Another week gone and no riding. Bugger. It’s probably fair payback for my bragging last week about the Triumph RATs ride in the Flinders.
This week I had to spend a couple of days in Melbourne for work, and this morning (Saturday) I’ve been removing the forks and shock from work’s KLR. They’re off to Nick Dole at Teknik for a service and a workover. If it makes half as much difference to the KLR as it did to the Dominator, it’ll be brilliant.
Meanwhile, Dan Vaughan’s been on holiday. Holiday! How are the rest of us supposed to survive while he’s swanning around with his family somewhere? I have the Yamaha sitting there waiting for a new shock to be fitted – which finally arrived – and now the Dominator needs some attention as well. This is NO time to be taking holidays.
Fortunately, Craig Murcott’s still working hard. You’ll see in the pic of me working on the KLR that I have it sitting on a stand Craig fitted with some wheels. It works a treat! With the wheels and suspension off the bike I can push it around the shed and keep out well it of the way. It’s brilliant. The only snag is it’s frigging tall. Marty H and I nearly got hernias getting the bike up on the stand in the first place. Getting it down might be interesting, too.
Speaking of Marty, he dropped in this week and he’s all but finished his second disc. I don’t know if he’s more excited about the disc or that he has an eight-page story in ADB magazine. It’s a great-looking story with pics from the first disc, and it’s one he can be proud of. Grab a copy and have a look. It’s worth seeing.
In other news, Karen Ramsay is still having trouble with her Husky Terra. She was without it for three months while it was being repaired. I gather it arrived home, was ridden, and has problems again. That’s the kind of thing that drives a person crazy. The bike was new and shouldn’t have had any problems, let alone leaving its owner without a ride for months.
As I understand it, Karen has got hold of a DR650. As much as I love the Terra, there’s no possible question about the reliability and durability of a well-maintained DR650…even one that doesn’t get a heap of maintenance – just ask Marty H.
I’m in a bit of a work avalanche at the moment, so I’m not expecting to get in any riding this week, either. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, though. Anything could happen.
I promised some images from the Triumph ride and then didn’t post any because I was going flat out. The week was gone before I realised it. So here’s a pic I like a lot. It was shot by Danny ‘Wilko’ Wilkinson, a guy whose photography is really exceptional. I like this pic a lot, not because I look like a dill – there’s lots of pics like that – but as a reminder of a really great ride. The Triumph people love a spot of clowning around as much they enjoy a great bike, and the two Triumph reps were laughing as hard as everyone else when I dropped their Tiger. Not only that, the scenery is a great indication of the Flinders, and it’s a reminder to me how lucky I am to be able to ride fabulous bikes in some the greatest riding destinations of the world with some of the world’s greatest people.
Just note how that’s a flat, clear, grassy paddock, and somehow I’ve managed to deck another bike in conditions that couldn’t BE better for riding.
I’m sure Wilko won’t mind me running it here.
Don’t forget the Scrapheap one-dayer at Inverell is coming up on Saturday, August 30. Chris Laan is planning a route and that means it’ll be a cracker ride up and back. I think Chris is planning it as a three-day including the Scrapheap ride itself. I’ll probably have to bolt up late Friday night with a trailer, but if anyone’s going, make sure we all know so we can tag up somewhere.