I picked the bike up yesterday afternoon. The clutch plate was considerably worn and the internal spline all but gone. A small indication it once had teeth on one edge.
While the bike was in the shop the owner dropped in his spare front wheel to replace a badly buckled front wheel (which I told him was the cause of his steering wobble). It was changed over by the shop and the mechanic mentioned he put new bearings into the wheel because the old ones were not too good. They also managed to lose a switch blank from the dash.
All good, I jumped on the bike and slowly rode off up the main street of the town I live in. I pulled up and parked, rear wheel to curb outside the bank, all good.
I came out of the bank, jumped on the bike and entered the stream of traffic (no, I wasn't carrying a weapon or wearing a hood, sadly, i could use the cash
). A car immediately in front (I cut in behind it) slammed on the brakes when the idiot in front of him decided he'd reverse park without indicating and just stopped and started reversing. Not a problem, I wasn't overly close to the car in front, quick application of the brakes and I'll be stopped, I was only just moving and hadn't yet raised my feet from pulling out (I don't trail my feet, ever. As soon as the bike is going they are usually on the pegs).
No bloody front brakes.........
I pulled up less than half an inch from the bumper of the car in front with the brake lever pressed firmly into the hand grip (that mark will probably stay, just like the stain on the seat (not really
When the front wheel was replaced likely one of the apprentices (see brainless teenagers) likely did the job and never even checked.
Oh well, I missed, no big deal. I'll go and bleed the front brakes before I shoot down the shops later.
I have no idea how much it all cost, I considered it a rude question and didn't ask the owner (I met him at the bike shop to pick it up). The clutch and gear change certainly feel a lot better now (as expected).
If I get a chance over the next few days I may take it for a 200 kilometre or so run, if I get the chance.
I have my car engine fully assembled and painted and every bit of the engine bay and under the vehicle free of grease, oil and dirt and only need lift the engine in and start the nightmare of connecting all of that electronic crap.