Re: A story about brakes failing
Last week hubby and I went to Ireland to watch the famous road racing called the NW200. *The trip was arranged by Ondablade and friends and proto came with us too.
Before we went I had bled the brakes on my 929 and they were rock solid and working really well. Last Friday we were tourists in and around Northern Ireland which of course involved finding lovely fast roads (no police) and trying to keep up with our Irish friends. *I was very glad of my nice newly serviced brakes on more than one occasion.
On Saturday morning we went out to watch the races. *We left the caravan park where we were staying, I pulled on the lever............no braking power. *Jumped off the bike. * Brake fluid leaking rapidly out of the fittings at the bottom of the lines.
All the bike shops within 50 miles were shut because they were all at the races. *We found this out by riding to each one, me with rapidly decreasing brake power.
Our Irish friends somehow got into the paddock and went round asking if anyone could help us out and yes, a lovely man called Norman fitted new lines for me at 7pm at night in a cold damp Irish field, for the price of the the lines and a pint of Guiness. *He said the lines that I had on should never have been fitted by the shop as they are known to fail in this way
My big thanks to Proto who stayed with hubby and I all day, rode in front of me to try and protect me from needing to use my brakes in a hurry, and was an enormous help to me in the paddock when we finally got there. *Many thanks also to Ondablade for organising the repair and generally for organising a wonderful trip.
Pics taken by Proto attached. *The first one is of the mad Irish road racers doing impossible speeds between peoples gardens, and the second is proof that the brake lines were removed!