Once in Croatia I realise my bike is due for its 15,000 service. Easy. I'll google to see where the Royal Enfield dealers are. I'm in the north of Croatia and travelling south so it shouldn't be too difficult to book a service with one of them. Hmmm. Google says there are no Royal Enfield dealers in Croatia. Ok. No probs. Rick at Mountain Engineering said so long as I go to a reputable service centre and get receipts etc it will not void my warranty. Goodo. Google now tells me there is a bike shop not far away on Krk island. I email them, in English and with google translator, just in case they don't have much English. Several emails later, in English, I establish his mechanic is on holidays but there is a fellow in Volosko who used to be a Royal Enfield mechanic. Great, I'm on a winner here. With the help of my guest house host we ring him, he answers and soon as I speak in English he says he is too busy and hangs up on me. Fair enough!!
After reading a little about Krk I decided to visit their anyway. The European heat wave was catching up with me and more water time appealed. Coming into Krk township I recognised the bike shop I'd been emailing and decided to call in an introduce myself.
Hi Dinko, I'm Annie. Show me your bike, it's a beautiful bike. Mechanic is back from holidays we can service your bike next week. Great. Tuesday 1 pm. You have oil filter? Yes I do. I extend my booking to Wednesday and wait in the water til 1 pm Tuesday. !!
Ahhg. Jeans, boots, jacket, helmet, gloves. Yikes I'm melting. It's only three minutes around to the bike shop so off I go. I got lost, so that extended it too about eight minutes. Find the bike shop, go inside. No sign of Dinko, so I introduce myself to the pleasant young fellow behind the counter. Ah yes, 2 pm Wednesday. No, I say 1 pm today. He goes outside, jumps on the bike and confidently rides it into the back of the shop, presumably the workshop. I thought I'd go look and to give him the oil filter. He's bending down looking under the bike, looking like he's not seen this before. He goes to get another pleasant young fellow and they both do this. Two people looking underneath the bike and you'd think that would give me more confidence in their abilities, but it didn't. I'm looking around the little shed, not a tool insight. No oil trays, stands, mess. Nothing. I ask if I could speak to Dinko, and they ring another fellow and explain to me that this other fellow is a mechanic and has oil and can do it at 3 pm.
Ok. Now I'm feeling more confident. That gives me enough time to go for another swim. Splash!!!
Just before three I don all the bike gear again and try to remember the details from the mud map they showed me earlier. Head out 6-7 km from the traffic lights to the village of Vhr. Take the second street on the right after the school and tuck shop and you'll see the service centre. Ok. I've remembered it correctly and the service centre is easy to recognise with all the cars, bikes and trucks around. I pull up in the shade of their big shed. A nice young fellow, dressed oily overalls and with black oily hands greets me. He looks the part and you want him to have a job with one of the MotoGP garages straight away. Michal, nice fellow He asks me questions about the bike, oil, chain, filters etc I show him my oil filter, say Motul oil is good, about 2-21/2 litres, can he please check the spokes, chain, brakes, tyre pressure etc no worries and then he bends down and looks under the bike, and then so does the sidekick!! What is going on???
Michal does not move the bike, pops it onto the centre stand and gets to work he's very neat and tidy, mops up oil spills, checks everything and adjusts the gain after measuring the slack with a tape measure. Thorough, I'm impressed and I'm out of there in under two hours. So thankyou Michal, I wish you all the best with your endeavours
so that's how you get your bike serviced in Croatia.