I seem to have written about nothing else but this 10:10 crap for the last few days. So:
The lawnmower developed some serious problems, and the Lawnmower Man came to collect it on Saturday. This left a space in the garage, and heavy rain was forecast, so I decided to put the XT in the garage out of respect for its age and general decrepitude. Except that I couldn't, because the front wheel wouldn't turn. I got it in there by lifting and dragging in the end.
On Sunday I took it for a ride, and it was very sluggish. I pumped the front brake a few times and then stopped after a mile or so. I burned my finger on the front disc. The front brake was dragging like mad. So I went home. By now it was pushable, but only just.
Yesterday afternoon, I took off the front brake caliper (it needed levering off with a crowbar) and cleaned it up. Although there is no corrosion on the pistons, they are very stiff and sticky, even after a thorough clean and a pushback with a G-clamp. However, the bike is now rideable again, with a front brake that is only 'slightly' sticky. I may need to overhaul the caliper. (This is the 'new' second-hand caliper that I got in Swansea last year.)
That is all the motorcycle news for the present.