I managed to do a few trips solo without bending it. A few trips with a pillion and gear.
Then suddenly I bent 2 in 2 trips without really understanding why. I didn't do anything different to usual, didn't have any "big hits" with the rear end.
It's just one of those really minor issues that is very disappointing overall. But hopefully I've seen the last of it. Mine is built solid enough now, thanks in no small part to Indy, that I'm finally confident that it will last. I now have a spare bolt that has stayed "spare" for more than a few weeks.
The front end......well.....stay tuned.
I have an Alpine Rally to attend this weekend, and I'll be running a total combined weight of about 470kg on very rocky 4x4 tracks. If this doesn't break it, nothing will. Snow forecast.
What can possibly go wrong?