FJ Owners Club

Please press on logo of The Good Dealer Scheme if you wish to find out our rating by an independant source.
Or if you wish to make a rating on servicings you have had carried out at the clubs workshop

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Club Workshop; where you can watch your bike being serviced while chatting to the Technician about any points connected with your bike.

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Club House; or you can simply chill out in the Cabin, reading books / bike mags, or using your laptop (wifi).
There is a fully fitted kitchen so you can make yourself (free) cups of tea/coffee or warm up your pies in the microwave.
Please remember it might be worth taking some sandwiches or a bite to eat if you have booked a Major Service, as its possible take you passed lunch time.

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Hi Phil and Ernie,
Once again thank you for another exceptional service.
Ever wondered why your local dealer doesn't service the real suspension linkage properly?
'Course you have. I think I've just discovered why & I'm not amused.
Last year, before my trip round France I had the dealer do an annual service on my bike, specifically requesting that the rear suspension linkage be checked/lubricated correctly, pointing out from my documentation that it was part of the annual service. This they agreed to do but didn't in fact do (I wrote about this in a previous thread last year - they put it down to miscommunication between the office & their foreign mechanics).
When I pointed it out to the mechanic his first instinct was to spray oil at it from a tin. I managed to convince him that this was a silly idea, at which point he slackened off the nuts that he could reach & painted lithium grease on any exposed parts - half hearted to say the least.Late last year I spoke with the manager & chief mechanic & got an agreement that they would do a full dismantle, check & lubrication this spring.
I explained that I was willing to pay the anticipated silly money to have it done correctly. The mechanic said that if he was going to take it to pieces he'd want to replace all the bushes. Fine, I said, as long as I'm happy that it will be safe!Cut to yesterday. Bike duly dropped off. Chief mechanic had done a runner so new mechanics in the garage. Spoke again to the manager to ensure everyone understood what I wanted. I also requested that the centre stand bolt be refitted backwards, as per forum suggestions.
Manager quite happy but said that instead of the (Yamaha) recommended slot of 2 hours, he had allocated four hours for the work as he thought 2 might be "a bit short". I had a brief chat with the new mechanic (who has been working at their Honda/other brands workshop) & he seemed fine with my requests.Having not received the promised phone call to say "It's ready" I decided to call them, at which point I was put through to the mechanic who explained..."There's no way it'll be ready today. It's much more complicated that I thought. It'll take much longer than the 6 hours I quoted (?). I'll have to take off the exhaust pipes and radiator etc. before I can get the stand off. The stand bolt can't be put in the other way round because the holes are different sizes - it'll only fit one way. It probably won't be ready tomorrow either, & I'm on holiday next week!"I tried to explain how the exhausts can be left in place but teased out of the way & he was having none of it.
Apparently he's too "professional" to risk shearing any bolts through heavy-handedness.So, there it is. God knows when I'll get my bike back & I bet even He doesn't know how much it's now going to cost. Suffice to say I shall be having a chat with the manager & maybe even the owner about their methodology - including the fact that the mechanic obviously has no experience of working on FJRs. I'm now at the point of saying "stuff it" to the FJR & Yamaha. Remember, these are the people that assured me the gearbox was fine when I bought the blasted thing, only to find, on my absolute insistence that there was a fault, that a complete gearbox & clutch replacement was required!
Is there any wonder why I am more than happy to do a 6 hour round trip to the club than let my very close to work dealer do any more work on my pride and joy.
Roland Fenwick

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FJ Linkage Arm.
As you can see its never been greased. Yamaha service intervals are 16k or 2 years, so i guess the dealer has been kicking tyres and changing oil / filter for £200 for the last 20 years. Shame!