Well exactly two days after getting my bike back following the electrical problems, the Ducati is back in the dealership once again. Thankfully not because of the immobiliser problem that I mentioned yesterday, but this time because of the clutch. Despite having the fluid replaced and the system inspected, the clutch has lost all of its resistance, with the biting point being barely a cm from the bar. Maybe it is plate related, but whatever it is I hope its not an expensive nor a complex problem to sort. All I want to do at the moment is ride my bike, especially as the summer is coming to an end and its still fairly warm and sunny. After asking (and buying coffee for the guys) I was able to borrow a bike until the Ducati is fixed. Driving in Central London has been playing havoc with my left ankle as there is something to do with the angle/stiffness of the clutch pedal that inflames my tendons. Very annoying indeed, so without further ado, may I introduce you to my temporary steed. Yes ladies and gentlemen, its a Yamaha X Max 250.
In 'second bike' news, I've heard of a bike I could be very interested in that could be available fairly shortly. Its pretty much what I was looking for as a commuter, i.e low power, good fuel economy, low tax and especially low insurance which will help as I'm bound to get stung next year. I will keep you updated, but if the price is right e, the Ducati may just find a little orange trellis framed bike keeping it company in the garage.
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.