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Clive Woods T3 Workshop

Discussion in 'Dealers & Workshop Reviews' started by Kelvin_2202, Nov 20, 2016.

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  1. Kelvin_2202

    Kelvin_2202 Member

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    Me and my dad attended the workshop this weekend (450 mile trip) and were very impressed.

    Clive, Gill and Paul (t552) are extremely friendly and knowledgeable, explaining the easiest ways to do certain repairs.

    Very nice to get someone to share their years worth of knowledge.

    Well worth the trip and money!
     
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  2. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    It that our forum member "t552"?

    I guess that's why he's such a fan of Clive Wood?

    That's cool with me & it explains him plugging Clive Woods services.
     
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  3. Kelvin_2202

    Kelvin_2202 Member

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    Its a very good course, Clive Wood is probably one of the key guys when it comes to the early 900 engine.
     
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  4. t552

    t552 Senior Member

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    #4 t552, Dec 21, 2016
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    Yes. I used to run the Jack Lilley race team with Clive.
    I don't necessarily "Plug" but I know his skill levels and would pit him against any triumph tech. Even more so when it comes to T3s, T5s, Streets or Segem efi, so when someone has a problem I know he is the best out there to help folks out.
    The triumph techs used to get a brush over the efi system by the factory namely Chris Willis. But Clive had tuition from Sagem and we were involved with Datalogging etc. Infact the guys who wrote the programmes are now personal friends.
    He doesn't do things like a conventional dealer, They are there when he works on there bike any learn a lot about there m/c.
    The t3 courses are very popular. with guys coming from all over, Last time they came from Ireland, Belgium and all over the UK. Most stay over and we all go up the pub on the evening were its great, like net-working. They are all swapping face book friends emails etc and find new friends with a common interest. Many have now done it 2 times. If they tell the missus they are going on a boys weekend they get grief. tell them its a maintenance course and its no bother lol.

    Clive holds nothing back with his experience and gives out honest and free advice, again unlike a dealership who fobs you off or tells you a load of "Bollocks". So yes Thinking about it I guess I do plug him but with only the best intentions.

    Pic from last course[​IMG]
     
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  5. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Excellent stuff mate.

    I have heard (not just through yourself) that Clive Wood is THE guru of all things Triumph.
    So it's good to know that we have you onside.

    I often wondered if you were a customer of his or part of his team?

    I'm not a fan of main dealers (bike or car) mainly due to their slap dash attitude to servicing. It sounds as though Clive has a much more methodical approach.
     
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  6. t552

    t552 Senior Member

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    #6 t552, Dec 21, 2016
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    Indeed. Unlike the dealers who go to lengths to keep you out the workshop Clive is completely the opposite. And the more keen you are to learn about your bike the more in depth he will show you things. It all helps people to care for their machine. Remember we all have different levels and to some this can almost be life saving.
    I'm all for people doing things themselves if they have enough knowledge. However I have also seen things that are most frightening from home maintainace. It's nice to know with Clive he will show you the correct methods for maintainace. Surprising how many can't get their chain the correct tention. Just an observation.
    Many say it's the 1st time they actually enjoyed taking their bike for a service. It's an occasion instead of a pain.

    this is typical
    6 Jul 2016 - Watching #Triumph afficionado Clive Wood go to town on my Street Triple while his charming wife makes #bacon sarnies.12k services are fun!

    Just as a foot note. Many riders are happy to have Clive prep their bike for a TT race. (We did 6 with Jack Lilley). There are not many bike techs I would be happy to prep mine for a lap. They are few and far between.
     
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  7. Kelvin_2202

    Kelvin_2202 Member

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    Could have warned me before you took the pic! (bad hair day)
     
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  8. t552

    t552 Senior Member

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    Next course is planned for Sat 27th Jan.
    Anyone interested can call Clive on 07752477738.

    Last time there was 18 of us for a meal afterwards. Everyone had a great week end away.

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  9. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Hi Mate,

    Out of curiosity....

    Where is the course held?
    What does it cover?
    What does it cost?

    As a reasonably competent diy mechanic. Am I likely to find it beneficial?

    Apparently I'm a nightmare to buy gifts for? So I often get cash for Christmas. I "might" be up for spending some of it on Clives course? Even if it's just for the experience?
    I'd rather it didn't feel like a waste of money though.
     
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  10. t552

    t552 Senior Member

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    #10 t552, Dec 19, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2019
    Applies to t3 engines used in early bikes and including tiger, thunderbird motors.
    Full engine strip including valve clearances and top end removal, then crankcase split to show sprag replacement.
    Then covers known faults on the bike. Carbs, electronics, brakes, ignition testing etc etc.
    Full one day course. £80. inc buffet lunch afternoon cakes etc and loads of coffee/tea
    Most stay overnight at local hotel so we all have a group meal/networking with likeminded people.
    These have proven very popular and give them confidence to look after there machine rather than relying upon dealers.
    Clive ran Jack Lilleys race team and regarded as the t3 guru in the UK. He holds back none of his knowledge built up from over 25 years running Hinckley Triumph Bikes.
    Course held at Swineshead in Lincolnshire.

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  11. R_1000

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    I have met Clive in person once and he is a top guy. He talked me through everything and took a real interest in showing me the ropes. Whenever I get stuck, I'll drop him a message and he always comes back. Once I get the finances sorted I will be looking to book a course.
     
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  12. t552

    t552 Senior Member

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    A couple of places left for course on Sat March 2nd.
    These courses are very popular now.
     
  13. mpllineman

    mpllineman Well-Known Member
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    This sounds like a fine idea to me. Too bad for me it's a bit too far away to take advantage of!
     
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  14. Clarkey231

    Clarkey231 Well-Known Member

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    I'm going! Can't wait.
     
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  15. Glyn Phillips

    Glyn Phillips Senior Member
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    Tony Scott’s pretty good with T3 engines too if you’re in the south
     
  16. Clarkey231

    Clarkey231 Well-Known Member

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    Yes I'm South. Exeter to be exact.
     
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  17. t552

    t552 Senior Member

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    Look forward to meeting you. Yes its always a great w/e. Hope you are staying over sat night.
    Folks come from all over the UK. Someone coming from close to you in Minehead.
     
  18. t552

    t552 Senior Member

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    Furthest is from Washington DC. But had from Spain, Holland Ireland and all over UK.
     
  19. Adie P

    Adie P Senior Member
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    Hey Paul. I got the heads up for the March course from Clive (and yourself, I think?) but the course ran on THE ONE day that I'm committed to driving my stepson to Heathrow - an appointment that's been made for some time and which I can't really break. :oops:

    I've asked Clive to let me know as early as possible when the next one will run as I'm determined to get on to a T3 course sometime this year so, if he doesn't remember, hopefully you will!

    I can wholeheartedly and enthusiastically endorse what Paul - and others - say about Clive WOODS. He is a really, genuinely nice man with an incredible depth of knowledge and experience on a range of Hinckley Triumphs. His wife is charming and immensely caring and the whole setup there is relaxed, friendly and unintimidating. It was almost worth the trip to get up close and personal with his ex-race Fireball Orange Speed Triple Challenge race bike!

    @Clarkey231 if you're ever going to return to Clive's - for servicing, a course, etc., - do let me know, please. I'm near Tivvy. I went up there last year with two Streets (mine and hers) on a trailer and it was a long, tedious journey. It was, ultimately, worth every penny and every moment though, and I'm in absolutely no doubt that I'll be making the trip again - maybe we can split costs or just have company?

    @Dozers Dad - that (bloody gorgeous) Sprint Exec. you have makes you a prime candidate for one of these courses and it's a fairly short trip for you - just do it! :)
     
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  20. Dozers Dad

    Dozers Dad Bushmills Chief Quality Controller
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    Thanks Adie.
    Trouble is I want to sell my Sprint. There seems very little point in attending one of Clives courses to learn the finer points about the bike. Then sell it.
     
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