The bikes have had highs and lows this month, Jean's Peg is still fully functional, if you can discount the need for new rear suspension bushes (what is it about her bike and suspension ?), mine however has gone downhill.
The work for the horn and lights was good enough to get it through the MOT test, and I have done around another 900 miles since then. On one return journey from Birmingham I had to administer first aid to an indicator.
I'd not had to repair it since the roundabout in Argentina, you just can't get decent gaffa tape these days.
There, as good as new. I must stop being a cheap skate and buy a new one for her.
However at a Festival this weekend being left out in the rain for 4 days was probably the final nail in the coffin.
The Pegasos do have a known issue with moisture getting itno the dashboard, and mainly causing it to mist up. Mine has suffered this the whole time and I must admit to getting a overly relaxed about it as there had been no issues in the last 30,000 miles.
On the way home on Monday, just after Melton Mowbray (where it seems impossible to get Melton Mowbray pies) I noticed that the digital speedo was not working. And then that the rev counter was also lifeless. As the bike was still running and I had a nearly full tank I took the sensible option of not stopping and switching off the ignition in case it failed the system pre-start checks.
Getting back home judging my speed by the sound of the engine was interesting, and having to use arm signals as the indicator circuit goes through the dash. I switched off when safely home the ignition and restarted it, it was ok so put the bike in the garage and left it overnight.
The next morning I when I took a look it was obvious it had got worse because with no ignition the rev counter was "jumping" to 7000 and the system test would start and fail.
I tried starting the engine, which worked, but then would die immediately.
The "bastard" had finally keeled over. Two weeks short of 12 months of solid use. 29770 miles/47632 kilometres. 30,000 would have been a much nicer number.
So, a few weeks earlier than planed for a winter lay off and electrical check over she has been pushed to the back of the garage while the situation is reviewed, with a new dash being in excess of £450 the search is on for a usable replacement.
I must admit to a few moment of sadness as I removed the panniers, although I had done that twice in the trip for repairs this time seemed so final. I've been using the Peg for my main transport and commute to work. It has taken me to London, Middlesbrough, Bridgend, Newport and Birmingham. Then to rallies and events at weekends. I've lived out of her for 12 months and I feel like a part of me has been surgically removed.
I've put my XJ900F (100,070 miles) back on the road, but a 4 cylinder bike just does not feel right anymore.
Fingers crossed, I want to get more miles from the "bastard" yet.
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