Are any of the places that sell petrol still garages that do actual service? There are only a few dozen left here in The Colonies, with 99% of the petrol sellers being "convenience stores".
Technical and tyres
There have been many cold, dark, wet and cold winter mornings when I've wished that someone had invented spray on waterproofs. I'm tired out before I ever get on the bike.
That is why a small company in Duluth, Minnesota invented the one-piece, Cordura/Gore-Tex riding suit.
Cannot remember the name right now, but I am sure it will come to me.
@HOSBUSA True. Shame i was in the car with no roof.
Legal and insurance
Thanks for the replies guys. I have had insurance on a fireblade in germany inside of 2 years so all might not be lost - although I doubt many companies take overseas NCB.
As to the project - I'd be doing a mild setup making less power than a modern superbike - more as a tinkering/engineering project than anything. Of course I bet most insurers wouldn't view things that way.
Touring & travel
You don't say where you are coming from but a couple of ideas for the route up that we have done are.
Penrith - Alston (Hartside café) - Brampton - Longtown - Gretna.
If you fancy a longer journey at that point try - A75 past Dumfries to Crocketford, then up to New Galloway then Ayr, or even better New Galloway back to Newton Stewart the up to Girvan - Ayr.
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