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Old 05-04-23, 08:11 PM   #2721
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New battery to be fitted tomorrow. It's a gel battery, like the one it's replacing. The old one has been on the way out for a little while now and this winter has seen it off.

If the weather is ok tomorrow I may just give the bike a much needed, thorough clean once the battery is fitted.
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Old 06-04-23, 07:58 PM   #2722
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New battery fitted this afternoon. The bike now starts instantly at the first press of the button. Once I'd finished, I made the most of the warm weather and took the bike a few miles down the road to a garage and (very carefully!) gave it a jet wash.
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Old 07-04-23, 12:32 PM   #2723
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Good stuff. All set for another year of miles n' smiles.

Absolutely. I'd hard it SORN'd since January to move the tax/MOT costs away from the new year/xmas period. It was great to be back on two wheels this week!
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Old 09-04-23, 10:56 PM   #2724
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Having fitted the new battery, and cleaned the bike, I shall get out tomorrow and give it a good coat of ACF50, and squirt some GT85 into all the switches.

Then hope for some dry weather to go for a bit of a ride....
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Old 10-04-23, 09:10 AM   #2725
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Then hope for some dry weather to go for a bit of a ride....
This is the thing, the weather this year has been quite the contrast to last year.

Because I'm a sad git, I note my bike's mileage throughout the year. From Jan 1 to the end of March 2022 I'd done just shy of 2,500 miles, largely because late Feb and March were unusually dry and warm. I was out on the bike pretty much every day.

In the same period (1 Jan - 31 Mar) this year I've only managed 1000 miles, and the next week or so isn't looking promising.
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Old 11-04-23, 01:04 PM   #2726
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Bike is now clean, shiny, and coated in ACF50. Looks so much better.

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Old 11-04-23, 02:45 PM   #2727
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Looking very good, Gary - you'd never believe its age nor its mileage!
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Old 11-04-23, 04:02 PM   #2728
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It’s a bit scuffed in places and some of the paintwork is decidedly shonky Craig, but overall it’s not bad.
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Old 13-04-23, 06:24 AM   #2729
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Bike looks great Gary Will have to have another try at sorting mine out now its getting a bit drier out.

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Old 16-04-23, 08:09 PM   #2730
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Got my bike out of hybernation. Could have gone smoother...

I was pulling it by the wheels to slide it accress the conservatory floor and line it up with the door. Then it just fell over onto the window/ledge cracking 1 pane of the double glazing, scuffing up the left Rizoma mirror to match the right one. Slight scuff on the tail panel.

So I had a little cry, why me etc then lifted the bike up to work out how it had happened. The side stand was on a puck and the floor is smooth so the stand shouldn't have just buckled. This is how I always manouvre the bike into position over winter.

Then as I kicked the stand back down a washer fell onto the floor
And I noticed the stand wasn't at the right angle it should be at...

Turns out one of the bolts was AWOL. Nowhere to be seen. So it has been sitting there all winter on one bolt. It must have rattled out last year at some point

Anyway, I put the mirror back in position, pumped up the tyres, lubed the chain, replaced the missing bolt and loctited both of them. Checked a few others to make sure they hadn't abandoned me, then went for a nice ride.
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