When things go wrong

Our experience and the problems we have resolved.

Piaggio APE 50cc

Our customer had came over to modify the APE 50cc engine, We installed in the big bore kit 110cc.
Little and Large. Standard piston and cylinder. Big bore cylinder and piston. Amazing performance increase and usability.
Fuel economy similar with lots of smiles per gallon.




The engine just finished, Bench tested

This is the final result


An advertisement for keeping an eye on your brake pad wear

Rider went through pad material onto steel backing generating so much heat caliper caught fire. At least he had the presents of mid to extinguish flames with sand.




Straight from the thought you’d seen it all

Genius or nuts. Heated grips switch


Christmas card

We suspect the person responsible for designing the required procedure and cost of replacing a set of steering bearings would not be on most owners Christmas card list.
Head race bearings had been changed


BMW R200RT, 2016

The owner of the motorcycle BMW R200rt, 2016, brought the motorcycle to install a system DATATOOL so he could sleep calmly at night when the bike is on the street.




Water in fuel

This mix was in the tank of the bike.

Fuel is much lighter then water that is why water is always underneath.

The bike did not run properly. We had remove all stuff from the tank and put in a fresh fuel.




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.