Unwrapping the bike
Nearly ready. At 3.00pm yesterday, 48 hours behind an already delayed schedule, the bike arrived at Ducati Lisbon crated and wrapped after its journey from America. Mechanic Jorge unpeeled the Multistrada from its packaging, bolted the handlebars and brake levers back on and then rolled it into the workshop to add the mirrors, reconnect the battery and splash some fuel in the tank. With encouragement it started, filling the workshop with a booming Ducati soundtrack.
Then it got a new set of Pirelli Scorpions, fresh oil and filter, a chain adjustment and other minor service tweaks and I fumbled my way into the new riding kit that Ducati have supplied. And it all feels nice and new. I need to work out a system for what goes in which pocket. It’s all coming together for the start of the Iberia-Isle of Man leg of the Globetrotter adventure.
But there is one slight hitch. The panniers and top box, containing satnav and camera equipment are still stuck at Portugese customs. So at 6.30pm I rolled out of Ducati Lisbon aboard the Multistrada and headed back to central Lisbon for another unexpected evening in the city, and another custard tart.
The bike is on the pavement outside the hotel now, I can see it from the window, and we’ve been promised that the panniers and their contents can be collected today. I need to be at St Malo in 36 hours.