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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Plymouth, UK
Here's what happened with current bike repairs in Zagreb......
First stop was to find somewhere to get a slow puncture....which had turned into quite a fast puncture repaired. Following directions given to us and then getting lost I found a building with a few bikes outside so called in. It turned out to be the offices of the oldest Croation motorbike magazine Moto Puls. On enquiring whether anyone could help in finding a tyre shop a very helpful man called Marko (Moto Puls journalist) offered to show us the way. He jumped on his moped and we followed him to the tyre shop.
He didn't want me to do any work taking the wheel off insisting the guys at the shop would do it, but I've taken the wheel off a few times now and can do it in less than 10 minutes so took the wheel off for repair. While waiting for the puncture to be repaired I mentioned that I thought the battery was shot. Marko said "No probs". Made a few phone calls, said he'd found a battery, got us 20% off, final fee of less than £30! I couldn't be happier, very good price, not the best make of batteries but will certainly last the trip.
Marko also said he could get me a price on a new tyre but I decided there was life in it and would last the next 1800 miles to get to South Croatia and back to the UK. Tyre was repaired, back on the bike. I went to pay but Marko said it was all on the house, the guys at the tyre shop owed him a few favours.
So we made a very good friend in Zagreb. Bought him a bottle of whiskey for all his help. He gave me his card and said at any point we could call and he would try to help out.
A very very nice and helpful chap. Many thanks Marko.
Unfortunately I didn't take his advice on buying a new tyre. Yesterday on the freeway/motorway the back tyre de-flated rather rapidly at about 80mph. I tried to slow the bike down safely but the tyre had rolled all over the rim and the bike snake onto the hard shoulder. We were lucky as the bike stayed up right but the rear tyre with the speed and weight of all our gear and 2 up, is completely shot.
The police stopped and I asked for help with a recovery truck. They seemed to not understand, or pretend to not understand and eventually while talking to the passenger the driver slipped it in gear and very slowly drove off while I was still talking. Very very funny to me and my girlfreind but no help what-so-ever. So a 5km walk, a hitch off some Polish motorcycles on tour 25km to the nearest town, an evening spent trying to convince anyone I saw with a van to take my bike off the motorway, finally a lift, £100 later, and my bike is at the tyre shop.
It is a lovely place on the coast and I think we maybe here a few days waiting for a tyre. I have just got up so am about to wander up to the shop and see how much a new tyre is here. I hope its cheap because the budget has already been blown right out the window.
But, the battery cured the job. I will take your advice on cleaning the rad.
Also, Crobins365, yes of course I will help out when back in the UK. It should be about 3-4 weeks I think. Does he need the whole engine? I dont see them for sale often. What has failed on his old engine? Tope end, bottom end, gear box, etc.
Many thanks again for the help,