Well I have been riding which has been good but when I realised I was running the wrong oil I had a stupid job replacing the oil for MA rated, then breaking the sump nut and having to remove the sump blah blah fuckin blah. Since I replaced the oil for this MA stuff which is much thinner the bike has been revealing how trashed it is. Turning to Youtube I found a total Japanese bike fix guru, who really rated Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. A book I have tried to read whenever my bikes break but cant stand! This is his video for compression testing.
For a year I just kept running the engine every so often but haven't been insured cos I had no time to sort the bike and didn't need it in winter. When I got around to getting insurance quotes I found that Carole Nash have moved out of insuring modified bikes, or maybe it is just my bike. I rang round everyone and no one wanted to insure a modified bike parked on a private street in South East London.
I was wondering if all these databases are linked, as a bike with just a steering lock was stolen from this street a few years ago. It was a fairly new Triumph but judging from where it was found it was obvious kids stole it rather than any pro bike thieves. I can't imagine a pro bike thief wanting to steal my bike.
Once I changed the details on my quote and said I wanted to ride it to work at various London venues things got madder still. Now I am paying fifty quid more than I paid for TPF+T for Third party only insurance! Ah well. I think I will take my lock with me when I ride it to work. Its good to be back on the road!