25 July 2016
9 July 2016
Just a short run today. A week since we got back from the Somme and Pepe needed a wash'n'brush up.
I togged up and with a plasttic bottle of cleaner bungeed on the rack I headed for the jet wash.
The idea was to get the worst of the French crud off from under the engine, mudguards and if course the easy-corrode wheels that Triumph preferred to fit.
The wash machine has changed and takes £1 coins and you get three minutes. There are six options from jet to wax and rinsing.
In the end and £2 later it all looked good. Ten minutes later I knew I had to do it by hand again when it was cold! At least the mud and crud was gone.
As it was sunny the wax rinse dried in streaks. I had a ride to Tesco to fill up with their 3p a litre cheaper 95 unleaded, then a tour around Folkestone to check out the football ground for the next home game and then home along the coast drive.
It was some two hours later when I went out with a bucket and some Simoniz suds to clean the exhausts and the streaky bits.
Then after a mere 13 miles today, Pepe went back to bed. Hopefully I can get out tomorrow.
4 July 2016
3 July 2016
Profligate that I am I decided the used bag wasn't going to work properly as it is simply too soft and doesn't hold its shape.
Looked at a few Saddlemen options and with my refund from British Airways I bought a new bag.
The quality is instantly evident. It came from a UK Harley dealer and luckily isn't badged HD at all.
It had its first outing on the Somme trip and was perfect it swallowed all our "duds" for the Ceremony and more.
The bright yellow waterproof cover came in handy in some terrible weather and no water got in. The cover is big enough to fit over the main bag and the top back. It looks a bit flimsy but worked well.
At £138 inc taxes and delivery it's not cheap but you'd gave to pay more for hard luggage and a rack to mount it.
The standard setup was the right size for my sissy bar pad and I used two other supplied straps to keep it tightly in place on the little rack, should it try to get off on its own!
The Rocket is so heavy and planted on the road it didn't cause any handling problems as it was probably at the 20lbs capacity and it us behind the rear axle.
I saw a couple of Harleys with no racks with bags not too disimilar mounted the other way around, so the bag was on the back seat. I don't think that will work on the Rocket.
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