Out with the old and in with the new

Regular readers will know that this year has been marred by repeated failures of my beloved Triumph Daytona 955i. Repeated electrical problems and extended visits to the shop meant that I barely got to ride it this year.

Since my last entry about the bike things took a turn for the worse. Work was completed and the bike seemed to be as good as new. I picked it up in the morning and rode it to work in the rain. It didn’t miss a beat on the couple of miles through stop start Edinburgh traffic and all seemed well. At the end of the day I left work in even more rain and headed home. I made it less than a mile before the bike died.

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Luckily for me Saltire Motorcycles came out and picked it up and I got the train home.

Another few bike free weeks passed before Saltire rang to say that they had checked the bike thoroughly, fixed some frayed wiring, and were confident in handing it back to me. Bright and early on 30th September I picked it up and decided that the best idea would be to take it straight home again. All was going well until the bike gave a frightening wobble whilst passing a large lorry. It then started to weave dramatically. I had a puncture.

A couple of hours were spent at the side of the road waiting for the recovery truck to come and get me. Luckily this time the weather was dry, warm and sunny.

Back at Saltire I had a new tyre fitted, but it was the final straw and so, on a whim, I traded it in there and then for a brand new Suzuki GSX-R 600.

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Of course winter has descended early this year and I haven’t managed to get out as often as I would have liked. Still, plans are afoot for some motorbike related nonsense in the new year so stay tuned!

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