Today I fitted new Road 6 boots to the Panzer in preparation for the trip to World SBK Phillip Island, heading off Sunday. Today’s fun fact - The e3 SC Project can (SC-1) allows rear wheel removal without disturbing the muffler. I didn’t check the price for a set of Road 5, but updating my service records I found that the sixes were almost 50% dearer than what I paid for fives 18 months ago.
While I was at it, I gave the front calipers a good scrub with washing up detergent, in preparation for new pads all round, arriving Wednesday. This will be the fourth set of fronts (average about 35,000km) and, remarkably, only the first replacement of the rear.
I also took the opportunity to remove the skid plate ready for a minor service tomorrow. Like the rear tyre, a few thousand kilometres early, but my trip will be more than 4,500km and it would not be practicable to do tyres and oil change on the road.
Poking around, I picked up on any remaining grime I came across in crevices and hidden areas after the three washes the Panzer has had since returning home - power wash on return to remove the bulk, a normal hand wash, and then a detailing with toothbrush and micro-fibre cloth followed by wax.
Everything will be shipshape by Thursday, ready for departure - and, likely, getting very dirty again.
I’ll have a riding companion this time, and we’re planning our route around road closures due to flooding. Again, we can expect water damaged roads. All part of the adventure.