Still on a ship somewhere mid ocean and that about as much info as I can get at the moment. Story so far. End of last season, I'd done pretty much all I wanted on the CBR, I needed a change to keep me focused. Although I really wanted to get a superbike, I was in no state financially to build one, let alone run one for a year. So I decided to keep things competitive but try keeping the budget under control with a view to moving to Superbike in 2008. I also thought that if I can entertain sponsors this year then some may be willing to follow me to ASBK which makes for a much less stressful season. So the decision to ride a 400 was made and it's look like it's going to be a very competitive class. 71 riders have already registered a number and there are a few familiar fast faces in the list. Bike choices were as follows, VFR, RVF, CBR, ZXR, ZXRSP, or FZR RRSP No-one runs the FZR so spares may be a problem and that ruled it out. Kawasaki would have to be the SP bike a quote of $1200 for a rear wheel turned me against that. The CBR has a poor fork design, no damping adjustment, but its a popular bike with a tunable engine. VFR's are also fast but the RVF has the advantage of better forks and the rules seem to favor that model. So the decision was made to obtain an RVF400 but with none available in Oz, I had to look over sea's. A reasonable looking bike appeared to east (or is that north?) of in it's country of birth so deposit money was paid and the bike loaded onto a ship. That was back in November. Since then delays, and more delays "it'll be two weeks" was the reply, then another two weeks etc etc.. And still not here. The latest is that as it was late leaving Japan and arrived at Singapore late, It missed being loaded onto the designated ship for Australia. So it's had to be put on the next ship which is due here in ...."a couple of weeks" I the mean time, I've been searching for sponsors, and while some have expressed an interest, no one is prepared to part with any marketing $$ when there is no bike and a strong possibility that we may miss the first round. Bare in mind that we cant take the bike racing as soon as the container doors open. There is a whole lot of work to be done before it gets near a track. A general checkup and dyno run first, Then a complete strip down to last nut and bolt. Forks and shock to be serviced/revalved/resprung. Bearings to be replaced, engine reassembled, setup and run in. It all takes time. I do have the new fairings ready to go on but before painting, they need fitting up to the bike to make sure there's no adjustment needed. So far we've missed the first Hartwell, we will also miss the first Interclub and it's looking extremely possible we may miss the 2nd Hartwell in SA. If that happens, the first time I race the bike will be the TriState at Oran Park. So a new circuit on a new bike. Looks like a challenging year ahead.