We’ve recently been made aware of a number of motorcycles advertised or sold with fake stickers in the service manuals displaying the Oz-racing logo. The bikes have been advertised as being serviced by Oz-racing, however these bikes have never been serviced here. We never use stickers to stamp service manuals.
Please phone us before purchasing a second-hand motorcycle that purports to be serviced at Oz-racing, even if you believe the seller is reputable. We are happy to check our records to verify whether the bike has been serviced here.
So far 11 bikes have been found with either fake stamps or stickers. We cannot mention names due to current legal action for trademark infringement.
Image above: Fake stickers and signature in the service manualof a recently purchased second-hand bike. The bike had never been serviced by Oz-racing, and there was no record of a service history on the BMW server.
Prior to installing a new battery, it is highly advisable that you test your motorcycle charging system to eliminate any other potential causes. Otherwise, you may damage the new battery.
Continuing to ride with a faulty charging system can cause further damage to your wiring and connectors, as in the photo above.
Possible causes for failure of the charging system are:
Riding short trips (under 15 minutes)
Old wiring or brittle parts
Short circuits in wiring harness
Using a lot of other gadgets such as phone chargers, extra lights, and GPS, which require a longer period of riding to allow the stator to fully charge the depleted battery
It is advisable to connect your battery to a smart trickle charger with a desulphator mode, such as an Optimate 4, when the bike is parked and not in use. This can prolong the battery life for up to 5 years and avoid costly breakdowns due to regulator rectifier or stator malfunctions.
Today we received another query on this topic. It’s a common misconception that servicing your bike at your local motorcycle mechanic and not the dealership will void the warranty, but this is not the case. Read more from motorbike writer Mark Hinchliffe.