The last time I went out on the D7 she wasn't too happy on the bends. I put it down to greasy roads, but I may have misjudged the situation. This morning, I decided to run the engine and Little Willie responded after three kicks, which I thought good bearing in mind she hadn't been run for several days.
Whilst the bike was ticking over nicely I decided to check for any play on the rear end. To my surprise I could move the back wheel sideways - not rocking it - so there does seem to be quite a bit of end-float on the swinging arm. I know there is a washer on one side (does anyone know which side it should be?), so perhaps this has worn. Strange, though, as I always keep the swinging arm well lubed via the grease nipples on both sides. I must check further, but any suggestions (keep them clean!) will be appreciated!