Report Card Time

Photo practiceThis week I took my VFR in for a major service. I’ve been after a “second opinion” for a while. It’s not that I’m not happy with the place I normally take it, but I’ve never heard anything good about the place, though no one can give me specifics.

A mate offered to pick me up and drop me off so I booked her into a smaller workshop that has a very high reputation. The bike has 116,000km on it and it has been a fair while (time wise) since it’s last major service.

Late afternoon the shop called. I don’t know about others, but I always get a little nervous when the shop calls in, you never know what they will say. Though normally if its late afternoon, its all done with nothing to report.

So it was with a little concern that I answered. The shop guy asked what I’ve been doing to maintain it. I was honest and told him that I do little more than lube the chain and check the tyre pressures. I am totally lost mechanically so I just make sure that it’s clean and serviced regularly. He replied, well keep doing what your doing as your bike is fantastic shape considering its age. I was very happy with that comment.

He said it had been in need of a tune (as expected), the pads will be due about the next service or a little before but otherwise all good.

I got to the shop and was taken aback at how the guys couldn’t stop raving about its condition. They said there is often a little trepidation when test riding a bike with this amount of kms on it as you never really know what shape its really in. Apparently the main mechanic got back from the test ride and told the boss he should have a ride.

If that’s not an endorsement of my bike I don’t know what is. I have to say I am still chuffed at such glowing praise of my bike and even the way I’ve been looking after it.

Now hopefully after a long period of ride absence (apart from the commute) I’ll be able to report again in a fortnight or so following a ride. My wife’s been filling in for some broken staff at work the past weekends, so it’s been a month or more of chasing the kids about instead of riding. I’m in two minds whether to join a short city fund raising ride or to go for a solo proper one. I’m starting to think the second.

Author: Mabaho

I'm a married dad who likes to ride my motorbike and if I ever find the time, to play computer games. This blog started out as just WoW, but has moved onto a whole lot of different things.

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