How do you make antifreeze?


Hide her nightie! Boom tish! OK so it’s an old joke, but I think it’s important to share for the younger generation. Maybe I’ll open a joke museum when I get home, a place for old jokes for to be stored posterity. I’d probably need to explain what a nightie is first!

Anyway, lying in bed last night I had a nasty thought. Since I’ve owned the bike I’ve never checked to see if there’s antifreeze in the radiator! I bought it in a warm climate, I’ve ridden in it the warm and I never really planned to come this far north. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner.

With that in mind and the temperatures falling, I had to get up and check. My gauge said 0.2°C and there was ice on the seat, I’d best be quick about it – or maybe it’s too late already? (Not that I even have any antifreeze!). It would be a shame to have a cracked block so close to home, but worse than that I’d look like a prize pillock on the internet!!

By torchlight then, side panels off, seat off, tank off, radiator cap off. Luckily the fluid was dark green, all good then! While I had the spanners out I adjusted and lubed the chain, by which time I was wet and freezing cold. Back in the cabin I’m all thawed out now, ready for a new day and the final push to Nordkapp.

About Sophie Whiptank - aka Bart

I'm just a bloke doing some stuff, the more interesting bits I post on my blog. Scroll down far enough and you'll see me riding from Melbourne Australia to Birmingham, England in 2014. But now I'm working on another project, a single cylinder motorbike engine at 2750cc!

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