I'm pleased to announce I had my first proper breakdown yesterday! Went out for a run with the local Norton Owners Club. Half a dozen or so of us set out to do a coast to coast run - the coasts are quite close together in my neck of the woods! I was the only representative of the 'modern' era - so was feeling the pressure to perform! First coast (Port Waikato), was duly ticked off with all of us enjoying the good weather and no problems to report. Same for the other Coast (Kaiaua), where, it being that time of the day a quiet pint was enjoyed. At this point we all headed of in our own directions - all except one.... Yes, at last a proper breakdown - back tyre was flat. Despite having a bag loaded down with all manner of engine tinkering tools, I didn't have the means to repair it. The consensus was the nail in the tyre you can see in this picture. So the same tow truck operator who has rescued me three times in the past once again recovered me home. The interesting twist in the story was that the leak wasn't due to the nail... Back in my garage I re-inflated the tyre and was surprised to hear air escaping from the seal between the the valve stem and the rim - so maybe Norton related after all!