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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Not Exactly What I Had Planned ...

Today promised to be a stellar fall day - one last chance for a ride on the Star. Dave Blackburn asked, "Is it time?" Is it time to put the bike away for the winter? Yes Dave, it's time and today was the perfect day for a goodbye til spring ride.
The Star was polished, the bags removed, the gear laid out ... one last ride ...
But things didn't turn out exactly as I had planned.
Start, then stall. Start, then stall ... then don't start at all ... What's a gal gonna do? Call CAA of course. Meet Jim from Reid's Towing.  




 

Jim's been a rider all of his life. His wife used to ride a Star. She rides a Spyder now. He loaded my Star carefully onto his flat bed; I followed behind.
This was definitely not what I had planned for the day.
We made one stop on route to adjust the straps ....
 And arrived at KTek.
One tiny mishap, the Star tipped  and hit the gavel when a strap let go, but a by stander and Jim quickly righted her ... no visible damage.
 Thanks Jim.
See you in the spring Star.

22 comments:

  1. it works better if you add gasoline....

    Just kidding. Not a very nice way to begin a ride.

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    1. Gasoline? ... Dam, do they need gasoline ;o) ?
      Really, I have the sneaky suspicion that it was another kind of problem, a problem of the 'rodent' kind, once again. I've neglected setting my trap lines around her lately.

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  2. Too bad to miss that last ride. But on the plus side, it's nice to have someone take that amount of care when 'towing' a bike. KTek will have the Star back in running condition in plenty of time for the first ride next spring.

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    1. Dave, I happy that it happened in the drive and not in the middle of nowhere. I'm happy that it was on the last ride and not the first. I'm happy that Jim took so much respect towing it away (and was more concerned about damaging the the bike than nearly severing his thumb when the strap let go) and I'm happy that I have a mechanic who, I know, will have it figured out by next week and the Star will be ready to go come April.

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  3. Bummer of a way to put her in storage....I assume you'll have them check her out before putting her away?

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    1. Dom, he took a list of the symptoms and I know he'll have it fixed before the new riding season. He's been looking after the Star for awhile now and suspects, as I do, the rodents have attacked yet again. And if not, I have confidence he will have the problem solved shortly.

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  4. Always sad to see a bike on a town truck. At least it was just heading into hibernation.

    Hopefully the folks at the shop will give it the once over before it takes its long winters nap.

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    1. It was rather sad to be riding behind but yes, so glad it happened on the last ride and not the first ... though it was a first (tow) for the Star. Jim, my tow truck driver was an expert and the guys at KTek are as well. I'm sure it will be up and running by spring. A LONG WINTER'S NAP ... that's the real sad thought. Boo Hoo!

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  5. Aw, so sorry to hear your final riding day ended like this. Hopefully the problem is minor. And sorry to hear about her spill - hope she is okay..

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    1. There was no visible damage. Jim's thumb, caught in the strap, seemed to slow the descent and they had her righted before I could snap a pic of her on her side. As for why she wouldn't go ... I suspect another wire has been chewed, possibly related to the safety switch in the kick stand. My mechanic will figure it out.

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  6. I always hate to see these end of season posts from you - I'm lucky to be able to ride year round - even if it does get wet and cold, I'll never be snowed in.

    A shame things didn't quite go according to plan and glad the bike didn't pick up any damage...

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    1. ... never snowed in, ah!!!! I can only imagine what that's like. No damage done, just a little disappointment. Enjoy your season!

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  7. Oh, that sucks! Ah well, it could have happened somewhere far from home. So despite the disappointment it was probably better this way.

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  8. Karen, you really needed another ride and sorry that it didn't work out! Interesting outriggers for the towing process...if I've seen them used before it certainly didn't register. Seems like the only solid way to transport on a lift truck like that.

    Hope the problem is an easy one to remedy and that your off season planning for next year's trips make up for it.

    Winter well!!

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  9. Oh what a bummer. That's a shame.
    She is probably as disappointed as you are.
    Sash

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    1. I expect so Sash, but she's in good hands.

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  10. Bit of bad luck:? Will be plenty of more rides! Thanks for the post.
    Cara

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    1. There will be more. Thanks for stopping by.

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