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I was ready to head off at 8, but the brekky only just started, which was quite substantial so I stuck around for a good feed then headed down to the place I had been shown yesterday, of course it was raining, but only lightly at this stage. The place I stayed was very nice, but with no internet a bit pricey, but it was clean with a range of TV channels I arrived and introduced myself to Franz and his son Cristof, and they said sure no worries, I can do the work right here out of the rain and moved a stack of motocross bikes for me.
So, I got stuck in to the procedure of replacing the chain and sprockets. Once the sprocket cover was off, I was amazed at the amount of crud build up in there, about a kilo of gooey black greasy mud. This is a direct result of using chain spray rather than an oiler, I have to get a new one soon!! But once that was cleaned out, on with the job. This was a simple job except for one small problem, I could not get the damm front sprocket nut loose. We tried a rattle gun, which I was a bit concerned about, so we went online and I checked the VSRI forums(Vstrom Riders International) and made sure we were undoing the nut in the correct direction, and yes we were. The major issue I had was that we had done the job in a wonky sequence. Normally I would crack that front nut while the bike was on the side stand with a rag jammed into the sprocket/chain area, but we had already put the bike on the centrestand. And we had cut the chain, so it made it a bit more difficult. We tried heat and Bolt Off style penetrating spray, no chance. I tried to contact Ib in Frankfurt, but no answer. In the end I resorted to the old addage, “give me a long enough lever and I can move the world”. A long piece of bar as an extension and some good old heave ho, and I cracked it, this had added about an hour to the job!!!
But, with that front sprocket off, it was a small matter of cleaning a few things up and installing the new gear. Franz had a great tool for breaking and riveting the chain(a brand called Crane), if I only knew how to use it properly, but it was a tad large to carry with me even if I could find one. By about lunch time, the job was done and so I headed off west with a better feeling about how the bike will perform in the twisties Thanks for all your help there Franz and Cristof, nice to meet you and if anyone needs help around this area, I am sure these guys can help out at Ernecker’s shop.
So I headed off, being without internet for a day is hard when you are relying on incoming information. I tried for the next few hours to find free WiFi at some servos along the way, but found none I came to the major Munich interchange and had to make a decision, which way to go. Do I continue west and try and meet up with Simon, I have not heard from him, or I could head that way and meet up with Nora. I could head way north to Hanover area in Germany to meet up with David, he was getting some tyres for me. Or head to Dortmond to see Ingo, and then I had a brainwave, I called an internet friend called Thomas and he said yes come on up, so I headed north at this point, he was somewhere near a town called Karlsruhe. Of course once I had made this decision, I found internet at the next stop and found all these messages, but I had made my decision and would stick to it. I told Thomas I would not arrive until around lunchtime on Saturday a s it was too far in one hit as I started late. I ended up in a small town near Augsburg called Neusass. I only stayed there because I did not feel like riding much more without an actual address and needed to plug that stuff in to the GPS.
But, I had a nice feed at the place next door of Nurnburger sausages and chips, washed down with cool ale before hitting the sack. I had ordered Bratwurst, but this was what turned up and my cousin Bob assures me the above name is correct, and when I checked with the serving lady, she said the same thing It still tasted great even if it was in six small snags instead of one big one
Cheers from Germany