So many things to take care of before our big adventure to Oregon. It has taken me over 2 weeks to get some bike keys cut. It seems that most locksmiths don't open on Saturday . I don't understand their reasoning of only opening from 8am to 5pm on regular work days. Finally, I decided to leave work early on Friday to obtain another ignition key and duplicates for my Kappa (Givi) top/side cases. I was very particular to obtain the generic ones without the huge plastic ends, which are very bulky . It was my idea to give this extra set to my riding buddy , just in case I misplaced mine.
I also decided that I would get my bike serviced and given a final safety check, just in case and ended up at EMS
EMS: Essential Motorcycle Services is an independant motorcycle service facility which is unique in that they have female mechanics. They have an excellent reputation who go beyond the call of duty. They treat you like family and explain everything that they do in understandable terms
Here's Michelle, finishing up the synthetic oil change on Nella.
While I was there I mentioned to Ted (Owner of EMS) that perhaps my clutch cable should be lubricated. He pulled the lever a few times and said something was wrong with the freeplay. It turned out to be something that would have caused me to be stranded in the middle of nowhere.
It seemed that the pivot bolt had sheared off and the upper section was just being held in place by gravity. With my luck, somewhere 100 miles from civilization this would have caused me to be stranded. I was lucky that Ted discovered this problem and fabricated a suitable modification to get me back on the road.
They really take care in what they do and have very flexible hours, by prior arrangement you can even get service on a Sunday . Watching people work makes you hungry and we found ourselves on our way to sunny Ladner for a quick bite to eat
We made our way to a riverfront outside patio and enjoyed the warm sunshine as we quenched our hunger pangs
guess who had what ?
Sitting on the wharf, watching the boats and the occasional eagle fly by is a great passtime. Another Wet Coast experience
A great time was had by all
(Nella & Pinkie)