At last, Bertie is home. Jenny and I have been back nearly 3 months and we’re really missing being on the road.
So after notification from James Cargo Jim made arrangements to catch a train (well 4 trains actually) from Church Stretton to Dartford near the Thames to pick Bertie up from a warehouse.
It was a bit of a relief to be honest to find that Bertie had arrived back with the contents of his panniers all present and correct and the bike in good condition other than a couple of areas of light damage (James Cargo will reimburse us for them). Now would he start? It’s been 3 months all bar 4 days since Bertie was fired up. Any petrol in the system will have evaporated by now and it’s inevitable that it will take a few turns to get the fuel flowing through again. Will the battery be up to it? We have a Hawker Odyssey Heavy Duty battery fitted but it has done about 26,000 miles now and has been standing for nearly 3 months. Oh well, let’s give it a go ……..
Six attempts later and the battery was starting to strain and nothing to show for the effort. On the 7th attempt the engine coughed a couple of times – it was trying to start. Two more attempts and suddenly Bertie woke up and spluttered into life! He ran rough for about 10 seconds then settled down. Good old Bertie, you never let us down – love ya buddy ……
Bertie’s first port of call was Ian at Church Stretton Motorcycles http://www.churchstrettonmotorcycles.com/ where an MOT was carried out – passed first time and now we can get him road taxed.
So Bertie is now safely tucked up in his newly decorated and tidied up garage and is awaiting some serious TLC to get him back up to spec.
Welcome home Bertie, we’ve missed you.
Footnote: In the world of motorcycling, especially adventure biking, there’s a lot of ‘chat’ about which bike is best to take on a big ride. Sometimes it even gets a bit personal with riders criticising other peoples choice of steed (BMW GS’s get more than their fair share of stick) – Size, weight, reliability, engine size and torque, off road ability, wheel size, dealer network, complexity or simplicity of electrics and engine systems, attracting attention, hard or soft luggage etc etc etc. We would just offer this thought on bike choice (& we don’t want to get into a big debate) – make sure it’s comfortable to ride. You’re going to spend an awfully long time sitting on it and all the rest of the arguments will pale into insignificance if you’re aching and suffering sore knees and an aching butt.