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Hot and greasy

A workshop visit costs.

This hurts most when it comes to small routine maintenance/repairs, which can be done easily with a little courage and only one left hand ;-).


This starts with changing brake shoes and ends with changing fluids (except brake fluid!).

What is needed for this?

– Sufficient time,

– Youtube 😉 and/or a workshop or service manual as a guide and preparation for

o The work steps,

o Necessary spare parts to order and

o Required tools

– a flat parking surface,

– when changing liquids, an absorbent pad or a closable collecting container,

– Workshop gloves,

Most motorcycle manufacturers now have spare part drawings on their pages,

These make it relatively easy for us to identify spare parts and to shop online. Alternatively the good old visit  to the next brand workshop/dealer works as well.





First, you should be looking for a quiet place. With short repairs it can also work in a normal parking lot, but it is better to have your own place like a garage, a parking space or a workshop etc., especially during the first attempts.

Weather surprises must be taken into account.

It is best to arrange the workplace in such a way that:

– Its clean and as dust-free as possible.

– The probably needed tools are ready in an orderly way

– There is a shell (ideally magnetic) for screws, nuts and washers, so that they do not get lost (place the shell so that an accidental knocking over is unlikely)  😉

– All spare parts and gaskets, checked them for completeness and put them close. Detto all new liquids.

– Gloves and cleaning paper, as well as a waste bag or waste bucket are within reach.

Prepared in this way, absolutely nothing can go wrong.

So courage, let’s start the first operation.

As teaser: oil and filter change!


In the service manual on the last pages the required quantities and the type of oil used are indicated.

Motorcycles, with the divided lubrication circuit of gearbox, clutch and engine, are very sensitive to deviations from the specifications (primarily because of the clutch!).

Other companies/brands are OK.

Personally I have had great experiences with MOTUL oils, but this may only apply to my motorcycle, so no guarantee 😉

If also the oil filter is to be exchanged, the data for it can be found at any time in the Internet.


If all parts are available, it is time to prepare everything.
Ideally the motorcycle should be warmed up before (the oil becomes thinner), or the engine should be warmed up briefly at the stand. (Caution: the exhaust will be warmer than the engine)

A suitable screw- or ring wrench is required to open the oil drain plug (normally on the underside of the engine/gear block) or very low on the side.

In order to collect the oil that is draining off, a sufficiently large collecting vessel should be placed underneath, which ideally should additionally stand on a mat in order to collect unavoidable splashes.

Take care with the screw that it does not fall into the tub in the final unscrewing (which should go quickly – because: hot and greasy) and is drowned under the oil. Otherwise: Have fun searching!

The oil will now drain off.  Towards the end, it is recommended to tilt the motorcycle slightly so that as much of the remaining oil as possible can drain off.


Excursus filter exchange (skip if this is not necessary.
In any case it is recommended to change the filter at least every 2nd oil change.)

Loosen the oil filter counter clockwise with an oil filter key (Attention: small one, not the one for cars!).

Normally the filter should not sit too tight and go off.
If it is quite stubborn, or if there is no oil filter key at hand, a more resolute method also helps:

Simply pierce the filter with a large screwdriver (using a hammer) and use the screwdriver as a lever to open the filter. This always works.

In any case there will be another short swall of oil, therefore attention and put something beneath to catch the oil.

Drain off the oil, clean both openings with cleaning paper and screw on the new oil filter (attention: remove any protective cover from the seal), a little more than hand-tight.

End Excursus Filter

*Here it goes on if the clutch facings have to be replaced, but that’s another story. 😉

Then also screw in the oil drain plug and tighten it firmly.

Now you can fill in fresh oil again (pay attention to quantity and type). Take a little less into account with the quantity, because residual quantities always remain despite all the work and so the actually required filling quantity is smaller.

In the finale set up the motorcycle as straight as possible and check the oil level in the oil sight glass.

If the bike is relatively new, you can use the lower mark (little loss of oil to be expected during operation), otherwise you can use the middle mark, or in between 😉

Never fill it up to the upper mark. As the oil expands as a result of heating and can therefore easily exceed the upper mark. That would be bad again.

I.e. check the level after the first test run. (Switch off the engine, straighten the motorcycle upright, wait a while so that the oil calms down and coagulates).

If it was too much, let it go a little bit.

Otherwise. Have fun!  That was your first successful oil change!


No warranties, though!


Home mechanic

In the morning, the ordered spare parts arrived.

Now, in the evening they are mounted already:

As it seems my interest in dismanteling my moped in the past is paying off. 😉

losing streak

Although I do not have a spare part yet, that did not prevent me to start the dismantling of the Versys already


And, of course, there was another unpleasant surprise:

The ram for the brake piston of the rear brake cylinder is bent, of course it must be so.
So, I did order this part too…


And because this is not enough, a new construction site opened, too:

The battery of the transporter has shown the first signs of weakness lately. Yesterday it has completely failed.

The idea was actually quite simple,

drive another car close by, attach the starter cable, start the engine, and go to the battery dealer for a replacement.

Really quite simple, but: Junior was probably so focused on his task, that he simply miscalculated.

The result is probably the most expensive car batterie exchange in history:

OMG! is it possible, since the end of December I am not coming out of the workshop?

Fork service

it wasn’t planned like that, surely it wasn’t.
The idea was, to do kind of an alternative training. Speeding over some dirt roads. Something like that.
As this isn’t possible within Vienna or the near vicinity, we had to use the transporter to get the bikes to the dirt roads.
At least that was the idea.
Unfortunately it stayed with the idea.
What happened? We found an oil leakage beneath the Husaberg. The source was easily found. It was the right fork of the Husaberg.

So, instead the whole program: Unload the bike, remove the fork, repair the leakage and replace the fork oil.
After this we mounted the fork back in place, and, what happened? It started raining.

Van Van up and running again

Yesterday the new rectifier arrived,

Today we changed the part and, the van Van is running and loading the battery again….

Van Van 3

Test drive done, yep, the rectifier seams to be broken, we need a new one

original one per piece 137,- €                                                              Arghhh (searches for some air) , are they crazy?

As the UK are THE VanVan country within Europa iI tried Amazon there, and Jackpot, the same rectifier, incl. postage  67,- €  .

Still enough money, but totally worth it.

ordered, waiting commenced…..

Van Van 2

I spent some time with the Repairs manual and found out, where to check some parameters in the electrics

Unsurprisingly, the first measurment did show a big deviation from the  given numbers.

Without anything switched on, the batterie did give 30mA to an unknown source.  So the systematic check started and was narrowed down to the rectifier.

I started to dismount it, and found this:

IMG_20160416_113539795 IMG_20160416_113516093

After some cleaning it looked like:

IMG_20160416_114513270 IMG_20160416_114259258
Hopefully this did the job, the Amps are gone, but I still dont see any charging.

As it seems the rectifier is gone for good. Generator does provide voltage though.  So a short testdrive will show.  😉


Van Van

IMG_20160409_145349822On saturday I exchanged the battery on juniors Van Van, as the old wasn’t functioning anymore,

or so I thought.

Unfortunately we found out, that this isn’t the true fault.

The Van Van stopped operation after 5km travel and only showed the FI light.


I wonder, whats the reason for this?  I asume it’s the voltage regulator or rectifier, but thats still to prove.

At least it worked well with a full charged battery, so  I think, I am right. But I keep you posted.  :-/


IMG_20160325_171115549Loudness wins.

With my last tour I found out, that my signal horn wasn’t working (naturally, as I needed it). Grr, what the …?

Back, at home I checked the electrics, but still the horn itself wasn’t working. No sound, no quack, nothing….

Instantely I ordered a new one, as especially this time of the year, car drivers are not prepared and do not expect motorbikes out there on the street.


Today my new horn arrived, and if it proves to be reliable, I must say, its really worth it.

The sound is incredibly good (deep) and very loud. UUppss , maybe I shouldn’t have bought a truck horn? 😉


Despite of the size, it still fits under the fairing, so let the car drivers come 🙂

Comfort and protection

As it seems, my seat cover did let water through – and not a wee bit.
The foam beneath was rotten in some parts and it is geting harder too. As I intend to join a bike marathon this summer, I pondered, if some repairs, combined with some enhancements wouldn’t be a bad idea?

After second thought and some youtube videos later 😉  I decided to go for it.

I ordered the necessary materials, and yes, I also added a gel pad and an additional layer :-0
– As it seems, not even a Versys can match my high  😛

Next step will probably be a seat heating. At least I will try to adopt one.
I already do have a car seat heat, maybe I can make it fit?
And then, a final cover layer for the overall area.

Hmmm, the finish is still to decide.
Will I go for the orginal cover (a new one), or something quite different? Still looking….


More to come…..

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