Motorcycle Repair FAQs Answers to Some Common Repair Enquiries

abba Motorcycle Engineers have decided to make this FAQs section available due to the large number of similar questions we are often asked. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please submit your question via e-mail using our contact form. As well as replying to you, if we feel it warrants it, we will post your question and the answer in this section to benefit other users of the site.

  1. What are your Hours of business?

    We are open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. We occasionally open on Saturdays, but please contact us before setting out.
  2. Can I bring my complete motorcycle to you, for you to strip down and then repair?

    Unfortunately not. We specialize only in the checking and straightening aspects and do not get involved in bike dismantling.
  3. How long will it take to straighten my frame?

    It all depends on the severity of the repair, how busy we are etc. As a guideline a normal job would take between 5-10 days.
  4. How much will it cost to repair my frame?

    We will not be able to give any exact prices on jobs by descriptions over the phone. We will need to view your machine at our premises to give you an exact straightening cost.
  5. How do I get my motorcycle to you?

    If possible you will need to bring the machine to us. Please contact us first to arrange a suitable time. We can use a courier for nationwide collection and delivery on some lighter frames. Obviously there is a very small risk of loss and damage by couriers and they do not offer a high level of compensation.
  6. What condition do I bring my bike to you for straightening?

    In most cases we will need the main frame with the swing arm and rear wheel fitted (with all necessary spacers). It is also useful to have the engine (or crankcases) mounted in the frame. Depending on what motorcycle it is and what job we are doing we may or may not need some of the parts mentioned so please contact us first.
  7. I am starting a restoration project. When is the best time to have my frame checked?

    As soon as possible, frame and chassis alignment should be one of the first aspects you look into. Ideally the frame should be checked before any finishing (painting, powder coating etc) takes place.
  8. My frame has just been painted. Will this process mark the paintwork?

    As mentioned above it is best if we receive the frame before any finishing processes have taken place. When straightening some parts of the frame, special tools and formers do come into contact with the frame and can cause small marks to fresh paintwork. We do our utmost to avoid this situation if possible.
  9. Are all your services done "in house"?

    YES! All of our services shown are done in house at our own premises. We DO NOT sub contract any work.
  10. Prices and payment?

    All prices we quote are subject to VAT at the current rate. Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards or cash on collection. Please note we DO NOT accept cheques.
  11. If I turn up unannounced, is there any chance you could squeeze me in if your not busy?

    NO! Please do NOT turn up 'out of the blue'. We only work by prior appointment and there are no exceptions to this rule. If you arrive unannounced, you will have had a wasted journey. You have been warned.
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