The ‘to do’ list
With more bikes than ever in the shed there’s a never-ending schedule of maintenance, fiddling and potential expenditure…
MRS ARMITAGE ALLOWED me to buy a whacking new shed, so I’ve increased my hoard of two-wheelers to ensure the space is properly filled. There are now five machines jostling for space, with an ever-expanding ‘to do’ list. Glossing over the Mobylette V50 that’s stuck at the back and can’t be reached, here’s the ongoing fettling…
Rhonda the Honda hasn’t run since ’83. New consumables, clean the carb and tank, replace the split exhaust (£36 for a new system), and the C50 fires on the third kick. Joyous laps of the garden ensue.
My most recent acquisition needs nothing. Well, apart from rear winkers. The rubbers have perished and split, causing terrible drooping. Discreet insulation tape is a cunning bodge… sorry, fix.
Our Suzuki GSXR1000R’S 182bhp wasted the back tyre in 1750 miles, so semi-slick OE Bridgestones are swapped for Contisportattack3. Still trackday brilliant, but better on a wet summer road.
Fork seals needed for an MOT on my MZ TS250, but crusty legs would eat them. New legs are £60 each, but a set of rebuilt forks is only £100 via the MZ Riders Group on Facebook. It’s amazing what you can find when you start seriously looking.
‘Good grief, not more of this nonsense’