NC30 ( VFR 400R ) Resurrection – background

One day I got out of bed with a notion to do something. I’d been mulling it over in my little duvet cocoon, and had somehow come to the conclusion that my wonderful little NC30 had a few problems with its handling.

That was in 2006. I was in a weird headspace. So what does a man do, but stiffen up his rear spring.

This made the (non-existent) problem even worse, so what’s the next thing to try? Perhaps, back it off and soften it up? Sensible suggestion.

How about instead, I buy a brand new Kawasaki Z1000 so I can have a bizarrely irrational reference point?


Post doing this, it’s pretty clear that the handling problems that I’d found were between the ears. I’m just not that good.

4 months later, I decide that it’s time to stretch my legs, and decide to escape on a year long round the world holiday, at which point, both bikes are dumped in a garage. I can tell – you’re thinking this is one clued up individual, a man who uses methodical thinking to solve his problems.

You would, in general, be right. However, its now 7 years later, and the VFR has still not been fired up since then. The Z on the other hand, has had plenty of love, and indeed scrapes.

Time to do something about it.

Milky goodness

Back garden astro.


With a little bit of shameless self promotion, it’s now been featured on the website’s of two broadsheets covering both ends of the UK’s (ahem…not very broad) political spectrum!

Telegraph gallery

…and the Guardian gallery

…and now a guardian blog

….and blowing up (sorry!) all over twitter :