Sunday, 16 December 2018

Busy Week!

Thursday, I stayed at home, the Local Authority were working on our road, and it was supposedly shut to traffic all morning, although in the end I think it was only shut altogether for a couple of hours, I cut the grass, and trimmed the hedges.

Friday morning, I went over to Bello on the bike, picked up the Nissan from the shop, and went to have a complete set of five new tyres fitted, I had ordered them online, and they were delivered to a local Tyre center, the only condition was that, I had to pay for balancing and alignment to fulfill the guarantee, unfortunately they found that the  left arm had too much play in it, so we have got to get Javier to replace it, and take it back for the alignment. That doesn't say much for the independent survey we paid for!

That took me to 11.30am, by the time I had returned and picked up my bike, it was too late for a brunch. Knowing also that our road was going to be shut supposed to be shut until 2pm, I went to Copacabana, did a bit of shopping and went for lunch, the unfortunate thing was whilst there, I forgot all about the road closure, and headed home, arriving in the road about 1.10pm, to find a long row of parked vehicles, waiting for the road to open, being on the bike I was able to get to the head of the queue, where I sat for 20 minutes, until someone said they were letting bikes through, albeit I had seen none pass, so I said I would try it, after all, they could only stop me.

As I headed up to the roadworks a string of bikes came down, and seconds later the road was re-opened to all traffic, but they still hadn't finished the work, so I guess they will close it for a third day, but there has been no announcement as to when.

The work has to be done, I just wish that there was better communication from the Authorities, and better workmanship as well, because although they have stripped 2" off the surface, it wasn't leveled, so the re-finished surface isn't level either, and they are only cutting and replacing sections where the potholes are at their worst, and some were 9" deep or more! Dangerous for all vehicles, but especially bikes.

Yesterday, Marcela and I got up at 5.30am, we had to have the Nissan on the other side of the city for 8am, to have the tow bar fitted, I went on the bike, and brought Marcela home, stopping for breakfast on the way. We returned to collect it for 3pm, another job completed. Marcela hasn't forgotten how to be a pillion passenger, she was great! We have just got to play with the intercom system a bit, she could hear me loud and clear, but I couldn't hear her at all,  it was either the microphone placement, in her helmet, or the ear pads in mine.

After all our rushing around this week, today, has been a leisurely one, I was up at my usual time, but Marcela had a lie in, we have been out for lunch, and had a siesta this afternoon, much more the pace I believe someone who is retired should enjoy!!

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Royal Enfield Serviced!

Yesterday morning I went to have the Bike serviced, 8am he said, I was seriously getting a bit p*ssed by the time he finally arrived to open at 8.45am, I was on the verge of leaving.

It was 9.30am, by the time he had cleaned up, and was ready to start work! I asked how long it would take, and he said an hour to an hour and a half, so I went off for my breakfast, and then sat in the park, until the hour and a half was up, and went back to find the bike with both wheels off!

It turned out that the previous owner would appear to have done no maintenance at all, the brakes were metal to metal, there was no grease in the wheels, they were bone dry, having been annoyed with the workshop initially, I went to being overly impressed, nothing was left unturned, they greased everything that needed greasing, tightened every bolt that needed it, and where there was any sign of rust, they sanded and spray painted it, they even sorted out my steering lock, which was not working.

I don't think I ever remember having such a thorough service on a bike or car, they eventually finished at 12.30pm, and the whole thing including parts cost me less than £50. I am definitely a regular there now, and they made me so welcome. I was told that would be fine now for six months, unless something unforeseen happens, which I hope is not the case.

I then raced home to have a bite of lunch, and let the dogs know they hadn't been abandoned, then raced back to Copacabana to meet up with Marcela, as we had an appointment to sign some papers.

Next week it is the turn of the car for a complete overhaul, despite the independent inspection, the car is bellowing out some black smoke when accelerating, we need to find out the cause, it might just need the Turbo cleaning, or it might be something more serious, whatever it is, we have to have it done.

After all the complaints, the Council have started major repairs on our road, the last two days they have been removing the top surface down by about 2", and allowing traffic through at the same time, that really wasn't going to work, and they are only removing the surface where it is at it's worst, so despite their best efforts it is a patch and repair.

Last night we received word that today, the road would be totally closed form 8am until 4pm, the problem with that is that there is no other way out, so if people didn't get the message, they were stuck. As it turned out, they didn't close the road until 9.30am, by which time Marcela was well gone, but that may mean they are late re-opening it, which wont please Marcela.

Thank goodness I didn't need to go out today, how many days we will be effected is anyone's guess, once they are further down the road, it won't be so bad, because it joins up with two other roads we can skirt the roadworks on.

Today, I have been servicing the alarm system, and pottering, just had lunch, and it will soon be time for a siesta!

Monday, 10 December 2018

You Learn Something Knew Every Day!

I decided yesterday that this morning I would be up bright and early and take the Enfield down for a full service, in preparation for that, I pulled the bike out to check it's tyre pressures, only to find the rear tyre had a puncture.

This is certainly one downside to the Royal Enfield, as it has inner tubes, so using temporary foam spray is not an option, the tube has to be repaired or replaced.

I turned to my old friend YouTube, on how to remove the wheel, it is relatively easy as long as you have the right tools. Unfortunately I didn't, I needed a 24mm spanner or socket, and my largest was 22m, there was one in the bike tool kit, but I couldn't budge it, the nut had obviously been put on with an air compressor, so at least I needed a socket and wrench.

I nipped down town, in the hope the Hardware store would be open, and sure enough it was, so I got a socket and a spanner, giving my two options. I then called at a motorcycle spares shop, they said they had the tubes and it could be repaired there.

Back home the wheel came off easily, and with Marcela's help, I lifted the bike, whilst she dragged the wheel out.

It was just before midday, I decided to risk that the shop was open until 2pm,, so loaded it in the back of the car, and headed back to Copacabana. The shop had the right inner tube, but then told me to take it to the workshop two doors down, which was the one who repaired the footpeg, there was a queue for puncture repairs and tyre replacements, so I waited and watched, and learned.

The lad was repairing a puncture, he removed one side of the tyre with their machine, then poured half a small bottle of coca cola into the tyre, followed by two packets of maize flour, and swished it about, after which he replaced the tyre, and did the usual test with water and washing up liquid, no leak...amazing, how long the repair would last is anyone's guess, but it certainly worked there and then.

Shortly after it was my turn, and in seconds the new tube was on the wheel, and I was ready to leave, £3 for the tube and £1.50 for the install, a bargain.

Before leaving I asked about the service I intended to come for, but he said he was too busy Monday and to be there 8am Tuesday, which is what I will do.

Back home, Marcela, helped me get the wheel back in place, we then had lunch, after which I finished installing the wheel. The nice thing about this bike, is that when you have the right tools it is so easy to work on, the rear wheel is not connected to the chain and sprockets, just remove one rod and slide it out, another first for me!