Bouquets all 'round.

Not a brick bat in sight and Annie celebrates with a beer!!!  

 guichard moto in Montpellier, Royal Enfield and IndIAN dealers 

guichard moto in Montpellier, Royal Enfield and IndIAN dealers 

For the last week the key in my ignition has felt loose so after some email discussion with Rick the Royal Enfield dealer in Tassie, I decided to contact the Royal Enfield dealer in Montpellier in southern France. A few emails later and a phone call to them, prompted by Bernie and Shayne, I have the bike booked in and a guarantee they have the replacement ignition.

 outside the dealers waiting to go in

outside the dealers waiting to go in

Easy ride to the dealers and they ride the bike through their showroom, mostly Indians, to the workshop out the back. One hour later, all done and I'm on the road again.

 they ride my bike through the showroom to the workshop at the back 

they ride my bike through the showroom to the workshop at the back 

But not for long, the bike stalled, I started it again with difficulty, went another 500 m and it stopped again. I'm on a freeway!! No phone and no one looks like stopping. After about 15 mins, and it felt like 2 hours, a car stopped. Oh gosh!  My knight in shining armour steps out, phone in hand, and he's speaking English. Jackpot. And I was thinking thank goodness I have a sleeping bag because I could be here all night. 

 knight in shining armours chariot!!

knight in shining armours chariot!!

He rings the French automobile association, I gave him the number as I am a RACT roadside assist member I can get help in most European countries. Eventually after Police, highway breakdown and auto association all got involved the bike is taken to the nearest bike shop. Jackpot. While waiting on the roadside I discover my knight is a paratrooper in the Army, part time McGyver and Ducati owner who knows the guys at the nearest bike shop. 

 oh well??

oh well??

The Royal Enfield guys said they'd come and get me the next day, it's already 7 pm by this stage. Frederique from Moto34 said he'd store my bike overnight and asked the mechanic to run me around to the local motel. Jackpot. they had wifi and I spent the night emailing Rick again, bodyguard George and Dr Rob to try an second guess the problem and possible solutions, then I went to sleep, sort of!! 

I walked back the next morning and went with the bike back to the Royal Enfield dealer.. the first thing the mechanics did was open the fuel cap, and a big whoosh happened. Jackpot. When they replaced the ignition barrel they also replaced the lockable fuel cap and the lockable under seat access so I would only need one key for all three locks. 

It was very funny when I pointed out my bike has a carburettor, they had fun trying to pronounce that in French, then I showed them my choke, well they'd never heard of one of those on a motorcycle. All bikes in Europe have to have fuel ignition, not carbies. Ten minutes later my bike was ready to go, with the original fuel cap. All done. 

 one of the happy crew at Guichards 

one of the happy crew at Guichards 

So bouquets to

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Rick at Mountain Engineering

bodyguard George on the Gold Coast

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Dr Rob in Rome and

my knight in shining armour who shall remain nameless

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Frederique and his mechanic at moto34

Bernie and Shayne for making me make a phone call to Guichards to confirm booking 

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Virginia, the English receptionist at RE dealer, that was a stroke of luck when I made the call

Eric and Max at Giuchard Motos who were involved in initial emails

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the happy guys out the back, including the young fellow who picked up my bike

and  Thierry, Guzzi riding in-house upholsterer, who bought me lunch and a beer!!! (Alcohol free) 

 Thierry and Virginia, and my beer is the little one. 

Thierry and Virginia, and my beer is the little one.