Hello and welcome to my Blog, my name is Chris, a bus driver for First in Wells. Married to Fiona, we live in Midsomer Norton near Bath, with Harvey the dog and Boots the cat. My main hobby is Amateur Radio and I hold the call sign G4KVI. I am the repeater keeper for GB3UB and MB7UB. I have a fascination for the weather and all things to do with nature and science. I am a biker and currently ride a Honda CBf600.As a Christian I worship, when shifts allow at Welton Baptist These are my observations on my life, both at work and at home.

16 Oct 2016

Intermittent Problem

For those on Facebook will have seen the ultra reliable Honda has let me down twice in the couple of weeks. I finally got round to having a look. It would not start but turned over fine. I replaced the battery as it only would crank for about 10 seconds before dying. After removing all the panels I had a poke around and it would fire then die. I set about taking all the connectors relating to ignition, apart and trying to start it, I managed to isolate  it down to one. I put everything back making sure all the connectors were firmly back on their mounts. I have test ridden it but have to say I am very cautious of using it in anger. I have to say I would have rather found a broken wire to confirm that was were the problem was.

25 Sep 2016

Brake pad change

Finally got round to looking at the CBF600 brake pads. Turns out that changing these is a very straightforward  job. Unlike some bikes the CBF has a 8mm screw in pad pin. This means that all is needed is to unbolt it and remove the old pads. The pad wear was surprisingly even over the front and rear and in fact they were not as low as I had expected. However given that winter is coming and I had the new pads I decided to replace them now. As I had removed some brake fluid to accommodate the new pads I bled them as well. Quick test ride showed things to be OK, will do a longer ride out when the showers have eased. Next job is an oil change at 16000 miles.

7 Sep 2016

Wells transfer

If you remember I worked for a few weeks at the Wells depot. I enjoyed it so much I wanted to stay but there were no vacancies at that time. However, things change and a chance conversation has resulted in me transferring. This has come at a great time as the depot has now taken on the work of the extended Mendip Explorer network. These are some great routes around the Mendips and taking in some breath taking scenery and making for some very enjoyable driving.  I also have a fantastic commute (maybe not in the winter) and a generally more peaceful life.

Two vehicles in the striking new livery.

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