Well folks the wait is over......................
This morning around 7.50am,i was awoken to the distinct sound of a whirring triple engine,after a few moments i realised this could only mean one thing,the day of reckoning had indeed arrived,i looked out of the window and saw a Dave,but not just any Dave,this was a Dave of the Whiskey type and he was armed with his strap on.
I bid him good morning and led him to the filter of mercy,after a brief examination he indicated to me to steady the bike and to hold on whilst he wielded his mighty weapon of persuasion.He gave me the nod and in a confident low tone muttered the words "Brace Yourself".This was it,i didn't start this war but with Dave by my side,i was feeling pretty confident we could finish it together.I held firm and began to fight the forces being transferred up through the bike trying to tip it over from Daves impressive strap on power,we both pulled and heaved in opposite directions fighting the resistance and exerting as much force as possible to the crucial area,then all of a sudden with a big exhale of air he pulled out from underneath,puffed out his red cheeks and sighed "it's gone"
What a moment,Dave had defeated the Goliath of filters at the battle of Lubrac#nt,no high fives or fist pumping here,just a silent stare at this warrior of filtration who had given his all,the enemy yes but also a martyr,he went down fighting right till the end but victory was ours.The new K&N was fitted and fresh oil added to the sump,then after a few mins putting all the fastenings back on,the Versys was back in action and to celebrate it was decided a ride out was in order.
We got some fuel from a nearby Tesco and headed off down the A68 until we reached Barnard Castle where the smell of bacon was rife in the air and i couldn't resist it any longer,so we pulled in and went to Penny Cafe were i enjoyed a full english but the battle of Lubrac#nt had really taken out of Dave and he could only manage a roll,poor Dave.
We left Pennys cafe fully recharged and we decided that i would show Dave Winston bridge,the subject of a small ride report i'd done a few months ago,the place where the guy flew the spitfire under the bridge for a film,on the way there you have to pass over another quirky old suspension bridge which i got this great shot of hero Dave on his Traitor.....
Ive just realised this thread is now slowly morphing into a mini ride report,but hey it's relevant to the original issue,anyhow a few miles later Dave got to see the mighty Spitfire bridge at Winston.
On the way home i showed legend Dave a little coffee stop at Stanhope tourist railway station,as he was obviously a bit low on steam
from all that effort he'd put in today,here's a snap he took of me getting some training
Well that's it folks,it's all over,this is now nothing but a chapter in history,but mark this day in your diary as it is to be commemorated annually in recognition of mighty Dave's achievements at the battle of Lubrac#nt.