It's a bright, chilly day today, with some grease and dampness on the road, but the ride was uneventful. In reality I hadn't ridden much since early December, so getting into my full Rukka kit felt like putting on a favourite old sweater. Ironically, just after I arrived, Caro text me to tell me my pads had arrived.
Rocking up to All2Wheelers, I was greeted by the owner and we had a nice chat and I mentioned the pads. He was going to see them anyway, and there is no point trying to pull a fast one.
It's a small little place that specialises in lower capacity imports like Sinnis and Reiju and they have a nice little range of the retro custom bikes from China such as Herald, Brixton and AJS and a few larger capacity used bikes for sale. Sitting in their shop area I quickly spot a lovely looking Suzuki GS1000 and a minty 1981 Honda Super Cub 50. Certainly worse places to wait for my MOT result.
Crunch time and the FireBlade failed. But not on the rear pads, she failed on a lack of rear number plate light. I've had the bike since 2014 and she has never had a light there, but thankfully, after a but of a clean, the circuit was clean enough to accept a new bulb. Power on and the little white light glowed away to it's hearts content.
We chatted for a bit again and I mentioned how I had been following the progress of their restoration of an early eighties Kawasaki Z1100R. I was then invited around the back to see where they were. After being left outside for twenty plus years, the machine was a wreck, but kudos to the owner who is committed to the time and money its going to take to bring it back to life. There is a long way to go and it will never be worth the money spent on it, but passion projects never are. I for one can't wait to watch this journey from rust bucket to pristine show stealer. I'm a bit annoyed with myself for not asking if I could take a picture, but you can follow its progress through the updates on their Facebook page, which is here www.facebook.com/all2wheelers
If you're Dorset based and need a MOT for your bike, or any other bike servicing etc, I can highly recommend All2Wheelers. Give them a call.
So with the new bulb fitted and working I'm now the proud owner of a new MOT certificate, complete with advisories for new tyres and you guessed it, new rear brake pads.