Chain broke, monkey got choked...
and they all went to heaven in a little row boat.
Fri nite I got my forks back from Dan Kyle. I was disappointed that they forgot to put my brake lines in with them. It would have so simple to change lines while I had the forks off. No one knows when the Ohlins rear shock will show. I was a bit frustrated. However the 929 had been hanging from the rafters of my basement like a slug for 12 days (not bad really). I had to ride. With the help of my beautiful assistant we had Ol Red back together in 2 shakes.
Sat afternoon after a short shakedown cruise, I took off. I must say that it feels very different. I had never ridden anything "tuned" before. So all this is new to me. Feedback; I never really felt it. I feel everything. It's weird... I swear I can feel the calipers squeezing the rotors. The front tire, even tho I was scuffing in a new one felt really stuck to the road. Ride more comfortably then before. It's not a Cadalac, but the sharpness of hitting expansion joints, etc is gone.
I was running on of my favorite roads, lot of fast sweepers. I was getting used to all the new sensations when I downshifted from 4th to third to take a 75mph right hander when I heard the awfulest nashing and crunch. I had no power to pull me thru the curve. The bike didn't want to turn. It wanted to straighten up and go straight. I wasn't in the mood to crash, so I muscled the thing over, got aroung the curve rather ungratiously and pulled over. You know, it's an odd sight to look down and not see a chain. The chainguard was popped off in front. The front sprocket cover is cracked and the left rear turnsignal lens is off. Hmmmf! My son brought the Dakota out and scooped me and the bike up.
I didn't think modern chains broke any more. I had only 13,000 miles on thet one. I clean and inspect at least once a week, usually more often. Never saw it coming. I walked up and down that hill at least 3 times. I never could
find that chain. I don't really know what let go. Looks like the 929 will be parked again until I can get another chain. Then look out!