Down alongside the house wasn’t really a good place for the motorbike, too hard to get at, too much work to extract it out onto the street. As a result it had sat half-under the eaves for two and half months collecting rain and dust and losing battery magic. Last night I shuffled it back down the narrow path and out onto the front porch, jump-started it, blew an almighty great cloud of black smoke, and charged the battery…

This morning I rode to work, not an easy task! Seems the choke cable has jammed and the choke is stuck on. Idle speed crept up to around 4,000rpm, lots of noise, lots of smoke and a great deal of difficulty in changing gears! Definitely needs a little TLC.