Bikes are expensive

This month has been expensive ... not only did I purchase the ZZR beast, but I've:

  • - Bought an OptiMate Charger; and promptly dropped it yesterday morning (killing it) (£50)
  • - Had her tuned up and the front calipers rebuilt (£100)
  • - Bought new tyres (£145)
  • - Had the tyres fitted, bought another charger etc etc (£110)
  • - (Hopefully) Getting Chain and Sprockets, and the lower suspension bearing done at the end of the week (£230)
  • But I've loved every minute :)

Vista Annoyances ..

Ok, I know that software is never infallible, but this particular problem has been bugging me all week.

I've started seeing my Vista Laptop maxing out the CPU (pegged at 100%) immediately after booting up. Doing a quick bit of investigating using the superb tools from SysInternals (now part of Microsoft ...), I find that ndis.sys is chomping it all. All of it. The lot. Good god.

Ok, so that indicates a network driver having lots and lots of fun.

Next stop, Google.

I find a couple of interesting things:

http://forum.sysinternals.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=11945&PN=1

http://www.jepzilla.com/2007/12/17/why-is-vista-hogging-my-cpu/

Well, for the first one, I too have MNM 3.1 installed and Cisco VPN client. I've since removed MNM, which is annoying, but I certainly can't live without the VPN client - and thinking about it, the first time I saw the problem was after I installed MNM ... hmmm.

Thanks Microsoft - for possibly having a nice bug in MNM, but also for writing a DPC system that allows a CPU deadlock situation to occur that you can't even get out of by requesting a reboot.

Vroom!

The ZZR is soooo much fun it's unreal. Realised that I haven't posted any pictures - so here we go.             And then, I've started stripping her down for a through check over (and an oil change)...

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During the process, I found an oil leak - or what appears to be an oil leak. Looks like it's coming from either the Clutch housing or the Pickup Coil housing - both gaskets. Planning on removing these once I have dropped the oil and having a good look inside... Pics of what I'm talking about below - left most is the clutch, and the right most is the pickup coil housing. PIC_0031