Busy Thursday

Written by  Friday, 17 January 2014 15:53
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Today has been a busy day, having received a phone call from Dan suggesting that we swap bikes around... The reason being is I have got the CBF in my garage to see if I can figure out why the battery is discharging over the course of a couple of days.

It looks like the way that the blue lights and sirens were wired in is causing problems. So the decision is to return the CBF to the unit, then head off and collect the new BMW 1200RT from Weston Freewheelers, ride that back and meet up with Karen from the south. Where I will get the West RT back.

I got the CBF back to the unit, where it was decided that it would be moved over to being an instructor bike for rider training as the livery is a bit tatty, and it's also a chain drive. (This will lead to a mission to find a Honda Deauville 700)

We had a visitor, an old friend of Dan's who is starting up his own company, Dan has offered my services to build a website for him, when it came to costs, the answer was simple. No charge but a donation to the charity is all that's needed.

Terry started removing the Blue Lights and Siren. and then worked on removing the old livery. This was a good time for me to head out and find some lunch... The new support Range Rover was available so I took that out for a drive. Very nice beast.... more to come on that as we bring it up to emergency vehicle specs.

We found out that the new RT would be ready for us to collect around 6pm. So I went off with Terry in the Land Rover, he decided I could drive. So off up the M5 we went.

On collecting the bike following a coffee with the Weston Freewheeler Steve I got on the new RT, the controls are in a slightly different position to the older ones. It was only the first junction where I used the horn instead of the indicator!

The ride south was just what you would expect from an RT comfy position plenty of road presence and the ability to deflect a lot of the rain!

Having tested out all the controls to ensure they were all working correctly, I pulled into Exeter services to phone Dan... The plan has changed he want the new RT back at the unit, and to take the South RT down to Karen.

Quick phone call to Karen to let her know the change of plan and agreed to meet at Drumbridges on the A38, there is a convenient lay-by just off the main road.

Bikes swapped over and checked I had the right kit on both bikes so they were both ready for use. Back on the road bike number 3 now!

Finally I met up with Karen, swapped over bikes and a 30 min chat later I was back on the road... Final stretch back to Plymouth, which was a nice cruise back, followed by a final refuel.

Home by midnight, having Ridden 4 bikes and driven both the Land and Range Rovers! All in all a good day.

Dave Webber

Dave joined Devon Freewheelers in Feb 2013, as a rider I am part of the team that keeps the charitys IT working as it should. I also bleed members for articles that we can post on the site. Ride safe everyone.

Website: davewebbersystems.co.uk