This morning I tightened the rear axle to take the play out, but it was obvious the bearings were toast on the way to the ferry. I decided I’d limp to the nearest Kawasaki dealer about 20km away. I don’t normally like leaving my bike with dealers, but these guys seem very good. Friendly and helpful, and interested in my travels. I even got a free coffee without pretending I wanted to buy a new bike!
The mechanic is fitting new wheel bearings, the centre bearing had completely collapsed. So there you go, I officially had no balls! While the wheel is off I might as get the new chain fitted along with the sprockets.
I had envisaged doing all this myself, but since I’m here I might as well let them do it. At least my bags will be a lot lighter now! The only thing they don’t have in stock is a cush drive. I’m planning to get new tyres around Hamburg, so I’ll see if I can pre-order one to get it fitted at the same time. Oh well, things do wear out and I’ve certainly had my money’s worth out of the last set!