Good and Bad Mechanics
After hearing loads of praise of Bimota in Santiago, I´m afraid that I had some not so good experience. After buying a bike from Motoaventura (who paid Bimota a lot of money to have it travel ready for me) I had a second service carried out in Iquique. The following work had to be carried out:
- Carburettor: needle was open 6 turns, engine wouldn´t run on less - full service
- Air filter: flooded with oil
- Speedo cable: replaced as broken after 200km
- Throttle cable: replaced as badly frayed and held together by 4 stands only (but had loads of grease in the handle to mask the issue)
- Battery strap: installed (replaced dodgy wire and switch holding battery just in place)
- General check up and adjustments...
Kates bike went through the same check up and received new brake cables and tuning as well as a repaired wiring job to the neutral light where Bimota said it was a defect sensor.
All in all? NOT happy with Bimota.
As other people were very happy I suggest you need to check carefully what they say they do and what really gets done. Our bikes were supposed to have been ready for us for 1 month and my bike looks like they didn´t look at it.
Remedial work was carried out by:
Serrano 1531 (just north of junction 12 Febrero)
Iquique - 425807
email: Bemoto [AAAt] hotmail [DoTT] com (Be
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He carried out excellent and thorough work on both bikes, was helpfull with good advice, had parts flown in from Santiago, and is a very welcoming guy (all moto travellers are his friends). Cost? 2 days work including parts 70,000 Pesos.
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Last edited by Chris in Tokyo; 29 May 2006 at 01:35.