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Old 08-30-2005, 11:00 PM   #1
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Eh? Sierra Extreme Misadventure Rally

On Wednesday night I get home from work looking forward to
a long weekend on the trails of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains...

my mind is flying with the possibilities...









The plan is to leave at 6am on Thursday morning and meet up with a group
of 4 other SoCal riders heading for the "Rawhyde Sierra Extreme" rally near Bishop, CA.




However a Wednesday-night inspection reveals a very loose chain

okay, that's not my bike...but my chain is almost that loose!



at least that's an easy fix...


or is it?








Turns out I've got an extra link (new chain) and can't get proper tension without removing a link.



Off comes the chain and down the street I go to the neighbor's bench grinder.

I've never done this before, but it's gotta be pretty easy, right?









Wrong!







After grinding and hammering (MISTAKE #1!)

and then more grinding

I finally get the link off looking like this

but at least it is off



so home I go to slap that chain back over my sprockets and get a packin'!






While I am adjusting the tension on the chain I make MISTAKE #2


I overtighten the tensioning bolts and need to back off a bit
I loosen the bolts and give then rear tire a gentle push forward


oops! not quite as gentle as I thought...



before I know it the center stand folds up...



and down goes the bike right in front of me.



Since I am sitting on my ass there is nothing I can do to stop it....



It falls in

sssssllllllloooooowwwwwww

motion.....






but luckily the fall is broken by the front quarter panel of my car








The first thing I see when I pick up the bike is this




Then I notice this




And this




And this







I decide to meditate on the situation a bit








I always carry a spare mirror clamp or two

but this is way beyond that




It won't be much fun riding 330 gusty miles

without my beloved Cee Bailey's windshield, either








I look over and notice that my bike is angry too





Oh, well, what am I going to do bail on the rally?

That's not an option, so I slap the stock silver sliver shield
in place and go to finish up with the chain.



That's when I discover a nasty tight spot in my chain

(remember mistake #1?).

I guess the hammering
or excessive grinding
has caused one of the links to tighten up
and my chain tension doubles every time
the tight spot hits the rear sprocket!







Well, by now it's after dark and I spend the next few hours trying to find
a chain tension compromise where the nasty vibrations and chain slap
are minimized without having the chain so loose that it's gonna pop
off the sprocket (hint, hint...mistake #3)



It is way too late when I finally give up on test rides and adjustments
and start to pack. Between packing and getting the house and
animals ready for the house-sitter it's 4am before I know it...



should I bail?





No way!





One hour of sleep never felt so good...







Miraculously I actually wake up when the alarm goes off









I do have a really loud alarm clock, mind you







Anyway, I saddle up just after 6am and head
for the meeting point in lovely Hesperia, CA

(left to right) Salvador, Michael "Design4D", Matt "smogcity", John "the Luz", Eran "Zenslug"









to be continued...
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Old 08-31-2005, 12:13 AM   #2
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Looks like you made it. Hope it gets better not worse from here.
Buy a motion pro chain tool and some master links.

Almost every ride report Ive read has a little pain mixed in somewhere.
Bummer about your sheild and car.
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Old 08-31-2005, 06:36 AM   #3
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what about the last ride on Friday?


admit it: you had a good time. Even when you fell in the river..........
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Old 08-31-2005, 08:41 AM   #4
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admit it: you had a good time. Even when you fell in the river..........
Try not to make me laugh, John...it hurts too bad!
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Old 08-31-2005, 08:48 AM   #5
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What a fantastic start to a ride report. Does it actually get better?
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Old 08-31-2005, 09:15 AM   #6
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This has potential...

Later,
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Old 08-31-2005, 10:04 AM   #7
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lets go slugy!!! get on with it..... It's not like I have work to do? Ok, I have work, I just don't want to do it.



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Old 08-31-2005, 12:15 PM   #8
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Further MisAdventures

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Old 08-31-2005, 12:40 PM   #9
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ribs

Quote:
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Try not to make me laugh, John...it hurts too bad!
I've had cracked (or broken) ribs before. It's not all that bad. It only hurts when you breath......
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Old 08-31-2005, 01:35 PM   #10
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I've had cracked (or broken) ribs before. It's not all that bad. It only hurts when you breath......
Yeah...and especially when you sneeze!



Hang in there guys, I'll try to get the next part of the story posted later on tonight.
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Old 08-31-2005, 02:55 PM   #11
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Your killing me--I can't take no more of this

I've had a few rides where it took a month for me to smile---and say---yeh that was a great one wasn't it ???
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Old 08-31-2005, 03:06 PM   #12
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Everything was great until I blew a tire 8 miles north of Mojave city on hwy 14 coming home. We we're able to patch the tire but it exploded when I was airing it back up. Got to about 38psi and BOOOM. A call to BMW roadside, a 2 & 1/2 hour wait in 108 degrees, and a $560 towing bill later and I'm home safe and sound. Nontheless, had a great time riding a meeting everyone. I'm planning on the Secret rally in January.
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Old 08-31-2005, 03:11 PM   #13
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Everything was great until I blew a tire 8 miles north of Mojave city on hwy 14 coming home. We we're able to patch the tire but it exploded when I was airing it back up. Got to about 38psi and BOOOM. A call to BMW roadside, a 2 & 1/2 hour wait in 108 degrees, and a $560 towing bill later and I'm home safe and sound. Nontheless, had a great time riding a meeting everyone. I'm planning on the Secret rally in January.
Sorry to hear of your troubles, it really sucks when you shell out that much money for a tow!


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Old 08-31-2005, 03:19 PM   #14
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Doesn't BMW Towing cover a tow?
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Old 08-31-2005, 03:44 PM   #15
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Doesn't BMW Towing cover a tow?
Usually they'll tow for free to the nearest dealership.

My guess is real gone didn't want to be stuck in Bako overnight.

Or maybe they have exclusions for people whose average driving speed is more than 130mph?
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