Thankfully though, this secondary cold snap didn't last too long and with the clocks in the UK returning to normal this weekend, it was time I got around to sorting the Ducati in readiness for 2018.
The chain and sprockets were on their way out at the end of last year, so I've got some on order from B&C Express. I've gone down a tooth at the front and up one at the rear, which means I've had to invest in a new sprocket carrier as well. My neighbour and fellow 1098 owner, Dean, who is an engineer by trade and a constant bike tweeker in his spare time, is going to help me with the service. It's better to have a mate helping me as that way I should be able to a) finish the job b) keep the number of swear words to a minimum and I'm really looking forward to it.
If everything goes to plan (including the arrival of parts) I might just be able to take the Ducati out for a spin this Easter weekend.