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Day 10 - back to a normal routine, plans are made, and welcome to the red GTS 300.

Back to daily life - and Saturday is an early start at the shop - but an earlier finish. So the day was filled with dog-walking, helping at the shop, and then after a couple of cat-feeds relaxing in the evening.

At the shop, one of the Kymcos was missing the rear fender, no idea why, maybe it had been damaged in transit. There was a new one to be installed, so I set to. This should have been a five-minute job, but the wires for the number-plate light had been tucked up in such a way as to make it impossible to extract them without removing some plastic. Some plastic? These bikes are far, far worse than Piaggios for access - pretty well the whole darn lot had to come off, all bar the bits at the very front. So this kept me occupied for most of the day - all was sorted in the end though.

In the middle of all this I was sent off to fetch burritos for lunch, and I also stopped off at the local Ace hardware store to look around for some bits I felt were missing from the shop - namely a multimeter (nothing suitable found), some white lithium grease (yup, found some, came in useful straight away when I got back) and some copper-based anti-seize - nope, none of that sir.

No pictures today, but we did form cunning plans for the next couple of shop-free days, and this is where the red GTS 300 came into our lives. This had 20 miles on it, and a small dent from delivery, so was considered a demonstrator bike. Kristin thought this would be a better bet to match the MP3 on the twisties we wanted to go on than her LX 150 (whose rear tyre was looking rather end-of-life anyway), so we left her scooter at the shop and she rode the GTS home. The throttle was a lot more sensitive and the take-off much quicker than the LX, but an oops or two later all that was taken properly into account. No names no pack-drill on that bit.

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