I handed over the tail and tank to Mike last weekend and got a call, well a text actually, to say that I could collect them on Friday. Mike took these photos and sent them over and the when I got to see the work in person, I realised the photos don't do the work justice. Its just excellent.
As I felt I was neglecting the 'Blade a little, today I thought I'd address a niggling issue with the front brakes. I have been getting an annoying squeak from the fronts, and occasionally an un-nerving judder at the end of travel. So after my early morning coffee I set to work stripping the front calipers off. I forgot what a grimy job this was, but after about 45mins I'd got both calipers off and cleaned them up, inspected the pads, de-glazed them but scrubbing them up with a clean wire brush, copper slipped the backs and popped them back in. I pumped up the system and took the bike to the local petrol station for a test ride. The good news is the judder has gone, but the bad is the squeak is still there. You win some, you lose some. I'm putting this down to pretty rubbish pads, but as their stopping performance is fine and I don't and indeed haven't felt that there is any danger using them on the road, I'll wear them out and replace them if and when I see some decent pads at a good price.