The Bike

Today the real postman came

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I mentioned the other day that I’m currently in the process of rebuilding Dot, something which proves quite a problem what with her being an Australian post bike and never officially sold in the UK. Getting parts is therefore difficult and problematic, which is why I’m incredibly grateful to Joe and the rest of the gang at One Ten Motorcycles for the package that turned up on the doorstep today.

For those unaware, One Ten Motorcycles is where I bought Dot from at the very beginning of the trip. It’s just a little shop on an industrial estate on the outskirts of a town called Caboolture, just north of Brisbane. They’re a great bunch and helped me massively during the trip, sending me the parts and then and after that keeping in touch and seeing how we were getting on. In fact, it was Joe who very kindly lent me a bike when I went back to Oz to promote the book when it came out last year.

And now having heard about me rebuilding Dot, Joe’s very kindly sent me everything I need to get her back up and running again. To be honest that list isn’t so long, she doesn’t need much, but it’s a massive help and so I’m incredbily grateful. Cheers Joe and all the rest of the gang at One Ten Motorcycles. (www.onetenmotorcycles.com.au)

As for the rebuild it’s going okay. Today me and my dad changed the clutch plates, I sorted the brakes and in doing so made Dot a sling so she can hang from the rafters and be off the dusty floor. Next stage is to replace the cam chain, which hopefully should get done tomorrow, then simply bolt everything back together.

To be honest I don’t really know what I’m doing, thankfully my dad does so I’m more spectator, but it’s been good to learn and see inside the engine that brought me all that way. Still can’t believe that simple lump of metal took me 23,000 miles with no problems at all. By the look of her she’ll take me the same distance again (don’t tempt me)

Here are some pics from the day…

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