The Engine Guards have been put back 2 weeks, as we had a problem where 2 customer's where not happy with the fit of their Spanners that we make, where the hexagon fits in the front wheel spindle. But when we checked, the stock we had fitted perfectly into our G310GS, which was the first in the UK late last year. When I checked the 7 bikes at the local dealer with our spanner, only 2 fitted perfectly, 2 others were very slack and 3 did not go in at all !!!
Obviously, quality control on the spindles is not a high priority, so we have had to change the hex profile to give 3 steps to try and accomodate the variation in sizes of the OEM spindle.
This then made me check a production Engine Guard on some of the dealer bikes (big thanks for them understanding our concerns) and it became apparent that there is a variation between the front engine mounts and the rear centre-stand holes on the bikes, resulting in our Engine guards being difficult to fit to some of the bikes.
So we took the oppurtunity to change the stock, and welding jigs, to give more tolerance for fitting for customers. These are being done now, and will be back at the powder-coating before Friday, so we will have 25 available next Monday 18th June.
This is not ideal, but we were lucky to have noticed the frame differences, only due to our customer's real-world feedback with the spanners. Although we do as much testing by riding the bikes hard off-road before launching products on the shop, we rely on customer's giving us feedback from actual riding and fitting with their own bikes to enable us to improve our products.
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