Ok lets set the scene , you take in your pride & joy for a new set of hoops,
prepared to spend a couple of hundred,fitted to the bike.
After the first 15mins your decision to buy an XB in the 1st place, has been comprehensively slandered and you are clearly a Numpty of the highest order!
Anyway everyone in the shop agrees and we move on, Maz takes out he back wheel,
bitches about the spindle design (mine comes out reasonably easy) and then puts it
on the Probike wheel balancer. He spins it up using the internal motor then turns the motor off, however at the exact same time he pushes the "macs" button!!!
The Probike balancer has clearly been modified with an £9.99 Amp and a less than a fiver 3" speaker form Maplin's ,cunningly hidden inside. Sure enough it emits "white noise" which replicates the exact sound of knacked wheel bearings!
Voila! you just have to accept after 5,500 miles! you need a set of bearings! It's
Maz gets to bill you for parts and labour, result!
Maz then expertly fits the shiny new SKF's pops the wheel back on the machine
(this time to actually balance it) does the same thing spins her up with motor on,
flicks motor off , presses nothing,,,, guess what total silence!!!!
Why I have I christened it the magic "macs" button , well just write macs down backwards
Or it could stand for "Made Additional Cash-Sucker!"
Its a classic device ,works every time apparently!
One stage of the process did confuse me, I know you have to be methodical with
your tools etc But why put away both the bearing puller tool box and the tool box which is used to re-seat the bearings .
Lets face it they all have to come out again in a few minutes when the Front wheel
gets the "macs " button procedure ?
Being serious for a second, both sets of bearings were bad, it was blatant you feel it
clear as day , the fronts (smaller so expected) worse than the rear in my case.
Full set of wheel bearings at 5,500 miles what gives! After the XB abuse on arrival
and crap undersized design of many parts why do we bother?
Maz also did the spark plugs , how stupid are they to get to.
A KTM or even a Honda looks a better prospect every day.
As for Maz he is a perfectionist , the care and attention not to mention knowledge is without question. (work on the humor, a bit less abuse & some people may get to like you
Well i'm broke now ,ho hum, took it easy on the way home (new tyres) but the bike was so much smoother and clear mirrors, unlikely to be the bearings, most likely the wheels as they were both perfectly balanced (no weights on my wheels before?)
As usual a visit to the Emporium is always an experience , Hope you got that Zorst on