Mister street fighter Alan (good friend) decides to put a Ducati 916 seat unit on his GSXR. I said “what’s that got to do with me?” “Well, I want you to turn the square back lights into round inset lights! Can you do it?” he said. “Of course, but you find the lights you want to fit!” “Deal.”
A few days later he turns up with the light housings. Now the work begins.
Turning the square holes into round ones was straight forward. Making the housing to mount the new lights on was not. It means weldingplastic mounts into the seat unit that would take a plate with the lights on and come out with ease once on the bike, not fouling on the frame.
It all went surprisingly well; Alan was over the moon when it was finished. The only reservations I had was the red paint work on a blue and white paint scheme. Turns out Alan had a problem too with the paint work because the next time I saw the bike it was black with polished metal work. Now it looked really sexy!
The other day I had to nip out to get some materials. A bit of an under statement as it involved a journey of a hundred miles each way. As we were going up the by pass at the beginning of the trip there was a metallic clanging sound of something hitting the under side of the truck which slowed progress as I considered whether or not to stop and check. Needless to say I didn’t as the van felt and ran OK.
Ninety odd miles later . We stopped at a well known supermarket for a break. To be met by a shoshing noise. A quick look round the truck did not show anything untoward but the shh persisted; then I noticed that the rear near side tyre looked soft. In that short time it was half flat, the air was coming out that fast. I can’t believe it – another puncture! and its
the new one! I will not repeat what was said but I think you can guess!
I ran round to the cab pulled out the jacking kit and got it in place just before it went completely flat. Ten minutes later the Tyre was changed.
Before we returned home I wanted the puncture repaired, so tracked down a tyre shop and took it in. “No prob’ mate have that done for you in a jiffy”. Then things went sideways I saw him call over a colleague and then me. It took us all by surprise. I was told that I had been extremely lucky that it had not blown apart when it happened. The pictures speak for them selves!
It has been a long time since our last post. A lot has happened to keep us busy through the year not all of it good. Some of it has kept our fingers at play with the plastic and not the key board, hopefully we will be able to change this in the year ahead.
We would like to wish you all the best for the New Year.
Here we are again at the start of another tough trading year. Like you we will be looking for the best price for the services to run the business. So I thought this maybe a good time to out line how you can get the best deal from us. Customers who use us regularly will already know what to do to get a discount. For those who are not familiar with the way we do things, here is an out line of the discount structure.
Please do not come to us for the first time with one item expecting a discount on the price we give you. We judge each job on its merits and give you the best price for your repair. You can get discounts for:
More than one item. If you and a friend have a broken faring each, club together that way you can get a lower unit cost.
If you belong to a club ask them to speak to us we are happy to arrange a club discount.
If you are a regular user of our service private or business you can get a discount. Some of our private customers are serial bike restorers making them eligible for this discount.
What a joke a bit of snow and the country go’s up the creek without a padel. Why? The first point is that health and safety is running a muck to the point where it is making life difficult for those who would do their job as normal no matter what.
The total lack of gritting on side roads and walks making it impossible for people to get to the main routes without taking their lives into their own hands. News reports about A and E having an over load of broken bones and an increase in the numbers of deaths all travel related.
The lack of help and coöperation between people and business. Casing point: I had to take the van out to get some supplies. Now it is rear wheel drive which means that icy roads make it difficult to get moving once stopped. This happen twice causing a tail back in both cases. The first time while trying to get onto a gritted road I had to get the shovel out and chip the ice away from in front of the drive wheels. The people behind just sat there and watched or tried to drive round, no milk of human kindness there. The second time was trying to get to a well-known supermarket car park the road was pure ice, again out with the shovel only this time all I got was angry looks that anger would have been better spent giving the van a shove so we could all get on our way. Society now a days is all about me, if we spent more time helping each other we would all be better off.