Why and when the frame geometry should be measured

For decades, in the car branch, wheel-alignment checks have been carried out as a matter of course after every minor bump. A motorcycle requires the same kind of verification following an accident. After all, frame geometry is related to safety on the road. A changed steering head angle, for example, can be the origin of the dangerous high-speed wobbling. Is the frame still true? Can one be sure that it is just the front fork which is bent? A single test drive cannot provide reliable and meaningful answers. Furthermore, having binding documents with meaningful results is important proof for insurance issues. Once the damage-compensation procedure has been settled it might be difficult to claim for a damaged frame.

When buying or selling a used motorcycle, scooter or e-bike, a measurement protocol - e.g. the Scheibner Chassis Certificate - clears up any questions about the condition of the chassis. Thus, it facilitates the purchase decision, avoids annoying discussions and protects both sides against later legal claims.

Anyone who wants to repair or restore an old motorcycle should be sure about the condition of the frame before ordering the first spare part, so that an unnecessary bad investment can be excluded. Furthermore, the certificate provides valuable information for the workshop regarding troubleshooting of handling and chassis problems.

Why it makes sense for a workshop to invest in Scheibner equipment

Contrary to the traditional repair business, the future lies in diagnosis and documentation. This is exactly where the main focus of the workshops should be. Over the course of time, this development has become obvious. Nevertheless, it requires a far-reaching change in thinking among the staff. Whilst the number of motorcycle accidents is, fortunately, constantly decreasing, the expectations of the customers regarding diagnosis and documentation are, however, increasing. The payback period for the measuring systems is short because many measurements can be preceded in a short time during the motorcycle season. Furthermore, in many cases the diagnosis leads directly to a follow-up repair. In addition, the workshop will enhance its reputation as a chassis and accident-related repair specialist. Extra profit will be generated.

Why it makes sense for an expert or (insurance) assessor to invest in Scheibner equipment

After an accident, it is in the interest of both the experts and the injured parties to provide an expert opinion on the condition of the vehicle that is as valid as possible. In this context, experts can decide for themselves whether a measurement of the frame geometry must be carried out. The costs of the measurement are usually paid by the insurance company of the damaging party, as they are costs for establishing the damage.

Surveyors can count on expanding their expertise for accident-related damage as a result of surveying orders. With their own mobile measuring device, they create a market advantage for themselves by offering a service that is independent of workshop capacity utilization and thus faster.

Why the Scheibner equipment is the better choice

Scheibner m-tec GmbH established standards with the Scheibner-Chassis-Certificate and professional concepts for chassis diagnosis after accidents. We provide the equipment for the various related tasks for workshops and experts.

Our mega-m.a.x system, specially developed for motorcycles, is used by BMW and Yamaha, among others. With the mega-m.a.x the measurement is extremely precise and unrivaled fast. Under workshop conditions, a vehicle-specific measurement takes about 15 minutes. This means that customers can wait directly for their measurement result, if necessary, and many measurements are also possible in the short summer season alongside daily business.

User errors are minimized through extensive automation and simple workflows. At the same time, we focus on avoiding disassembly work, so that for most vehicles only the seat bench needs to be removed. With our comparatively light and mobile measuring systems, measurements are possible on site at the customer.

The advantages of the Scheibner support

Without up-to-date manufacturer or target data, a frame measuring system is only of very limited use. Therefore, we maintain a uniquely complete database with manufacturer specifications for all commercially available models. The database currently contains more than 1,900 different motorcycle models and is constantly updated in good cooperation with our customers as well as the numerous manufacturers in the industry. Even the meanwhile historical vehicle stock from the 70s and 80s is still revised and extended by us if necessary. The continuous updating of the database (as well as the software for the measuring systems) is done via updates for registered customers via internet download.

The same applies to our scooter measurement system f.i.x : We are continuously working on expanding the database. Reference measurements of new rollers for data acceptance are part of our daily business.

For the admittedly difficult determination of target data for e-bikes and especially bicycles, we have chosen an innovative way. A cloud-based software solution manages the results and searches of all users of the measurement systems and thus enables the successive expansion of the database (see also here - Fahrfix).

We know that only the ongoing exchange of information within a vivid network of experienced professionals enables optimal results. Several hundred motorcycle and scooter workshops as well as experts and assessors already work daily worldwide with our systems. Our many years of practical experience in the motorcycle branch and in the field of experts are available to our customers via our telephone and E-mail support:

Company Background

1983 Start of the motorcycle repair company Scheibner & Witte GbR

1987 Scheibner & Witte u.Co GmbH: Repairs of crashed motorcycles as well as frame measurements and frame straightening represented an important part of the activities of the company

1991 Scheibner Measuring Technology started selling a mobile frame measuring device, the Laser Frame Gauge and developed a system of meaningful dimensions for motorcycle frames

1991 LASER frame gauge - introduction of useful dimensional systems and tolerances for measuring motorcycle frames.

1997 m.a.x system: introduction of the first generation of a computer based frame and chassis measuring system

1998 Market launch of the for evaluating damage of the front fork

2003 The m.i.n-system was introduced (frame measuring system with a telescopic sight)

2005 The mega-m.a.x replaced the m.a.x-system (increased speed and optimized handling were the major improvements)

2005 The CMS (Chassis maximizing system) was introduced – the optional upgrade for the mega-m.a.x, it provides the relevant information for racing and tuning purposes

2007 Scheibner Limited was established

2009 The BdZS, an independent union of single track vehicle experts, was founded with the active support of Scheibner Limited

2012 The f.i.x system for measuring scooters without dismantling was launched

2019 Market launch of the R.V.Arm device for easy measurement of wheels and brake discs

2019 Scheibner Limited was transferred to the Scheibner m-tec GmbH due to the Brexit event

2022 Market launch of the Feinbank measuring stand for front-end measurement for motorcycles and the associated software RvFeinbank.

2022 Market launch of Fahrfix, a measurement system for e-bikes and the like with a cloud-based software and data solution.