Well I tried again to remove the real wheel again this morning, but just couldn't get the leverage and hold the bike upright at the same time, so I trundled over to the dealers and Artur quickly released the rear nut for me and then tightened it to a much lower torque setting. This enabled me to get the bike home, prop it up on the Abba stand and remove the rear wheel. A quick trip back, saw Artur remove my rear tyre as well so I should now be able to finally get the wheel refurbished followin my trip through the gravel in June of last year.
With the rear wheel removed, I'm going to take the opportunity one day later this week to give the swing arm a really good clean. I've also ordered a few Evo-tech radiator guards from Steve at Conquest Carbon www.conquestcarbon.co.uk , so I'll hold fire on putting the fairings back on until they've arrived. I use one of their open clutch covers and I can't fault their quality and hopefully they'll be just as easy to fit.
My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.