Well today was a fairly productive day. The sun was shining, so after an early morning visit to the gym I knuckled down to setting the 1098 up for its winter hibernation. This was pretty much a full panel off cleaning job which as is always the way, was easier said than done. I chose to clean the bike with the panels on to start with, then dried the outside and took the side panels off to clean the engine. I had a few problems with some stuck fasteners which added to the problems. It really is amazing how something so little can add so much time to a simple job. Anyway, once everything was cleaned, I ran it up to temp and them treated the engine to a coating of ACF50 to tide it over for the winter months. I had originally planned to give the panels a coat of wax as well, but that will have to wait until later in the week, when I'll add some fuel stabiliser when I top up the tank. The other job that I didn't get around to, was setting up the muscle stand, bought a year ago, which is still in the box. So, although I didn't do everything I wanted, I did enough. After a run to the petrol station, I parked up the bike and popped the cover on.
Whilst out there, I also gave my new Monster a little clean down as well. Not that it really needed it. Again, I ran it up to temp and gave the front and sides of the engine a coating of the ACF50 to help protect it on the daily ride into and out and London. As the sun was shining I took the Monster out as soon as the 1098 was home. I have noticed some issues. For example, when cold, the engine really struggles in the low revs. I talking misfire here, not just struggling to make power. Once up to temperature the bike feels and sounds great. I originally thought I'd be able to use my magnetic tank bag with the Monster, but alas, I can't. Bugger. Anyway, I'll be ordering up some new Kreiga straps to use my tailback on, but in the meantime, I'll keep using my rucksack. I think I'm really going to enjoy learning to live with the Monster. Here are a few pics of the bikes together, plus the most important part to any bike cleaning session. A nice cup of tea
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.