Very Close Call
So this morning I was on my way to a doctor's appointment this morning when I had a very close call with my baby. Some of you know that I changed my chain guard out a while back for an aluminum one from, of all places, China... The counter-shaft sprocket guard didn't fit at all, but I did manage to get the regular chain-only part of the guard to mount up decently. Well, it ended up failing in the long run.
I was going down the street at about 55mph just avoiding potholes and cracks when it happened. I'm not sure how to describe the feeling or noise, but the chain guard manage to contact the tire. Needless to say, at 55mph any tire contact by something other than the road is not good. It ended up grabbing the guard and pulling it in. It tore the guard right off and sucked it down between the tire and singing arm, stopping the tire in the process... My heart stopped as the back end froze one second, then bucked up the next. I felt the tire skid a few times as it bounced, then started rolling again.
At this point I had no idea what had happened. I pulled over to the side of the road quickly and looked back to see what I may have hit. I wasn't seeing anything, so I decided to spin her around and cruise back by the spot. I saw something black and mangled laying in the road, but wasn't able to identify what it was. Stopping at a very close by gas station I jumped off the bike and started looking for damage. That's when I noticed that my chain guard was gone. It tore into the tire in a few places, though not all the way through the tread/rubber. I saw where it hit the swinging arm as it scratched it there too. The last bit of damage was to the mud guard, which ended up with a small chip at the corner.
I went back and picked up the item that I figured had to be the guard, and sure enough it was. I can't say that I did anything to save the bike, but I just tried to relax as much as I could and stayed off the brakes. She wobbled a teeny bit as she started rolling again, but still nothing too bad happened as she straightened herself out.
Lesson learned: If the part doesn't fit 100%, don't use it! The guard held up really well for many months, but eventually it did fail. I should have discarded it from the first day that I had to modify it to fit right and stay in place. In the long run it managed to wiggle out (even checked it the other day when I had Serenity inside for general maintenance & bolt security check). I did manage to bring the guard home, so I'll get some pics and get them uploaded soon. I have to try to get pics of the tire and swinging arm after it stops raining.
/**Serenity**\ 2002 Honda CBR954RR Fireblade
"But risks must be taken, because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing. Only the person who risks is truly free."