Although I’m fairly handy with a set of tools and I am capable of handling most jobs (with the aid of a good set of documentation), I do prefer to leave some things to the specialists.
Maintaining the Bandit is one of those tasks.
Banons Motorcycle Service is the mobile motorcycle mechanic I have been using.
When I bought the Bandit, I wanted the bike to have a complete workover.
Simon took the motorbike away and over the course of a week he did a full strip-down and service.
He found a few things that needed urgent attention, and a couple of longer-term niggles that needed looking at, at some stage within the next twelve months.
And he sent me photos.
A week-and-a-half later, Simon delivered the Bandit back to me.
We shared a mug of coffee and a gossip.
We went through the photos of what he found, and Simon gave me a much more detailed explanation of what he had to do to (including cutting an incorrectly-sized nut off the rear spindle).
Later I hopped on the motorcycle and took it out for a brief run around time.
The Bandit felt even more brilliant; somehow the balance of the bike had been improved; handling was tighter and both the ‘go faster’ and ‘stop now’ responses were breathtaking.
A few days ago Simon came out to take care of a couple of the longer-term niggles, then I popped the Bandit round to the tyre specialist for a new set of tyres.
You may not know it, but new tyres, on a motorcycle, should be ‘run-in’ for a hundred miles.
This means no sharp cornering, no rapid acceleration, and *cough* keeping within the speed limit.
With limitations like that, it’s going to be a dull hundred miles.
But it’s going to be fun afterwards