Just waiting for new rings to arrive. In preparation for a long trip, I decided to pull the heads off to see why she was smoking a bit. It turns out the oil scraper ring was broken on the LHS. While it’s been apart I got Headworks to put some new valves in, a guide where needed and fit some guide seals. (Not standard).
Pity the rings didn’t arrive as we had the day off for Anzac day, I could have had her all back together and running. Still, I can’t say I’m keen for a road test in this weather! I’m pleased to report that motorcycle engine parts are resting safely in their second home – the kitchen!
I’ve been recommended to get one of these Spot Tracker things.
Looks like you can leave a ‘breadcrumb’ trail of where you’ve been, updated every 10 minutes. You can link it to a website for near real-time updates.
Then again, a GPS that doesn’t tell you where you are – but tells everyone else exactly where you’ve been?
I wonder if that’s such a good idea???? Hmmm….
One decision that’s been really hard to make is what to take. I have a Royal Enfield Bullet that’s just fantastic. Spectacularly slow, but a great slogger which would be a trusty steed. I decided on the Guzzi because it’s just that bit more reliable. Very little kills an Enfield, but nothing kills a Guzzi.
Right, back to those maps!
I spent over $100 on MAPs for the planning stage of the trip today. Google maps is awesome, but I might not have Internet access for long parts of the trip. Much as I love technology, when it fails generally you’re shafted. There’s no substitute for a good map and compass. (Hmm, next thing I need is a compass then!).
Guess what. Spend over $100 on Maps and you get ……. A free MAP!!!! (Of Australia. Great!).
Now to plan the whole extravaganza.
Welcome to the chronicles of Sophie Whiptank! This blog is dedicated to a random attempt to traverse the globe from Melbourne to the UK on a motorcycle and sidecar combination.
Read about Sophie, the bike, planning and execution of the trip here……