January 27 2004. Grampian Motors of Liverpool have the answer to a lot of traders' repair bill problems, with pattern parts that make the bills affordable. Jim Nicholson, AMIMechE no less, has been in the business 30 years and knows what specification a part should be made to - and how to check that it is.

His latest addition to the range is a pattern cylinder barrel for Aprilia's best selling RS125, produced to his drawings and finish machined in his own works to fit both the base stud patterns used in the model's production life. There's a Cagiva Mito version in the pipeline, too. Priced to the trade at £140 plus VAT, this makes engine rebuilds affordable and will help to keep a new biker on the road, rather than dump his bike because he can't afford to have it mended. Add a piston at just £8.50 and you begin to see how the pattern parts section of the industry actually serves the long term interests of biking as a whole, making available parts at a price the original manufacturers with their big operating overheads simply cannot match.

Grampian Motors are on 0151 931 5009, or fax 931 4959.