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I used to get my F4 serviced at Forza at Silverstone but since they stopped trading I haven't had a service.
Has anyone tried the dealers in Richmond or Welling, are they ok? I really need a service but I don't want to go to some terrible place.

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Welling seems ok. Decent blokes. Been very helpful on recent visits. They overfilled the oil slightly last time although it didn't seem to cause any problems. I'm about to book another service.

By "Richmond" do you mean the one near Kew on the South Circular? I won't be going back there. Prices were very high; they left off two tank bolts on one visit; and another time they didn't do anything because they failed to book my bike on their system and claimed they didn't know what it was in for. Had to return the next day. Seems a bit disorganised and when I went last time they had no MVs, only scooters.
 

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Bit far but I can recommend MotoCorsa in Gillingham (Dorset)

I also think Bennett's do a collection and delivery service - they are also one of the top dealers in the country
 

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Bit far but I can recommend MotoCorsa in Gillingham (Dorset)

Seconded. Unless they've now moved the workshop isn't at the same location as their showroom. Though worth borrowing a bike and riding over there for a look and something to eat (decent cafe on site) whilst they're servicing your bike. Speak to Danni re service and mention you'd like to borrow a bike if possible (need driving licence and proof of address ISTR). I had an Aprilia Tuono R last time I was down there :grin2:
 

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Thanks for that. It's getting close to my territory (1Hr). No works pending, but a referred business is always better than finding out the hard way!!
Depending on how long ago you were dealing with Forza Italia, but if it was around 2012/13 then Iain was their technician
 

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Thanks for the replies. I had my doubts about the scooter dealership on the south circular but as I used to go to Forza from about 2011 I think RPM is my best bet.

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Thanks for the replies. I had my doubts about the scooter dealership on the south circular but as I used to go to Forza from about 2011 I think RPM is my best bet.

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If that is the case I'm sure Iain would have worked on your bike.

I am meeting him tomorrow at the Design Corse Open Day near Hemel Hempstead, will mention to him that you might be contacting him (But not sure of your name)

You could mention mine if you do decide to use him:grin2:
 

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I must say I've been hugely dissapointed with the customer service I've received from Moto Corsa.

Try as I might I've been unable to get a response from them about some work that's needed on my bike. I've rung them several times (a lot of the time the phone nobody answers) and emailed but just cannot seem to get an answer.

Now, in my opinion, I shouldn't have to bend over backwards just to get someone to actually enable me to take advantage of a service that is being offered. Or is this part of the 'quirk' of MV ownership?

I'm tempted to get in touch with my local Ducati specialist (Lougi Moto) and see if he's up for doing the work. Just before I bought the bike they did say they would happily work on it, and all they would need would be to buy a cable to hook it up to the bike for ECU stuff.

Do I really need to go to a 'MV specialist' anyway?
 

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Do I really need to go to a 'MV specialist' anyway?
Always a good question, but you've half answered it yourself as many other technicians/dealers do not have neither the diagnostic equipment nor the expertise. On one hand you can say a 'bike is a bike' BUT that is the same as saying a burger is a burger.

Whilst I have every faith in my Honda dealer, I would not (now) take my MV there after they could not even find the headlight relay when I had a fault. As echoed by many of these posts, the best we can do for our bikes (assuming we don't have the knowledge) is to take it to a place that is recommended.
 

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These bikes do have their quirks and non MV dealers may not know about them.

Theres a bit of a difference between a quick oil change (because thats all that you ask for) and a thorough service by someone that knows the bikes.

I tend to alternate on my bikes; I have a very local bike shop that will change oil before a big trip, new tyres etc. If I need make specific diagnostics or jobs that need special tools, I take it further to a dealer.

Obviously service varies by dealer, I can only recommend who I use for my MV, Bennetts in Barnsley.
 

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I must say I've been hugely dissapointed with the customer service I've received from Moto Corsa.

Try as I might I've been unable to get a response from them about some work that's needed on my bike. I've rung them several times (a lot of the time the phone nobody answers) and emailed but just cannot seem to get an answer.

Now, in my opinion, I shouldn't have to bend over backwards just to get someone to actually enable me to take advantage of a service that is being offered. Or is this part of the 'quirk' of MV ownership?

I'm tempted to get in touch with my local Ducati specialist (Lougi Moto) and see if he's up for doing the work. Just before I bought the bike they did say they would happily work on it, and all they would need would be to buy a cable to hook it up to the bike for ECU stuff.

Do I really need to go to a 'MV specialist' anyway?
Depending on what side of Bristol you are, but MV West Midlands are certainly worth a try, always found them very helpful: Nathan Preston is the contact
 

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From my perspective, a competent and respected motorcycle mechanic should be able to work on an MV with exacting standards. After all many of us on here do exactly that. They can obtain or you can supply chassis and engine manuals. It cost me 30 quid to print and bind both.

The caveats to that are access to electronics particularly ECU updates, which they may not be able to do or access. If they just need to order a cable then that's fine. For me it's not an issue as I bypass MV anyway and use ecustudio for my updates, and diagnostics.


After all it's a motorcycle not the Large Hadron Collider. Care, attention to detail, good engineering ability and a few specific tool are all that's needed. And a bit of time to learn the bike, like any new model.

Just my 2 penny's worth
 

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Care, attention to detail, good engineering ability and a few specific tool are all that's needed. And a bit of time to learn the bike, like any new model.

Just my 2 penny's worth
That's what 'm talkin' about!:grin2: Are you taking bookings?>:) Cheers!!
 

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Great feedback everyone!

I too am of the opinion that a great mechanic should be able to turn their hand to any job. OK, so they might not be aware of some of the faults or weaknesses of the models, but equally they will know what to look for when working on the bike.

MV West Midlands is just too far for me, but appreciate the heads up!

I’m also tempted to try JHS Racing in Bristol, who you’ve probably come across on the 44 Tooth videos? They seem to know their stuff when it comes to MVs and I would imagine they have the diagnostic capabilities too.
 

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That's what 'm talkin' about!:grin2: Are you taking bookings?>:) Cheers!!
Hmm, now there's a thought your not too far either :wink2:
 
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