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Old 18-02-11, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default Recommended garages, Hampshire?

I have just bought an SV650S, 2004, 17500, £1447

clean and tidy all over and as far as I can tell very sound apart from two declared issues that seller was up front about.

It needs a new rear tire, rideable but marginally legal/illegal

Chain has too much travel midway between the sprockets but LOOKS clean and sound as do the sprockets but I am no expert, may have reached the limit of its adjustment

quoted £120ish for the tyre which seemed fine but £130 for sprockets and chain set from one dealer who said it might just need adjusting and £180 from another.

Both garages failed to inspire me (for different reasons)

One in particular (Mr £180) I felt was trying to scare me with stories of chains "snapping", does this happen, is it realistic?

Can anyone recommend a good garage in Hampshire?

This newbie would appreciate any recommendations and advice. I am not far from Aldershot.

I just want someone who will give me a fair deal.

cheers all

Grant
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Old 18-02-11, 09:15 PM   #2
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I don't have a whole host of experience but from what I have these guys have been great to deal with and have a good reputation. They might not be cheap but I think they're trustworthy and love their bikes. They're in Bordon, Hampshire.
www.haslemeremotorcycles.co.uk

This is where you tell me they were the ones you spoke with?
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Old 18-02-11, 10:31 PM   #3
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no it wasn't them, they look worth a visit and it looks like a pleasant ride out too

thanks

any other suggestions folks?
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Old 18-02-11, 10:33 PM   #4
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Could be into the london area and Spannerman, stewarts motorcycles
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Old 18-02-11, 10:45 PM   #5
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£130 Sounds like a pretty good quote for fitting a new chain and sprocket set as far as im aware.
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Old 19-02-11, 01:06 AM   #6
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Default Re: Recommended garages, Hampshire?

Yes chains do snap, my svs chain snapped a few years ago when I was on the m6. Chain was fairly well looked after and also had a scottoiler but it was getting towards the end of it's life though.
Kitkat also had the chain snap on her Raptor, that chain hadn't been so well looked after and had a couple of tight spots.
Rictus also had a chain snap on his triumph (I'm pretty sure it was a triumph) on a rideout.

That the only time I've had a chain snap in 14 years of riding though.
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Old 19-02-11, 08:59 AM   #7
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Spannerman / stewarts motorcyles (same thing) all the way, about 30 secs from J1 of the M1 - i had a load of stuff done there recently. He also gives 10% off to forum members.

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Old 19-02-11, 09:19 AM   #8
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Doubletake in Northam (Southampton) are good guys - reasonable prices, and they always do a good job:-

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Old 19-02-11, 08:51 PM   #9
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You want good service and traditional service go to your haslemere motorcycles option, they have not been there for some years without reason, get a quote and ask questions about make supplied etc. Make sure you get a decent quality chain and not a cheapo - see the recent thread on the same topic on here. Good luck mate!
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Old 20-02-11, 03:20 PM   #10
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Doubletake in Northam (Southampton) are good guys - reasonable prices, and they always do a good job:-

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Doubletake are excellent. Would definately recommend them.

Spike Island in Eastleigh are also pretty good.
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