I left home just after seven and after filling up in Woodville rode straight into my first taste of today's windy weather. From Woodville to Dannevirke I was blown silly but it did get a bit better further North and was actually quite nice in Napier when I got there.
Barely had I got my bike gear off and bits of plastic were being removed in preparation for the start of our servicing.
The coolant was probably the easiest job although Dad was very keen to make sure that there was no air-locks in the system so we fired her up and checked things over a few times before I went for a test ride as well just to be sure.
The plugs turned out to be the biggest mission - first we had to work out how to get at them!
|They're in there somewhere|
|Look closely and you'll see one out of four plug caps...|
The brake bleeding went fairly well and Dad got me a bit better feeling pedal. The brake is still not perfect (I've never really thought much of the Connie's rear brake) but I got it to chirp the tyre on the driveway for a split second before the ABS kicked in.
Getting the bike all back together also took us a wee while - there really is a lot of stuff hidden under the plastic and it all needs to set just so - so it wasn't until about 4pm that I got to take that test ride. The bike checked out all ok so I loaded her up for the trip home.
By now the wind had made it's way up the island and had really increased in it's vigour. When I hit the Takapau plains it was particularly bad and I got blown silly - the wind I had in the morning would have been lovely to ride in by comparison.
Luckily once I got South of Dannevirke the wind had wound down to a minor blow and after another fuel stop in Woodville it was just a short squirt through the gorge and home before 7:30pm.