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Serviced and Ready

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By Wom Battle

With nearly 5,500 k's on the new Road King and 6000+ k's to add to it on the Perth ride taking it well past the normal service schedule of 8,000k's it was time to bite the bullet and take it to the Harley Guru to get it ready for the trip. 

On the agenda was putting in the best oil, transmission oil, iridium plugs, best air cleaner which was all done. The guru commented on the state of the air cleaner in it which I commented was probably the result of riding to Wee Waa in a dust storm.

The Guru's evaluation of the tyres gave a "should make it OK" response as 11,000 - 12,000 k's out of these tyres is not unusual.  I wasn't sure what the expected ranged was because I hadn't worn a new tyre out yet! In any case If the wheels fall off this there's a dealership in Albany W.A. that should be able to fit one or two tyres on the way through.

I asked the Guru to wire in the Tom Tom Rider 2 GPS so I could stop lamenting it's habit of running out of battery mid ride.  I reckon it will be very handy to keep us on track on the trip.

I also grabbed a puncture repair kit packed with plugs, glue and plenty nitrogen cylinders just in case.  One of the benefits of tubeless tyres on alloy rims, a flat doesn't mean a towtruck. I've already got my Harley Tool Kit to tighten anything that might loosen up on the trip, my rear suspension pump's ready to keep the ride smooth.  After a final wash to get rid of Wee Waa and Bathurst the bike is ready to go.

On a personal note I've been collecting soap during recent motel stays, my wife's supplied me with some Omo sachets to keep the jocks in order.  I've organised a tinted visor for my son's helmet figuring we'll be riding west and I don't want him to come back looking older than me. Wet weather gear is all sorted new boots worn in, only some Stone's Green Ginger Wine to go.

The service and parts cost $650.00, puncture repair kit $40.00.  The noticeable difference between the results of the service at the Guru v's the dealership is that you could see where the Guru had been.  The dealer hands back your bike sparkly clean.

 

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