverage , little did we know how dangerous drinking could be.
I’m sure that as bike riders we’ve all had close shaves with cars but you shouldn’t expect them when you’re in charge of a garden chair, Richard wins an award for this one though, nearly killed and didn’t spill a drop, all that rock and roll dancing has given him some moves. Take care out there.