Thanks guys. I’ll check out those websites. Looking at how other people have done it should give me some ideas.
About that man on an Enfield, I wouldn’t fancy travelling anywhere too long on an old British bike. Bits tend to fall off. My brother did up a thirty-year old Triumph 250. It was a lovely looking bike; something a bit like a dirt oval racer (I saw a Harley like that once; only Harley I’ve ever really liked the looks of). It was in pieces on his bedroom floor for four months while he slowly got it together, ordering new parts from small specialist manufacturers.
Then he took it round Europe. It did fine for two months but in the third month it started having bad alternator problems. He had to stop every 100 miles to get a battery charge. I think other things had broken and deteriorated until it was only slightly better than it had been 8 months before. By that time he was a bit fed up, and didn’t seriously ride it again but bought a newer Japanese thing instead.
I’ve just bought a ten-year old Yamaha FZ. They’re beautiful bikes; like the modern FZR but with higher bars and a more comfortable saddle. A more practical bike all round really. It’s not in bad shape but it’s smoking a bit so it really does need a thorough check-up inside and out. My Yamaha specialist mechanic (Eric Lin; top guy and he’s really serious and professional- he’s done a five-year certificate- something your average hole-in-the wall scooter repair guy wouldn’t dream of - contact me for contact details) has forbidden me to take the FZ round the island and wants to take it in for a week of TLC instead so I’m doing the trip on the SR. Not a bad bike anyway but a bit slow and the vibration really gets to my hands after a couple of hours. Never mind - the beautiful scenery will more than make up for any physical discomfort.