Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Of dead Renault, broken Volvo suspension, Landrover and a f***ing blown head gasket...

There has been another spacious gap since I last posted. This is because there has been little in the way of biking to be reported. Up-shot of all the repairs and diagnostics on the old Triumph was the discovery that the head gasket  has blown. Hence overheating and coolant back pressure. I have managed one ride of eight miles before it overheated again.

Why have I not had it fixed you may wonder? Well it's a seven hundred plus quid repair and under normal citcumstances I would have just told them to get on with it. But sometimes life just gathers shit in a great big conspiracy to thwart the best laid plans. My wife's ancient Renault failed its last MOT and the fix would have not been worth it. So off it went to that great car park in the sky. Using my trusty Volvo to get my wife to her riding sessions involved pretty rotten country roads and a mile or so of really bad farm track. Suspension broke; new shock needed and replacement shock mounting. Quite clearly we needed a replacement car for my wife which would cope with the bumps. Good old ebay turned up a cracker of a Landrover Freelander. That my friends is where the money I would have used to repair the Triumph went.

So the Volvo drives without a single clunk or knock and the Landrover gets us to the riding school without our teeth rattling. Alas, the old Triumph sits forlornly idle in my garage and that is making me more than a tad miserable, especially as we've had some unseasonably good weather of late.

Even more frustrating is the fact that all the legal shit re my head is tantalizingly close to conclusion. If only that gasket could have lasted a few more weeks!   

1 comment:

  1. Isn't that the way of it, if it isn't one thing it's another.

    Hope the conclusion to the legal matter is quick so you can fix the Trumpet and get that Harley.