Breathing New Life into a Modern Classic.

In late 2016, Steve rode over to Mavericks Motorcycles on his trusty Yamaha R1 4XV to discuss giving her a complete refresh. The plan involved restoring her mechanically back to the same condition she left the factory in.

Having owned he bike for over 13 years, Steve was obviously keen to ensure Mavericks workmanship, approach and knowledge was up to the job. After all, his beloved bike had, for years, taken him to work, across Europe, round a few tracks and never missed a beat in all that time.

The bike had in it’s early years been dropped, giving the original owner a chance to replace standard blue paintwork with a stunning, high-quality King Kenny rep paint job – the results we think you’ll agree, are superb. When he was offered the bike, Steve immediately snapped it up.

This picture was taken the day Steve came over on his first visit.


Agreeing the plan of action, timescales and a restoration budget.

Every bike that comes through Mavericks is privy to a thorough bench assessment, a detailed brief from the owner and a clear outline of budgets and expectations. This allows for accurate scheduling, estimating & an end-result which hopefully exceeds expectations.

The R1 was no exception, and, following an exhaustive bench assessment, Steve was given a detailed schedule of works, a list of advisories, parts list, labour costs and estimated timescale – all of which was agreed upfront before the project began.

Every job starts with mechanical integrity.

We see dozens of bikes where unsuspecting owners have bought show ponies with a multitude of mechanical issues – some of which involve a complete strip down and rebuild to reverse engineer poor quality workmanship or an amateur shed build approach. Fortunately for Steve, the R1 did not fall into that category. It did however, require a series of mechanical repairs to ensure she ran perfectly for another 13 years.

The main brief from Steve involved a thorough, detailed service. Every bolt, gasket, bearing and seal was inspected. Valve clearances were checked and corrected, oil and filters replaced, fluids drained and replaced, braking system overhauled, steering inspected, suspension inspected, electrics inspected and exup assembly inspected.


Schedule of works agreed.

Here’s a list of agreed work carried out following a series of mechanical inspections and recommendations:

Major service including all fluids, oil, filters and valve clearances (20v head)

Steel water pipes and seals replaced (see picture above)

Sump repaired (oil leak) including new drain seal

Carburetors removed, cleaned, balanced – new velocity stacks recommended (upgraded aluminium bellmouths)

Fork service including new oil, oil seals and dust seals

Brake calipers removed, inspected, cleaned and refitted

Rear shock refresh including removal, strip down, polished piston, regas, oil, rebuild and refit

Rear linkage bearings and seals fitted

Lighting electrics repaired and upgraded (headlight inoperative)

EXUP valve assembly replaced and refitted – fully operational

Replace stainless headers due to previous damage restricting airflow

Tsubaki Sigma Gold X-Ring Chain and Renthal sprockets fitted




An exciting climax – MOT and away.

Having completed work on the bike, we invited Steve along to view the bike at Mavericks and arrange a suitable time for delivery. Four days later in early January 2017, we loaded the bike and took her home to find Steve patiently waiting to have his pride and joy back. The best part of our job is this part – his face said it all. A brilliant bike and a brilliant end result.


“Big thanks to Rich and Ian for the brilliant work they have done on my bike. Your customer service was excellent, they collected my bike early morning before work, and dropped it back at my convenience. They certainly know their stuff. Can’t wait for better weather so I can take it for a rip and see how it handles with the improved suspension. Big thanks guys”

For expert restorations, servicing, repairs and custom builds on bikes of all make and age, visit the website, follow Mavericks Motorcycles on Facebook, visit the shop in River Lane, Saltney, Chester CH4 8RH, email ride@motorcyclemavericks.co.uk or call 01244 682547.

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  1. Kenneth Hill 4 years ago

    Hi to all at Mavericks. Steve Crompton is a good friend of mine and it was me who
    recommended you to him as I had heard good reports of your work also the same with Ceri and Gary Hughes. They all are very pleased with the service they had from you. I have a 2016 MT-10 and I was wondering if you do suspension set up as I am a big lad and although the bike feels fine I am sure a bit of tweaking might improve it.
    Hope to come to see you soon, Cheers Ken.